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Issola by Steven Brust
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Mar 24, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 17 to 21, 2012

More Vlad!

This is an unusual Vlad book in how, well, usual it is. That is, there's nothing weird going on structurally or plot-wise; it's a fairly straightforward quest story. There's an ancient evil (well, sort of), our hero sets off on a quest to do something about it (well, sort of), and there's a massive battle of good vs evil at the end (well, sort of).

We do get Vlad as his usual wisecracking, reluctant-hero self, we get the detailed exploration of a field/topic (in this case politeness), we get a character from the title House as well as Vlad acting like a member of that House. We get a great (if bittersweet) ending.

And Vlad finally gets some impetus to reconnect with his friends and with the world. Awesome.
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