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Jhereg (Vlad Taltos #1)

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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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Broschiert, 307 pages
Published 2005 by Klett-Cotta (first published January 1st 1983)
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Oct 27, 2015 Bookwraiths rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

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
Jul 26, 2013 Navessa rated it it was amazing  ·  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 really liked it  ·  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
Dec 10, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satisfyingly good. The kind of good that makes you anxious to get to the next book. The kind of good that makes you glad there are over ten books in the series. The kind of good that makes me not care about book orders. Maybe it's a good thing these books are written out of order?--is a thing I never thought I'd say. But I have a good feeling about Steven Brust and I trust he'll deliver.

It's been awhile since high fantasy has been this good for me, and it's been even longer since I liked a POV
Mar 21, 2012 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 25, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While there was nothing absolutely mind-blowing about the plot or the fantasy, the one thing that really stood out in this book was the fantastic writing.

It was absolutely some of the easiest reading I've had for an obviously detailed and fleshed out world full of lots of magic, interesting races, very long lived people, and dragons. It flew by so quickly and easily, I was rather surprised at how much info-dump never came across as info-dump. I learned so much about the world, naturally, that I
Oct 23, 2009 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: First read June 28 1989
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.
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
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
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
Kat  Hooper
Dec 12, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Aug 22, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 31, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 11, 2015 Joel rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Jhereg is the tale of Vlad Taltos, an assassin who is a foreigner to his area, but has moved himself up in the organization of the Jhereg. Along with his companions, and his familiar Loiosh, a poisonous flying creature that he communicates with telepathically. Vlad is a sorcerer as well, capable of using his discouraged foreign magics to his power. He is approached by a daemon, who informs him of a board member of the controlling caste that took off with their entire fortune, and offers him an a ...more
Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
An old school type fantasy that I enjoyed, but it didn't convince me that I need to read any more of the series.
Nov 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sebastien Castell
Sep 01, 2013 Sebastien Castell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 28, 2016 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio, quest
Picked this one up on a whim - turned out totally into it from start to finish.

Witch that is a mafia don? Check
Adorable and snarky little dragon familiar? Check
Very intricate world building that you don't even notice because it's done so well? Check
Old school fantasy fluff? Check

Would have been totally satisfied if this one a standalone. Very happy that it isn't. :)
May 10, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 really liked it
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
Jamie Collins
Sep 22, 2011 Jamie Collins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 24, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Witty, intelligent, creative, amazingly well done! This is a fantasy that should be read and shared. It's been years since I originally read this. I read it again last year and found I still enjoyed it every bit as much as when j originally did.
Jun 05, 2015 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No Spoiler.
This is a series I came across years ago and never picked up to read. Since I have been reading several first series books of late, I thought it was time.
This book is a first person narrative, with Vlad Taltos an assassin-criminal type guiding us through a world of organizations or houses.
Jhereg is the name of the house he belongs to. The story essentially takes us through a assassination commission he receives from a very powerful ruler in his house, and the efforts that Vlad must
Dec 03, 2015 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me of Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards books, which of course this pre-dates, but I read those first. But maybe the better point of comparison is Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan books. So, yeah, lovable rogue in a fantasy setting. And though there's sorcery and witchcraft and dragons, or, more accurately, jheregs, (who are, like, mini-dragons? Or something?) this is fundamentally a caper novel. Which is a thing that I love. Our hero is really good at his job (assassin), but he f ...more

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
Jul 27, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2013 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
A coworker gave this title a glowing review and lent it to me. Shortly after this, a friend saw it on my desk and commented about it's brilliance.

"You'll really like it." He was glowing with excitement. "I can't wait till you're done so we can talk about it together."

Unfortunately, this book frustrated me with it's gross attempt to be cooler than the reader. The narrator is one of the more obvious Gary Sues that I've ever seen, but the story was interesting enough during the preface to keep me r
Jul 28, 2013 Kathie rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 16, 2010 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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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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