Probably the weakest of the recent Vlad Taltos novels, this tale fits between "Phoenix" and "Athyra" in chronology, telling of how Vlad hid out back East from the Jhereg, and what he found there. It's a dark, sometimes gruesome tale, and Vlad's constrained by not having any of the regular supporting cast (save Loiosh) to talk with. It's still an entertaining, if quick, read (and probably worth waiting for the paperback unless you're a hardcore Brust fan).
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