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The Phoenix Guards [Paperback]

Steven Brust
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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14 Oct 2008 Phoenix Guards (Book 1)
A thousand years before the birth of Vlad Taltos, the Dragaeran Empire is a hotbed of intrigue, sorcery, intrigue, swashbuckling adventure, and intrigue. For those who would be heroes, it is a delightful time to be alive--and an easy place to die. Khaavren of the House of Tiassa is a son of landless nobility, possessor of a good sword and "tolerably well acquainted with its use." Along with three loyal friends, he enthusiastically seeks out danger and excitement. But in a realm renowned for repartee and betrayals, where power is as mutable as magic, a young man like Khaavren, newly come from the countryside, had best be wary. His life depends on it. And so does the future of Dragaera. When swordplay beckons, it's all for one--and one for..."The Phoenix Guards."
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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (14 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765319659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319654
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stop. Pay attention. Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer. So what are you waiting for?" --Tad Williams"Shares the wit and exuberance of the Taltos books." --"Publishers Weekly""Brust stretches the boundaries of our field--and stirs some unexpected emotions." --"The Denver Post""A loving tribute to the swashbuckling adventures of old." --"Locus" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with "Jhereg," the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans." Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including "To Reign in Hell," a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars," a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, "Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille." The most recent "Taltos" novels are "Dragon" and" Issola." In 1991, with "The Phoenix Guards," Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are "Five Hundred Years After" and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": "The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, "and" Sethra Lavode." While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, A Rose for Iconoclastes. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I have just finished The Phoenix Guards and I must say it has held me in thrall. I find my own speech patterns have been affected by the lovely turns of phrase and linguistic curiosities with which Mr. Brust has peppered his novel. Mr. Brust uses the third-person (Nearly-omniscient) point of view to craft a tale that is witty, cunning, and entertaining. The story is told as a written history collected by all-seeing, all-knowing Dragaeran historians. There are no dry spots. My only complaint is that, despite voliminous explanation to the contrary, I have no idea when in the Jhereg-series timeline all of this takes place (except for the vague timeframe of "Prior to Adron's disaster"). BTW: you get to meet Adron E'Kieron on stage towards the end, which is a treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dumas with Dragaerans 3 April 1998
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There are those who are disturbed by Brust's practice of twisting classic works through several alternate dimensions; I am always amazed at how well he does it. The rhythms of the dialogue, the descriptions, the characters -- they are similar but not the same, as though viewed through a glass that distorts and reveals simultaneously. It is a walk along a very cunning tightrope -- not alienating those who love the classic while satisfying those who love the fantasy. As one who has adored the unabridged Dumas since childhood, I confess myself well satisfied. As a reader of fantasy for several decades, I find myself, again, amazed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want Dumas, read Dumas. 13 Jan 1998
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If you want entertainment that is intelligent, engrossing, well-written and very hard to find in the land of ever-shortening attention spans, AND at the same time, touches the lasting appeal of literature, read Brust. As an literary cynic, who has also read from most of the major writers in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the ingenuity and range of Steven Brust. He is a truly gifted writer and his books, from the Taltos series to the Khaavren romances, continue to provide me with rich satisfying entertainment, well through the third, and fourth readings. Even after experiencing the wonderful characterizations and original plot twistings in the Taltos series, the first of the Khaavren trilogy again showed new levels of imagination and range. If he is not Dumas, forgive us for loving him in any case, because the relish and joy in his writing is apparent to even the most disapproving of readers... and it continues to delight the rest of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine fantasy retelling of a Dumas classic 4 Oct 1996
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The book The Phoenix Guards (and it's sequel 500 Years After) are an excellent tribute to the fine works of Alexander Dumas, being more than loosely based upon The Three Musketeers (originally titled "The Three Guardsmen"). It is based in the world Brust created for his Taltos series, albeit about 1000 years prior. For those who appreciate a good deal of humor along with the Dumas style, and exciting swordplay, this book has the typical Brust quality characters and dialogue.
I highly recommend it for anyone who ever loved the French classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragaera as Dumas would have written it... 25 Nov 2003
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The Dragaera stories are most interesting when they treat a familiar genre in a different way - the Taltos books mix gangster stories, 007, magic-as-technology with reliable old fantasy themes. With these books (The Phoenix Guards, Five Hundred Years After...) Stephen reworks his own Taltos setting in the style of Dumas - brilliantly. If you don't like Dumas, though, you won't like these...
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