This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten.
A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all.
To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job.
This was such a fun read – Orhan is a funny, irreverent and utterly engaging character to follow along with as he attempts to save a city he couldn’t care less about mainly because he fancies a bit of glory but also because there is nobody else..
An admitted liar, thrown into a situation where his wits are his main weapon, Orhan comes up with ever more creative ways to defend against the enemy with whom there is a rather more personal connection than he’s willing to let on.
K J Parker’ s joyful, entertaining and wonderfully immersive prose just rocks this book along. It is a one sitting beauty of a read with an exciting plot and an eclectic cast. Read page one and you just won’t look back.