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Dzur (Vlad Taltos #10)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  3,633 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In which Vlad Taltos confronts the Left Hand of the Jheregâand discovers the game has more players than he thought

Vlad Taltos, short-statured, short-lived human in an Empire of tall, long-lived Dragaerans, has always had to keep his wits about him. Long ago, he made a place for himself as a captain of the Jhereg, the noble house that runs the rackets in the great imperial
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Tor Books
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15Nov2012: It's been far too long since I read this & haven't read any of the following books, which I now have. I'd kind of like to re-read the series, but have too many other books on the pile, so I'll settle for re-reading this one & move on to the rest.

I gave it 4 stars previously, but I'm knocking that back to 3. It was pretty good, with a twisty problem, but there wasn't as much action as I recalled & the way it wound up was a little too fast, uneven & convenient. Each chap
It's been a while since Brust has had anything published and I had forgotten this was finally out in paperback. Vlad Taltos is back in Adrilanka and is back in trouble - this time on the behalf of his ex-wife Cawti. I enjoy Brust's books, and this one was witty and fun. I particularily liked the "interludes" of Vlad describing a 7 course meal from his favorite restaurant. What I didn't care for was Vlad wandering around Adrilanka in disguise, wondering what to do about his predicament. It became ...more
This book was a bit special (to be read as personal) to me. For I, got to prepare and cook the whole meal in Steve's kitchen, to be written about. Don't believe me?, Re-read the acknowledgments of this book. (When Steve handed me a copy of this book, he said, 'you never truly exist unless you're acknowledged in a book'.)

As always, Steve, thank you, it was my pleasure to cook for you. I hope that one day, I will get to have the pleasure again.

Every last detail of this meal was me. The planning
It's been a while since I've read any of the Taltos novels, but as someone who's enjoyed most of what Brust has written, when I saw this one available in paperback, I had to grab it (and I eagerly await Jhegaala in paperback at the end of this month.)

Overall, it's an entertaining read, although it suffers from rather odd pacing and a bit of an anticlimactic conflict resolution. Vlad spends much of the middle of the novel wandering around in disguise frustrated that he can't figure out what to do

This is once again a fabulous addition to the Vlad Taltos series. I rather enjoyed eating with Vlad at Valabar and Sons. I wonder if they'll open one up in LA. Brust certainly has a way of putting food to pen then pen to paper. But enough of that.

Though Vlad has been on the run for years from the Right-Hand of the Jhereg, he finds that he must face them once again. His journey begins at Valabar's, Vlads favorite restaurant. Sethra Lavode is concerned about Vlad's safety so she sends a Dzurlord

Kat  Hooper
In Dzur, the tenth book in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series, Vlad is finally back in the city of Adrilankha. I suspect that most fans will be thrilled to return to that decadent cosmopolitan city; it’s just so much more interesting than watching Vlad roam around the countryside. Fittingly, each of the chapters in Dzur is named for one of the items Vlad is served at his favorite restaurant during a gourmet meal that runs parallel to the main plot of Dzur. (Vlad, an assassin by trade, is quite th ...more
One of the weaker Vlad entries. It’s not bad, but there’s not much point to it. Very little character development takes place, and there’s almost no advancement of the larger themes and mysteries of the series. It’s just a standard, fairly uninteresting Vlad adventure, more of what we’ve seen before. The one aspect of the book that could have been really powerful is relegated to a brief mention in the epilogue, and the epilogue then ends on a teaser that’s almost unforgivable. This just feels li ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
It is hard to believe that a series of books has kept my attention through 10 books. Yet that is exactly what Brust has done. Every time a new book comes out I go back and reread the entire series up to that point. I read the first ones back in the 80's in high school as they came out, and I thought that the Character of Vlad Taltos was the coolest. He is a member of House Jehreg and a sometime assassin. Vlad once read quickly becomes an immensely popular protagonist. I have introduced these boo ...more
Don’t read this when you’re on a diet. Brust is fond of framing his stories, and this one is framed by an exquisite feast - each course described in loving, succulent detail at the beginning of each chapter.

The plot? Oh, something about the Jhereg and Vlad’s ex-wife and South Adrilankha and Vlad’s new Great Weapon. I’m already forgetting. But Brust’s writing is amusing, and this a nice enough read.

We finally get to meet: (view spoiler) I was a little underwhelmed.

This installment of the series doesn't really stand out for me. It's an entertaining read, and the interludes which draw connections between specific courses of a many-course fancy dinner and specific sections of the plot are both amusing and revealing. Also, I'm always happy when one book follows the plot directly from the previous book, as this one does. Otherwise, there's some character development, we hear more about Vlad's new weapon, and life goes on.
Ian Mathers
So, in preparation for reading the new book in the Vlad Taltos series for review, I spent a very enjoyable week-and-a-half during my long commute rereading the four books in the series before it, to job my memory and whet my appetite.

I happily admit to being biased; I randomly found Jhereg in a bookstore as a kid, and loved the snarky back cover text. I kind of expected a slightly darker version of Robert Asprin's Myth books, but by the time I read Teckla I knew something else was going on. I do
Fantasy Literature
In Dzur, the tenth book in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series, Vlad is finally back in the city of Adrilankha. I suspect that most fans will be thrilled to return to that decadent cosmopolitan city; it’s just so much more interesting than watching Vlad roam around the countryside. Fittingly, each of the chapters in Dzur is named for one of the items Vlad is served at his favorite restaurant during a gourmet meal that runs parallel to the main plot of Dzur. (Vlad, an assassin by trade, is quite th ...more
I'm almost out of Vlad Taltos books. Nooooooooo!

Dzur (Vlad Taltos, #10) is the story of Vlad's predictable return to Adrilanka, and his negotiation for continued life with The Jhereg, which is conveniently pointed out to only be the Right Hand. We meet the Left Hand though not for any real practical purpose, and then Vlad manages to save the day and his life as expected.

This is a short little novel with a plot device designed to make a foodie out of you if you weren't one already. I must say tha
I think my previous review still stands. This one's a bit tedious, but I enjoyed meeting Telnan, and I...appreciate getting some depth on the humans in Adrilanka. And Vlad's new weapon. And the scene with Verra. And there are a few really good lines.

Review from September 26, 2006:

This is going to be hard. This book picks up seconds after the one in the Vladimir Taltos series that comes before it, Issola. In that one, he proclaimed that he was going to go eat at his favorite restaurant even tho
***Dave Hill

Nothing much to add to the below. This is a very personal story but, unlike Teckla (its closest analog), it's much more satisfying.


(Original review Aug 2006)

Overall 4/5
Story 4/5
Re-Readability 4/5
Characters 4/5

Now this is what I’m talking about. Vlad’s back on the streets of Adrilankha, hours after the previous novel, and trying to help his estranged wife against a mysterious conspiracy by the distaff sorcerers of the Left Hand of the Jhereg. Vlad returns to his root
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Aug 13, 2008 Pamr rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brust Addicts like me!
Every single Vlad Taltos book is a Masterpiece in it's own way. It is an amazing sequence of books. The adventures of Vald the assassin with assoreted help and hindering from Kiera the thief, Sethra Lavode, Morrolan (lord of Castle Black), Aliera e'kieron and assorted others are a brilliant place to pass time.

Brust's concept of the houses (clans) makes for a backdrop of added complexity as the books deal with the world's politics which Vlad finds himself caught up in, and being a simple 'busines
Alissa Thorne
I begin to think that Brust uses the books in his Taltos series to experiment in writing styles.

In this story, the still hunted (but not yet worn down by the despair of being on the run) Vlad returns to the heart of the empire that is after him, to save his ex-wife, about which she is none too pleased. The now familiar theme in which Vlad puts himself into harms way for the sake of someone he cares about, and who would much rather he stay out of their business, unfolds in the typical fashion.

Joel Neff
Jan 23, 2008 Joel Neff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Dragaera and of Steven Brust.
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
A re-read. I think. Maybe?

At the end of Issola (the first time I read it), I figured "Okay, this book will involve Vlad sitting down for a meal at Valabar's and solving some kind of problem during the course of the meal." And I was about half right. Vlad does solve a problem, but he's only notified during the meal, he doesn't solve the problem then. Actually, it might be better to say "deals with the situation."

I saw that it started with the meal, kind of rolled my eyes, and maybe only flipped t
Catherine Fitzsimmons
Vlad Taltos, one-time assassin now returned to his homeland for the first time in years, hardly gets a chance to sit down before trouble comes knocking in the form of a call for help from one person he didn’t expect – his ex-wife.

I’m probably not the right person to be reviewing this book. It was another clearance rack find which sounded interesting, but it’s the tenth book in a series, and it shows. The setting seemed intriguing, though I didn’t understand what most of it was. The narrator even
Much of my interest in this series is based on the main character, but Brust often seems to try to get in the way of that character, portraying him in situations where he isn't at his best. I don't mind characters being in unfamiliar territory, as it shakes up the characters and allows me to see them in new light, but my problem here is that many of the later "Vlad Taltos" books put Vlad in diminishing situations. Still, I guess I love the guy, as I can never quite break up with him.

Brust also
David McAliley
Steven Brust does an incredible job creating a rich world full of history and intrigue. He's also a master of the anti-hero. It's tough to like a smartass assassin who goes around killing people for money (or less), but Brust manages it well with Vlad Taltos. Awesome series!!
At this stage in the main character's life, he is among the dozen most powerful beings in the world, and he is friend's with most of the others. Indeed, one of the subplots of the book is his growing mistrust of his patron goddess, and her fear of him...

Although Vlad has a mundane problem to solve, Brust presents that as a background, and not the main part of the story. Instead we see how Vlad faces change, his own influence in the world, the consequences of his actions, and the problem of being
Another good Vlad Taltos book. I don't think it was quite as good as the previous, but it told the story well and it made me hungry.

It also showed that I am again able to read on the bus on my way to school, so that's a plus!
Chronologically the most recent one for me so far and I really loved it.
The plot itself was great and Vlad finally finds out what we know since Orca. And we get to meet Mario!
The only thing that got me a bit was the long long food descriptions.
I usually don't mind them, but in this book they were a bit much for me. I still thought the meal with Telnana was interesting, just a bit too much of foody stuff for me.
That is why I decided to give only four stars, only to make a distinction, even if ver
Roger N.
Somewhere, I got lost. I hurt my hip, and that made it difficult to sit up and read, and I've never been much for reading in bed. Mostly better now, so I finished Dzur off in a couple of meals and some final reading at home. It's almost unfair to rate this one. I can tell you the mechanics -- immediately follows on the last one, for once; framing story is an extension of the prologue, with hazy connection to the text; and, at last, the second of my two "What"s is resolved. Nicely plotted. I'm ju ...more
Aaron Anderson
God, another 4-star demoted to 3 for the vastly annoying fashion that the start of every chapter was a course from the meal he started the book with. I get that Vlad is a foody. I get that the author wants to try to make all kinds of philosophical and/or funny points with all the damned food stuff, but it (yet once again) just didn't quite do it for me.

I still liked this one pretty darn well. Though again, the ending didn't totally make sense to me. What was so special about this Dzur or his Gre
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Somewhat unusually for this series, Dzur takes place immediately following the previous book Issola. It marks the first appearance of Vlad in his home city of Adrilankha since he was forced to flee some number of books previously. In some sense, the overarching plot (if there is one...some may debate this) is not particularly advanced by this book, although it is a fairly typical, self-contained Vlad story. One major event (which had been subtley and not-so-subtley hinted at in previous books) i ...more
A very good book by Brust, returning his serial hero Vlad Taltos and his two jheregs (mini-dragons) to Adrilankha at long last. The two or three prior books haven't been as strong, mainly due to Vlad being out of his element (Adrilankha and the mafia-like Jhereg, a crew of which Vlad used to lead). This book returns him to that environment, albeit still with a price on his head. Many of the loose ends from prior volumes are tied up in this book, but enough remain open (or are introduced) to ensu ...more
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Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent. He was a member of the writers' group The Scribblies, which included Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Will Shetterly, Nate Bucklin, Kara Dalkey, and Patricia Wrede, and also belongs to the Pre-Joycean Fellowship.

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