Issola (Vlad Taltos Series #9)

Issola (Vlad Taltos Series #9)

by Steven Brust
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Issola (Vlad Taltos Series #9) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
One of my favorites in this series even with the surprising twist of events and 'loss' of a main character. Still waiting to see the point when Lady Teldra fully awakens.
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SoCalMom More than 1 year ago
Once again Steven Brust kept me laughing out loud throughout Issola. I even got some funny looks from people around me as I failed to conceal my amusement. Brust brought Vlad and Loiosh back to their usual sarcastic selves after years of hiding from the Jhereg. Courtesy of Lady Teldra (an Issola), we learn a little more about Morrolan and Vlad learns a little more about himself. For those who have followed Vlad back and forth though time, we finally get an answer to Spellbreaker. The fates of Spellbreaker, Vlad, Lady Teldra and a Morganti dagger are all intertwined. What fate has in store for them, I can not tell you that, you must read it to find out. But I can say it was quite a shocker and I never saw it coming.
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I'm a huge Brust fan, so i was expecting a lot, and was NOT dissapinted. This is one of the best Taltos novels - action, adventure, wit...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time Vlad Taltos stopped wandering around the boring wilderness feeling sorry for himself and whining and moaning throughout the entire book. It appears Vlad is back and is badder than ever (and of course Loioish is his usual smarmy self and Rocza really couldn't care less unless there's food involved). We are all still wondering exactly what Vlad's place in all of these Dragaeran events is, Issola gives more good hints and there's a surprise ending that even staunch Brust fans didn't see coming. Well worth a read or three!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought the series was over, think again. Vlad is back, with the help of the courtly Lady Teldra. Mr. Brust spins an excellent tale of Vlad finding his way back to himself and his friends. He learns that he has nothing to fear from the Jhereg after dealing with the infamous Jenoine. Confidence, humor, and cat-like reflexes have returned to the beloved character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just great. I've read this book so many times, its kind of pathetic. Vlad is just amazing in this book and Mr. Steven Brust is possibly the best author out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maybe it is the wait, maybe it was the the fact that Vlad was back with the old cohorts, maybe it was the fact that we learn of Lady Teldra and of the beginnings of Lord Morrolan, but whatever the cause, this book was excellent. It was clean, crisp, and although every emotion I had came out in the ending, I loved the book. I sooooo hope this isn't the last book of the series. There is someone with whom, I think, Vlad needs to have a relationship. That seems impossible, but perhaps not. Definitely the best in the series with Jhereg or Yendi being a close second or third. Excellent, excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long stay in the boondocks, hiding from the organized crime lords out to get him, Vlad Taltos returns to his old job as an assassin in this novel -- with a twist, of course. I think this is the best installment of a very good series and strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
for the past years i have collected Brusts books hoping to understand the relationships between the characters in his many books. Especially Vladimier Taltos from beginning to end i have soaked up the brilliance of which the books have been wrote. Sometimes i thought that maybe steven himself was going crazy but one story line after another it all fits together, and i applaud his every effort to keep his loyal fans. bravo bravo!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vlad is again called upon by those nearest, but not always dearest, to him. Morrolan and Aliera have been taken by the Jenoine... Steven Brust takes us back to Vlad's world to shed light on more of it's mysteries, and it's makers are just the start. However, he still manages to leave the reader with as many new questions as answers he gave for the earlier questions.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Castle Black¿s Lady Teldra surprisingly finds Vlad Taltos, who buried himself in the wilderness more worried about survival than comfort. Teldra explains that she received help from Kiera the Thief who pointed in the general direction followed by the supreme sorceress Sethra Lavode who traced the specific spot via a link to Vlad¿s dragon Loiosh. Vlad concludes that the Jhereg would not be able to follow Teldra¿s path so he should remain safe.

Teldra wants Vlad to rescue Morrolan and Aliera who have vanished without leaving a psychic trace. For a decent cup of klava, Vlad would risk anything so he agrees to accompany Teldra to learn more from Sethra, whose servant knows how to make a mean klava. Vlad concludes that the creators of Dragaera, the ultra powerful Jenoine have captured his two friends. This explains the lack of a psychic trace. He knows any attempt to free his friends means visibility to his foes and a new set of dangerous enemies whose illusions make Vlad¿s abilities look like child play.

Long term fans of the Lord Taltos series will have a field day with ISSOLA, one of the best entries in several years. The story line contains the usual humor, illusions, and duels yet Vlad seems fresh mainly due to his relationship with Teldra who humanizes him. Loiosh remains a funny sidekick comic lightening the tale. Though new readers will struggle with the tone and self deprecating amusing references to previous novels, Steven Brust has written a triumphant story that fantasy fans will appreciate.

Harriet Klausner