By K. J. Parker
Condemned to demise, the engineer Ziani Vaatzes escaped from Mezentia. His implacable choice to come domestic led him to contrive an complicated plan to carry down the Republic, a plan which require a struggle. He regrets the deaths. yet he had no selection. Duke Valens dragged his humans into the warfare to avoid wasting the lifetime of one lady. Then he killed her husband. Now, allied to the nomadic barbarians who've the manpower to defeat Mezentia, the Duke regrets the evil he is performed. yet he had no selection. Secretary Psellus by no means desired to rule the Republic, or struggle a determined siege for its survival. attempting to make feel of the way all of it occurred, he unearths himself forced to enquire the situations of Vaatzes' crime. he's petrified of what he could discover, yet he has no selection. The computer has been outfitted. All that continues to be is to set it in movement.