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Not worthy of Stephen Brust
on 11 April 1997
This book is set in the Dragaeran world that Vlad Taltos moves in; the same setting as in "Jhereg", "Taltos", "Orca", "Phoenix", "Teckla", "Athyra", have I missed any?
All of which books I loved. But this is a slightly strained attempt to
parody "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas, an old favorite of mine.
Well, I don't think it worked. Brust's characters act far more outrageously than
the originals, and I think the attempt to bend the story to match the original too
closely ruined its believability. It doesn't quite work.
Still, it is a well-written piece, and an ambitious attempt.