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(Vlad Taltos #10)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,105 ratings  ·  118 reviews
In which Vlad Taltos confronts the Left Hand of the Jhereg...and discovers the game has more players than he thought

Vlad Taltos, short-statured, short-lived human in an Empire of tall, long-lived Dragaerans, has always had to keep his wits about him. Long ago, he made a place for himself as a captain of the Jhereg, the noble house that runs the rackets in the great imperia
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Tor Books (first published August 8th 2006)
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Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely not the worst of the series, it follows right after the previous book and firmly brings Vlad back into his hometown, and much to my relief. It's a very decent read, self-contained, and of course it had to do with his ex-wife. :) What return to his old haunt with intentions of resuming a semblance of his old life after making such an enjoyable hash of it would be right without making sure that his Ex was involved?

The whole novel was enjoyable, but it wasn't huge except for the whole as
Dec 19, 2007 rated it liked it
15Nov2012: It's been far too long since I read this & haven't read any of the following books, which I now have. I'd kind of like to re-read the series, but have too many other books on the pile, so I'll settle for re-reading this one & move on to the rest.

I gave it 4 stars previously, but I'm knocking that back to 3. It was pretty good, with a twisty problem, but there wasn't as much action as I recalled & the way it wound up was a little too fast, uneven & convenient. Each chap
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was a bit special (to be read as personal) to me. For I, got to prepare and cook the whole meal in Steve's kitchen, to be written about. Don't believe me?, Re-read the acknowledgments of this book. (When Steve handed me a copy of this book, he said, 'you never truly exist unless you're acknowledged in a book'.)

As always, Steve, thank you, it was my pleasure to cook for you. I hope that one day, I will get to have the pleasure again.

Every last detail of this meal was me. The planning
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
One of the weaker Vlad entries. It’s not bad, but there’s not much point to it. Very little character development takes place, and there’s almost no advancement of the larger themes and mysteries of the series. It’s just a standard, fairly uninteresting Vlad adventure, more of what we’ve seen before. The one aspect of the book that could have been really powerful is relegated to a brief mention in the epilogue, and the epilogue then ends on a teaser that’s almost unforgivable. This just feels li ...more
Apr 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's been a while since Brust has had anything published and I had forgotten this was finally out in paperback. Vlad Taltos is back in Adrilanka and is back in trouble - this time on the behalf of his ex-wife Cawti. I enjoy Brust's books, and this one was witty and fun. I particularily liked the "interludes" of Vlad describing a 7 course meal from his favorite restaurant. What I didn't care for was Vlad wandering around Adrilanka in disguise, wondering what to do about his predicament. It became ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of this series, but still a great read.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, 2009
It's been a while since I've read any of the Taltos novels, but as someone who's enjoyed most of what Brust has written, when I saw this one available in paperback, I had to grab it (and I eagerly await Jhegaala in paperback at the end of this month.)

Overall, it's an entertaining read, although it suffers from rather odd pacing and a bit of an anticlimactic conflict resolution. Vlad spends much of the middle of the novel wandering around in disguise frustrated that he can't figure out what to do
Jennifer Brown
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

This is once again a fabulous addition to the Vlad Taltos series. I rather enjoyed eating with Vlad at Valabar and Sons. I wonder if they'll open one up in LA. Brust certainly has a way of putting food to pen then pen to paper. But enough of that.

Though Vlad has been on the run for years from the Right-Hand of the Jhereg, he finds that he must face them once again. His journey begins at Valabar's, Vlads favorite restaurant. Sethra Lavode is concerned about Vlad's safety so she sends a Dzurlord

Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In Dzur, the tenth book in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series, Vlad is finally back in the city of Adrilankha. I suspect that most fans will be thrilled to return to that decadent cosmopolitan city; it’s just so much more interesting than watching Vlad roam around the countryside. Fittingly, each of the chapters in Dzur is named for one of the items Vlad is served at his favorite restaurant during a gourmet meal that runs parallel to the main plot of Dzur. (Vlad, an assassin by trade, is quite th ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This installment of the series doesn't really stand out for me. It's an entertaining read, and the interludes which draw connections between specific courses of a many-course fancy dinner and specific sections of the plot are both amusing and revealing. Also, I'm always happy when one book follows the plot directly from the previous book, as this one does. Otherwise, there's some character development, we hear more about Vlad's new weapon, and life goes on.
Jamie Collins
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Don’t read this when you’re on a diet. Brust is fond of framing his stories, and this one is framed by an exquisite feast - each course described in loving, succulent detail at the beginning of each chapter.

The plot? Oh, something about the Jhereg and Vlad’s ex-wife and South Adrilankha and Vlad’s new Great Weapon. I’m already forgetting. But Brust’s writing is amusing, and this a nice enough read.

We finally get to meet: (view spoiler) I was a little underwhelmed.

Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I think my previous review still stands. This one's a bit tedious, but I enjoyed meeting Telnan, and I...appreciate getting some depth on the humans in Adrilanka. And Vlad's new weapon. And the scene with Verra. And there are a few really good lines.

Review from September 26, 2006:

This is going to be hard. This book picks up seconds after the one in the Vladimir Taltos series that comes before it, Issola. In that one, he proclaimed that he was going to go eat at his favorite restaurant even tho
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vlad has gone back to his old territory in Adrilankha. Things aren't quite how he left them, or how he expected it to go. Cawti's having trouble keeping the Jhereg out of her area, since she won't run an organization like Vlad had. And she's not one to ask for help, even if Vlad would drop everything for her, forgetting the price on his own head, to do it. He's just going to have to take care of things himself, in his own way, like he always does . . .

Picking up only a few hours after Issola, th
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten books (plus, with the Paarfi series) and counting, Steven Brust continues to surprise with his Vlad Taltos series. As I've made my way through the books, I've continually praised Brust's style and wordplay, as well as the depth of his world-building in Vlad's Dragaera. Dzur does not disappoint.

Brust often uses a clever framing device to set up each chapter and add to the cohesiveness of the book. In one, a list of instructions to a laundry service starts each chapter, and in the chapter we s
Meh. This Vlad book was alright but not a whole lot happens. We do get to meet a Dzurlord who is interesting. I did like that we get to be back in the city and we get to see Kragar again. I really like Kragar and was glad that we got to see him again. The other major thing that I was hoping would happen does sort of happen and the book ends right at that moment. Other than those couple of things, the book was actually pretty boring. It was more interesting than seeing Vlad walk around small coun ...more
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In which our chronological timeline continues and Vlad comes back to Adrilankha to solve a problem at the behest of Mario(?!) and solves a problem for his ex-wife without actually interacting with her.

It's nice to see Vlad back in the proverbial saddle. Not a whole lot with the overall story arc (and nothing with the mytharc) really happened. It was nice to see Sethra and Kiera and I like our new Dzur Lavode.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gone, fantasy
The chapter starting sections are neat little asides about the meal that starts the book, in the restaurant often referred to in other books.

Unfortunately this story just seems to drag with the lead character painfully slowly investigating things. It lacks the pacing of some of the earlier ones in the series.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good book in this series, one that kept driving me back to read it even though I am in the middle of reading another excellent book. This one is structured around a meal, which each chapter relating to another course. My one criticism(?) is that I did find the Dzurlord character interesting, and I would have enjoyed more stuff from him. Perhaps that is a story for another novel, however.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so interesting to see Vlad back in Adrilankha and dealing with a problem so much like what he used to deal with in the early books, except this time he didn't have his organization to help him deal with it. A great story and I definitely endorse reading it if you've enjoyed past books with Vlad.
Felt good stepping back into this after taking a break to read a long novel. Made me really appreciate the conciseness of the Taltos books. This one was pretty fun; lots of Loisch/Vlad interactions (well, there's always lots of those, but these just seemed to be especially good).
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this one very creative. Brust begins each chapter with a description of a single course in a meal Vlad is experiencing at one of his favorite restaurants. Foodies will love this. Overall, it was a great read I finished in two days!
Alexander Dove
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A worthy follow-up to Issola but not quite as good. Something was missing.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites, makes you want to eat at Valabar's... Lots of dialogues between Loiosh and Vlad, Kragar, whom I missed.

Now up to Tiassa, to know how Vlad met Khaavren...
Devon H.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing super remarkable (except the big drop at the end), but still really entertaining. Except Cawti is as annoying as usual.
Steven R. McEvoy
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to believe that a series of books has kept my attention through 10 books. Yet that is exactly what Brust has done. Every time a new book comes out I go back and reread the entire series up to that point. I read the first ones back in the 80's in high school as they came out, and I thought that the Character of Vlad Taltos was the coolest. He is a member of House Jehreg and a sometime assassin. Vlad once read quickly becomes an immensely popular protagonist. I have introduced these boo ...more
Ian Mathers
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
So, in preparation for reading the new book in the Vlad Taltos series for review, I spent a very enjoyable week-and-a-half during my long commute rereading the four books in the series before it, to job my memory and whet my appetite.

I happily admit to being biased; I randomly found Jhereg in a bookstore as a kid, and loved the snarky back cover text. I kind of expected a slightly darker version of Robert Asprin's Myth books, but by the time I read Teckla I knew something else was going on. I do
***Dave Hill
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: text

Nothing much to add to the below. This is a very personal story but, unlike Teckla (its closest analog), it's much more satisfying.


(Original review Aug 2006)

Overall 4/5
Story 4/5
Re-Readability 4/5
Characters 4/5

Now this is what I’m talking about. Vlad’s back on the streets of Adrilankha, hours after the previous novel, and trying to help his estranged wife against a mysterious conspiracy by the distaff sorcerers of the Left Hand of the Jhereg. Vlad returns to his root
Joel Neff
Jan 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Dragaera and of Steven Brust.
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Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Brust Addicts like me!
Every single Vlad Taltos book is a Masterpiece in it's own way. It is an amazing sequence of books. The adventures of Vald the assassin with assoreted help and hindering from Kiera the thief, Sethra Lavode, Morrolan (lord of Castle Black), Aliera e'kieron and assorted others are a brilliant place to pass time.

Brust's concept of the houses (clans) makes for a backdrop of added complexity as the books deal with the world's politics which Vlad finds himself caught up in, and being a simple 'busines
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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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