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Tiassa (Vlad Taltos) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Brust
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Long ago, one of the gods fashioned an artifact called the silver tiassa. To Devera the Wanderer, it's a pretty toy to play with. To Vlad Taltos, it's a handy prop for a con he's running. To the Empire, it's a tool to be used against their greatest enemies--the Jenoine. To the Jhereg, it's a trap to kill Vlad.

The silver tiassa, however, had its own agenda.

Steven Brust's Tiassa tells a story that threads its way through more than ten years of the remarkable life of Vlad Taltos--and, to the delight of longtime fans, brings him together with Khaavren, from The Phoenix Guards and its sequels. Khaavren may be Vlad's best friend--or his most terrible enemy.

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""Brust is incapable of writing a dull book."

About the Author

STEVEN BRUST is the author of "Dragon, Issola, "the "New York Times-"bestselling "Dzur, "and many other novels of swashbuckling high fantasy. A native of Minneapolis, he lives near Austin, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DDEW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Stephen Brust has written two series set several hundred years apart in the same fantasy world. This book, which is collection of linked stories set at very different times, describes itself on the cover as a "novel of Vlad Taltos" and it is the thirteenth novel in that series.

However, Khaavren, the central figure of Brust's other series set in the same world, his wife Daro and their son Piri, are as important in this book as Vlad and his lady Cawti, who is his fiance when she first appears in this book and his separated wife when she appears in another story set several years later.

So much so that this novel is almost as much Khaavren Romance number six as Vlad Taltos story thirteen.

If you're not familiar with either the Khaavren Romances or the Vlad Taltos novels and are wondering how the central characters of two series set several hundred years apart could meet, the answer is that Khaavren and his family are members of a race which has a life expectancy of about 2,000 years.

In form this novel consists of three linked but self-contained novellas with a couple of short interludes between them. The first, called "Tag," is set at the outset of Vlad's career, just after he got engaged to Cawti (which places it between "Yendi" and "Jhereg") and begins when a Tiassa calling himself "Blue Fox" comes to Vlad with a strange request.

The second story, "Whitecrest" is set much later, a year after the attempted invasion by a group of hostile Gods called the Jenoine which is described in the book "Issola." In relation to the other books that puts this story between "Dzur" and "Iorich". It begins when the Empress warns Khaavren that she has been advised to expect another, similar attack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating mix 30 Mar. 2011
This is the 13th novel in Brust's Vlad Taltos sequence, which shares a world with "The Khaavren Romances" series. The first thing to say is that if you are not familiar with the series, this is probably a bad place to start - Jhereg or Taltos are probably a better starting point. If you're already a fan, however, you will want to know that this is a good, if unusual, Vlad novel.

Vlad Taltos makes his home in the Dragaeran Empire. The Dragaerans refer to themselves as "humans", and to Vlad's people as "Easterners", whereas in fact Easterners are what we think of as human, and Dragaerans are taller, extremely long lived, divided into Great Houses named after various animals, and take some physical and behavioural influence from those animals. A strong theme in the series is that Dragaerans are very much influenced by the heritage of their houses: Dragons are reckless and often serve as soldiers, Orca are avaricious and take to trade, Phoenix are solitary, and so on. When Vlad first appeared in the series, he had bought his way into membership of House Jhereg, who were mob-style criminals. He raised the money by working as an assassin, which fed his preference for hurting Dragaerans in retaliation for their oppression of Easterners. Vlad is no one-note character, however, and over a long sequence of books he was often confronted by the paradoxes of his position, with him eventually fleeing with a price on his head, and continuing into stranger climes.

The main delight of Vlad books is the wry, idiosyncratic narration by Vlad himself, told with brevity and wit. The other sequence set in Dragaera, The Khaavren Romances, took the opposite approach, being written in the long and stylised manner of Dumas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series keeps getting better 6 May 2014
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the 13th novel directly in the Vlad Taltos series and when you include the Khaavren Romances and the short stories set in Dragaera there are over 20 works to date. I have been reading them since Jhereg came out in 1983 and still find them amazing stories to read. In fact Jhereg is the first book that I can recall purchasing for myself, and attribute it and Brust's writings for much of my love and enjoyment of reading. If you are not familiar with Vlad Taltos and his familiar Loiosh you are missing out on some great fun, a little bit of magic, weapons, weapons and more weapons, and an assassin with a wicked sense of humor and often a big heart. This book is written in three sections that spread across the most of the other novels and links it to characters from The Khaavren Romances. Every now and then a Vlad novel comes out that is so good, I end up going back and rereading the whole series, either in the order they were published or the Chronological order. This is one such book.

The stories in this volume focuses around a an ornate silver Tissa, "It is described as a tiny sculpture of a tiassa, all of silver, with sapphires for eyes." And also "-about the size of my palm, all of silver, except for the eyes, which appeared to be very tiny sapphires. The wings were thin, and filled with a multitude of tiny holes so the light shone through, and there were whiskers around the mouth." Yes it is a beautiful piece of artwork, it was crafted by the goddess Mafenyi and stolen by Devera, and from time to time Devera passes it on to someone who needs it for a specific purpose. It features in this story and in its history Vlad appears to be the only person who has possessed it twice.
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