- Series: Jhereg (Book 1)
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Ace trade ed edition (August 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441006159
- ISBN-13: 978-0441006151
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
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The Book of Jhereg Paperback – August 1, 1999
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Quick with both sword and wit, Vlad Taltos makes his way through the world of Dragaera as an assassin, aided by a small talent for magic and a lizard-like jhereg companion. Collecting the first three novels in Brust's Vlad Taltos series (e.g., Jhereg), this volume serves as a good introduction to the adventures of the author's archly sophisticated, wryly humorous hero. Recommended for libraries that do not already own the individual titles included.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Praise for Steven Brust and the Vlad Taltos Novels
“This whole series is entertaining and worth reading!”—Locus
“Steven Brust isn't afraid to stretch the boundaries of contemporary commercial fantasy.”—Newsday
“Hard to put down...fun to read!”—OtherRealms
“Engaging...written with a light touch...good stuff!”—Publishers Weekly
“Imagine James Bond in a world of magic...exciting!”—VOYA
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A piece of advice, the stories are not in chronological order throughout the 3 sets of omnibuses that hold 3books each. However, I believe they are the first nine books in the collection. Doing it again, I would go find the chronological order and read them that way. My husband doesn't get in a work about that stuff and I followed his advise that 'any order is fine,' some point around 3am and was feeling lazy. I will ignore his opinions on reading series in order from now on no matter how late or tiring it is.
So, I found it difficult to like him. If I’d read only the first two stories in this three-story pack I would have given a rating of one star and never read further. But, in the third book Vlad is forced by circumstances to consider the possibility that he’s a nasty piece of work and that life changes might be in order. He doesn't fully become a good enough person that it’s comfortable rooting for him, but it’s a change in an encouraging direction. Aside from my complaints above, the writing and plotting of these stories is high quality, good enough that I’m still considering reading some additional books in the series. If they continue the arc hinted at by the third volume in this collection, I’ll probably be giving higher ratings.
Be prepared for some thinking though, as the name pronunciation guide included is necessary in some cases, and the books in this series are NOT written in chronological order. If you want to read the books in order instead of publication order, there are online guides for that.
The world-building here is good, plots are complex (though the individual books in this volume are not terribly long). I enjoy the characters. Just be willing to accept that some things are not going to be explained. I've read every single book in the series and I'm still not entirely sure what some of the Dragaeran animals are supposed to look like despite their plot importance. Also, never read on an empty stomach because the author loves writing about food.
The books are well written, with a light touch, and very fast paced. The slowest is the third one, Teckla, which describes the beginnings of an uprising among the undercalsses in Adrilankha (the city where Vlad lives). I found that some of that got a little tedious but still not enough to affect the overall rating.
I would have been OK and probably preferred that this series had continued on the dark course that it began. The guy is an assassin and has anger issues. I had no problem reading about a "not nice person". He had redeeming features. The story lines were smart. The writing witty. It was all good.
Then Brust introduced Cawti, the protagonist's future wife. And we get all this angst about finding his humanity.
I can read angst. Heck, I did. And despite my complaining these are all Good books. Some even Great.
Which doesn't negate that I wish they had gone in a different direction.