“A wonderful return to form... Full of plots, counterplots, unlikely disguises, sword fights, and mistaken identities. Fans will love the full cast of favorite characters and the resolution of longstanding plots and mysteries, and like most of Brust's books, this witty, wry tale stands well alone and is very accessible to new readers.” Publishers Weekly
“Steven Brust may well be America's best fantasy writer.” Tad Williams
“No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos.” VOYA
“Brust is incapable of writing a dull book.” Booklist
The 18th novel (after 2010's Iorich) in Brust's sprawling Dragaera fantasy series is a wonderful return to form, setting assassin hero Vlad Taltos in a contest of wits and wills against imperial guard captain Khaavren, the formidable protagonist of 1992's The Phoenix Guards. On the run from his former employers, the Jhereg, Vlad swings back into town for a surreptitious visit to his family and finds himself wanted all over again by Khaavren, who is chasing a magical silver statue of a tiassa. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, full of plots, counterplots, unlikely disguises, swordfights, and mistaken identities. Fans will love the full cast of favorite characters and the resolution of longstanding plots and mysteries, and like most of Brust's books, this witty, wry tale stands well alone and is very accessible to new readers. (Apr.)
Formerly a highly skilled assassin and racketeer for House Jhereg, the long-lived Vlad Taltos (Iorich), changed by circumstances, now flees the House he once served and immerses himself in the political and social machinations of the noble and powerful. When he comes across an artifact, a silver figurine known as a tiassa, the delicate object will play a significant part in his life—as the center for an elaborate sting operation, a tool for the Empire to use against its enemies, and as a lure to trap Taltos. The dialog-driven story features witty conversational exchanges that push Brust's plot to its usually surprising conclusion. VERDICT Series fans will anticipate this new chapter in Taltos's life, and new readers may want more.