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
The whole novel was enjoyable, but it wasn't huge except for the whole as ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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)[Mario! (hide spoiler)] I was a little underwhelmed.
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 ...more
Picking up only a few hours after Issola, th ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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