by Steven Brust
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Agyar by Steven Brust

From bestselling fantasy author Steven Brust comes this paranormal novel of immortality—and its price...

Born over a century ago, Agyar was once a frivolous young man, before he found unwanted immortality in a woman's blood-red lips. Now he goes from woman to woman, and decade to decade, finding himself at last in an Midwestern college town, where he must choose between the seductions of salvation—and of destruction.

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ISBN-13: 9780312851781
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans."

Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including To Reign in Hell, a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille. The most recent "Taltos" novels are Dragon and Issola. In 1991, with The Phoenix Guards, Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are Five Hundred Years After and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, and Sethra Lavode.

While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, A Rose for Iconoclastes. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Agyar Janos has changed his name to John Agyar to fit in better in the Midwestern United States. He has lived over a century and expects to survive many more as vampires can live forever. Currently, John has moved into a house in Lakota, Ohio, where he shares the residence and has formed a cautious friendship with Jim the ghost................................. John uses local artist Jill Quarrier as his blood supply against the will of the mortal though she struggles to break his hold on her. Jill's sociology student boyfriend Don Swaggert becomes jealous of her attention to John and threatens to kill his rival; the vampire without blinking kills him. John¿s vampiric master Laura Kellem demands he turns himself into the police to protect her nocturnal dining. John is going to do so until he meets Jill¿s roommate Susan. Now he has a reason to live, but must free Jill, find a way to be with Susan as equals, and finally confront his ruthless master Laura with the odds so overwhelmingly against him no gambler would risk the bet........................... AGYAR is an excellent modern day vampire tale that will make believers of anyone who reads this exhilarating tale. The action-packed story line moves at a brisk pace, but the key is the solid cast. Readers will accept the existence of vampires and their caste system due to the completeness of Laura and John as full blooded beings. Jill¿s desperation to free herself, which includes the use of magic, also comes across as genuine. Finally Susan completes the quartet that makes for a strong book that will land on all the best of the year short horror novel lists......................... Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was honestly blown away. I have read almost all of Brust's books and this is among the best of them. the story of Agyar is a wonderful tale of a supernatural being, who befriends a ghost and is the ultimate Lady great book, i suggest you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful novel, that has stuck with me even now after finishing it a month ago. The mystery of the novel not only intrigues you as the reader but answers the question of the book from previous chapters. As the pieces of the novel begin to fall into place you can't help but admire the writing style of Steven Brust. The love story is so captivating, your heart wrenches with every turn of the plot. You won't be able to put the book down. Janos Agyar or Jack, is the unforgettable man of the story. Even though throughout history we are taught to hate the evil of the world you can't help but cheer him on to success.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read other reviews, I thought I would really like this book. WRONG! Brust is obviously quite taken with himself and he goes on, and on, and on, and on, about absolutely nothing in this book. There were sub-plots that were introduced in the story but never explained. (The history of Jim the ghost, as an example.) I forced myself to keep reading, hoping it would improve but it didn't. (Sadly, I also bought another book of his before I read the first. . . )