World Fantasy Award-winner K. J. Parker returns with a sweeping new epic fantasy
'Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun' SFX
K. J. Parker's new novel is the remarkable tale of the siege of a walled city, and the even more remarkable man who had to defend it.
A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all.
To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job.
Sixteen Ways To Defend a Walled City is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten.
Praise for K. J. Parker
'Parker's settings and characterisations never miss a beat' Library Journal
'There's a mordant wit to the workings of Parker's mind' Time Out
'Parker's skilful control of pacing, expert rendering of characters, and subtle sense of humour add depth and believability' Library Journal
'Parker's acerbic wit and knowledge of human nature are a delight to read' RT Book Reviews
One of fantasy's premier voices
Skilful plotting and rich scene-setting
Parker's settings and characterisations never miss a beat
An intriguing tale of magic, manipulation and revenge . . . An action-packed adventure
K. J. Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt. He was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines. These interests led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialised in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.