Fresh from the collapse of his marriage, and with the criminal Jhereg organization out to eliminate him, Vlad decides to hide out among his relatives in faraway Fenario. All he knows about them is that their family name is Merss and that they live in a papermaking industrial town called Burz.
At first Burz isn't such a bad place, though the paper mill reeks to high heave
Wanna move back home, Vlad? All fine and dandy, except these human yokels have never heard of you and the reverse is also true. Oh, Vlad, what are you doing here?
Well, suffice to say, he gets embroiled in a murder investigation, gets tortured, and discovers that going back to the old ...more
I enjoyed the first few novels in the sequence when they seemed to be going...somewhere. But now they seem to have fallen into a holding pattern not ...more
Not having any particular place to go, Vlad decides to visit his mother’s hometown, where he discovers that something hinky is going on. The first half of the book is slow - Vlad walks around, asks questions, eats dinner, complains about the coffee, etc.. The action picks up significantly in the second half, wh ...more
The problem with this particular book is that Vlad is sort of wandering around, wondering what to do, filling time, and then trying to make sense of a town and situatio ...more
I will say that the last 15% of the book was actually pretty good.
I really hope that this ends up being the low point of the series.
The only thing I can figure is that it's the that's-not-Loiosh-dragon-thing they like to put on the covers, only...metamorphized (I like this word better than any 'real' ones). I mean, it's definitely not a jhegaala (which is very near like a winged frog.)
So...anyway. Enough about the cover.
I skimmed my previous review (immediately follows this one), but I don't feel right about rereading it. I know I probably both enjoyed it mo ...more
Oh, that's right. ...more
They're fun, dammit.
If the model for these books is "Vlad acts like a member of the house mentioned in the title, which acts like the animal for which the house is named," this is a bit of a stretch. I get that Jhegaala are known for metamorphosis. They adapt to their environment, but also they go through a cycle of change. Ok maybe that works here?
Mostly, this felt like a ...more
I really appreciated the "aw shucks" unpleasant keystone caper that happens around him, and how it's different from the usual mob style stuff that's going on.
I wasn't as much of a fan of the play snippets at the beginning of each chapter, and honestly, I thought the "Jhegaala" natural ...more
First half of book is very slow paced, after that events came to conclusion but story is complicated and coincidences makes the whole story lazy and unpolished. I liked it but if i read just after the Dzur or another book probably i'll find not satisf ...more
Still, it was entertaining and fun and exciting and that’s what I’ve come to expect from this series
His take on a tired genre is to use it as background for noirish thrillers and mysteries -- complete with a cynical, honest and wisecracking narrator, Vlad Taltos.
Jhegaala is the 11th in his long-running series about Vlad, an assassin-turned-fugitive, which began with 1983's Jhereg.
Brust has drawn from his own Hungarian ancestry fo ...more
First, some background. This is the 11th book in the adventures of Vlad Taltos. The story started with a book called Jhereg, originally published in 1983 and now reprinted in a collection with the next two books in the series. Here, we were introduced to Vlad Taltos, an "Eastern ...more
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