Brokedown Palace: A Tale from the East

Brokedown Palace: A Tale from the East

by Steven Brust
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Brokedown Palace: A Tale from the East by Steven Brust

Back in print after a decade, Brokedown Palace is a stand-alone fantasy in the world of Steven Brust's bestselling Vlad Taltos novels.

Once upon a time…far to the East of the Dragaeran Empire, four brothers ruled in Fenario:

King Laszlo, a good man—though perhaps a little mad; Prince Andor, a clever man—though perhaps a little shallow; Prince Vilmos, a strong man—though perhaps a little stupid; and Prince Miklos, the youngest brother, perhaps a little—no, a lot-stubborn.

Once upon a time there were four brothers—and a goddess, a wizard, an enigmatic talking stallion, a very hungry dragon—and a crumbling, broken-down palace with hungry jhereg circling overhead. And then…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765315045
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,145,614
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Steven Brust is the bestselling author of Issola, Dragon, The Phoenix Guards, Five Hundred Years After, and many others. A native of Minneapolis, he currently lives in Las Vegas.

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Brokedown Palace: A Tale from the East 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Kingdom of Fenario on the bank of the Faerie River, four brothers rule but compete for ultimate control. King Laszlo is considered a just and kind person, but most of his subjects especially his siblings think he is not all there mentally, which has led to his brothers usurping some of his power. Devious Prince Andor seems to care about only others who can further his ambitions anyone else is meaningless and those who he allies with are disposable. Physically and emotionally Prince Vilmos is a strong person, but lacks intelligence and common sense. Finally the youngest obstinate Prince Miklos thinks his older brothers are too moronic to rule over the kingdom symbolized by the collapsed unusable West Wing.----------------- Miklos has been gone for quite awhile and assumed dead, as the remaining trio squabble while others stalk the royals with plans to displace them. Threats come for all walks of life as a wizard, a dragon and a horde of jhereg prepare to dispose of the siblings with some seeing them as royal dessert. Victory seems assured to the adversaries because the three remaining brothers are Mad, Shallow, and Stupid, as they still fight one another instead of uniting against a common cause.--------------- This is a delightful reprint of a mid 1980s fantasy that seems very apropos today due to the use of ironic symbolism like the crumbled West Wing and the personalities of the four brothers to lampoon know it all leadership. Readers will appreciate how the brothers have common enemies, but still cannot put aside their desires to be in charge, leaving them vulnerable to their adversaries. Steven Brust takes his audience to a broken down magical land set far to the east of his Taltos thrillers.---------------- Harriet Klausner
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I wish this book had a soundtrack as well
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was cool, although sometimes it bored me a little, I get bored real easily anyway; but once I got started, I kept going, my fav character is named Bolk, he is a talking taltos (I think) horse. yeah, the book is recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This magical story about four brothers and a crumbly old castle is as asorbing a story as I've read. Brust draws you into the land of Fenario and doesn't let go till the very end. A must read for Brust fans.