The Book of Jhereg: Jhereg/Yendi/Teckla

The Book of Jhereg: Jhereg/Yendi/Teckla

by Steven Brust

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Overview

The first three fantastical adventures of assassin Vlad Taltos—now in one volume.

A welcome addition to any fantasy fan's library, The Book of Jhereg follows the antics of the wise-cracking Vlad Taltos and his dragon-like companion through their first three adventures—Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla.

There are many ways for a young man with quick wits and a quick sword to advance in the world. Vlad Taltos chose the route of assassin. From his rookie days to his selfless feats of heroism, the dauntless Vlad will hold readers spellbound—and The Book of Jhereg will take its place among the classic compilations in fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441006151
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Series: Vlad Taltos Series
Edition description: Omnibus
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 185,144
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Steven Brust is the author of Good GuysDragonIssola, the New York Times bestsellers Dzur and Tiassa, and many other fantasy novels. He lives in Minneapolis.

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The Book of Jhereg: Jhereg/Yendi/Teckla 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vlad isn't my favorite character, but he's interesting and his supporting cast is golden. Kept me turning pages and I was shocked when I finally hit the end. Note: the books are in publication order, not chronological order, which is my only real complaint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read any of Steven Brust's materiel, much less his Vlad Taltos novels, the Book of Jhereg is probably the best place to start. Steven Brust is one of the best fantasy authors I have ever read, and has managed in the Taltos series to combine witty sarcasm and humor with an actually very dramatic and intense storyline in a way that no other author I know of ever has. I own the entire series, and shout for joy every time he releases a new book. This outstanding book shows much of Taltos's early life, and gives kind of a general overview of his life as a whole. You are introduced to the concept of Vlad Taltos, the witch-assassin, as he clashes with the Dragaerans, a race of humanoids who constantly plot silly political games, over-dramatize, possess poor swordfighting techniques, and, as the only thing going for them is that they're taller than most humans. Oh, and their life span is usually several centuries. It's fun to read about how Taltos picks on them -- and gets his a$$ kicked in the process! Shame on you for not already reading of Vlad Taltos!
meersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wise-cracking mobster/assassin with magical skills trades ironic quips with his mini dragon familiar in a world populated by seven-foot tall elves.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is actually an omnibus--a collection of the first three Vlad Taltos novels. I'd read one--can't remember which one at the moment--years ago, on the recommendation of someone who'd told me it was a vampire series. Which confused the heck out of me, and I didn't really know what to think about the book. I liked the voice, but it really messes with your enjoyment of a book when you're expecting one thing and get another; when you're waiting for something to happen that never does. Say you're told that a book is a murder mystery: you're reading along, enjoying the story, but part of you is holding back, waiting for the murder, so the real story can begin. It was like that.So I decided I really ought to start the series from the beginning, and bought the omnibus. It's been sitting in my TBR pile for quite a while, because I still had that vague dissatisfied feeling in my mind from the first one I'd read.***** Jhereg by Steven Brust. Fantasy.Wow. Why haven't I been reading these all along? It's one of those reactions. A book that just fits so well that it could have been written specifically for me. I love the voice, the style, the characters. Vlad Taltos is a human, living among people whose lifespans are 50 - 100 times his. But he holds his own because of his wits and the skills he's developed as an assassin. As a character, he's somewhat of a cross between Tavi and Harry Dresden, which pretty much guarantees I'll love him.In Jhereg, he's hired to kill an embezzler. If Vlad doesn't kill him, the house of Jhereg will be destroyed. But if he does, he himself will be killed. It's even more complex when the embezzler takes refuge in a place where killing him would set off a war.Like I said, it's as if it were written specifically for me. I love mental puzzles, and intrigue, and hidden motives... and characters who succeed by being smart and well-trained rather than just having lots of powers. The dry wit and sarcasm clinch the deal.***** Yendi by Steven Brust. Fantasy.This takes place before Jhereg, and is the story in which Vlad Taltos meets his wife Cawti, who's been hired to kill him as part of a war for territory. As in Jhereg, everything is not as it seems, and there are plots and hidden motives, and intrigue up the wazoo.I also noticed yet another way in which this series was written specifically for me--in the negative reviews on Amazon, the thing most people who didn't like the book complained about was the lack of description and scenery. Bingo. Nine times out of ten, I couldn't care less about description, and if an author gives me too much of it, I just skim it.***** Teckla by Steven Brust. Fantasy.And the bar is raised. Not only is there intrigue and wit and clever solutions--now there's emotional depth, as Vlad's wife's involvement in a revolutionary group threatens both their lives and their relationship, and has Vlad questioning his profession.There were no easy answers, no out-of-character changes in attitude. No infallible or super-wise characters, either.My email signature quote yesterday was this: Steven Brust's First Theory: "All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what's cool."I know I mentioned it before, when I'd been reading a book from his Phoenix Guards series, but I definitely agree with Steven Brust about what's cool.
haiku.tx on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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.
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ScatterPrime More than 1 year ago
Excellent series, have read them over and over again over the years. Glad to finally get them in the Nook format. Would highly recommend this series to anyone that loves fantasy.
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SoCalMom More than 1 year ago
I love the Vlad Taltos Series! They are fun, exciting and Steven Brust keeps me laughing outloud to Loiosh's commentary to Vlad! I think it's safe to say that out of all the "other worldly" series that I have read....this is by far my favorite.
Jon_Carroll More than 1 year ago
Vlad Taltos is an assassin, a witch and a sorceror. He's also a human in a city full of "Dragaerans" (Elves with attitude). This gives him a rather unique perspective on what are pretty much typical fantasy situations.

This is a collection of the first three Taltos adventures. One of the best parts of this series is the fact that every novel is a complete tale in and of itself. Any is a good starting place and each serves as a satisfying ending. In a genre where the typical release is the size of a phone book the fact that each novel is less than three hundred pages is refreshing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
well, it's more like dragon people & mini dragons, but still, this is one of the best series' ive ever read. Brust is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in the bookstore and a friend handed me Jhereg and said: Read it. I couldn't put the thing down!! Now, 3 titles are all here together for your reading convenience. How perfect! I own all of the titles in this series separately and I STILL want to add the Book of Jhereg to my collection. Since my copy of Yendi is trashed from all of the times I have re-read it, and the fact that the paperback is out of print, the only way to replace it is in this collection. But that's ok with me! Read this book¿take your first step into the world of Dragaara. Then, you can truly say you have a friend who does Work¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up 'The Book of Jhereg' I was exspecting something like that of 'The Phoenix Guards'. I was mistaken by that thought. Vlad Taltos is indeed a charature of color. I could see and feel the very fabric of this charature. Feel the tention of the dealings he delt with, taste the very klava he drank. I loath giving story line out and I will not do so here. Any true fan of fantasy would rob themself of a true adventure from whom I consider a Master Bard.