The Escapement (Engineer Trilogy Series #3)

The Escapement (Engineer Trilogy Series #3)

by K. J. Parker


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The astonishing conclusion to the Engineer Trilogy, an exquisitely crafted tale of revenge from a unique and remarkable new voice in fantasy fiction.

The engineer Ziani Vaatzes engineered a war to be reunited with his family. The deaths were regrettable, but he had no choice.

Duke Valens dragged his people into the war to save the life of one woman - a woman whose husband he then killed. He regrets the evil he's done, but he, equally, had no choice.

Secretary Psellus never wanted to rule the Republic, or fight a desperate siege for its survival. As a man of considerable intelligence, he knows that he has a role to play - and little choice but to accept it.

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

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ISBN-13: 9780316003407
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Series: Engineer Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,183,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.

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The Escapement (Engineer Trilogy Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Escapement is a intriguing story, and KJ Parker does a good job of telling it. I say good but not great because throughout The Escapment, as well as the other two books in the trilogy, Parker tends to repeat phrases for every character regardless of their widely different attributes. Valens, Orsea, Ziani, and Miel all role their ankles whenever they dismount from their horses, though they have vastly different levels of experience and skill with horseback riding. Multiple characters exibit the same physical attribute of yawning when they are lying or hiding their true motives, which becomes tiresome to read over and over. The storyline and character development by Parker is top level, and I recommend The Escapment to the average reader, as well as the fantasy buff. Just beware of the sometimes overdone descriptions of the different mechanisims, although they do lend to the authenticity of the overall tale.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Former guild military engineer Ziani Vaatzes once cherished his country the superpower Mezentine Republic. However, he understood the flaws in the military-guild-aristocratic complex that ruled the region making the neighboring Vadani and Eremians angry the Empire used these nations as subordinate states to maintain their superiority. Ziani committed the worst transgression against the Guild and country when he tried to improve on the ¿perfect¿ economic model of suppression and was sentenced for innovative efficiencies crimes. He turned traitor selling military-industrial war machines. Many have since died, but Ziani remains obstinate even if it means the destruction of Civitas Vadanis with over a million people residing in it but he also fears his barbarian allies will fail him.----------- Mezentine Republic leader Secretary Psellus is stunned by recent events as his country¿s enemies have proven formidable in spite of massive slaughters of the civilian populace of his neighbors, as the insurgency remains strong against the occupation. He fears the ancient texts that guide him is failing as the Vadani and Eremians seem united in a common cause engineered by Vaatzes into an army of eight hundred thousand savages. Many innocent will die for either a belief system or for someone else¿s personal gain.--------------- The third book in The Engineer Trilogy (see DEVICES AND DESIRES and EVIL FOR EVIL) is a fascinating look at power those who have it want more at any cost. The Republic has economic and military power over the region with their premise that savages are expendable in support of the status quo. Ziani remains narrowly obsessed as he comprehends his actions will leave thousands maybe millions dead Psellus who has doubts is almost as narrow-minded and steadfastly stays the course. Other irresponsible leaders cloaking their motives behind the common good of security willingly send troops to die for a personal cause. Although at times the details are so explicit slows down the story line, readers will appreciate this strong look at the convergence of war, politics and economics.----------- Harriet Klausner
cissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow.I just finished "The Escapement", the third and last book in the Engineer Trilogy by K.J. Parker.Now- if you like feel-good books, this is not the series for you. Damn near all of the characters behave despicably in one way or another, usually saying "they had no choice".I also doubt that things in real life could work out as neatly as they do here.Still- wow.I think one of the things I appreciate about it is the focus on "I had no choice". Personally, I am getting heartily sick of that as a plot device in novels; urban fantasy seems particularly prone to this.And yeah- you DO have a choice. The choices may not be very attractive ones... but disclaiming responsibility for the choices you have made is also a Bad Thing. I am really tired of it as a plot device, and the exaggerated presence of it in this series kinda rubs one's nose in it.There's also something of the flavor of a classical tragedy, where the results are inevitable. It's not quite as DOOMed as "The Wreck of the River of Stars"- where I doubt anyone could offer any intervention that would have changed things- but it's close- AND it has the plus over the other in that the characters were NOT doing their very best, but were in fact sacrificing others busily for their own priorities.So- I would not want to read it again, but I'm glad I read it. And especially in this last volume, as things spiral together, there's a lot of good questions asked (and not answered) about culpability and decisions one makes, and priorities, and the results of such.It's a challenging series, or I found it such. However, I AM glad I read it.
demonite93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the final book of the engineers trilogy. Honestly it took me FOREVER to get through this book. After the first two it grew harder and hard to keep reading. The story is interesting always twisting and turning to some new craziness, but after awhile it gets tiring. So bluntly if your thinking about these book take some time to really focus yourself toward them, otherwise you will have them FOREVER.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has a tendency towards giving all the characters the same personality and mannerisms, making it tiresome to read. I enjoyed trying to figure out how this was going to end since it seemed impossible, but I expected to have a sense of urgency and excitement at the end and I felt as if it was just another "turn of the mechanism". I am glad to know how this ends so I can move on, I feel like I wasted my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoy fantasy, these books are well worth the time. The characters are well developed and far from predictable. I highly recommend the books Devices and Desires, the first novel. Evil for Evil, the second and this being the final novel. You need a dry sense of humor to get the sarcasm and a little patience to get through few a slow spots but I greatly enjoyed the story.
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Ther are old characters; there are new - the story remains compelling!
David Oberholtzer More than 1 year ago
I loved the connection between all the characters and the way they related the world to mechanical machines. Character flaws were highlighted rather than hidden so it is really anyones guess by the end who is a hero and who is a villain or even a coward. Loved all three books in the series. Didnt give five stars because it did drag along for a little too long stretching out the climax.
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