Yendi (Vlad Taltos Series #2)

Yendi (Vlad Taltos Series #2)

by Steven Brust

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Overview

Vlad Taltos tells the story of his early days in the House Jhereg, how he found himself in a Jhereg war, and how he fell in love with the wonderful woman, Yendi, who killed him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441944606
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/1987
Series: Vlad Taltos Series , #2
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(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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Yendi (Vlad Taltos Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost as good as Jhereg.
hannah.aviva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book as much as Dzur or Jhereg. I didn't get to know the Sorceress in Green well enough for it to make sense that she was as involved in any of it. I also didn't like the vibe that Sethra gave off in this book. It makes me less interested in her than I was before.It was pretty funny to have Vlad so distrusting of Aliera and Morrolan compared to the almost complete trust he had towards them in Jhereg. I did enjoy learning about how Vlad and Cawti met and fell in love. That part at least seemed believable to me. I wonder if Cawti will continue to do "work" now that her partnership with Norathar is over.
clytemnestra215 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Wikipedia it mentions that this is Steven Brust's least favorite of his books. So far, having read two books total, it's my least favorite as well. Let's see if that lasts when I read his others. Really, to read that he thinks it's his weakest book makes me feel better, because I was discouraged when I read it. His first book, Jhereg, is so concisely done; the plotting is admirable. Yendi simply does not live up to the same standard. There are way too many characters, especially at the beginning. I'm expected to care about people who die, about whom I've barely read anything. If I'm not invested in their character yet, will it affect me when they die? Nope. All in all, the plotting seemed a jumble, with much of it unnecessary. The connect-the-dots was nowhere as clear and logical. And the interesting House of Yendi got a two-dimensional character as their spotlight; the villainess who is of course outwardly rude - because we're supposed to dislike her, right? Except that's likely not what a Yendi would want to happen, if they wanted to achieve their ends. Ah, well. I feel like the House of Yendi got cheated its interesting spotlight with this mashed-together story. I never cared about most of the characters (though something in me really likes Aliera and Sethra). Also, romance is not Steven Brust's strength. Yeah, whatever; Cawti and Vlad fall in love. Oook. I'm gonna nod and go along, but man. Whatever.I gave it two and a half stars because there was a bit of history that was interesting in it, and that was the book's main appeal. Otherwise it would only get 1 1/2 or 2 stars.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Vlad Taltos series, but I had to keep double checking the cover to see that yes, it is the _sequel_ to Jhereg. It jumps back in time, to when Vlad was establishing himself as a crime boss in the city. He meets his future wife when she kills him in the midst of a gang war as someone tries to take over his territory. He's revived and healed and basically takes a lot of physical punishment in this book, but his brain is mostly always working as he tries to sort out the motivations of the other gang boss, and figure out who's behind him. Nicely complex, but because of the larger cast of characters than the first book, it felt a bit less concentrated. I'm getting a good grasp on the characteristics of each family, as well. I want to give it a 3.5/5, I liked it, but not as much as Jhereg.
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Retro More than 1 year ago
This books remains my all time favorite. The characters are phenomenal, written so vividly and the plot is a mind bender. The world created by the author is outstanding among other fantasy legends and the main character Vlad is so onery, yet you love him not matter what. Bad boys are easy to love, but Vlad is different. He's rotten, a killer for hire, the underdog and yet, his tale is mesmerizing. Read it.
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