Years ago, Vlad Taltos came to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire's vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it.
But that was then, before Vlad and the...more
from the ol' blog at https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2015/...
Flying lizard that communicates psychically?
Ridiculously complicated revenge/redemption plot?
–check and mate
It’s hard to review book fourteen in a series, partially because, well, I don’t. Read series that long, that is. Usually it is only mysteries that manage to extend that long, by virtue of the lead solving a new case each time. But it is an interesting question–how do you extend a character life over a multit ...more
This is the Vlad I know and love, right down to the horrendously complicated plot, the refusal to explain to us what is going to happen until it happens, and now, an actual return to business as usual.
What? He's found a way to return to his home town, make things good with the Jhereg, that long-lived race that does everything better than everyone else? I mean, sure, Vlad has been assassinating them for most of his life and even though they made him a Lord even though they despise puny ...more
So yeah, I liked it because Brust could publish ...more
My only disappointment was that it was over too soon. I'm a little torn by the ending, but mostly in a "can't wait to get the next book" kind of way—and I suspect that would have been the case regardless.. ...more
Note: This review contains spoilers for previous novels in the series.
Hawk is Steven Brust’s fourteenth (and latest) novel about Vlad Taltos, a charming assassin living in Dragaera. Over the past 31 years, fans of this series have been through a lot with Vlad and Loiosh, Vlad’s flying reptilian familiar.
We first met Vlad when he was at the top o ...more
Full review. There were some wonderful elements in this story, specifically Vlad being forced to take a few days to mend and during that time he recalls a few different conversations which separately would not mean much to almost anyone. But as we know Vlad is not anyone. He thinks he has found a way to ...more
When I first looked up Hawk I saw that it was already the 14th book in the Vlad Taltos series so I was actually a bit hesitant to pick it up since this is my first Vlad Taltos book, but when I read the press release it stated that this would be a nice start to begin reading the series, so taking this into account I started reading and I have to be honest and say that this was a great start in the series as you got to learn some bits a ...more
Vlad has a plan for a trick, which, if he can pull it off, will stop the House of the Jhereg from trying to kill him. There is some urgency because lately the assassins seem to be better funded than usual, leading to a couple of close calls. I particularly liked the opening fight scene where, to save his life, Vlad is requir ...more
Hawk was from start to finish, classic Vlad! You don't quite know what's going on and you're holding on to find out what/why/when/how/whaaaaaat of it all. Great humor, snippets of past events to color the present and seeing Vlad taking a stand. He's rather fierce when he decides on what he's going to do. Love it! ...more
To cut to the chase, Vlad's problems with the Jhereg are still not over but he is not running anymore, and he is fighting back. The book is relatively short and could also have been a novella but this is so refreshing.
One thing I like about the Taltos books is that there are ...more
But it's still a Vlad Taltos book, and great fun.
Now lookit, those of us who want to take these books seriously when we review them, can you really, really say a book means to be serious when the plot crisis depends on (view spoiler)[ an ensorcelled euphonium (hide spoiler)]? Surely Brust had one drink too many one night, and foolishly told his fri ...more
This latest installmen ...more
This is the "Vlad" book I've been waiting for. All your favorites characters get to make an appearance in their finest form, the plot is full of twists and turns and clever asides, and the ending is bitter-sweet. These are the elements I love in Steven Brust's work. ...more
4/5 wr ...more
Rating of 4.5.
I did a short review of this book in the Canberra Weekly:
Originally reviewed back in March 2017, I have re-published this review on my blog as part of my Throwback Thursday series.
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Yes, sorry. Couldn't say a thing without spoiling.
If you're new to the series, and for some reason care about my opinion of it, read the thirteen other reviews I've written so far. They should give you a decent picture.
This is a long running series and there are more optimal books to start one's journey through the Dragaeran Empire. But for readers familiar with the mythos, this is one of the best books in the series, in my opinion.
I won't spend time describing the background of the series. That is an adventure best savored from first hand ...more
Most novel series have a finite lifespan. Either the author keeps the main character in essentially the same environment or same situation and the series becomes repetitive and stagnant, or the author makes so many changes the series doesn't retain the same wonder, adventure and charm of the first books.
I fell in love with reading about Vladimir Taltos and his world with the first book. I thrilled as Vladimir rose in his criminal organization, but began to notice c ...more
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