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Yendi: Vlad Taltos, Book 2 | [Steven Brust]

Yendi: Vlad Taltos, Book 2

In which Vlad Taltos and his Jhereg learn how the love of a good woman can turn a cold-blooded killer into a real mean SOB.... Vlad 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.
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In which Vlad Taltos and his Jhereg learn how the love of a good woman can turn a cold-blooded killer into a real mean SOB.... Vlad 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.

©1984 Steven Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 08-20-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Prequel"

    This is the second book in the series but it takes place before the first. It gives you more in-depth background to all the characters you know from the first book. Bernard Setaro Clark does a great job narrating, he brings the characters to life and will leave you wanting to hear more from him.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-06-14
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A prequel with a slightly different tone."

    This book occurs before book 1 of the series (chronologically). I did not know this when I picked it up so was bit confused as to the goings-on - particularly when some stuff that happened in this story had already been referred to in book one.

    There is a bit less of urban fantasy vigilante novel feel and a bit more of a detective novel feel. And a bit more investigating and a bit less action. Not sure if this was a good thing, or a bad one though... I like having the action to move it forward and feel like justice is being served, but the detective part helped flesh out the world and characters. I guess, all in all, it was just different in tone from book one, but not worse because of that, just less of a vigilante novel than I had been expecting.

    All in all, it was pretty good, and I have bought the rest in the series. Though I do hope it goes back to the tone/feel of book one. The narration is very good. I think there was a tiny bit of swearing, but no graphic sex or violence.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2014

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

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    "A prequel to Jhereg"

    Loveable assassin Vlad Taltos is back in Yendi, the second in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series. Yendi is actually a prequel to the first novel, Jhereg which introduced us to Vlad, his wife Cawti, his familiar, and several of his friends and enemies. Vlad is a new mob boss who is trying to protect his territory from the encroachment of neighboring mob bosses. When one of them sets up a racket in Vlad’s territory, Vlad has to take him on. As usual, he’ll need all his wits and all his friends just to stay alive.

    In Yendi we learn a little more about the Dragaeran Empire, the Dragon Lords, and the activities of Vlad and the other bosses, but for some readers the most significant event is the story of how Vlad met Cawti, how she killed him, and how they fell in love. I was looking forward to this story, but it was a disappointment. The romance was dull and not very believable because of how instantaneous it was. Another complaint I have is the same thing I complained about in my review of the first book, Jhereg: Vlad solves crimes or mysteries by using convoluted suppositions that just happen to be right and there’s no way the reader could have figured out what was going on. This is disappointing because I’ve learned that it’s not much use to try to use my brain to remember clues or reason out a conclusion — I’ll never work it out on my own.

    This sense of feeling slightly lost is part of Steven Brust’s unique style. He drops you right into his complex world, but only gives cursory explanations of the characters, politics and history as he goes along. Generally I like this technique because it doesn’t interrupt the plot, but there were several times while reading Yendi that I wasn’t certain that I understood the implications or all the nuances of what was happening. I was reading the audio version, so I’m not sure if I missed a glossary in the back, but fortunately there are plenty of resources on the internet for those seeking to study more of Brust’s world.

    Even though I don’t fully understand Brust’s world yet, I like it. I like Brust’s sense of humor (very dry) and I like Vlad Taltos and his turf war. I’m going to keep reading this series for these reasons and because I have friends whose opinions I trust who love this series. I expect that the more I learn, the more I’ll like it, too.

    I read the audio version which was recently produced by Audible Frontiers and read by Bernard Setaro Clark who is excellent in every way. Yendi is less than 7 hours long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Atlanta, GA, United States 05-27-15
    John Atlanta, GA, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Flat Plot"

    Without going into huge details on this train wreck of a book. The bottom line is that it is shallow flat boring plot. It's like a Michael Bay movie without the huge explosions and robots.

    In simple terms, its a Thug vs Thug book. You have the main thug / assassin ( human ) thinking he has more life experiences or intelligence than the typical thugs he goes up against which are in most cases hundreds of years older than him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kristen schick PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, CA, US 05-31-15
    kristen schick PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, CA, US 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really enjoy the speaker, just wish..."

    The speaker is excellent at giving everyone their own voice.

    I also enjoy the story. It does revolve around a good history. In addition, because the "dragon" people live so long, it's clear that the history of the world is very important. It also means plots and ploys are extremely convoluted, but that just adds to the fun of the story.

    However, I find that, time and again, a person or place has been described not at all, or almost not at all. As such, I have difficulty picturing the people or locations fairly often. If a bit more detail were given to vlad's surroundings, that would make these books a lot better, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 05-28-15
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2011

    History enthusiast with military and legal background.

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    "This is a guilty pleasure"
    Would you listen to Yendi again? Why?

    no, because I know the ending, and the only reason to get through this is to figure out that little morsel.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting second installment. I bought the first on sale, and followed up with this one. Its not my typical genre, but there is something about Vlad that I connect with. Maybe its his amorality? But, its a fun fantasy book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David D. Schneider 02-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "Prequel to Bk 1-Nevertheless should be read 2ms 😱"

    Complicated plot that moves too slowly at times with too many miraculous "coincidences" and "rescues" so that by the end of the story one's credulity organs are exhausted.
    An important story from the standpoint of providing the reader with information and background to the rest of the series of books (if the reader plans to travel that path). 😱

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Fantasy Mafia"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun read, good mystery Fantasy-Mafia story with a touch of Science Fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Johnstown, PA, United States 02-14-13
    Timothy Johnstown, PA, United States 02-14-13
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    "The wait is over"
    Where does Yendi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The audio production of this book was excellent. The narrators voice and temple fit well with the read of the actual book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yendi?

    I love when the reader switches to a dialog with his familiar.


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    Bernard Setaro Clark handles the different voices very well in a distinctive way so that you realize which character's perspective the writers was coming from.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. I drive long distances and it kept me wanting to contiunue listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shirley perth, Australia 11-08-12
    shirley perth, Australia 11-08-12
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    "yep. another good one"

    enjoyed all the characters. love Bernard S Clark as narrator. story good & got a chuckle at the wit, always a bonus

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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