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Jhereg Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 1987
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The series that follows this book fills in Vlad's past and describes many events alluded to by this book. It gradually becomes more serious in tone and finally confronts the racism and Vlad's profession directly. Some readers will find the later books more satisfying because they're so much meatier.
I found the series worth reading as setup for two other Brust books set much earlier in the same universe: The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After. Now these are real delights, and the Vlad Taltos books are your required introduction for them.
The first part of the book includes a brief account of Vlad's boyhood, and the story of how he acquires the live Jhereg egg which hatches into his familiar and constant companion Loiosh. That's Loiosh on the front cover of this book hatching from his egg, he's a small intelligent flying reptile something like a miniature dragon, and he also appears on the cover of the great majority of the other books of the series. He has a telepathic link to Vlad, and one of the hallmarks of the series is the constant mental exchange of banter and insults between Vlad and Loiosh.
All the Vlad Taltos stories jump around in time a lot, and and after the introduction "Jhereg" jumps ahead approximately seven years to the main action of the book, leapfrogging three of the subsequently written books and making this first book in the series also the fourth in chronological sequence.
The "Vlad Taltos" novels, and the same author's or "Khaavren" romances (see below), are all set in a world of magic, where there are several intelligent species, including two types of men and women. Humans like ourselves, and Vlad, are usually referred to as "Easterners," the other type of men and women call themselves humans but are usually referred to in the books as "Dragaerans" or occasionally as Elves.
Dragaerans are taller than humans, live 2,000 years or so, and then after death are eligible for reincarnation provided they have not annoyed a God too much or had their soul destroyed by a "Morganti" weapon or a "Great Weapon.Read more ›
One thing that Brust succeeds in doing is that you actually want Taltos to succeed in completing his jobs! You may not side with an assassin in your everyday life, but Jhereg is something that will make you feel for the �bad guy�! This book is the first book in the series, but it is the fourth chronologically. The novel makes you ask who, what, and where� all of the good questions to have in a fantasy novel. Once you pick up the book, you can�t put it down! A few other things that I like abut this book: a good storyline, characters you can relate to, and humor.
In case you were wondering, a Jhereg is a small, flying reptile with leathery wings and poisonous teeth. Taltos made a pact with the beast�s mother, saying that �I offer your egg long life and fresh, red meat without struggle, and I offer my friendship. I ask for aid in my endeavors. I ask for it�s wisdom, and I ask for its friendship.�
If you are a fan of fantasy in general, or are just looking for something refreshingly different, I�d recommend Jhereg. However, if you dislike humor, a good story line or any of the things described in the above article, don�t pick this book up. Otherwise, enjoy!
The world in this series started much like ours. But long long ago the Jenoine, powerful aliens, came to this planet. They split the population in two; the Easterners were much like us, lived to 50 or 60 years and used witchcraft. Then there were the Dragaera Empire, with people much taller and much longer-lived. Yet we find out that these people were altered by the Jenoine mixing their genetic material with those of the animals native to the planet: seventeen animals to be specific. These people broke into houses named after the animals. And each house takes a turn in ruling the empire.
Vlad, our lonely easterner, is living in the Dragaera Empire. But he has become muscle for the mob, the house Jhereg. Now he is getting paid to beat up and eventually kill those who always picked on him and put him down.
The book is humorous, witty and fun, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman or Roger Zelazny. Vlad zings one-liners at us that will make you laugh and smile and cheer for the underdog: "Success leads to stagnation; stagnation leads to failure." Or "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style."
If you want some light, fun, humorous reading, this is the series for you.
(First published in Imprint 2005-11-11 as `Aliens and Inspiration')
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Great book absolutely love it. This author is excellent read it if you can.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Sometimes a novel comes out and you rush to buy it and devour it right away. Other times, you hear about how great one is and don't get around to it for a while. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TDA_Rook
Really enjoyed this one. A quick, fun, entertaining, short fantasy/detective story with great action and humor. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BellaGrace
Steven Brust's [book:Jhereg|1281575] is the first in a long series of books, focuses on the adventures of Vlad Taltos, a witty, amiable, and ruthless assassin belonging to the... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by A. Hurst
Vlad Taltos. Oh what’s that? Is that a badass name for a badass main character? Why yes, yes it is. Look at that name. Look at it. It fits him perfectly. Clear. Concise. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Litchick
I'm not sure why these books aren't more popular. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and this is one of my favorite series. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Pdiniz
I read this novel when it was initially published in the mid-80s. It was a favorite of mine at the time, and I have always recalled it fondly. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Wendell
I always appreciate an efficient plot, and Steven Brust has accomplished that with Jhereg. Small details and large play their parts in the resolution of the plot, and one feels... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by clytemnestra215
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Audio readers, rejoice! Finally, Steven Brust's VLAD TALTOS novels have been produced in audio by Audible Frontiers. Read more