K. J. Parker

K. J. Parker is the pseudonym under which the British author Tom Holt has published fantasy fiction. Parker's identity as Holt was kept secret for 17 years, until April 2015.[1][2]

While Parker's stories take place in secondary worlds with invented geographies and histories, some of the typical features of fantasy fiction such as explicit use of magic are not present. The stories tend to have tragic themes with characters whose actions are unintentionally, ultimately self-destructive. Other major themes in the books are politics, technology (especially disruptive innovation), and either or both of the former as a means to power.



The Fencer trilogy

The Fencer trilogy follows Bardas Loredan, a fencer-at-law.

The Scavenger trilogy

The Scavenger trilogy is about a man, or possibly god, who wakes up on a battlefield with amnesia and discovers that he is being hunted by enemies he no longer remembers.

The Engineer trilogy

The Engineer trilogy features an engineer, Ziani Vaatzes, who is forced into exile from his home city and plots an elaborate revenge.

Other novels

Short fiction



Short essays

External links


  1. Jared Shurin (April 21, 2015). "Interview: "Hello, My Name is K.J. Parker"". www.pornokitsch.com. Pornokitsch.
  2. "The Two of Swords launches (and the real K. J. Parker stands up!)". www.orbitbooks.net. Orbit Books. April 21, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Awards". World Fantasy.
  4. "KJ Parker - Academic Exercises and Savages announced". Upcoming4.me.
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