A richly textured and emotionally complex fantasy...Highly recommended.
Parker (the Scavenger trilogy) raises the bar for realistic fantasy war craft with this series opener.
This is grown-up fantasy blessed with humour, intelligence and... panache. A bravura display of intricate storytelling and artfully-doled-out revelations.
I have reviewed books before that I thought might someday be found to have achieved greatness.... But I am trying to be precise in my use of the word when I tell you that K.J. Parker is writing work after work that demands to be placed in that category.