A breathtaking novel of war, friendship and betrayal from the author of the acclaimed Engineer Trilogy.
Hoping for a better life, five war veterans colonize an abandoned island. They take with them everything they could possibly need - food, clothes, tools, weapons, even wives. The colonists feel sure that their friendship will keep them together. But an unanticipated discovery shatters their dream and replaces it with a very different one. Only then do they begin to realise that they've brought with them rather more than they bargained for. For one of them, it seems, has been hiding a terrible secret from the rest of the company. And when the truth begins to emerge, it soon becomes clear that the war is far from over.
With masterful storytelling, irresistible wit and extraordinary insight into human nature, K. J. Parker is widely acknowledged as one of the most original and exciting fantasy writers of modern times. THE COMPANY, K. J. Parker s first stand-alone novel, is a tour de force from an author who is changing the face of the fantasy genre.
Skilful plotting and rich scene-setting . . . leaves the reader wanting more - The Guardian
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.