The City may be under siege, but everyone still has to make a living. Take Notker, the playwright, actor and impresario. Nobody works harder, even when he's not working. Thankfully, the good citizens of Classis appreciate an evening at the theatre even when there are large rocks falling out of the sky.
But Notker is a man of many talents, and all the world is, apparently, a stage. It seems that the Empire needs him -- or someone who looks a lot like him -- for a role that will call for the performance of a lifetime.
This is the story of Notker, an occasionally good man and a bad liar, written down because eventually the truth always seeps through. With razor-sharp wit, K.J. Parker has created one of fantasy's greatest heroes, and he might even get away with it.
For more from K. J. Parker, check out:
Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
The Two of Swords
The Two of Swords: Volume One
The Two of Swords Volume Two
The Two of Swords: Volume Three
The Fencer Trilogy
Colours in the Steel
The Belly of the Bow
The Proof House
The Scavenger Trilogy
Devices and Desires
Evil for Evil
The Folding Knife