Vlad Taltos is a mobster and assassin in the magical metropolis of Adrilankha. A member of the Great House of Jhereg (named for the tiny dragon-like creatures native to Dragaera), Taltos is given the largest contract of his career but the job is even more complicated than he expects.
The first book in Stephen Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series, Jhereg has also been adapted into a graphic novel by Marvel Comics. Here, Bernard Setaro Clark brings the tale to life in a rousing performance.
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With Lords and Ladies and Floating Castles and Assasins plying their tradecraft.
Oh, and did I mention amultispecies world?
A pretty incredible 1st book for this series. 😱
Good (not great) fantasy, in the Zelazny tradition.
You won't be disappointed.
Excellent performance, one of the best I've heard!
This cover epitomizes the old adage. Just ignore that orange thing and pretend it's a dragon or a butterfly or something.
Anyway, this book was written in the style of someone who plays lots of old school RPGs. Maybe even MUDs. I can feel my fingers typing the commands for these characters. "She nods." "He shrugs." A lot of the time, they don't even have adverbs, and the ones that are used are pretty standard. "She nods slowly." Even the characters fit into the old RPG stereotypes. Thieves, assassins, sorcerers, warriors, etc.
And yet somehow, the narrator pulls it off. Perhaps it's because it's a first person perspective, but the amateurish writing just becomes part of Vlad's demeanor and personality. He's not the type to get overly flowery, so the direct, occasionally choppy, occasionally stiff dialogue becomes natural.
All told, this is a fun book with an interesting world. It does not drag out any longer than it needs to be, and I'm happy to see there are sequels, though I may wait until they are on sale to pick them up. The breadcrumbs about the characters' back stories are more like bricks to the head, but I'll admit. I'm curious!
Not worth it. The only consolation is that I only got 1 book. If you enjoy Game of Thrones or any Brandon Sanderson novel, this is a far cry from them.
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Yes. Jake Gyllenhall.
#1 Good pace & character interplay, with small bits of humor + it has no bla bla filler.
#2 Interesting world story/history.
#3 It talks about magic or has magic use, that is just enough to be good.
Here is a magical world full of factions & people struggling to gain more power or to just survive. The main character is an assin & witch. Most of the other characters use magic & know how to fight or hire those that do. The book is about the assin/witch on an epic job. Not to spoli it tomuch, but the job will deside weather or not a war starts :}
BE WARNED SPOILER HERE & the only weakness the book has: Their is only 1 true fight in the hole book. A book with the main character who is an assin & witch, with other fighter & magic types & IT HAS 1 SHORT GOOD FIGHT !!!
As i have said in my other reviews I am a stickler for bad language.. I got this book off of another review for good books. And if the language was not in it I would have finished it. It was hard for me to stop listing to, so if you dont mind language you will enjoy it.. I think.
I give this book a poor rating for language
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I read the first 3 books in this series over the last few days. They are Fantasy, Sci-Fi Mysteries. And the first one was by far the weakest of them, I enjoyed the second 2 much more, I had a very hard time caring about this plot of the first one.
Don't think so. But you never know, I might try a book from Steven Brust if I really like the plot.
Never listened others before.
Don't know how explain. I just didn't like the way he narrates.
I might have enjoyed it more with a different narrator.
I liked the book and the story but I found the characters somewhat unrealistic. These cold ruthless killers also had a strong sense of honor, duty and put friendship above their own life. These are the traits of a hero not an assassin. I don't believe so many conflicted characters could exist. The best example I can give is that the main character met his wife because she was hired to kill him and she succeeded. He was brought back to life through magic and of course they fell in love and have lived happily ever after killing others. Makes sense to me how about you?
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