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Tiassa (Vlad Taltos) Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
The 18th novel (after 2010's Iorich) in Brust's sprawling Dragaera fantasy series is a wonderful return to form, setting assassin hero Vlad Taltos in a contest of wits and wills against imperial guard captain Khaavren, the formidable protagonist of 1992's The Phoenix Guards. On the run from his former employers, the Jhereg, Vlad swings back into town for a surreptitious visit to his family and finds himself wanted all over again by Khaavren, who is chasing a magical silver statue of a tiassa. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, full of plots, counterplots, unlikely disguises, swordfights, 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. (Apr.)
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"Dzur gives us Vlad Taltos at his best."
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In Tiassa he wastes many pages of text with the weird convoluted style he uses in 500 Years After. He can actually write 5 pages of text to cover a paragraphs worth of plot. I keep hoping he brings Vlad back to Andrilankha and gets back to what the made the series in the first place.
I'm losing hope, though. Pity. This was once my favorite series and I waited for each installment.
Here we also see D'artagnan, I mean Kharvaan come back into the story line. Several little vignettes that make-up these tales around an artifact, all though interfacing with Vlad in some way or other. (Possibly because after so many tales Brust could not think of a tale to utilize the characteristics of his Tiassa Race of Dragearans.
But, now after 12 other books about Taltos, and the 5 about Kharvaan, we are ready for the series to end. We know enough about Vlad to want to see a conclusion, and as others have complained, Brust is taking his time completing his work. To write the Beatrice and Benedict like banter can not be an easy task, one that takes refinement to create. And at first these passages are a pleasure to read. But near the end, after so many of them, taking pages to move the story an inch, it is time to skim rather than savor each word as a reader. The only banter that flows well by then is that between our hero and his familiar. They are short, quick double entendres.
Where once Taltos led a life that was LOL funny, now the capers are becoming the same as before, just a different day, and it is time to make in interesting again by doing something different. The Banter also serves to mask emotional growth, and thus characters who hide behind such only give us a facade become characters that are no longer of any interest to us.
Yet, those of us who like this creation, this empire that Brust has created would like to see the series end, and while some of the tales would be worthy of a reread, this, I think is not one of those. It is a good strong book as you read through much of the other work in Fantasy, but were you to pick this up without a strong reference to who Vlad is and those others in the Empire, you would be hard pressed to see it as a gem. Thus for Mr Burst we can only hope that he can find a way to make of this series as captivating as the first books when it was unique.