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Sharps by K.J. Parker
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it was amazing
bookshelves: advance-reading-copy, ebook, fantasy, far-beyond-reality-review

The last war between the neighboring countries of Permia and Scheria ended when Scheria’s greatest general redirected the course of a number of rivers and flooded one of the enemy’s cities, thereby killing tens of thousands of people and gaining the charming nickname “the Irrigator.” Some years later, as K.J. Parker’s newest novel Sharpsstarts off, the tension between the two enemies shows signs of thawing, so much so that there’s talk of sending a mission of goodwill across the Demilitarized Zone: a small team of Scherian fencers will embark on a tour of Permia, signaling the possible start of an era of rapprochement.

Fencing is, after all, the most popular sport in the area. Showing the common folks that “hey, we’re really not so different after all” will go a long way towards creating lasting peace and mutually beneficial trade between the former enemy nations. It’s a huge responsibility for the members of the fencing team, because even a small cultural misstep could lead to a major diplomatic incident. Of course, some of the fencers didn’t exactly volunteer for their new roles, making the entire tour a highly uncomfortable affair….

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Reading Progress

June 22, 2012 – Shelved
June 22, 2012 – Shelved as: advance-reading-copy
June 22, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 22, 2012 – Shelved as: ebook
July 2, 2012 – Started Reading
July 6, 2012 – Finished Reading
November 13, 2012 – Shelved as: far-beyond-reality-review

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