Taltos (Vlad Taltos Series #4)

Taltos (Vlad Taltos Series #4)

by Steven Brust

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Lord Vlad Taltos returns in the prequel to Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla in a fantastic adventure in which readers learn what really happened when Vlad found himself walking the Paths of the Dead.

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ISBN-13: 9780441182008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/1988
Series: Vlad Taltos Series , #4
Pages: 181
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.52(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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Taltos (Vlad Taltos Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 4 of the ongoing Vlad saga. This one is more of an adventure story than the previous ones, as Vlad heads to the Paths of the Dead, which is supposed to be impossible, unless you are already dead. Vlad is really involved with some of the powers of the world now, including the gods. A bit different from the previous books, but it is clearly still a Vlad book.
hannah.aviva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the main story of Morrolan and Vlad getting to know each other in the Paths of the Dead. It explained why Morrolan and Aliera are always ready to help Vlad without question. I had know idea how much he had helped them. I'm still not sure what made Vlad decide to help them in the first place. It was kind of weird throughout the book not knowing when or where the spell sequences were taking place. This book didn't really change my opinion about Sethra being strange.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fourth in the series. It's an odd series--it's all out of chronological order. In fact, this one, if I'm not mistaken, takes place before any of the previous books in the series. Yet, if I'd read it before the others, I probably wouldn't have liked it.As it is, I liked it a little less, because the rapid bouncing back and forth between 3 timelines kept me from really getting involved in any of the stories. Still, since I'd already met Vlad and the other characters, I did find it interesting to find out how he met and hired his right-hand man, Kragar; how he met Morrolan and Aliera and Sethra Lavode; and what really happened in the Paths of the Dead.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back to the Dragonlords in this book, and back into the past, where we get to hear the story that Vlad's been refering to throughout the other books that occur past this one in the time line. It's a titch confusing, as he's telling three stories at once, each chapter starting with the description of some magic working, then intercutting between the present quest and his start as an enforcer/assassin. But it's great to learn about his trip to the Paths of the Dead and to get to read about him doing major witchcraft. And keeping a secret from a Dragonlord. :)
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though #4 in the series, this one takes place before Jhereg filling in some of the backstory of our characters. I found it a bit lacking in the any substance. If I didn't like Vlad, Morrolan, et al. so much, this would have been a 2½.
Ishpeck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book could never be a "book on tape" scenario. The story-telling methods are very obviously meant to be on paper. The way Brust organizes this story helps keep the boring parts from getting too boring and keeps the story flowing the entire time.
pastapril on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked it a lot, and found myself laughing aloud at many parts. It was just as satisfying as Jhereg was, which brings back my faith in Brust as a writer. His motivations were clear, I liked how talk of his past was woven into the main story and made perfect sense in context.
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