Devices and Desires by K. J. Parker
(Engineer Trilogy)

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When an engineer is sentenced to death for a petty transgression of guild law, he flees the city, leaving behind his wife and daughter. Forced into exile, he seeks a terrible vengeance -- one that will leave a trail of death and destruction in its wake. But he will not be able to achieve this by himself. He must draw up his plans using the blood of others...

In a compelling tale of intrigue and injustice, K. J. Parker's embittered hero takes up arms against his enemies, using the only weapons he has left to him: his ingenuity and his passion -- his devices and desires.

About K. J. Parker

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K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.
Published May 27, 2009 by Orbit. 672 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When weapons engineer Ziani Vaatzes is condemned for making a nonstandard mechanical doll for his daughter’s birthday, he manages to evade his jailors and escape to the small duchy of Eremia Montis.

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When he leaves his country, he no longer has the metal and tools to work with that he’s used to so he creates the machine of war using the flesh and blood around him.

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Entertainment Weekly

Ziani Vaatzes, a supervisor in the powerful machinists' guild, deliberately modifies some specs — a capital offense in the country of Mezentia.

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The Zone

The amount of detail lavished on Parker's hobby horses result in a novel that feels unevenly paced and bloated because of Parker's failure to place either his world building or his discussions of technology in an appropriate context.

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