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Jhegaala (Vlad Taltos, #11) (Vlad Taltos #11)

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Fresh from the collapse of his marriage, and with the criminal Jhereg organization out to eliminate him, Vlad decides to hide out among his relatives in faraway Fenario. All he knows about them is that their family name is Merss and that they live in a papermaking industrial town called Burz.

At first Burz isn’t such a bad place, though the paper mill reeks to high heave

ebook, 304 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 2008)
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Another interesting, but rather confusing story from Brust with one of my favorite characters in fiction. That means I was somewhat disappointed. I don't know if I'm just not able to pay proper attention since I only get to read in snatches of 30 minutes or so at a time or if Brust is just getting more obscure, but I have a feeling it is the latter. I like books that make me think, have subtle story lines & mysteries, but this was too unsolvable. When the story finally came together, it just ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Followers of Vlad Taltos' checkered career
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I've enjoyed Steven Brust for many years now, ever since reading To Reign in Hell, though I think he has a tendency to become too self-consciously arch in his writing (a tendency that ruined all the subsequent novels in his Khaavren Romances sequence after the first one). Fortunately, that habit is more often muted than not in the Vlad Taltos novels.

I enjoyed the first few novels in the sequence when they seemed to be going...somewhere. But now they seem to have fallen into a holding pattern not
Another entertaining Vlad Taltos book. This one is set chronologically just after Phoenix, and Vlad is newly on the run from the Jhereg, who will kill him completely dead if they find him.

Not having any particular place to go, Vlad decides to visit his mother’s hometown, where he discovers that something hinky is going on. The first half of the book is slow - Vlad walks around, asks questions, eats dinner, complains about the coffee, etc.. The action picks up significantly in the second half, wh
I'd have to call this one of the less exciting reads in an outstanding series. If you like fantasy, Brust's Taltos series is just amazing. It's about an assassin (who eventually leaves his trade) and his dragon familiar and their adventures with the Empire, a goddess, various near-immortals, and occasionally his very wise grandpa.

The problem with this particular book is that Vlad is sort of wandering around, wondering what to do, filling time, and then trying to make sense of a town and situatio
This installment in the Vlad Taltos series was a sort of comedic murder mystery/comedy of errors -- only with waaaay too much pain to be funny. And Brust made certain that readers drew this parallel by including snippets from a fictional murder mystery play (think Thin Man mysteries, or Jeeves and Wooster) at the beginning of each chapter. Those snippets were pretty hysterical at times; the mystery itself, not quite so much. But I understood the spirit of the thing -- there was poor Vlad flounde ...more
This book was not that good of a Vlad Taltos novel. The first 60% of the book was Vlad going out, complaining about the smell, talking to one or two people, then going back to the inn he was staying at.

I will say that the last 15% of the book was actually pretty good.

I really hope that this ends up being the low point of the series.
A forgettable episode, probably irrelevant to the overall story. It's a fast read, like all Vlad Taltos stories, but this one is low on action, low on wit, low on fantasy elements, and devoid of interesting characters other than the protagonists. It's basically a pulp detective story--a man comes to a small town, gets beaten up, and tries to figure out why (cf. everything from Hammett's Red Harvest to Child's Nothing to Lose)--but it's missing the gritty violence and stark imagery. A bunch of cr ...more
Not just one, but two plot devices in this novel: excerpts from a play and the description of how a Jhegaala (Vlad Taltos, #11) ages. That there are two does this novel no favors, since they seem to directly contradict each other about the type of tone they want to set for the novel and for each chapter.

This novel is set out of chronological order. It belongs between Phoenix and Athyra as it tells the tale of Vlad's first adventure while in self-imposed (I mean, he could have stayed and been kil
Ian Mathers
So after Issola and Dzur made for a rare direct chronological sequel in the Vlad Taltos books (Brust loves skipping around in time), we go back again, this time to the beginning of Vlad's exile from Adrilankha and the life he knows. And we finally find out what happened to his missing pinky. Brust has done an excellent job, when skipping around, of setting up small mysteries and then actually playing them out in satisfying fashion.

If recent (chronological) story events have seen Vlad becoming a
Another book in one of my favourite series read.
I am going to run out soon and then will be left waiting for Hawk to come out.
But there is still some cushoning as I still have the Khaavren Romances to read and Brokedown Palace.

But about this book.
It was interesting finally reading about Vlad's journey east and his attempt to meet up with long lost family, although I have to admit, I was rather in the mood to find out how it all goes on after the chronologically latest point in the story.
But the
I like some of Steven Brust's other books in the Taltos series but really didn't care for this one. There were very few interesting characters, I spent a bunch of the book confused about what was going on, and overall the story was very dark (torture, dead children, etc). I really didn't enjoy this one.
Aug 24, 2008 Guy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Wow. I really like almost all of the other books in this series (Teckla is the other one I didn't really like), but this has to be the worst. In fact, let's all just pretend this book never happened.
Steven R. McEvoy
It really is amazing that this the eleventh novel; in the Vlad Taltos serirs is as captivating as the first. Steven Brust attempts to write each novel so that it can stand on it's own, and again in this one he has done so. When I recommend people read them books, it varies on my approach. Always start with Jhereg but to some friends I recommend reading in order of publication and some in order of chronology. This book steps back from the last few and tells of an earlier tale. A tale of a man in ...more
Okay, seriously, lay it out straight for me: What is this cover?


The only thing I can figure is that it's the that's-not-Loiosh-dragon-thing they like to put on the covers, only...metamorphized (I like this word better than any 'real' ones). I mean, it's definitely not a jhegaala (which is very near like a winged frog.)

So...anyway. Enough about the cover.

I skimmed my previous review (immediately follows this one), but I don't feel right about rereading it. I know I probably both enjoyed it mo
Vlad Taltos takes his dragon-like familiars and flees his country back to his mother's homeland to escape the organization that he's royally pissed off. But Vlad can't escape trouble, and instead of finding a quaint, peaceful village in the country, he is yet again immersed in plots within plots. And of course, someone else wants him dead.

I loved this book because it's written in the typical Vlad style. It's a first person account, with wit and plenty of cynicism. It has the plotting, planning,
This is my return to the series after about a year off, and I'm beginning to think of Vlad Taltos as an old friend I would like to spend an evening with, somewhere in a small restaurant, eating some exotic food, drinking some red wine and spinning stories.

Jhegaala sees Vlad trying to escape the pursuit by the Jhereg and to find some info about his origins. The story reminded me quite strongly of the classic Westerns with Jimmy Stewart or Specer Tracy: the mysterious stranger who comes to a front
***If you haven't read the other books in this series, there are spoilers ahead***

In his eleventh adventure to date, Vlad Taltos finds himself in a difficult position. His marriage, that he had thought was perfect in just about every way, has just collapsed. Oh and there is one other minor detail, the Jhereg organization as a whole is on his tail, a Morganti blade in hand. With nowhere left in the Empire to hide, he decides that now would be a good time to learn about his past. So armed with min
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David Fuller
In a genre better known for sprawling, multi-volume epics, American writer Steven Brust's fantasy novels are a tonic: short, snappy and blessed with a sense of humour.

His take on a tired genre is to use it as background for noirish thrillers and mysteries -- complete with a cynical, honest and wisecracking narrator, Vlad Taltos.

Jhegaala is the 11th in his long-running series about Vlad, an assassin-turned-fugitive, which began with 1983's Jhereg.

Brust has drawn from his own Hungarian ancestry fo
In his latest book _Jhegaala_, Steven Brust takes his main character, Vlad Taltos, back to the time right after his marriage ends, and his flight from the Jhereg begins.

I had to think back to the mood of the book _Teckla_, because during this story arc, it was a turning point for Vlad from impetuous assassin (walk up and put a dagger in the left eye of your hit) to more thoughtful anti-hero we find in later books. I think I would have liked to see a more gradual change; the Vlad in _Jhegaala_ re
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Nathan Trachta
Ahhh, an old friend returns. I've been following the adventures of Vlad Talos since the mid-80's. What can I say, I enjoy a little mafia type actions and some reading the adventures of an assassin in a fantasy setting is just so good. One of the most interesting items of Mr. Brust's Taltos series is seeing Vlad working in an organization when he's really an outsider; a very interesting perspective. This time, Mr. Brust thrusts Vlad into a new foreign environment, the Eastern world where his fami ...more
Finished this up the other evening, another great addition to the whole Vlad Taltos story.
This book opens where Pheonix closed off. Vlad on the run from the Jhereg and hiding out in the east with his own kind. While he is there he decides to look into his mothers family, to find out where he comes from. Unfortunately he steps into a hornets nest in his mothers home village.
I chuckled my way through this book, I really enjoyed Vlad and Loiosh's witty repartee, also just Vlad's internal monologue
ah, who would have guessed it? a merely good, rather than great, Brust book. continuing his occasional whim to write books in this long-running series that bounce back to a different point in the timeline (i.e., this book takes place several years in the character's life before the previous book in the series), we learn what happened to Vlad when he first had to leave the city. he doesn't explain to new readers why he had to leave, so i won't either, but suffice to say that while this one does i ...more
Jhegaala (Vlad Taltos, #11) by Steven Brust

While Steven Brust is in his usual fine form as an author, and Vlad Taltos and his trusty Jhereg companion remain compelling fictional characters, I can't help but feel that this is a darker, nastier Vlad than previous outings.

Yes, I know he's been an assassin for 10 books now, that's not the point. Previously, there was always an air of flippancy and devil-may-care and lightheartedness to the stories, but this tale seems down-right depressing in comparison.

There are scenes in this book that w
There's sort of richness to Vlad's perspective in this book that reminds me of Dragon, the last book where Brust backs up into Vlad's past. I wonder if there's something about the backward-facing books that bring out a bit more flourish to Brust's prose. I found the plot a lot more engaging than in Dragon. The intricate conspiracy story does get strained when we get to the big reveal at the end, but by now I've learned to roll with the punches. The most annoying thing about this book is that for ...more
In the latest entry in the Vlad Taltos series, Brust has gone back to an earlier period in Vlad's life, between the events of Phoenix and Athyra, rather than continuing with the current events of Issola and Dzur. Vlad returns to the East in search of his mother's family, starting in the small papermaking town of Burz, where his innocent (for Vlad) inquiries lead him into much more trouble than he could have guessed. The central mystery is well-plotted enough (although convoluted), and there's go ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I missed this initially. I think I was ignoring the series, actually, after having not been impressed by Issola and Dzur. This was another one that I thought was just all right, though it had its moments, and crystallized the thought that Brust may be the most literary author of epic fantasy who's currently publishing. (Well okay, Peter S. Beagle would probably beat him out there. But he's in the conversation.)

Feb 2012 re-read: I have mixed feelings about this. I didn't enjoy it very much, until
Nothing except moving and getting married in the same week could have stopped me from reading this book when it came out July 8. As it happened, I only got my grubby paws on it a couple days ago and tore right through it.

First, some background. This is the 11th book in the adventures of Vlad Taltos. The story started with a book called Jhereg, originally published in 1983 and now reprinted in a collection with the next two books in the series. Here, we were introduced to Vlad Taltos, an "Eastern
How embarrassing to realize you read the wrong book, just because it started with "Jhe." I meant to read Jhereg. I was lost and discombobulated for most of the book. It was OK, but I get the sense this might be one of those books that does better when you know the backstory. I'll read it again in its proper order.
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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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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)
  • Dragon (Vlad Taltos, #8)
  • Issola (Vlad Taltos, #9)
  • Dzur (Vlad Taltos, #10)
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