We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Issola: Vlad Taltos, Book 9 | [Steven Brust]

Issola: Vlad Taltos, Book 9

Okay, so maybe I've been living in the woods too long, where you can't even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning. So who should turn up but Lady Teldra, the courtly servant of my old friend the Dragonlord Morrolan? Teldra wants my help, because Morrolan and Aliera have disappeared, and according to Sethra Lavode, it looks like they may be in the hands of the Jenoine. Do I want to mess with them? The guys who made this place? And I thought I had problems before...Oh well, what's a little cosmic battle?
Regular Price:$17.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Okay, so maybe I've been living in the woods too long, where you can't even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning. So who should turn up but Lady Teldra, the courtly servant of my old friend the Dragonlord Morrolan?

Teldra wants my help, because Morrolan and Aliera have disappeared, and according to Sethra Lavode, it looks like they may be in the hands of the Jenoine. Do I want to mess with them? The guys who made this place? And I thought I had problems before...

Oh well, what's a little cosmic battle with beings who control time and space? It's better than hunkering down in the woods without even so much as a drinkable cup of klava.

©2001 Steven Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (136 )
5 star
 (95)
4 star
 (33)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.7 (121 )
5 star
 (88)
4 star
 (27)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.7 (118 )
5 star
 (87)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rochelle West Chester, PA, United States 03-18-13
    Rochelle West Chester, PA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Missing section!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely, but not this recording, because of the missing passage.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are terrific.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a chunk missing in this recording, an important passage in chapter 9.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1341
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    453
    344
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    560
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Vlad is back!"

    3.5 stars. Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

    “I miss the days when I used to be nostalgic.” ~Vlad Taltos

    I’ve been slightly disappointed with the last few novels in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series, but with Issola, book 9, Brust returns to what I liked about the earlier books. While I admired Brust’s willingness to experiment with his world, his characters, and especially the narrative structure of his novels, I think he’s best when the overall plot is moving forward and Vlad is using his assassin skills to solve mysteries and help his powerful Dragonlord friends.

    In Issola, we’re back to a present timeline. Vlad and Cawti are separated but Vlad is starting to recover from the funk he’s been in for quite a while now. He’s been run out of his organization and is hiding from them in the woods. Then Lady Teldra (an Issola who is servant to the Dragonlords Morollan and Aliera) shows up to tell him that Morollan and Aliera have disappeared and may have been kidnapped by extra-dimensional godlike beings called the Jenoine. Vlad isn’t sure what he can do to help, but he does have a weapon that might be useful, so he and Loiosh return to Castle Black to hunt for their friends. It’s good to be back in Castle Black which floats in the sky and has rooms that go to unknown places. It’s through one of these that Vlad must look for his friends.

    In Issola we learn a lot more about Vlad’s world — who made it, how some of the magic and sorcery work, what the orb is made of and what it does, what the great weapons are for, how to make a great weapon (this was cool), more about Morollan and Aliera, what Sethra Levode’s role in the empire is, what Vlad’s magical chain can do, how his world is in danger from outside forces, etc. Some of this feels tacked on since it’s the first time (in nine books) that we’ve heard of it, but that didn’t bother me too much since these novels have a breezy feel to them. We also learn a lot about the Issola in this novel. Their nature is to be courteous and diplomatic, which gives Vlad a chance to meditate on the usefulness of these personality traits and to compare them to the more aggressive Dragons. (As a psychologist, I always enjoy this part of Vlad’s ruminations.)
    As I said before, the best part about Issola is that Vlad is back to his witty sarcastic self, which is a welcome change after watching him brood for three novels. It’s amusing to listen to Vlad and Loiosh’s internal dialogue:

    “I like to read about history, not make it.”
    “You see, Boss? It’s because of attitudes like yours that there are so few human heroes.”
    “And so many humans.”
    “Heh.”

    At the end of Issola, Vlad has a different outlook on life and his world has changed dramatically. I look forward to finding out what comes next in book 10, Dzur. By the way, I love Audible Studio’s versions of the VLAD TALTOS books. Bernard Setaro Clark is now THE voice of Vlad Taltos for me — I think he’s wonderful. Issola is 8.5 hours long on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Harrison Pasadena, CA, United States 02-21-15
    Harrison Pasadena, CA, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great listen"

    It's a culmination of 3 books worth of stories spanning 5 books. Finishing the most modern timeline in stellar fashion, the performance as always was superb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jasmine Dubecki 12-31-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved It, on to Dzur!!"

    I'm a little bias as this series is my favourite, but of the Vlad Taltos, series this is one of 3 favourite books. The character development is amazing. I love the dialogue. This audio reading was a little lacklustre compared to others in this series by the same group, but it certainly isn't bad. This story is pivotal to the series and Brust never hesitates to be more than entertaining. My Toronto commute is so much more bearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.