Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Evil For Evil Evil For Evil
Engineer Trilogy Book 2
by K. J. Parker

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Stephen Litten

"The quickest way to a man’s heart," Valens, quoted, drawing the rapier from its scabbard, "is proverbially through his stomach, but if you want to get into his brain, I recommend the eye-socket." Thus starts Evil for Evil, the second book of K. J. Parker’s Engineer Trilogy. Eremia has fallen and now the Mezentine forces threaten Vadania. Duke Valens is providing shelter for the Eremian refugees, and once again Ziani Vaatzes is called upon to create an engineering solution for his protectors. All he still wants is his family. Orsea is as riddled with doubts as ever, and Valens is trying to preserve his own duchy in the face of the powerful mercenary armies array against him.

Evil for Evil follows the same characters as Devices and Desires, but for the Eremians, life has got hard. Miel Dukas, still under a charge of treason, is slumming it with the Eremian resistance. Duke Orsea and his wife depend on the charity of Valens. Orsea feels the war is his fault and is constantly trying to make amends. Valens is searching for viable allies and, against his better judgment, marries a Cure Hardy princess. The Cure Hardy are nomads everyone fears. Little is known of them as they live on the other side of a theoretically impassable desert. Councillor Psellus is slowly making headway in Necessary Evil, but is constantly drawn back to anomalies in case against Ziani Vaatzes.

Once more, Parker’s world shows delightful twists and turns. We meet the people who live by recycling material from battles, watch Vadania slowly implode under the constant warring with Mezentia, and witness the amusing partisan politics of the Perpetual Republic. We also learn a bit more about the history of Mezentia. He also introduces a new character, Gace Daurenja, a polymath with both a dark nature and optimistic disposition.

Evil for Evil is an excellent sequel and sets up the finale well.

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