The Hammer

The Hammer

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'The Hammer is a novel by an author working at the very top of her game. It is a thing of terrible beauty.' - Interzone

'Parker's acerbic wit and knowledge of human nature are a delight to read' - RT Book Reviews

The colony was founded seventy years ago. The plan was originally to mine silver, but there turned out not to be any.

Now an uneasy peace exists on the island, between the colonists and the once-noble met'Oc, a family in exile on a remote stronghold for their role in a vaguely remembered civil war. The met'Oc are tolerated, in spite of occasional cattle stealing raids, since they alone possess the weapons considered necessary protection in the event of the island's savages becoming hostile.

Intelligent, resourceful, and determined, Gignomai is the youngest brother in the current generation of met'Oc. He is about to realise exactly what is expected of him; and what it means to defy his family.

Books by K.J. Parker:

Fencer Trilogy
The Colours in the Steel
The Belly of the Bow
The Proof House

Scavenger Trilogy
Shadow
Pattern
Memory

Engineer Trilogy
Devices and Desires
Evil for Evil
The Escapement

Saloninus
Blue and Gold
The Devil You Know

Two of Swords
The Two of Swords: Part 1
The Two of Swords: Part 2
The Two of Swords: Part 3

Novels
The Company
The Folding Knife
The Hammer
Sharps
Savages
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
My Beautiful Life
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 29mm | 355g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 184149514X
  • 9781841495149
  • 187,411

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Parker has created a compelling, sometimes disturbing world filled with fascinating characters; both the world and its inhabitants should appeal to readers of Felix Gilman's similar The Half-Made World BOOKLIST
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I have reviewed books before that I thought might someday be found to have achieved greatness.... But I am trying to be precise in my use of the word when I tell you that K.J. Parker is writing work after work that demands to be placed in that category. -- ORSON SCOTT CARD one of fantasy's premier voices -- SFX Parker has created a compelling, sometimes disturbing world filled with fascinating characters; both the world and its inhabitants should appeal to readers of Felix Gilman's similar The Half-Made World -- BOOKLIST
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About K. J. Parker

Having worked in journalism and the law, K. J. Parker now writes and makes things out of wood and metal.
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1,135 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 25% (281)
4 44% (497)
3 24% (272)
2 6% (69)
1 1% (16)
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