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How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It

In this epic fantasy novel, an acclaimed playwright and a terrible liar might be the hope of an empire when he’s compelled to take on a role that will grant him fame, fortune, and immortality . . . if it doesn’t kill him first.

The City may be under siege, but everyone still has to make a living. Take Notker, the playwright, actor and impresario. Nobody works harder, even when he’s not working. Thankfully, the good citizens of Classis appreciate an evening at the theatre even when there are large rocks falling out of the sky.

But Notker is a man of many talents, and all the world is, apparently, a stage. It seems that the Empire needs him — or someone who looks a lot like him — for a role that will call for the performance of a lifetime.

This is the story of Notker, an occasionally good man and a bad liar, written down because eventually the truth always seeps through. With razor-sharp wit, K.J. Parker has created one of fantasy’s greatest heroes, and he might even get away with it.

For more from K. J. Parker, check out:
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City

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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Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Fiction / Fantasy / Epic

On Sale: August 18th 2020

Price: $9.99 / $12.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780316498654

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Reader Reviews

Praise

"Readers are ensured a good time and a barrel of laughs to boot."—Publishers Weekly
"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
"Parker's acerbic wit and knowledge of human nature are a delight to read as he explores the way conflict is guided, in equal measure, by the brilliance and unerring foolishness of humanity . . . . Thoroughly engaging."—RT Books Reviews on The Two of Swords: Volume One
"[Sharps] is a ripping good adventure yarn, laced with frequent barbed witticisms and ace sword fighting... Parker's settings and characterizations never miss a beat, and the intricate political interplay of intrigue is suspenseful almost to the last page."—Publishers Weekly on Sharps
"This is another splendid offering from K.J. Parker, the (pseudonymous) British fantasist who seems incapable of writing in anything but top form."—Locus on Sharps
"Well-crafted, powerful and downright unmissable"—SFX on The Company
"Brilliant."—Locus on The Engineer Trilogy
"Parker carries the reader on a headlong gallop to the powerful conclusion."—Publishers Weekly on The Company (starred review)
"A richly textured and emotionally complex fantasy...Highly recommended."—Library Journal on The Engineer Trilogy (starred review)
"Astonishingly good."—RT Book Reviews on Sharps
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