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Purple and Black by K.J. Parker
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Jun 29, 09

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Read in June, 2009

Great novella set in dispatches between two scholars. One is the accidental heir to an Empire who becomes Emperor on the deaths in fratricidal war of the rest of his family and the other his best friend whom he dispatches as military governor in the one trouble province on the Northern ice-cold border where an unknown enemy attacks.

From his university days there was a circle of friends around Nico (the Emperor) and Phormio (the governor) with the brilliant Gorgias the only dead in the civil wars. Nico appoints the other three friends to important posts in the capital reserving the hardest task for his best friend.

If you read all the rest of KJ Parker novels (I did 8 out 10 so far and found all superb)you will recognize the themes and get an inkling of what is going on faster though the novella will still keep you in suspense for a while.

Even so it's brilliant, almost perfect (maybe 30 extra pages were needed) and a great introduction to her work too.
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Joel i read this on your recommendation and really enjoyed it. also looking forward to blue and gold now!


Liviu I am happy you liked it; Blue and Gold is excellent too, though it is more personal with less of a "big picture' thingy, though some of that is there too.


message 3: by Jokoloyo (new)

Jokoloyo If I want to start reading the stories from K.J. Parker, what is your recommendation as a starter?


Liviu For novels, the recent standalones (Sharps, Hammer, Folding Knife) are good places to starts and for stories, there are lots of free ones in Subterranean online


message 5: by Jokoloyo (new)

Jokoloyo Thank you very much! I will start with a standalone then.


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