K.J. Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt. He was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines; interests which led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialized in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.
"Parker's acerbic wit and knowledge of human nature are a delight
to read as he explores the way conflict is guided, in equal
measure, by the brilliance and unerring foolishness of humanity . .
. . Thoroughly engaging."--RT Books Reviews on The Two of
Swords: Volume One
"[Sharps] is a ripping good adventure yarn, laced with frequent barbed witticisms and ace sword fighting... Parker's settings and characterizations never miss a beat, and the intricate political interplay of intrigue is suspenseful almost to the last page."--Publishers Weekly on Sharps
"A richly textured and emotionally complex fantasy...Highly recommended."--Library Journal on The Engineer Trilogy (starred review)
"Astonishingly good"---RT Book Reviews on Sharps
"This is another splendid offering from K.J. Parker, the (pseudonymous) British fantasist who seems incapable of writing in anything but top form."--Locus on Sharps
"Well-crafted, powerful and downright unmissable"--SFX on The Company
"Brilliant"--Locus on The Engineer Trilogy
"Parker carries the reader on a headlong gallop to the powerful conclusion."--Publishers Weekly on The Company (starred review)