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4.0 out of 5 stars A really strong beginning, looking forward to the rest of the trilogy., August 12, 2007
This review is from: Devices and Desires: Devices and Desires Series Book One (The Engineer Trilogy) (Paperback)
Like I said, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I picked it up on a whim. Nor am I sure whether the title was some kind of sideways homage to P.D. James. Little mysteries.

Devices and Desires is a really clever alt-fantasy kind of book that avoids pretty much every typical pitfall of swords & sorcery genre. Ziani Vaazes is a fascinating anti-hero-- a kind of sociopath engineer who believes that his actions are an inevitable result of the situation in which he is placed. He may be even be right, given the assumptions behind Parker's world-building. It's a relief to have the much more likable Valens as counterpoint, even with his flaws.

There's no magic, just alternative science. You spend your time as a reader focusing on the idea of engineering and technology development rather than on rules for shooting fireballs. A welcome change of pace. There are well written discussion of fantasy, management and cultural differences.

If I could have wished for anything, I might have wished that the book was a trifle warmer. It is a cold cold place in The Engineer Trilogy. I guess that this is part of the point, but I will confess to liking my fantasy flavored with at least a hint of sentimentality.

Although I think that I'll buy the next in the series (Evil for Evil) first, it is worth mentioning that Parker has two other series under her belt-- The Fencer Trilogy and the Scavenger Trilogy. I'm sorry that it took me so long to be aware of her work.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2013 11:47:01 AM PDT
The title is a reference to the General Confession in the Book of Common Prayer, as is P.D. James' title.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 7:51:13 PM PST
A. Ross says:
Writer is not a she -- it's a psuedonym for Tom Holt
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