Evil for Evil

Evil for Evil

by K. J. Parker


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Civitas Vadanis is in trouble. The Mezentines have declared war; and the Mezentines are very focused on their goals when it comes to killing.

Duke Valens, of Civitas Vadanis, has a dilemma. He knows that his city cannot withstand the invading army; yet its walls are his only defence against the Mezentines. Perhaps the only way to save his people is to flee, but that will not be easy either.

Ziani Vaatzes, an engineer exiled by the Mezentines for his abominable creations, has already proven that he can defend a city. But Ziani Vaatzes has his own concerns, and the fate of Civitas Vadanis may not be one of them.

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ISBN-13: 9780316003391
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 11/21/2007
Series: Engineer Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 1,193,981
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

K.J. Parker is a pseudonym.

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Evil for Evil (Engineer Trilogy #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The continuing adventures of Vaaztes as he tries to get back to his wife.The events are almost ancillary to this book, in which we see a sociable and an unsociable schizophrenic get together, viewing the world as a machine and manipulating the machine as they choose.That said, the events carry on in their normal style, with both huge political impact and tiny personal minutiae all handled with equal aplomb and keeping things moving along happily. Despite that, it feels a bit weaker than normal for this author, not sure quite why it misses the mark, but it does.
Ehlana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, which was slow going through the middle but picked up amazingly at the end. The war is now out of Vaatzes control....
cissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this volume of the series better than the first; I think it's because the various threads are starting to come together here. In a lot of ways, the first one was mostly set-up. It's certainly an excellently twisty plot! I'm very much looking forward to reading the last volume.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The Mexentine army found the invasion of Eremian easy they won the war without much resistance. However, the occupation is another matter. Insurgents like that led by Miel Ducas, who prefers resistance liberators, is causing problems for the occupiers. Their solution is to take it out on the common people as killing them is easy and the Mezentines are quite proud of their ability to kill and destroy. Walled cities like Civitas Vadanis cannot survive the onslaught. It¿s leader Duke Valens is troubled with how to save his people fleeing seems the only responsible solution, but that will leave many dead even if the enemy army fails to find them, an unlike outcome. Of course there is that insane exiled Mexentine engineering genius Ziani Vaatzes, whose killing machines frighten even his vicious people as they are weapons of mass destruction his latest one may be capable of destroying the world or protect a city from invaders. He is joined by another engineering genius Daurenja in a partnership that means hell for everyone else. Meanwhile the worlds a stage for all the key players are coming together in holy matrimony and other stately alliances that foster betrayals caused by love and worse emotions. --- The first Engineering tale (DEVICES AND DESIRES) is a complex somewhat convoluted thriller however book two, EVIL FOR EVIL, makes the predecessor look like a simple Dick and Jane adventure as the plot has become even more complicated. The above is too simplified of a description of all the goings-on as the key players return still filled with a gloom and doom inevitable outlook. K.J. Parker uses satire and humor to expand the plot for instance the Mexentine people and its bureaucracy ironically remain disengaged from their war fighters except for the technology sector. Intricate, multifaceted, and still way over the top of the stratosphere, fans who read the first Engineer¿s tale will appreciate the middle segment and look forward to how K.J. Parker ties together the antics of a cast that act like some sort of DNA blending of Rove, Machiavelli, and Rumsford. --- Harriet Klausner