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An Intriguing Beginning
on 2 January 2004
I bought this book through recommendations here on Amazon UK and thus was unsure of exactly what to expect. I was more than pleased with the result. This 'book' is really three seperate narratives by Vlad Taltos, an up-and-coming crimelord and occassional assassin. The style the stories are written in is in some ways not too dissimlar to detective novels, in that there is a mystery to be solved which clues and much problem solving by the lead characters. However, rather than dry clue-gathering the characters are funny, sarcastic, introspective and overall very well realised.
The first book, 'Jhereg', was my favourite. You get to meet all the main characters in Vlad's life, including his hunourous familiar/companion Loiosh, a small wyvern-like creature, the quite-possibly-mad Dragonlords and the infamous Keira the Thief. The plot is fast-paced and full of surprises.
The second book, 'Yendi', takes you back to a point in Vlad's time before 'Jhereg', and uses the plot (someone's out to kill Vlad, among other things) to further enrich the characters histories.
The third book, 'Teckla', changes tack somewhat as we find a more contemplative Vlad tackling changes to his personal life. The plot in 'Teckla' takes a back seat to soul searching and reflection - and Brust handles this with great skill and care.
If you like the humourous/sarcastic aspects of this book, I recommend Martin Scott's Thraxas series. For characterisation & humour I agree with a previous reviewer in recommending Laurell K Hamilton's 'Anita Blake' series.