Jhereg (Vlad Taltos Series #1)

Jhereg (Vlad Taltos Series #1)

by Steven Brust

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ISBN-13: 9780441385546
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/1987
Series: Vlad Taltos Series , #1
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian 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." Brust has also written another series of books—the Khaavren Romances—set in Dragaera, centuries before Vlad's time.

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Jhereg (Vlad Taltos Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The first and certainly not last of the Vlad Taltos series. Vlad is a thoroughly entertaining human assassin living in a city full of Dragaerans, or elves, on other worlds. Tall, sorcerous, mean elves. Vlad is a minor lieutenant in a vast criminal enterprise. The world, the writing style and the character of Vlad are all fascinating. Great stuff, if you like a lot of action mixed with tongue in cheek observations on just about everything.
Awfki on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I read this a long time ago (around 1985-86) and loved it and the rest of series. They're entertaining and action packed tales about a human assassin living in a world dominated by people who are bigger, tougher and who live for hundreds of years.
kiri_wren on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Steven Brust is a master with words! He obviously puts lots of thought and effort into every single one of his books--they are a joy to reread over and over, and each successive volume maintains the high standards he sets; no formulaic plots here! Vlad is a terrific protagonist, who ends up trying to figure out for himself whether he really IS a protagonist (after all, he's an assassin). The issues of race and class that Brust brings in give these books a nice depth and, above all, Vlad's antics and dialogue with his familiar, Loiosh, always make me laugh!
TadAD on LibraryThing 2 days ago
It's a bit of fantasy mixed with a bit of mystery, and an all-round fun book to read. The world is utterly unique, the main character hugely enjoyable, the humor irresistible. You should start with this one, even though there are other books that take place chronologically earlier as this is the one the provides the 'introductions'.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Hired to track down and permanently "disappear" a Jhereg council member who's run off with the treasury, Vlad Taltos and his familiar, the dragon-like Loiosh, along with a cast of friends and employees are tested to the point of death and beyond....The author apparently has a habit of referring to events that happened outside the current book. Not in another book, just outside the scope of this one. If you don't mind that particular habit, which is somewhat annoying given that the events in question actually sound rather interesting, but aren't actually readable due to their existence only in the author's head... it's a good book. I almost gave up on it, but it grew on me.
haiku.tx on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Steven Brust will drive you crazy.Then you'll beg him to do it again and again.Each book in the Jhereg series is told much as one would expect to hear a story from the narrator, sitting quietly by the fair in his comfortable armchair, brandy in hand, and a watchful jhereg curled around his throat. All his characters will quickly seem friends, people (or not) you respect and love, despite of and because of their brilliance and their flaws.When I was handed the first book, Jhereg, I called the friend who gave it to me part of the way through the reading of it. "Is this the first book? I keep seeing references to events I haven't heard of. Were there books before this one?" She laughed, "He does that. This is the first book, trust me."I hate him for it. I really do. Yet I own all of them, have sought him out for signings, and have a second copy of Jhereg to loan to friends. Misery loves company after all.If you love a thought provoking, mystery, science-fiction-that-is-fantasy, with swashbuckling, theft, magic, and dragon-like pets thrown in, pick up Jhereg. Then prepare to be hooked like the rest of us.
silentq on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Another long missing book on my read list, I finally tracked down this first book in the series at Powell's (I've had others in the series for years, waiting to find used copies so I could read them all in order). I wasn't a huge fan of The Phoenix Guards, the language was too ornate to read easily, this is much plainer, and I'm sucked into the intrigues and plotting. Loved how the bad guy's plan was slowly ferretted out, and the good guys' plan slowly came together. Could have used a bit more of the swordfighting, but that's just my own preference. :) Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Ishpeck on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This first novel in the "Vlad" series helps set the scene for a long and rewarding series. It introduces the characters and the unique urbanized, high-fantasy, criminal culture political climate. The pacing and richness of content in this book are among the key strengths for this and other books in the series.
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I love this book and I've read and reread every one in the series. I love the first person approached and the use of timing. Vlad's life just gets more compilcated and intriguing as the series goes on