Saevus Corax Captures the Castle


By K. J. Parker

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From one of the most original voices in fantasy comes a heroic tale of honor, friendship, and battlefield salvage.It’s important to look after your crew when you’re in the battlefield salvage business. It’s stressful work at the best of times, and although your employees are unlikely to be happy it makes sense to keep them alive.

So when Saevus Corax finds himself having to capture a castle to stop his men from being killed, he has no choice but to give it a try. Needless to say, the conventional rules of siegecraft are unlikely to be followed.

For more from K. J. Parker, check out:

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City

How to Rule an Empire and Get Away With It
A Practical Guide to Conquering the World

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




Engineer Trilogy

Devices and Desires

Evil for Evil

The Escapement

The Company

The Folding Knife

The Hammer


  • "Full of invention and ingenuity . . . Great fun."
    SFX on Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Skillful plotting and rich scene-setting."
    Guardian on The Company
  • "A richly textured and emotionally complex fantasy...Highly recommended."
    Library Journal on The Engineer Trilogy (starred review)
  • "Astonishingly good."
    RT Book Reviews on Sharps
  • "Parker's skillful control of pacing, expert rendering of characters, and subtle sense of humor add depth and believability."
    Library Journal on Sharps

On Sale
Nov 21, 2023
Page Count
352 pages

K. J. Parker

About the Author

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.

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