Sharps by K. J. Parker

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In every way, this is a beautifully constructed mystery as the author challenges us to work out what’s happening while propelling us forward with breakneck speed into a series of fights both on and off the piste. The politics and economics are also skillfully interwoven so we can piece together who would have a motive for each move and countermove.
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K.J. Parker's new stand-alone novel is a perfectly executed tale of intrigue and deception.

For the first time in nearly forty years, an uneasy truce has been called between two neighbouring kingdoms. The war has been long and brutal, fought over the usual things: resources, land, money...

Now, there is a chance for peace. Diplomatic talks have begun and with them, the games. Two teams of fencers represent their nations at this pivotal moment.

When the future of the world lies balanced on the point of a rapier, one misstep could mean ruin for all. Human nature being what it is, does peace really have a chance?
 

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K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Orbit. 473 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Dec 31 2012

In every way, this is a beautifully constructed mystery as the author challenges us to work out what’s happening while propelling us forward with breakneck speed into a series of fights both on and off the piste. The politics and economics are also skillfully interwoven so we can piece together who would have a motive for each move and countermove.

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