Iorich (Vlad Taltos Series #12) [NOOK Book]

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House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera—longtime friend, sometime ally—has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.

It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends—Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress ...

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Iorich (Vlad Taltos Series #12)

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Overview


House Jhereg, Dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera—longtime friend, sometime ally—has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.

It doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends—Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika—coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense?

It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He's an Easterner—small, weak, short-lived. He's being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved...

In Iorich, Steven Brust has crafted a complex and intriguing Vlad Taltos adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brust's enjoyable 12th Vlad Taltos adventure (after 2008's Jhegaala) brings the former organized crime figure back to his hometown, where he must avoid the many assassins still on the lookout for him. As Vlad tries to help Aliera e'Kieron, an old friend recently fallen from high places, he uncovers an increasingly complex web of intrigue aimed at creating an illegal drug trade. To thwart the plot, Vlad must navigate among the Dragaeran Empress and her associates, his ex-wife, his former associate Krager, and other schemers. Named for the Dragaeran clan of lawyers and judges, this installment has less action and more inscrutable dialogue than previous novels, providing some new insight into the interactions of the 17 clans. Newcomers will be a bit lost, but Brust fans will find a lot to think about as well as hints of larger plots to come. (Jan.)
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"Dzur gives us Vlad Taltos at his best." —Cinescope

"Fresh, snappy, and terribly likeable…Dzur shows you what heroic fantasy can be." —Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429941600
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Vlad Taltos Series , #12
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 107,706
  • File size: 281 KB

Meet the Author


STEVEN BRUST is the author of Dragon, Issola, Jhegaala, and the New York Times-bestselling Dzur, among many other popular fantasy novels. A native of Minneapolis, he currently lives in Texas.
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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    A good entry for the series

    ...although I admit I wish that after twelve books there was some sense of larger story arc. It's probably fine--LIFE doesn't have much of a large story arc--but it would be nice to know if this was going anywhere. Still, even if it doesn't, I enjoy the Taltos books better than those in the "Phoenix Guards" style, and it's good to see everyone in action again.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Another excellent book in a wonderful series

    same as title :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2010

    Vlad is back.

    If you are a fan, you just can't stop reading the series. Please keep writing.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Vald Taltos series Iorich

    I have just finished the last in the Vlad Series , this book as with all these in the series was written with the reader in mind the story holds ones interest the conversations between the main character and his familiar never ceases to give me a good laugh. Brust has a since of the entire story line and carries all the characters into the next story line. This book was no exception although I felt it was a bit rushed compared to the previous books in the series. There seem to be less of the extremes of danger then in the earlier works, less fighting,less magic,less Vlad. I enjoyed the story but just felt there was some things missing. No trip in to death gate not fights to the death just bang bang then straight to the end. I will of course read anything Brust publishes I just hope he go back to the previous depth.

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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 22, 2010

    I like Vlad

    Given the likeability of the main character, any new books about Vlad are welcome. I hope this means that we'll be seeing more in the near future.

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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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