Prosper's Demon (Paperback)

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Pitch black socio-philosophical fable that is at times hilarious and disturbing with more heft than any 100 page novella has any right to possess.
Gorgeous cover, too, right?

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"As if Deadpool had slipped into the body of the Witcher Geralt." —The New York Times

In the pitch dark, witty fantasy novella Prosper's Demon, K. J. Parker deftly creates a world with vivid, unbending rules, seething with demons, broken faith, and worse men.

In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

About the Author

Having worked in journalism, numismatics and the law, K. J. Parker now writes for a precarious living. He is the author of Devices and Desires, Evil for Evil, The Devil You Know, and other novels, and has won the World Fantasy Award twice. Parker also writes under the name Tom Holt.

Praise For…

"As if Deadpool had slipped into the body of the Witcher Geralt." —The New York Times

"Rich with spiky ideas and with Parker’s inimitable and always entertaining voice." —Locus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250260512
ISBN-10: 1250260515
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Pages: 112
Language: English