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Dragon (Vlad Taltos #8)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,352 ratings  ·  68 reviews

In which Vlad Taltos finds himself, much to his surprise, at the fateful Battle of Baritt's Tomb

Marching through mud just isn't as much fun as they say.

After years of surviving in Adrilankha by practicing the trade I know bestkilling people for a livingsuddenly I'm in the last place any self-respecting assassin wants to be: the army. Worse, I'm right in the middle of a a

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 1998)
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Matt Simmons
Probably the weakest of the Taltos books on its own--the plot is neither straightforward swashbuckling fun nor heady, convoluted mystery and intrigue, and in trying to write about war, Brust swings and misses on his normal ability of balancing entertaining story-telling with thoughtful meditation on "big themes of human life"--yet perhaps the first one that stands as an essential to the series as a whole. The doubled storylines point us both back and forth in time, and ensure that we as readers ...more
The author's note about this series is that the books can be read in any order and are basically standalones. However, I'm thirty-three pages in and I have no interest in reading any further because I feel like I've missed a ton of info. Maybe this series has a high learning curve and this book is just like all of the rest, but I feel like I should understand more about the world and the characters than I do thirty pages in.

The idea behind the book is really interesting, and I wanted to see just
Kat  Hooper
Dragon is the eighth novel in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series. As you’re reading the series, it probably doesn’t matter when you read Dragon since it’s really a stand-alone story which tells of a battle that occurred earlier in the series’ chronology, just after the events of Taltos, which was a prequel to the first three VLAD TALTOS novels. (As you can see, the books jump around in time). But Dragon is not one of the better volumes, so I wouldn’t recommend, say, reading it first and basing yo ...more
Tom Whalley
It's been a while. It was nice to get back into this series.

Dragon, by Steven Brust, is (as always) an exploration as to what makes up the house the book is titled after. Dragons, in the Taltos series, are military minded, follow their own honor codes, and believe nothing is better than obeying orders. They're essentially Klingons, but without the anger issues. In this book, Vlad winds up fighting inside a squadron of Morollan's army, against an incredibly dangerous wizard, in a battle he has no
I was not as big a fan of the whole war description thing. Just wasn't my cup of tea.

My reading notes follow:

@ 2.5% // Vladimir is wearing Jhereg colors. Another flashback novel? Seems to be placed three years after Deathgate falls, so that would make this novel fit where in the chronological time line?

@ 5.4% // I forgot about the paths of the dead! No wonder Barrit didn't like Vladimir in the story a few books ago.

@ 35.8 // I am pretty sure that we already covered the true nature of Spellbreak
Another good book in the Vlad Taltos series. In this one, Vlad has become a private in an army, and gets to fight on the front lines!

Another one that I have enjoyed. It took me a few days to finish since I kept deciding to read starting at 11:30 or so until one, and then needing sleep. Sadly, that is going to change next week. I'm probably going to start doing most of my reading on the bus to and from school, and I hope that I won't lose interest like I did last year.

This really isn't much of a
***Dave Hill
It's flashback time, as Vlad gets dragooned by Morollan and Sethra into fighting in a war as a grunt. Plenty of goodness here, both in structure (bouncing back and forth in time perspective) and in character background (filling in some previously referenced Vlad backstory, as well as teaching us a lot more about Dragaera and, of course, Dragons). It's not the best of tales, often downbeat (as war will get), but it's generally entertaining and a great illustration of why a why a good thief (or as ...more
"I made scatological culinary recommendations."

Just could be my favorite line in all the books. And every time I say so, who-so-ever hears, gives me a look of some variant of contempt, or some variant of confusion.

The most irritating thing about this book for me, sadly, is that the animal, "jhereg" keeps being capitalized. And from here on out (I think), there are instances where the animals that are also houses sometimes get capitalized. That's distressing because, up until here, it was easy to
And another great book.
What I loved most about is how effortlessly and natural we go from one time to another.
The chapters start at the climax of the battle between Morrolan and Fornia, of course, at Vlad's involvment, because the book is from his point of view again. And then while he is relaying what is happening at that moment he'll think back to something happening earlier and therefore telling with each chapter a bit more of the background and how the war came about and how he got to where
I really admire the way Brust uses the time-line of Vlad's world. While this book is chronologically earlier than some of the others, it fills in some of the "But that's another story" moments from earlier in the series.

In the book Vlad is more noticeably talking to the strange box than in some of the other stories, and his narration is great. The chapters all start shortly before the climax of the story and seamlessly go back to the events leading to the decisive battle. The effect, at least f
Dragon is the 8th novel in the Vlad Taltos series. Oddly, just as Brust has really gotten going with the latter-day Vlad storyline, he shunts us back into Vlad's past in Dragon. If this is a step backward for the series, it's only a half-step. Really, seen in the scope of the larger series, it becoms clear that Dragon is also helping to set up the action of the novels to follow. We continue to see new facets of the characters and the plot elements that have been involved in the series, deepening ...more
So, Vlad Taltos is an assassin in a very hierarchized society. He's obviously part of the bottom rung until he becomes part of the criminal house Jhereg, which raises him up one rung, but also exposes him to a lot of danger.

The attraction of the novels is his snarky comments to his little familiar Loiosh, who is a Jhereg (little dragony thingie, but NOT a dragon which are actually elvin people and the highest in the hierarchy). It's really unecessarily confusing, which is what can be said of the
Solid Brust writing, a fairly robust narrative / chapter structure that, shortly after it became apparent in the second chapter, started to grate a little bit, and the continuing adventures of everyone's favourite cantankerous adventurer. Plenty to like here, though the army bits felt a little, how to say, thin, maybe? Next to the clearly drawn world Brust has already drawn in clear colours I'd describe much of the army passages here as a pale, undifferentiated shade of green.
This was my 6th Vlad Taltos story in a row, and that may have been too many. It took me a while to get into this narrative, I felt like I knew what was coming. But I think it was just a little burnout. The more I read, the more I liked it. New, interesting characters, and not an assassination but an old fashioned troop war. Vlad's role in, and perspective on the war breathed new life into the characters for me and I endded up really enjoying the book.
I didn't particularly care for the last two in this series. Which is bad since I enjoyed them very much up until that point. But I had bought the last two, along with Dragon and Isola in the omnibus editions, so I had it lying around. It's near the end of the series, so I feel like I've got to finish it. So, I gave Dragon a shot.

Guys. I kept looking ahead to mark the end of the chapter to kind of urge myself on. The constant change of time period confused the hell out of me. I don't really like
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!!
Charlotte Blankenburg
I enjoyed this book, especially the unfolding of the back story as it converged with current events. We read the main story first, then Yendi, then back to the two Interludes and Epilogue of the book so we kept the chronological order of the events of the series.

The book covers a battle between two members of the House of Dragon, with Vlad enlisting as a soldier. We get to see his personality develop more and, I think, because this book was set in the time period between events in the Book of Ta
Fantasy Literature
Dragon is the eighth novel in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series. As you’re reading the series, it probably doesn’t matter when you read Dragon since it’s really a stand-alone story which tells of a battle that occurred earlier in the series’ chronology, just after the events of Taltos, which was a prequel to the first three VLAD TALTOS novels. (As you can see, the books jump around in time). But Dragon is not one of the better volumes, so I wouldn’t recommend, say, reading it first and basing yo ...more
Brust uses his "back and forth" style of writing past the point of irritation in this novel. Each chapter starts out with a progessive step in the novel's culminating moment, but then something will remind Vlad of a step leading to the moment, and we're taken back in time to that moment, and then even within that moment we might go off in another tangent. It feels like the book was written off the cuff, with an idea for structure, but no real command of it. The style does keep the pages turning, ...more
Good if slightly familar. Same characters we've seen before in the other previous Dragera books acting just how they have previously. The non-linear narrative and distinct characters make up for this however.
I pretty much guessed the plot of the story from the very beginning, but that doesn't mean it wasn't any less well executed. The story is simultaneously told from three different points in time, but it wasn't hard to follow. The only confusion in reading came during Vlad's confusion in battle, which I think is intended, and the confusion always seemed to clear once the action settled down -- unless my husband got involved in trying to help me understand something that I felt I missed and told me ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Another one that seemed to be just okay. But good to get this bit of backstory, I suppose.

Feb 2012: Just re-read this. I think I've put my finger on why this seemed problematic. We're expected to believe that Vlad adjusts relatively easily to being a foot soldier, when in his normal life he's a shot-calling crime boss. The story is told in a non-linear way, so it's a little harder to wrap your brain around the transition. It was for me, anyway. I think right now I'm in a frame of mind where I'd
This would have been stronger without all the narrative jumping around, but even still it was good fun.
Definitely a return to form for Brust, and helped get the still not-quite-right feel of the previous two books out of my head.

Sometimes I think Brust is trying to confuse his readers by trying new story writing techniques, and DRAGON is no exception. It jumps back and forth, confusing me for the first couple of chapters, but then it smooths out and I could follow it fairly well. Although I need a reference guide to look up all the hints of things I've forgotten from previous novels.

You don't hav
John Watt
I has been awhile since I read a Steven Brust novel and I find myself asking what the hell did I wait so long to read the next one. The story was great and the interactions between Easterners and Drageareans are excellent. The political machinations between houses are felt even when working on the same side for the same goal. The banter between Vlad and Loiosh had me laughing out loud. All in all a fun book to read.
This book is definitely a good choice if you enjoy fantasy. I found out after half way through this book that it wasn't the only book. Although reading the other books didn't make much difference other then i had no idea what a jhereg was and i wasn't sure if the people were real Dragons or just called Dragons. After searching it up though i found out. Over all this book is very interesting and was wrote in an intriguing way.
This is a jump back to a very early place in the timeline. Craftwise, I think it's a very polished book. Vlad's especially well drawn. But it's basically a long digression into Vlad's hard-to-justify experience marching with a Dragon army in a person dispute between two Dragonlords. It has some of the feel of an account of a foot soldier in the Civil War. Vlad's take on army life is interesting, but even so the book starts to feel long and repetitive. Conflicted emotions about warfare just don't ...more
Steven Brust does The Black Company. Only he does it better than Cook.

This is another fine entry in the series. I enjoyed it quite a lot. It doesn't always make perfect sense, but then again war never does. This one is heavy on both black humor and confusion, which is quite reasonable given that somehow the assassin Vlad has managed to manipulate himself into serving as a foot soldier in a war run by Dragons.

I can't figure out why these were never released in audio. I'd love to hear them. As it
3.5 stars, one of my favorites of this series: Vlad joins the army. Lots of action, lots of funny moments, not much angst. Some philosophy: Vlad is repelled by warfare, with its great loss of life, while the Dragonlords are appalled by the dishonor of assassination.

I like the way Brust plays with the structure of his books. In this one, each chapter begins with Vlad briefly describing his current circumstance (in the midst of a battle) before backing up to gradually tell the story of how he ende
Dev Null
The one where Vlad goes to war.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Vlad Taltos (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Jhereg (Vlad Taltos, #1)
  • Yendi (Vlad Taltos, #2)
  • Teckla (Vlad Taltos, #3)
  • Taltos (Vlad Taltos, #4)
  • Phoenix (Vlad Taltos, #5)
  • Athyra (Vlad Taltos, #6)
  • Orca (Vlad Taltos, #7)
  • Issola (Vlad Taltos, #9)
  • Dzur (Vlad Taltos, #10)
  • Jhegaala (Vlad Taltos, #11)
Jhereg (Vlad Taltos, #1) Yendi (Vlad Taltos, #2) Taltos (Vlad Taltos, #4) Phoenix (Vlad Taltos, #5) Issola (Vlad Taltos, #9)

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