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Iorich (Vlad Taltos Series) [Hardcover]

Steven Brust
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4 Jan 2010 Vlad Taltos Series (Book 12)
House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera--longtime friend, sometime ally--has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime. It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends--Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika--coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense? It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He's an Easterner--small, weak, short-lived. He's being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved...

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312082
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Dzur" gives us Vlad Taltos at his best." --"Cinescope

""Fresh, snappy, and terribly likeable..."Dzur" shows you what heroic fantasy can be." --Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

STEVEN BRUST is the author of "Dragon," "Issola," "Jhegaala," and the "New York Times"-bestselling "Dzur," among many other popular fantasy novels. A native of Minneapolis, he currently lives in Texas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition 9 Feb 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There are a few things about this book that amaze me. First, Steven Brust is one of the few authors I read in high school 20 years ago that I still actively pursue; second, that this is the 12th book in a series and I still get very excited when a new book comes out and I finish it with regret, knowing I will have to wait an indefinite amount of time for the next one to be released. As the 12th book in this series and the 17th set in this reality, it contributes much to the storylines of both our hero, Vlad Taltos, and the Dragaeran world.

This book was a page-turner. Once I picked it up I just could not put it down. I believe this story can stand on its own, and I know people who have started this series at almost any place. Some recommend starting at the beginning, but then you can either read them chronologically or in order of publication. I have gone back and reread them both ways and prefer the order in which they were published. Vlad Taltos is a human living in a world of Dragaerans. The Dragaerans are a society ruled by houses and a cycle. There are 17 houses, and each takes a turn ruling the empire, depending on where a house is in the cycle. They have more or less power. This book goes more into that dynamic of house position than some of the others. Each house has dominant characteristics and predominant occupations. The order of the cycle is: Phoenix, Dragon, Lyorn, Tiassa, Hawk, Dzur, Issola, Tsalmoth, Vallista, Jhreg, Iorich, Chreotha, Yendi, Orca, Teckla, Jhegaala, Athyra, and then returns to Phoenix. Most houses you are born into, a few will sell titles, or can be earned. Vlad first bought a title in the Jhereg and moved up. The Jhereg are a mixed clan, and are known to be the criminal element in this world. Later Vlad earned an imperial title with estates and such.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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In which Vlad Taltos meets his son, tries to clear a friend who has been arrested on capital charges, and meets lawyers who, to his surprise, believe in justice. And in which we learn about the Dragaeran equivalent of the Chilcott inquiry ...

This entertaining comic fantasy novel is the twelfth published book in the story of Vladimir Taltos. Currently (August 2011) it is probably also the twelfth in chronological sequence. (The two are not always congruent in this series, as the time sequence jumps about a lot. The thirteenth book, "Tiassa" contains three linked stories set at different times, but it is my impression that the climax of "Tiassa" is set a little after "Iorich")

Since Vlad's son is eight years old at the time of this book, it must be set eight or nine years after Vlad goes on the run from the Jhereg "organisation" (Mafia) in the book "Phoenix". And as Vlad is carrying a very special sword called "Lady Teldra" we can deduce that it is set some time after the books "Issola (Vlad Taltos Series)" and "Dzur (Vlad Taltos Series)".

At the start of this book, Vlad Taltos learns that his friend Aliera has been arrested on capital charges. None of her other friends, from the Empress down, appear to be doing anything about it.

So despite the fact that "The Orgaisation" has put a huge price on his head, Vlad returns to the Imperial capital, Adrilankha city at the start of this book. Vlad knows that he is risking his life by doing this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but with a weak plot. 31 May 2011
This is structured like a detective novel, Taltos moves from person to person trying to find out why things are being done.
At the same time his life is complicated by the ever lingering death threats.

Most of the old characters make brief cameo appearances but nothing of interest is done or said.
There is some decent humour in the book.

The problem is that the plot doesn't make sense.
Some of the previous books had convoluted plots but at the end the explanation made sense of everything even if it wasn't really believable.
This one is different, even at the end it doesn't make sense.
Some of the characters' behaviour is out of character and the political situation simply seems contrived to the point of nonsense.

Readable but not on of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great installment! 30 Mar 2010
So much has been written about this already...But it is indeed yet another fantastic story.

This is the latest installment in the life of our long suffering hero Vald Taltos. As we have found in previous books his choices are often not the sensible choices that would lead to a long, prosperous and no doubt boring life but what strikes you about them is the way the author has given them a sense of reality so you feel the conflict Vald has in making them.

This book picks up Vald's story after a number of years on the run which resulted from making an enemy of his former employers (the equivalent to the Mafia or Triads). He learns that his friend Aliera has been accused in relation to a massacre of peseants and is in custody. He decides to go back to the city of Adrilankha to help although Aliera is refusing any help, for as it turns out a very good reason. This results in him being thrust into intrigue and politics and yet again the possibility of getting himself killed. We meet old friends and ironically we do not make any new ones (that we know of).

You can read this book if you have never read Steven Brust before however you will miss out on the 'in jokes' and subplots but paradoxically in most places you would not know unless you had been reading the other novels . It would seem like joining a conversation between two friends that have known each other for years who know things about people you don't. It would be better to start at the start and it is generally agreed that publication order is best. I have noticed on many other reviews of Steven Brust's books helpful 'read in this order' lists for both chronological and publication orders.

To sum up, another fantastic read and please hurry up with the next one!
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