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Iorich (Vlad Taltos Series #12)

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Another excellent book in a wonderful series

    same as title :)

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Your Itch For Justice Iorich, by Steven Brust / Tor Books, New York City; January 2010; ISBN: 978-0-7653-1208-2 / Vlad # 12; Hardcover; 320 pages / A review by Grant C. McCormick

    Vladimir Taltos, a Baron of House Jhereg and the Count of Szurke, has been on the run from the Jhereg (the criminal organization as distinct from the house, if there is any such distinction) for nearly a decade now. For bad and sufficient reasons (covered in earlier books in this series¹), the Jhereg as an organization² wants to end his running in the worst way - to kill him with a Morganti³ weapon that will put an end to his story, forever. Now, as a mere human, an Easterner, Vladimir would be expected to kick off on this own in just a few more decades, anyway - he's already starting to feel his years. His main concern in life these days is staying out of the grasp of those who want him no longer to be.

    Most of those who have worked with and for Vlad during his active career in the Jhereg (both in that house and out) are loyal to him even now, as he is loyal to them. And, naturally, he's just found out that someone that he knows, that he cares about, that he considers to be a loyal friend, has been arrested on a capital charge - and only by sticking his head in the noose and returning to the capital city can he save her. And Aliera, being the Dragon that she is, refuses even to get a lawyer - in her mind, that would imply she's guilty. And she has other motives, as well.

    Now, the members of each of the seventeen houses of the Dragaerae share certain common stereotypes: Dragons are stubborn, brave, and warlike; Jhereg tend to be criminals (Vlad was); Dzur are impulsive and reckless; Orca most often are sailors, merchants, or pirates; Issola are graceful and polite; and Iorich are usually lawyers or involved in the justice system. And Vlad has to deal with more Iorich than ever before in his life to save his friend.

    Most of Brust's books are in this series, or in the related Phoenix Guards series, and I find all of them to be very good, but I think that I like Iorich the most of all of them. The world that contains the Dragaeran Empire is radically different from our own, with accepted assumptions that we would find bizarre - and Brust makes it all believable. With this book, suspension of disbelief is not a chore, but a natural result of the quality of his writing.

    Two things in particular stand out: the deleted scenes at the end of the book are a real hoot; and the fact that (to the best of my memory) Brust does not make even one lawyer joke in Iorich - and you don't miss them.

    ¹ See Phoenix (from Ace) and Dzur (from Tor) particularly, both in this series. It is best if you've read all of the previous books - Iorich is the latest in the internal chronology, as well as the most recently written.

    ² Or, rather, as two organizations: the (main) Jhereg that we all know and fear, the Mafia of the Dragaeran Empire; and the Left Hand of the Jhereg, the sisterhood of sorceresses that has its own sinister reasons to see Vladimir terminated with all possible prejudice.

    ³ A Morganti weapon is one that can, will, and (usually) wants to destroy its victim's soul.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Welcome back home

    We get to see some of our favorite characters and Vlad's friedns from Adrilanka since Vlad started running. There is an interesting new plot as Vlad tries to solve a mystery while trying to stay alive. Again Brust alows for multiple laugh out loud humor, and witty references to other facts about Vlad and friends.

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