A Practical Guide to Conquering the World can be read by itself, but for those who like endings it can also be considered the refreshingly pragmatic conclusion to World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker’s acclaimed sequence of novels that began with Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City and continue with How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It.

 "Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun." — SFX
 
This is the true story of Aemilius Felix Boioannes the younger, the intended and unintended consequences of his life, the bad stuff he did on purpose, and the good stuff that happened in spite of him.

It is, in other words, the tale of a war to end all wars, and the man responsible.


For more from K. J. Parker, check out:
 
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
A Practical Guide to Conquering the World
 
The Two of Swords
The Two of Swords: Volume One
The Two of Swords Volume Two
The Two of Swords: Volume Three
 
The Fencer Trilogy
Colours in the Steel
The Belly of the Bow
The Proof House
 
The Scavenger Trilogy
Shadow
Pattern
Memory
 
Engineer Trilogy
Devices and Desires
Evil for Evil
The Escapement
 
The Company
The Folding Knife
The Hammer
Sharps

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Reader Reviews

Praise

"Readers are ensured a good time and a barrel of laughs to boot."—Publishers Weekly on How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
"Parker's latest epic fantasy proves that all the world is, indeed, a stage, and Parker himself is a master impresario. Readers will enjoy his comedic take on how politics are comprised of equal parts lies, incompetence, and the foolishness of humanity-with just enough flashes of brilliance to save the day. Recommended for fans of Terry Pratchett."—Library Journal on How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
“Truly, this IS the performance of a lifetime.”—FanFiAddict on How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
“An impressive work of fiction. Like all Parker books I have read, Empire is an interesting experience from start to finish – funny and fresh from page one.”—The Quill to Live on How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
“Parker has created a world full of wit, ingenuity, unlikely tactics and reluctant heroes and there is nothing else quite like it.” —Fantasy Hive on How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
"Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun."—SFX on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
"Launches a witty adventure series . . . Readers will appreciate the infusion of humor and fun-loving characters into this vivid and sometimes grim fantasy world."—Publishers Weekly on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
"As with most of Parker's work, there is a mel­ancholy undercurrent that gives the humor weight. As heroes go, Orhan is a reluctant and flawed one . . . . [but] when Orhan works the problem, we can't help but watch."—Locus on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
“With a steady pacing, solid, lean writing and variety of twists, the novel keeps on surprising the reader."—Fantasy Book Critic on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
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