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The Book of Athyra is a new omnibus edition including two of Steven Brust's best Vlad Taltos novels, Athyra and Orca. Vlad is a human assassin and sorcerer on the run from members of a powerful faction bent on revenge. Being an "Easterner" in an empire of elves, Vlad is always the outsider -- and he is made even more conspicuous because of his two jhereg (small flying reptiles) friends with which he shares telepathic links.
In Athyra, Vlad wanders into a small Dragaeran village just after an elf is found dead. Everyone suspects the strange outsider, but Vlad thinks he knows who did it: an undead necromancer who happens to be the baron of the area. Vlad befriends a young elf named Savn to help him figure out the mystery. But time is running out for Vlad as the suspicious townspeople -- and the undead wizard and his assassin -- close in…
Orca continues where Athyra leaves off. Vlad and Savn are wandering the realm when they stumble into another mystery involving the untimely death of a wealthy baron. As Vlad investigates the matter with the help of Kiera, a master thief, he uncovers a scandal that could affect the entire Empire.
Vlad's dry sense of humor and the telepathic dialogue with his wisecracking jhereg buddies make these fantasy novels highly enjoyable. Paul Goat Allen