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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  6,646 ratings  ·  206 reviews
"Die Teckla proben den Aufstand. Ich wußte, irgendwann musste das passieren. Teckla sind faule, dumme, feige Bauern. Aufstand! Ein Witz mit so einem Bart. Aber jetzt revoltieren sie gegen das Imperium. Ein neuer Witz. Und ein Jhereg-Herrscher mit kriminellen Ambitionen stachelt sie ordentlich an. Leider kein Witz.
Aber der eigentliche Witz ist, daß ich sie schütze. Ich. Lor
Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2003 by Kletta-Cotta (first published December 1st 1986)
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4.0 to 4.5 stars. The above quote just about perfectly sums up the tone and style of Steven Brust's JHEREG novels...playfully dark, coolly subdued and dangerously a word YUMMMMMM!! Seriously, I am pretty smitten with Brust's breezy style and this series is currently on a very short list of what I call literary comfort food. They just really hit the sweet spot and are such a potent combination of well written, tightly plotted stories (averaging under 200 pages) with a highly en
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Wish I could round up, because it is very good, but I can't. Too frustrating.

I read this book a year ago and I still haven't gotten over it yet. It's the book I like least in the series, but it's the only one that I remember most vividly.

The most frustrating thing about this book is experiencing the end of Vlad and Cawti's marriage through Vlad's eyes. Well, everything is experienced through Vlad's eyes since he is the only narrator, but with this book, you feel the limited first-person
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
This is one of the few series where I spend most of my time enjoying rather than analyzing. It’s complex enough to keep my interest (with random splashes of sarcasm that usually make me laugh), but easy-flowing enough that I can sit back and relax into it.

Nothing about this series is typical. Of the three I’ve read, so far Teckla was the least unconventional, but still boasted 100% world immersion. The author never explains anything, choosing instead to throw you into the deep end. It works thou
Sebastien Castell
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I first read this series a couple of decades ago and as this was my favourite fantasy series I thought I'd revisit Vlad's adventures and intrigues. I was surprised when re-reading Yendi that it still held together nicely today. The same is true of Teckla, but in different ways, and the elements that kept me from enjoying it as much as the others when I first read it still come through today.

Whereas Jhereg and Yendi, the first two Vlad Taltos books, were a sort of swashbuckling mafioso fantasy, T
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another very easy read, but this time Vlad has his most difficult challenge ever... His wife.

I can't think of a better way to seriously cramp the style of a man who succeeded against all the odds to win the most high-paid assassination than to have his wife decide to go all in on a revolution for the downtrodden in the slums, especially since Vlad's at the top of his game, rich as hell, and have powerful people owe him favors.

Of course, that's exactly what happens, and he's just trying to save h
[Name Redacted]
I read this nearly 2 decades ago and didn't really enjoy it then. Now that I'm older, wiser, better educated? I despised it. It was a maddening slog in which Brust retconned his characters' motivations, personalities & histories to force them to fit the new conflicts he wants to introduce -- it's part propaganda, part author-using-art-to-work-through-his-personal-issues, and everything is sacrificed in the service of those goals. You see, Steven Brust is a devout Trotskyite and his marriage had ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Based on reviews and overall rating, Teckla seems to be one of the least liked books in the Vlad Taltos series. I will say that A) I understand why many readers might not like this book as much as the first two. B) It is my favorite so far.

Teckla takes us on an introspective journey with the protagonist. Vlad experiences self-doubt, relationship problems, and the beginning of what appears to be some major changes in the Draegeran empire.

The tone of Teckla is very different than the first two bo
It’s official. I am now a fan of Vlad Taltos. He may even be one of the great characters of the Fantasy genre.

He’s not a hero nor is he a villain. There’s a little bit of both in there, but I don’t know that he can actually be called an anti-hero. He may be beyond classification. Sometimes he’s a wiseass, sometimes he is just wise, but he is always intelligent, and more intelligent than nearly everyone around him. That intelligence is born and nurtured in a mind that is always thinking, working
Melissa McShane
I dreaded reaching this point in the series. Even when I was obsessively re-reading the first four books (as published), I don't think I read this one more than maybe twice. That's how unpleasant it is.

What makes this book so unpleasant is not only that Vlad's marriage starts to implode, but that it does so because Cawti, who until this point has seemed fairly sensible, becomes a total raging idiot. I loved Cawti from Jhereg and Yendi, both for her strength as a powerful female character and as
Jacob Proffitt
This was a reread and with luck, and a little planning, I'll avoid ever reading it again. Yeah, it's well-written and I still like Vlad, but everything else about this book is a giant downer. Cawti's character changes and not for the better. The book starts with the realization that Cawti has gotten involved with this group of revolutionaries, apparently months ago. Without saying anything to Vlad. And it's not that she should clear things with him, or anything, but it very much is that she has ...more
1,5 / 5
this is the third book i've read in this series..
While i do like the universe, and the concept, i'm becomming increasingly dissapointed with this series..
I have different standards for the first books in a series and the later...
It is to be expected that the universe and the characters in the first stories are a bit hollow, and thin, since that can be filled out later.. i think that was the case with the dresden files..
But this series doesnt really seems to deepen, it was written so that
M Hamed
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, western-fantasy
speaking out of my own experience ,revolution doesn't work like that
and about his wife waking up feeling disgusted by him and his life choices ,and he the little bitch he is will literally kill himself trying to protect her ,not that she wants him to

but love man ,love
Jennifer Wheeler
This 3rd book crept a smidge closer to 4 stars. I like that Loiosh had more of a central role through books 2 & 3. I think I will end up giving the next omnibus a chance.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
If you want to distill the stress of dysfunctional home life and domestic disputes in a book, this is how you would do it. If you're single and want to remain that way, this book will help set you in your ways.

Fuck, this was the furthest thing from an enjoyable read. I got 60% through it and just couldn't take it anymore.
Mark Halse
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one was the best yet.
Kat  Hooper
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature:

Teckla is the third novel in Steven Brust’s series about Vlad Taltos, a human assassin who lives in the empire of Dragaera which is populated mostly by a species of long-lived tall humanoids who were genetically engineered by sorcerers and divide themselves into clans depending on their specific traits. In the first VLAD TALTOS novel, Jhereg, we met Vlad, an Easterner whose father bought the family into the nobility
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, they cannot all be winners. Teckla is the third book in the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. The Teckla is the house of the least cunning and least assertive and all around omega-resident of the Empire. It, then, is a fitting title for this surprisingly not-good book.

Teckla is the story of all marriages. In this book, Vlad and Cawti have grown and changed as people are wont to do when time passes. They both find themselves struggling with the question of whether or not they have grown t
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I think the main reason for not liking this book as much as the first two in the series is a change in tone. I felt that the plot and, more important, the general mood of Vlad was much more serious in this novel. One of the reasons why I enjoyed the first two novels was the lighter tone compared to a lot of fantasy. This book was a bit of a downer because Vlad spends a lot of time sulking about his wife Cawti throughout the entire novel. I thought maybe the difference in publication & chronologi ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Teckla is the third novel in Steven Brust’s series about Vlad Taltos, a human assassin who lives in the empire of Dragaera which is populated mostly by a species of long-lived tall humanoids who were genetically engineered by sorcerers and divide themselves into clans depending on their specific traits. In the first VLAD TALTOS novel, Jhereg, we met Vlad, an Easterner whose father bought the family into the nobility of the lowly house of Jhereg. Vlad, like many of the Jhereg, is a crime boss and ...more
I really like the whole Vlad Taltos series by Brust - but this one was horrible, there's no other way to say it. It was all about the revolution of Easterners and the Teckla in South Adrilankha, it read like some revolutionary pamphlet. Vlad and Cawti were fighting the whole time and she behaved in such an uppity way, she looked at him like he was some kind of filth on her shoes, that I couldn't understand what he saw in her, why he still loved her and kept running after her like a lost puppy. A ...more
Feb 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I thought this was one of the weakest books in the series. The author was going through a divorce, and unfortunately this life event took over his novel. This book consists of nothing but a married couple fighting, having the same argument over and over without any resolution. Vlad is at his most unlikable, too - hard to sympathize with. Some critics liked the "realism" of it, but I found this book slow and depressing. You can skip this one and not miss anything. ...more
Jamie Collins
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Vlad's wife wants to be a revolutionary. Vlad doesn't want her to be a revolutionary. Conflict ensues.

It would have been more interesting if I had been invested in their relationship, but so far that has been my least favorite aspect of these books. I like Vlad Taltos and I like Brust's writing well enough to continue, but I'm hoping these get better.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book reads like a family counselor's diary. The main character's wife decided to become a revolutionary almost completely abandoning MC. All sorts of problems come up. A huge disappointment after the first two books, this one bored me to tears; it was bad enough for me to completely abandon further reading. ...more
William Tracy
This was definitely the weakest of the Taltos books so far. Most of it was a slog through a marriage break-up, for a sort of tenuous philosophical question. I felt this one dragged on, with Vlad bumbling through things day-to-day in a depressive state. I pressed through the last half of the book at one time just so I could finish it, and I'm glad I did because otherwise I would have taken forever to get through it. Hopefully the others are better, and I'll give the next one a try just to see. ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok

I was greatly irritated with this book. I thought the first two brought promising adventures where we got to see Vlad's cunning and tactical mind at work. I know we got glimpses of him being shaken and that was ok because the protagonist should have some sort of weakness right? We also got a little taste of romance and that was a little less ok because come on, he utterly trust Loiosh because they've been together since he was in his teens bu
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aaron Anderson
May 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5-fantasy, disliked
First off, I AM going to continue the series past this. But I found this book rather irritating, and difficult to get through. The politics/philosophy of this book irritated me to not end. Vlad and Cawti both pissed me off. I'm started to get annoyed by his familiar, too.

But as I started, I'm going to read another couple books, for sure, before I give up on the series. The world and characters are fun enough not to give up.
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
I don't think there's anything 'worse' about this one than the first two, but it's hard to read because of the troubles with Cawti. I don't *like* Cawti, and don't like the revolutionaries, no matter how just their cause, so it makes it a bit tough. But I think it's a measure of the series' being better than average that it allows us to see Vlad as still sympathetic while his reactions are often quite unsympathetic. ...more
Richard Guion
Jul 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book lost the charm and adventure the other books in the series had. Cawti and Vlad have an argument that runs through nearly the whole book over the Easterner's plight in their ghetto. I couldn't seem to care about either situation. I skimmed through a lot of it-- I might even recommend most people skipping this one. I feel pretty burned out on this series. ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting world with interesting people.
Too bad they keep acting like morons.

I'll probably check out his other works, since the main character shows such promise. But this book is about inanely simplistic politics, and utterly unrealistic consequences of same.

Don't bother.
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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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