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The Proof House: The Fencer Trilogy Volume 3: 03 Paperback – 30 November 2000
Action-packed adventure ... An intriguing tale of magic, manipulation and revenge -- STARBUST
A massively enjoyable adventure -- BLACK TEARS
There's a mordant wit to the workings of Parker's mind -- TIME OUT
Parker's skilful control of pacing, expert rendering of characters, and subtle sense of humour add depth and believability -- LIBRARY JOURNAL
Bardas has come a long way from the young soldier who wrought havoc in the wars with the barbarians of the plains, the swordsman who fought successful trials by combat and the commander whose attempts to save his city were dashed by last-moment treachery. He has taken several steps into madness and depravity; in The Proof House, the impressive conclusion of The Fencer Trilogy, his sanity is entirely up for grabs as an imperial posting sends him to where armour is made and souls are tested, not least by the endless din of breastplates and helmets subjected to breaking strain. It is the end-game for his friends as well--for his former secretary and the ambitious merchants she has formed a partnership with, and the half-smart magicians whose attempts to change history have consistently made things radically and disastrously worse. His family--the brothers who betrayed him and the niece whose attempts to kill him have cost her most of her hand--are out there somewhere too...Parker's is a bleak and sardonic fantasy world, where it can never be assumed that things will turn out for the best; this is a startlingly original book with a tone entirely of its own. ― Roz Kaveney, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW
From the first page, it has style, humour and pace all its own, and develops rapidly into one of the most entertaining fantasy debuts in recent years...Refreshing, fun, thoughtful, different, absorbing ― SFX
Action-packed adventure ... An intriguing tale of magic, manipulation and revenge ― STARBURST
A massively enjoyable adventure ― BLACK TEARS on THE BELLY OF THE BOW
- Publisher : Orbit; 1st edition (30 November 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 608 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1841490180
- ISBN-13 : 978-1841490182
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 3.51 x 17.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 874,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The weird interactions with the rest of his family in the background add some humour and plot twists, all the characters from the original book are still there and bound to Bardas.
We finally get a better idea of the underlying forces and why Bardas became so pivotal.
The book is a bit more depressing than the others with the sense of inevitability hanging over everything making it less enjoyable.
The ending is good with another weird twist and Gorgas' madness showing through again.
A good book but a little disappointing when compared to the others.
I read the first of these books when I was 12 and loved it beyond belief. It was up there with early eddings and feist as much early loves. I returned to it as a 31 year old and I can't believe the difference. The first book is still unreal, the second is ok and the third is quite frankly ridiculous. I'm so disappointed. I can only assume the author got bored and couldn't be bothered to finish the book. Lazy writing is prevalent, and I genuinely searched for the author on Twitter to admonish him.
Just don't bother. Awful ending, save your money.