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The Book of Jhereg Paperback – August 1, 1999
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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From the very first passage, I was completely enchanted; it quickly & skillfully drew me in, heart and soul. Brust writes with wit, humor and charm, colorfully describing characters, scenes, thoughts, simply everything about the world he's created. It's obvious that a great deal of thought went into this creation; he passes along casual details that hint of greater stories to come, including histories, myths, and rumors.
The central figure is Vlad Taltos, one of the top assassins in the land. The other important figures are his assistants, his wife, a few antagonists, assorted friends and colleagues, but most importantly, his familiar, Loiosh. In addition to being a highly-skilled assassin, Vlad is also a very powerful witch. Loiosh is perhaps his strongest ally, being able to communicate with Vlad telepathically. Several characters are able to communicate this way, and it's a handy method to advance the story more quickly, without intrusive time delays and journeys back and forth.
Part of what makes this story so easy to read is Brust's use of common language - he doesn't try to take us back into Olde Tyme, using overly-flowery, excessively eloquent language; he makes use of language as many of us do today, with only a few quirks thrown in to keep things interesting.
It takes a lot to charm me this thoroughly, and I can't think of the words to describe how happy I am with this book, and everything about it - the characters, the dialogue, the quick pace, the story line, the plot twists, the detail, the simple elegance, the vivacity of it all. It is, in other words, amazing. I'll bet you won't be disappointed.Read more ›
Here we have a hero in Vladimir Taltos who makes his living assassinating people, selling illicit - well, untaxed - drugs, running whorehouses and operating a numbers racket. He's not a nice guy. It's true that he had a rough childhood, lives as a member of minority in a culture that's even less nice, and tried work as a restaurateur first, but even so...
How can we like this guy? How can we recommend books about this guy to anybody?
The Dragarean culture is deeply dysfunctional. It is based on sorcery in fundamental ways, and upon the failure of sorcery a few hundred years before Taltos was born, the society essentially collapsed into chaos (sorry). Crime, including assassination, is an accepted line of work. The empress herself recognizes its necessity.
Nor are all assassinations necessarily fatal, although a lamentable number of those that Taltos commits seem to be. Sorcery is very powerful, and revivification is often possible.
And so many of the targets richly deserve it.
And there is an afterlife. At least for Dragearans.
And sometimes Taltos feels bad about it afterwards. After the torture and murder of one sorceress, who was guilty of nothing more than what Taltos does for a living, he tells us that years later it still bothers him.
Brust is a good enough writer that he makes you like Vlad Taltos, and care about him, despite his vocation.Read more ›
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This collection contains the first three Vlad books. The series is excellent but I have a particular fondness for these first few books. Read morePublished 9 days ago by D. Kittrell
This is my 3rd copy of this book ive had to buy since it gets "borrowed" everytime .i got onto the vlad series back in middle school when lord of the rings came out in... Read morePublished 10 days ago by c harris
Enjoy everything this man writes, Every book in this series I write. the world-scaping it awesome. Mixing in fantasy, detective, assassinations, action, politics and humour is no... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful writing, great characters and relationships, fabulous imagination, and a dry sense of humor.Published 1 month ago by Cyndi Byars
These are tightly written, have terrific world building , and a reasonable amount of politics. The main & periphery characters are fleshed out enough that they all have little tics... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kdd
These first three Vlad books are deceptive. They draw you in by being clever and witty and then suddenly you realize that you care about these characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Always a joy to return to Vlads world, and it doesn't matter which book it is. Have read every one again and againPublished 3 months ago by Rick
Seirously one of the best series I have ever read, and it remains among my favorites.Published 3 months ago by Thomas M. Cate