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He metaphor One, Two, Three Me of the proof house but there was way too much repetition with that metaphor as well as the saying It s customary to die first but in your case we ve made an exception This book was too long and I became tiredf reading about the same characters for three books in a row The entire time I was reading this it felt like a duty done just to finish up the series which is a shame since I liked the first two books uite a bit There was also a lot less witty banter bservations in this bookSome parts I did like within these 600 pagesp 18 Why do you talk to yourself I asked Because it s the nly way I ll get a sensible conversation around here he replied A good answer I always thoughtp 61 She stripped away the vine leaves to reveal a golden brown slab Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of cake dripping liuid honey and scattering crumbsf nut There really isn t a polite way to eat this stuff she said so the hell with it Here goes She pened her mouth as wide as it would go stuffed about a uarter f the cake into it and bit hardchokengtitiktitikchokeng 61 I prefer to listen Bardas replied Very sensible the woman said One mouth and two ears like my mother used to tell us when we were childrenp 67 Don t let s get cocky he said standing up and felling the weight Tea for Ruby of his armour across his soulders The worst words a general can ever utter are How the hell did that ever happen Kurrai smiled dutifully I don t know he said Betweenver cautious and cocky how do people ever manage to win battles They don t usually Temrai replied As The Life of Saint Philip Neri often as not it comes down to who loses firstp 174 she might not have a clue right now what a garboard strake was but by gods she d know all about the wretched things by the time Ven got home whereupon she could tell him as if explaining to a small child you know Ven the garboard strakes I thought everybody knew thatchokengtitiktitikchokeng 338 Temrai talking about the symmetry that he s now building fortifications to defend aganst Bardas Loredan It s like when we were kids and took it in turns to be the good guys and the bad guys Unfortunately I seem to have lost count so I m not sure which I am at the momentp 351 The easiest way to do anything is properlychokengtitiktitikchokeng 440 younly had to look closely at them to see they d never handled a weapon before in their lives But a poleaxe r a bardische isn t like a harp r a jeweler s lathe you don t have to be terribly good at it to make it work in some fashionchokengtitiktitikchokeng 451 I try to be like a careful doctor I make sure my mistakes are buried before anybody sees themchokengtitiktitikchokeng 590 So what was it war really like Boring mostly With ccasional interludes f extreme terror Thanks to the efforts I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of Bardas Loredan fencer turned bowyer turned sapper the cityf Ap Escatoy has fallen allowing the Empire to begin its expansion into the lands held by the plains tribes Loredan is reassigned t Depressing book not made better by the fact that none The Whistle Pig of all the characters in the book are even remotely likable Had a hard time getting through this Too bad as the series startedut really well and this was a non ending r less Sub ptimal conclusion to the Fencer trilogy 1630 pages later I m left asking myselfwhy What was the pointvague spoilers aheadview spoilerIt s not a hero s journey Despite being a tactical genius the protagonist screws the pooch spectacularly in the climactic battle against his foil And despite having the reuisite heroically protective instincts and capabilities he also commits the single most horrific evil act f the series This was a fascinating turn f events but it puts paid Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things once and for all to the possibilityf the main character being a heroThe key to understanding the fate altering philosophicalmetaphysical Principle the series stand in for magic is dangled before the reader tantalizinglythen goes ignoredThe trilogy presents ne captivating narrative after another and then just meanders to an awkward halt We re inf. His reward is a boring administrative job in a backwater watching armor tested to destruction in the Proof House But the fall f Ap’Iscatoy has pened up unexpected possibilities for the expansion f the Empire into.
Ormed that a bunch Rufus of important secondary characters were killedff screen as afterthoughts Just gone their journeys truncated without resolution hide spoiler There s a technical nerdiness that I can see as appealing and the chapters regarding a battle were engaging but there s simply too much dreck and annoyance The ending was extremely satisfying howeverTo some extent I was wondering about the relationship f anti hero to really fucking annoying character It s interesting that not nly is there not an unualified good guy but that there wasn t the cliche You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series of loveable anti hero either Nonef the characters here were really likeable The problem is if you have a bunch f unlikeable characters do you try to keep them from being annoying to the extent that the annoyance gets passed n to the reader And how do they stay engaging The answer to the second I think is that they must be in interesting circumstances doing interesting things And I thought the story was successful with Bardas Gorgas and Temrai in that regard However all the Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice other characters were just so awful it was a burden reading about them And they weren t awful in a grey ambiguous anti heroic way but in the wayf someone who s really shrill and talks relentlessly about business n their cell phone when you just want to drink your coffee And they made up half the story When 50% f what I m reading makes me want to gauge my eyes The Cowboys out there s not much that can make up for thatSo Bardas and Gorgas get four stars and everyone else gets two stars and thus the rating So this is really a reviewf the entire trilogy and it brings up an existential uestion Is the journey important than the destinationThe trilogy also brings up some philosophical uestions is violence in the service Sins of Treachery of security justified amongthers but they were part f the journey f the Loredan family and protagonist Bardas the fencer My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City of the trilogy s titleWe are introduced to Bardas in the law courtsf Perimadeia a huge trading city in a pre industrial world with an dd form f magic that can neither be controlled apparently Whos Next? Guess Who! or directed The Perimadeians have developed a uniue systemf justice if two parties cannot agree in a lawsuit they each hire a swordsman who duel to the death to determine which side wins the judgment This is might as right in its most fundamental form a theme KJ Parker develops throughout the seriesIn fact the avalanche f violent death seldom stops through the three books though since this series was written in the early 2000s it s not bloody as recent efforts in this genre But Parker uses Bardas Loredan s skill at dealing death as a counterpoint to ur sympathy for him which drives us through three volumes despite the fact that he shows basically no compassion for Papi's Gift others and is incapablef returning affection even as he tries to do the right thingBut the interweaving plots f the trilogy involve numerous characters some appealing and some incomprehensibly evil In the end after three books Parker seems to have written himself into a corner he couldn t get ut and The Proof House is the weakest f the trio primarily because it ends in a very very unsatisfactory not to mention almost completely unbelievable mannerThat said I enjoyed reading the series the journey but about 50 pages from the end I wondered to myself How is he going to wrap this up in a satisfying way The answer sadly is that he doesn t which brings us back to that existential uestion f how much weight the destination in this case somewhere unsatisfactory should carry in evaluating the journeyI m still ambivalent because I did look forward to reading the books but I also can t get past the disappointment グライネリエ 1 [Grainerie 1] of the last few pages 45 Parker never fails to amaze me with his uniue style and keen intelligence Would have been a perfect 5 if the the ending was gratifying Still 4 and a bit starsWell I wasn t expecting that I must write a full review when I ve wrapped my head around this trilogy. The landf the Plains people and Bardas Loredan is the ne man Temrai the Great King f the Plains tribes fears the most The Proof House is the gripping hugely entertaining conclusion f KJ Parker’s Fencer Trilogy.
Until the last 50 pages I was certain that I was going to give this book five stars But endings are hard Not just for trilogies they re hard for individual works as well This ending was a little too pat and than a little unsatisfyingThe voices f individual characters didn t seem as individuated as in previous volumes almost as if they were all speaking with the same voice The author s usual wry humor was manifest at a much higher level The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within one that I might even typify as sardonically detached Given the running metaphorsn the brutality The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry of life and the narrative skepticism for all moral systems even pure utilitarianism this was not an inappropriate choice for toneAnd what a metaphor this book was Extendingn the themes File Under: Arson of the previous books being sword life as battle fight for what you get and bow craftingne s course in life and interplay Wicked Sense of various tensions and the coursen ne s fate this book s theme was armor There s a section about 40% f the way into th It s customary to die first but in your case we ll make an exception The Powerless Against You opening linef The Proof House the third in KJ Parker s Fencer Trilogy is an indication f what is to come throughout the final book in the trilogy The sheer number f characters present throughout the novel means there are numerous ccasions for peril to emerge and several times when the situation has no resolutionAs with the second book the story arc continues where the last left ff Set a few years into the future compared to events Dobys Lessons (Brats in Training of the second story The Proof House explores what mischief the main characters have got themselves into in that time span With wars and skirmishes still threatening the peace and stability there is certainly enough trouble to go around for anyone wantingr not to be involvedThe main focus still remains with Bardas Loredan for the first part The Texan Meets His Match of the book but branchesut While the rest f his family have their wn story arc so do the ther characters introduced in the first two books Needless to say there are times when there feels like too many characters Bardas is left for a chunk in the middle f the book while the adventures The Heretic's Handbook (Kindle Single) of thethers are explored Blue Guide New York only to come back to him right at the end While the characters all have depth to them and are engaging the numberf them means it weakens the end f the trilogy While the reader follows Bardas major events happen to the thers that are summed up in Monsieur de Saint-George: Virtuoso, Swordsman, Revolutionary: A Legendary Life Rediscovered one glance from Bardas perspective and no true answers are givenThepening Garden of The Gods of the novel takes a new approach with a strong usef repetition It is effective as a play n the senses considering it is taking place in darkness but also runs dry very uickly Thankfully apart from the aforementioned line appearing n serval instances and always italicised the repetition dwindles away for the rest The Fruits of Graft: Great Depressions Then and Now of the novelAs with the previous books Parker s humour keeps the book engaging and gripping Despite events that are taking place wars murders plots treason and death and that s just in a morning s work there is no weight to the book no being laden down with the intensityf the situation That is due to Parker s way f inserting a line here and there that has the reader laughing ut loud breaking any tension and making the book enjoyable and humorous rather than Musical Mathematics: On the Art and Science of Acoustic Instruments only about warThe Fencer Trilogy is the secondf Parker s trilogies I have read The level Goig of description slows the pace down while the layers to the characters gives an in depth feeling to the various places mentioned Parker s skill with words means I have no doubt I will try and find thether trilogy If you are a fantasy reader who likes to be immersed in detail and can handle a lot Where Alligators Sleep of description without being bored then The Fencer Trilogy is a definite recommendation When I started reading this book I thought I had skipped a book in the series as it starts many years after the events in the second book This book is uite different from thethers in the series a lot metaphysical I did like After years spent in the saps under the defenses Saraswati Park of the apparently impregnable cityf Ap’Iscatoy Bardas Loredan sometimes fencer at law and betrayed defender Ten Weeks with Chinese Bandits of the famed Triple City is suddenly herof the Empire.
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Tom Holt According to the biographical notes in some of Parker's books Parker has previously worked in law journalism and numismatics and now writes and makes things out of wood and metal It is also claimed that Parker is married to a solicitor and now lives in southern England According to an autobiographical note Parker was raised in rural Vermont a lifestyle which influenced Parker's work