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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: TOR; Reprint edition (14 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333063
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful return to form... Full of plots, counterplots, unlikely disguises, sword fights, and mistaken identities. Fans will love the full cast of favorite characters and the resolution of longstanding plots and mysteries, and like most of Brust's books, this witty, wry tale stands well alone and is very accessible to new readers." "--Publishers Weekly ""Steven Brust may well be America's best fantasy writer."--Tad Williams "No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos."--"VOYA ""Brust is incapable of writing a dull book.""--Booklist"

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2011
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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 By M. Hepworth on 30 Mar. 2011
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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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By atalanta on 26 Jun. 2012
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I love the Vlad Taltos series but have really struggled to like the "romances" set in the same world in an earlier time period - and written - fatally - in the style of Dumas or Sabatini. This is a a very wordy style - it's supposed to be funny but I find it wearingly repetitive and prolix. Even the clever characters come across as thick because it takes them pages to say things like: "I have come to explain." "How, explain?" "Impart to you that which you need to know", "How, need to know? " and so on and on. This is nothing like as much fun to read as the stories written in Vlad's voice - wisecracking, modern and alive - reminiscent of classic Roger Zelazny. So now this syle intrudes into the Vlad time period in Tiassa - which is really three short stories - none of which represent Brust at his best. The first one is thin and also depends on a figure from the Romances behaving totally out of character; in addition, the emotional heart of the plot, usually a Brust strength - is simply omitted. In the middle one, the whole thing concerns minor characters - women from the background of Vlad's life - and here again they are not very interestingly drawn in the main and the plot is two-dimensional. The third one, to my dismay is in this "high" Romance style. In between, as a reviewer above says, we do find out some interesting things about the gods and their plans - that is really the only reason for reading this. But it is not a proper novel and none of the parts really hang together. Compare it to the superb plotting e.g. of Orca - and it's pretty disappointing. Brust completists - including me - will obviously read Tiassa and get something out of it, but new readers should start elsewhere. Also try his Broke-down Palace - the first one I read - a small masterpiece.
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