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Jhereg (Vlad Taltos #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  9,110 ratings  ·  302 reviews
Vlad Taltos ist ein Hexer, freiberuflicher Attentäter, lebt als Ostländer (also Mensch) unter Dragaeranern und nennt einen reptilischen Vertrauten mit beissendem Humor sein Eigen. Und er ist in Schwierigkeiten, denn er muss einen Krieg verhindern, in dem sich seine besten Freunde und daneben auch die großen Familien von Dragaera gegenseitig auslöschen würden...

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Published 2005 by Klett-Cotta (first published January 1st 1983)
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Jul 26, 2013 Navessa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Navessa by: Anne
Ehr. Mah. Gerd.

Vlad Taltos. Oh what’s that? Is that a badass name for a badass main character? Why yes, yes it is. Look at that name. Look at it. It fits him perfectly. Clear. Concise. Ominous .

You know your MC is a badass when he’s in the middle of an internal monologue and subtly lets slip that he’s been (view spoiler) before and then just keeps on talking like it’s no big deal. I was all “La-la-la, this story is neato!” but then "Wait. Wut?” I had to
Jan 19, 2015 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amber
Recommended to Brad by: Sherri Murphy-Jacobs & D.
Immediate Reaction: This was a blast. A little fantasy-noir fun for anyone who likes bad men behaving with honour. Vlad Taltos is an anti-hero extraordinaire, and all the minor characters and relationships he's surrounded with are equally cool.

Later: This is only the second book I've read by Steven Brust, and the first I've read that he wrote alone. I read his collaboration with Emma Bull, Freedom and Necessity a couple of months ago, and loved their book so much I knew I had to hunt down their
Wendell Adams
I read this novel when it was initially published in the mid-80s. It was a favorite of mine at the time, and I have always recalled it fondly. However, after completing a re-read, it has become painfully obvious that the enjoyment I received from this book must have been one of those teenage fads because . . . it has disappeared right along with my desire to keep solving a Rubik’s Cube.

The tour guide in Jhereg is Vlad Taltos. The world he guides us through is a standard one from 80s fantasy. Her
Mar 21, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Iorich sent me down the path of re-reading the Taltos series. While Iorich was enjoyable and engrossing, memories sent me back to the inaugural Vlad. Sophisticated writing, interesting characters and one seriously convoluted plot. It's interesting, because this is the fourth book in the timeline of the series and Vlad's history, but actually the first published (echoes of Lucas). I'd recommend reading Jhereg first, as it's told in a largely linear fashion with only a few flashbacks, and as such ...more
5.0 stars. The Vlad Taltos series is one thst I strongly recommend to anyone who likes good fantasy. I would classify it as "noir" fantasy with a good sense of humor. Great world-building, great characters and well-written, tight plots that do not drag and are never boring. As good as all that is, it is the main character of Vlad Taltos (assassin, witch and rogue) and his "jhereg" familiar that make the series so special. Highly recommended.
Reread Feb2012, review added.

I originally gave this 4 stars, although I've read it numerous times & really enjoyed it. I just never thought it had any redeeming features beyond sheer enjoyment. Now that I've read most of the rest of the series, I see on a re-read that the craftsmanship of this story demands another star.

This is not the first book in the chronology of the series, but it is the first published. Why should you read it first? Because the author couldn't have picked a better wa
I refuse to look at what I said about this book the last time I read it for fear of influencing what I have to say this time around, but I will certainly do so once I have posted my thoughts.

My thoughts: total bafflement that my second time through Jhereg was like the first time through. The only two things I remembered about the story were Vlad Taltos, our first-person narrating criminal mastermind/assassin and his Lockheed-like dragon, Loiosh. Other than that I didn't remember a thing. It was
4 Stars

This was a really good beginning to the first book in the Vlad Taltos series. This was my first time reading a Steven Brust novel even though he has been in my queue for as long as I can remember. This is a novel that was first published nearly 30 years ago. It is written in a fashion that keeps it fresh and relative to todays fantasy scene.

The combination of magic(sorcery)and witchcraft is very unique. The book gives some creative back story that explains the difference between the two s
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Guess this is what you'd call an oldie but a goodie. I can't believe I hadn't heard of Steven Brust until a few weeks ago, but he was recommended to me by a gaming friend of mine, and then another good friend jumped into the Twitter conversation to second the recommendation. So, that's two shoutouts from a couple of people whose opinions I highly value, and that's when I knew I had to get my hands on this book, posthaste!

Jhereg is the beginning of a whole bunch of books set in Brust's Dragaera w
Mike (the Paladin)
I've had this (and I believe 2 of the novels that follow it) on my shelves waiting to be read for years. I think I picked them up after I read Phoenix Guard...but, whatever prompted me to buy them they, like Dracula when he's staked but still a whole skeleton in his coffin, they were there... condemned to endless waiting. Happily this one was selected as the subject of a group read here on Goodreads, and I had a reason (excuse ?)to move it ahead of the huge pile of library books that are always ...more
Kat  Hooper
3.5 s stars
Originally posted (with links) at FanLit.

Audio readers, rejoice! Finally, Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS novels have been produced in audio by Audible Frontiers. For years I’ve been planning to read this long series and have only been waiting for this moment.

The VLAD TALTOS novels follow Vlad Taltos, a well-known and highly successful human assassin living on the planet Dragaera. The native species, the Dragaerans, are a tall long-lived race created
This was a delightful beginning to a series that I am sure to be addicted to very soon. In fact, I've already jumped into the second volume.

But on this. Jhereg is a first person narrative of an assassin and a particular job he undertook. A huge amount of money offered showed that if something seemed too good to be true, it probably was.

Mischief and mayhem ensue. What I thought of as a combination of a crime caper and an epic fantasy turned out to be a quickly paced and often humorous adventure.
I was pretty sure I was going to like this, since some people whose taste I trust have mentioned it to me before. (The whole series features in Jo Walton's series of posts on her collection of those posts in book-form, and was one of the ones from the list I made while reading it that I have underlined several times as a priority.) Still, I wasn't sure enough, so I only ordered the first omnibus, which contains the first three books. Ten chapters in, I ordered the rest. Unfortunately, ...more
Jhereg is a fantasy with a sort of reverse murder-mystery twist; where the protagonist's dilemma is not 'Whodunnit?' but 'How do I do it?'.

Vlad Taltos is a skilled assassin, but his latest target is a little tricky to tackle and a little hard to find. But luckily Vlad has a small cadre of friends of varied talents to call upon, including his assassin wife, and his psychically bonded pet jhereg (a sort of miniature dragon).

Vlad is also living proof that not all assassin characters have to be dar
Mar 13, 2010 Monk rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, intrigue lovers
This book took me a while to get around to, but was well worth the ride.

It covers a rather grim society of Dragerans (more like particularly evil, seven-foot elves) and humans-beneath-notice, neither of which seem to view death as much more than an inconvenience. One of the key elements of the story is that death is not permanent - provided you can pay to be revived. Their society is based around twelve noble houses, one of which is House Jhereg. The Jhereg do 'work' for the right price (everyth
This was a fun read, a mystery/caper fantasy story about an assassin who accepts a challenging job that turns out to be even more dangerous and consequential than he expects.

I enjoyed the lighthearted tone of the narrative, and I liked Vlad's first-person account. He's a little incongruous as an assassin who goes weak at the knees at the thought of being targeted himself, even though death is not often permanent in this universe.

I liked the magical system pretty well, and there is a lot of magic
This is such a hard book to talk about. Cory and Kathie will know exactly what I mean. But usually when you talk about books you discuss the setting (especially in fantasy), the characters, the plot. With all of the Vlad Taltos books, though, you open your mouth to say something and you find that you have to stop. Two reasons:

1) The world-building in these books is so intricate and detailed that it's insane. It's also done so very subtly that you never feel like you're in the midst of an info-du
So, you know how it is when a friend recommends you a book, and you get it and then they’re all like, “Well, do you love it? Do you love it?” And maybe you've not started reading yet so a thin haze of panic settles over you. What if you hate it? What do you say then? So, when I received this book as a birthday gift from a very good friend of mine I was excited at first and then I was all like, “Oh, shoot. What if I absolutely hate this book?”

I need not have worried, because I freakin’ loved thi
An assassin is offerred a job that sounds to good to refuse but soon finds himself in an impossible situation. Can Vladimir find a way out that doesn't besmirch his friend's honour or lead to an all out war between three factions of the empire? Unfortunately, he doesn't have much time, a matter of days before all hell breaks loose...

A light, easy read in an interesting world. A simple narrative structure that that sets up the framework of the impossible situation and then we see how it might be
This book has first-book-itis. Bad pacing, bad dialogue, bad outtakes, a shift from third person to third person omniscient with abandon. It had sort of an interesting idea about this high level mobster/Baron messing with more high level people and pulling off a heist to kill a guy who couldn't be killed.

It has a nice fight in the end but it spends almost 200 pages trying to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up. The book is mostly "BEHOLD MY WORLD! IS IT NOT WORLDLY?" But in the end,
Cynical assassin is a pretty well-worn fantasy trope at this point, and the Dragaerans are pretty much reskinned elves-but-gritty. Yet Burst manages to breathe some new life into old stereotypes for a clever, witty romp.

A lot of the appeal is voice--Vlad is every bit the too-clever-and-arrogant-for-his-own-good antihero we've gotten used to in urban fantasy, but that doesn't mean the trope doesn't continue to be fun. And Vlad is an unusually funny version, even when things get a little dark. (Th
Melissa Proffitt
How many times have I read this book? I have no idea. I love Vlad's voice and the world he lives in, and I love all the other characters, especially Loiosh, and the puzzle Vlad has to figure out is both clever and serves as an excellent introduction to Dragaeran society and the Houses that define it. Fun, exciting, and a great beginning to the series (despite not being chronologically the first, but Brust is better than just about anyone at prequels).

3.5 my final vote for this one.

Honestly, I almost gave up half way through. I was lost like a babe in the woods. Wasn't sure I was reading the first one in the series,...'cause maybe there was at least a prequel. Nooo? Checked 3 times. Hmph... yes, book one. All those Houses , names , history and allusions on past events, felt like recaps for someone who read the previous books in a series.
Thankfully the main characters were cool and fun enough, to bring me till the end of the book. There was
Oh my gosh. This book was so refreshing! Why, you ask?

1. Vlad is already married. No romance crap blocking out the action and intrigue!

2. Vlad is HAPPILY married! OMG he doesn't flirt with everything with boobs and a face! He clearly loves his wife.

3. Lots of strong female characters doing things to help move the plot/action forward. They are necessary to resolve the conflict. They do this without flirting with or being flirted with by Vlad.

4. No super long backstory descriptions. We're given re
Sebastien Castell
This is the third in my list of books that inspired me to start writing fantasy and in many ways is the most influential. The hero of the series, Vlad Taltos, is an assassin, which is, you know, not an especially nice thing to be. The thing is, deep down Vlad really wants to be a nice guy. He just needs to kill a few shitbags first. Now it's true that the list of people Vlad needs to kill includes pretty much the entire Dragaeran Empire, but he's willing to leave a few off the list if they chang ...more
Hoy me he levantado con el pie izquierdo y lo ha pagado esta novela. Aunque eso me pasa por leer antigüedades sabiendo a priori que a algunos libros les sienta mal el paso de los años, como ya descubrí con Rey Kull y alguna más.
Pero claro, en el blog donde leí la reseña (encontrada via google) lo ponían como una de esas series que no te puedes perder si te consideras adict@ a la fantasía (amos, alguien como yo).
Y no pintaba nada mal. Una sociedad basada en casas, recordándome a la infame Menzobe
This is the first written Vlad Taltos-book and the fourth in the current internal chronological order. After reading the previous ones I have to admit that this is the one to start the series with. It’s full of background information which isn’t told either extensively or at all about Vlad, his job and family, the world, the Great Weapons, and everything.

The book is short, quick to read, fast paced, and full of plot twists and witty banter. Vlad owns his own small sector of the city of Adrilankh
Michael Hall
I've always been a fan of the anti-hero type character, and I do believe that Vlad Taltos may just be a new favorite. Born a lowly human in a world ruled by long-lived elves (Dragaerans) Vlad becomes a sort of low-level crimelord for his "family" the Jhereg who are just one of seventeen Great Houses. He is an exemplary hired killer, a minor sorcerer, and a witch. It is through his witchcraft that he gains his wisecracking telepathic familiar Loiosh a small winged dragonlike lizard called a jhere ...more
The first of the Vlad Taltos novels, Jhereg, by Steven Brust has been on my “to-read” list for the better part of a decade and a half. Back in August, released Jhereg (and just about all the other Vlad Taltos novels, via their increasingly impressive Audible Frontiers label. Jhereg introduces the readers to the assassin Vlad Taltos. Living in amongst a race of tall long-lived sorcerers called Dragaerans, Vlad has risen to a station of respect and power (if of a limited variety) despi ...more
Alex Hurst
Steven Brust's Jhereg is the first in a long series of books, focuses on the adventures of Vlad Taltos, a witty, amiable, and ruthless assassin belonging to the House of Jhereg. He is accompanied by his familiar, Loiosh, and his shamed-Dragon assistant, Kragar, among a host of other characters in this truly epic cast.

The central plot of this book is that Vlad must find a way to kill a man who has stolen from the House of Jhereg, without betraying his employer's oath that the man will not be har
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