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The Escapement (The Engineer Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

K J. Parker
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Condemned to death, the engineer Ziani Vaatzes escaped from Mezentia. His implacable determination to return home led him to contrive an intricate plan to bring down the Republic, a plan which require a war. He regrets the deaths. But he had no choice.

Duke Valens dragged his people into the war to save the life of one woman. Then he killed her husband. Now, allied to the nomadic barbarians who have the manpower to defeat Mezentia, the Duke regrets the evil he's done. But he had no choice.

Secretary Psellus never wanted to rule the Republic, or fight a desperate siege for its survival. Trying to make sense of how it all happened, he finds himself compelled to investigate the circumstances of Vaatzes' crime. He is terrified of what he might find out, but he has no choice.

The machine has been built. All that remains is to set it in motion.

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Praise for the Engineer Trilogy: 'Thoroughly engrossing' Focus 'Devices and Desires is as complicated, efficient, and well constructed as its protagonist's well-oiled machines' Starburst 'A bravura display of intricate storytelling and artfully doled out revelations' SFX

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The stunning conclusion to The Engineer Trilogy - a fast-moving mix of politics, action and intelligent world-building - that continues to push the boundaries of fantasy fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3DZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars be careful what you want 8 Dec. 2008
third and final volume in a trilogy of fantasy novels called the engineer trilogy. if you havent read the first two - devices and desires and evil for evil - then stop here and go and get them instead. they're very good and you will get more out of this book by reading the whole story in order.

If you have, then read on.

running at 550 pages, this brings an end to the story. the quality of the prose is very good and very readable, and all the characters do have a good depth. Psellus is now in charge of the city and a lot of the story is focused on his attempts to run it's defence. despite his own admission that he's not really up to the job his patient and intelligent attempts to solve his problems are supremely and engrossing and he becomes a highly appealing character, discovering a few things about other characters as well which result in some good twists and turns.

there are good descriptions of siege warfare, and the big picture of nations at war and what is happening to individuals caught up in the middle of things is well done. every character has their own motivation, and they are all driven by them. not everyone gets the resolution they were expecting, but they are all realistic resolutions that arise out of character development.

A good end to a good trilogy, that will make me seek out other works by the writer
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4.0 out of 5 stars an intricate and fascinating mechanism 27 Jun. 2009
Not quite up to the level of his previous Scavenger Trilogy, nonetheless the Engineer books are very well plotted with some excellent ideas and the occasional piece of fine writing. The central theme is an exploration of the romantic idea of the hero turning upside down heaven and earth for love, and the horrific reality that ensues if this is taken through to it's logical conclusion with single-minded obsession and thorough planning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion of a complex story. 25 April 2014
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The whole series has been a very complicated interweaving of incidents and story lines. The working out was if anything even more complex. It was a little depressing as almost every character appeared to have developed into a worse personality by the end. But very clever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 22 Aug. 2013
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a fantastic trilogy but difficult to find in most of the shops.
would recommend to any one who likes a mystery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Jan. 2015
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I really enjoyed Parkers other work and I was not disappointed in this trilogy
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