Dzur (Vlad Taltos #10)
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 imperia
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...more
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 roots — mobs, magic, and lots of pointy objects (or the threat thereof) — with appropriate twists. He’s not the assassin we first met, and killing out of hand doesn’...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
1 star: Didn’t Like it
2 stars: It’s Okay
3 stars: Liked it
4 stars: Really Liked it
5 stars: It Was Amazing
I don’t really give a rat-fuck that there are some who think I ‘owe’ an explanation for my opinion. Nope, nada, and not sorry about it.
Sometimes I may add notes to explain what my opinions are based on, and sometimes I don’t. I do this for me, on my boo...more
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 thou...more
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...more
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.
* Relatively teenaged. Like, 80 or 90, but in a lifetime of several thousand years that's totes YA.
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...more
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)[Mario! (hide spoiler)] I was a little underwhelmed.
This one has a lot going for it--the structure using the meal, the standard great characters and razor-sharp dialogue--but it ultimately left me hungry.
I understand that Vlad was acting like a Dzur, but his solution to the main problem was disappointing and unconvincing. This is not the Vlad I know and love...
By this point Vlad has had several adventures since his old thugging days, and in theory he's a kinder, more enlightened soul. He's still wandering the city, mostly planless, picking fights with large shadowy organizations, getting periodically ambushed and beaten up. But at least he's not doing it for money?
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...more
(Photo by David Dyer-Bennet)