Jhegaala (Vlad Taltos, #11) (Vlad Taltos #11)
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
If recent (chronological) story events have seen Vlad becoming a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Feb 2012 re-read: I have mixed feelings about this. I didn't enjoy it very much, until ...more
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 ...more
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