The Belly of the Bow

The Belly of the Bow

by K J Parker (Orbit, 1999)

Book cover: “The Belly of the Bow” by K J Parker (Orbit, 1999)

The Fencer Trilogy’s second instalment proves even bleaker and more cynical than the first. Estranged brothers Bardas and Gorgas Loredan struggle towards victories most decidedly Pyrrhic, the narrative sustained by Parker’s commitment to portraying human foibles and stark, unglorified realism within fantasy.

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