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House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera--longtime friend, sometime ally--has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.

It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for
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Hardcover, 319 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Tor Books (first published December 29th 2009)
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Carol.
May 28, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers read this series now!
Steven Brust has got his groove back. After the novella structure of Jhegaala, he returns to Vlad, our favorite ex-crimelord who appears to have become a hero over the years, although Vlad would be the first to disagree. Despite being on the run from assassins, he returns to the city of his birth to investigate why the Empire would be pressing sorcery charges against his friend Aliera, especially as Aliera is close friends with the next heiress to the crown. Aliera doesn't want him there, and re ...more
Stefan
Mar 17, 2011 Stefan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vlad Taltos fans
Remember those episodes of Matlock in which someone is arrested for a crime, but during the investigation it turns out that the arrest was really just a front for a much larger intrigue? Steven Brust's newest VLAD TALTOS novel Iorich is sort of like that — except the person who is arrested is Aliera e'Kieron, and the larger intrigue involves Empress Zerika of the Dragaeran Empire. Oh, and Matlock's role is played by Vlad Taltos, human assassin and bon-vivant, who is still on the run from the Jhe ...more
Karlo
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Lise
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable addition to the Vlad books. But then, I'm the kind of fan who would read The Adventures of Vlad Taltos Having a Perfectly Ordinary Day.

Plot: As promised in the book description, this involves Vlad returning to Adrilankha to figure out why Aliera has been arrested and why her friends are doing nothing about it. As such, this plot is as typically complex as these novels are - nothing is what it appears, and greater political machinations are in play at ever
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Duffy Pratt
Brust sets himself a nearly impossible task with each of these Vlad books. The books have to work on three different levels. First, each book must have a plot that stands on its own, so that someone who had never read another of the books would at least be able to follow what was going on. Then, each book has to fit into the overall saga of Vlad Taltos, and hopefully move that plot along a bit as well. And then, each book also has to fit into the much larger plot that Brust is putting together. ...more
Metaphorosis
I don't recall whether I first encountered Steven Brust through To Reign In Hell or Jhereg. I remember seeing the blurb from Roger Zelazny (one of my favorite authors) on To Reign in Hell, and I remember reading the introduction, where Zelazny said he was sceptical that anyone could pull the story off. But Brust did - the book was great. I think it's more likely I started with Jhereg,, where I was equally taken with its clever, sardonic protagonist and his sarcastic reptilian sidekick. In any ca ...more
Christopher
_Iorich_ doesn't even come close to standing on its own, so it's only fair to compare it to previous novels in the series. Unfortunately, even though Vlad has returned to Adrilankha--reintroducing old characters and situations that were interesting in the earlier books--very little about Vlad's old milieu is revealed or developed. It's increasingly clear that the mysteries of the fantasy setting itself just aren't going to be resolved and that the series has devolved into a pastiche of the 'sarc ...more
Margaret
Four years after the events of Dzur, Vlad Taltos is still on the run from the Jhereg. When he learns that Aliera e'Kieron has been arrested by the Empire for practicing the forbidden elder sorcery, Vlad feels compelled to return to Adrilankha to help her...even if she doesn't want his help. Even if he is risking his life by returning, and the lives of those dear to him. But this is Vlad we're talking about, and so of course, he's going to jump right in regardless of the danger.

After Jhegaala, th
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Andres
This is part of Brust's extremely well written and engaging dark fantasy series of Vlad Taltos' books. While this one isn't as strong as some of the others, it's definitely not the worst of the lot. Getting a glimpse into the judicial process of the empire was interesting, and one deposition in particular was hilarious. On top of all that, it looks like the author is working his way towards getting the hero of the series, Vlad, back together with his estranged wife, Cawti, and their son. The int ...more
Jamie
Vlad Taltos has been on the run from the Jhereg for about eight years now, but when he hears that a friend has been arrested he returns to Adrilankha. He spends this book evading assassins and trying to make sense of the complicated political situation behind the arrest.

I always enjoy these novels. Vlad is an appealing character and I like Brust’s writing. This one doesn’t have the strongest plot, but it served for an excuse to have Vlad back in town interacting with all his old buddies. That wa
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James
Some rereading in preparation for getting my hands on Iorich.

Iorich -- good. I've decided that Vlad books are now like Buffy episodes -- there's the ones that drive the larger plot forward, which can be good but never great, and there's the standalones, with much less big plot movement, in which greatness is possible. Dzur (with the chapter-by-chapter retelling of a fabulous meal, and most of the action happening at a restaurant) was one of the latter. This is one of the former. A lot of stuff h
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Lynn Calvin
Finally gave in and read the rest of this - I'd been saving it as a special treat and it really was. I actually went back and read from the beginning just to savor the experience. Brust's prose and layers of story are so rewarding that it's well worth rereading.

I will need to dig up all of these from the beginning and do a complete reread the next time I'm in a dry spell.

Vlad is back in Adrilanka because a friend has been arrested on a charge that makes no sense. Imperial politics, and we see hi
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Contrarius
I enjoyed this, but somehow the niggling inconsistencies from book to book are annoying me. That is one price of reading an entire series back-to-back, instead of gently forgetting details from year to year when reading them as they are published. Iorich has quite a bit of blatant and not-so-blatant philosophizing about law, justice, and cynical reality, in amongst the plotting and evading and occasional killing. Oh, and there's an addendum of "outtakes" from the book which are pretty darned hil ...more
Sueij
Ah, back to Steven and Vlad's good stuff. Great action, though most of the story is actually Vlad and others playing head games with each other, each trying to make something happen from the sidelines without attracting anyone's attention or causing other unwanted consequences. When I catch up on the rest of my reading pile, this one is actually going back into it, because I want to see if I can catch more of the "games" and follow Vlad's reasoning a little more fully on a second reading.

Vlad's
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D.w.
Vlad Taltos is an interesting character who now is getting long in the tooth. With his pet/familiar Jhereg Lorisch they are a Laurel and Hardy comedy act where their banter is striving to achieve an ease and familiarity of Beatrice and Benedict but falls short of that mark and we can see that Brust is now forcing this thinking it adds to his tales and universe.

But those days are gone as we read through the 12th full length tale of Vlad. Wondering if there will ever be final resolution in his lif
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Elsi
Oh I loved this one!
Back at the chronologically latest point, Vlad comes back to the city to help Aliera, who is imprisoned.
But of course everything is not that easy, how could it be? ;)
It is really good seeing a lot of old friends, learning a bit more about Lady Teldra and getting back into contact with Cawti.
The book kept me hooked from page one trying to find out what the plot around Alieras imprisonment was and how Vlad was going to solve the problem and it didn't disapoint the least. (view
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Ian Mathers
If there was ever going to be a legal drama in this series, it was going to be this book. And Iorich is one, technically... but we never see the inside of a court, and the closest we get to that kind of action are Vlad's conversations with Perisil (the lawyer he manages to retain, and another character I hope Brust brings back), the Empress, and Norathar, some of which are more about political maneuvering than anything else. All of this, to be clear, is not a disappointment.

It's also interesting
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Kathi
9/10
One of my favorite Vlad books--he's in the city (where he belongs) and all his friends are involved. He gets to use skills from when he was an assassin, although he is still shielded from magic & sorcery. Loved seeing Cawti and Kragar again, and watching "Vlad Jr." as he progresses. Interesting parallels between Empress Zerika and Vlad at the end of the book, and the "out-take" chapter bits were very clever!
bartosz_witkowski
It's hard to write a review for a single book from a long series, but I'll try as best as I can.

Iorich by Steven Brust is the 12th book in the Vlad Taltos series and it takes place 4 years after the events from Dzur. As always within the series we jump in time a bit and some of the intermediate events that were sketched in this book will probably be the focus of a future one.

Each part of the series has some "gimmick" (though it has to be said the books aren't very gimmicky by themselves).

For s
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Bananfish2
It's still up for debate whether this is a 4, 4.5, or a 5. I still have to think some things out. Iorich is the first book in the Vlad Taltos series I've read, though I have tried it from what (could) be called the beginning. This is the first book I've managed to read all the way through, and I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed Vlad- in spite of how unlikable and even sociopathic he is in places. But that was a good thing- it made me think, especially because of Vlad's thoughtlessness regarding the tec ...more
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
Been looking forward to this one for a long time...

...and it delivers. Great fun (as usual). There are also "deleted scenes" at the end that are hilarious!
***Dave Hill
This is one of those Vlad books one reads just to watch. The storyline is opaque; the fun is in watching Vlad step through it and in his interactions with his broad cast of friends and family, from Cawti to Zerika, from Sethra to Krager. It's a chance to see what's been happening with each of them, too, while Vlad has been (and remains) on the run, even as he's pulled back to Adrilahkha to save a friend who doesn't want to be saved.

Not my favorite Vlad of them all, by any means, but an enjoyable
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Jen
Iorich was an interesting legal drama in which Vlad had to work with a lawyer to exonerate Aliera from charges that she was durned well guilty of, while also playing various political angles and stopping a long-game plot by the Orca and Jhereg.

You also get to meet littleVlad.

I liked it. It isn't Brust's usual fare.

Cawti treats Vlad with affection, which makes me wonder if their relationship is progressing to a place where they can both co-parent littleVlad in a way that is ideal for him.
Steven R. McEvoy
There are a few things about this book that amaze me. First, Steven Brust is one of the few authors I read in high school 20 years ago that I still actively pursue; second, that this is the 12th book in a series and I still get very excited when a new book comes out and I finish it with regret, knowing I will have to wait an indefinite amount of time for the next one to be released. As the 12th book in this series and the 17th set in this reality, it contributes much to the storylines of both ou ...more
Chy
Oooh, you know what? This is the first reread of this one. Not much I can add to the original review. Except I get the feeling that, in a few years, when more of the Story of Vlad comes out, I will come back and realize just how amazing this one really is, and punch out another star.

There are just so many things about this one that give me that feeling.

But that cover art. Lord.


Review from March 20, 2010

#12? Really? It's strange, because it does not seem like it could not possibly be that many.
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Jen
I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't a subject matter Brust can't tackle, which is startling and intimidating. He's set up a magnificent universe with the various characters (and their characteristics) of Dragaera, and more power to him for doing so. In this, we encounter the aspects of justice and retribution, and I have no idea why there's a creepy toothy wolf thing on the cover.
It took me a bit to get into this one, actually, and I'm not totally sure why. I've never been overly fond of the
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Algernon
one of the better stories in this long series. Vlad is back in Adhrilanka, and it's good for me to get re-acquiainted with characters from the first novels : Cawti, Kragar, Daymar, Norathar, and so on. Another point in favor is a more nuanced portrait of the Empress (burden of command and all that jazz).

Iorich is the Dragaeran clan responsible for the legal part of imperial administration, and Vlad gets involved with them trying to help a friend (Aliera) that got arrested under suspicious circum
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Andrea
Aug 01, 2011 Andrea added it
Warning - spoilers ahead!



To say that everything in this book surprised me would be overstating it a bit, but I did spend a good portion of the book giggling quietly and whispering "I can't believe he did that!" while my son snored next to me. I thought that it would take me a while to get back into Vlad's world since it has been so long since I read the last installment in his life's story, but I fell right back into it.



The behavior of the Empire in arresting and prosecuting Aliera for an ignor
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Sara
In his 12 book of the Vlad Taltos series, Brust brings us back to Adrhilanka, Vlad's home and the stupidest place he could have gone. Still on the run, constantly looking over his shoulder for Jhereg assassins, when Vlad hears that his friend Aliera is in jail for a crime that all know she has commited but has always been ignored, he feels he has to go back to his city to help her out. What follows is an amusing romp during which he tries to outwit the assassins on his tail, a secretive group of ...more
Nathan Trachta
A nice piece of decadence I enjoy is a new Vlad Taltos story, Mr. Brust captures something that grabs me with the humor, something that some people might question given that Vlad worked for the local crime organization and was a part time assassin; but then why shouldn't a criminal have a sensor of humor. Anyway, Vlad has returned to Andrilankha to help a friend (as in Dzur (Vlad)). This time it's a judicial matter (thus the title Iorich since they're the house that typically administers the jud ...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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