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Lord Vlad Taltos returns in the prequel to Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla. In this fantastic adventure, listeners learn what really happened when Vlad found himself walking the Paths of the Dead.

Set in the earliest days of Vlad's career in the Organization, Vlad receives a job from the Dragonlord Morrolan. A second timeline chronicles the details of Vlad's development through childhood and into his early career in the Organization.

©1988 Steven K. Z. Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Basehor, KS, United States
  • 08-22-12

Vlad's begining in the Organization

In the 4th installment of Vlad's adventures he finds himself on the Paths of the Dead. We also find out how Vlad got a hold of Spell Breaker (the chain he carry's that will dispel magic that is thrown at it). As we all know every assassin must have a first job and we get to see how Vlad began his carrier.

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boring narrative

monotone narration but delightful story. kept me guessing and wondering how they were going to resolve their problem. very fun read.

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amazing

first time listening to a book... took a chapter or 2 to get used to but loved it!

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Man, I love these books!

Years ago, I loved reading these books for the first time. Then, I loved rereading them. When I discovered them as audiobooks, I was excited to hear how they would translate. Bernard Setaro Clark (I think that's right...) was a great choice. Dry and has a variety of voices and accents in his arsenal. And the story is still just as fun and engaging as I remember. I strongly recommend this series. It is super fun. My only complaint is how quickly I chew through them.

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Another great book!

Steven does a fantastic job of spreading out hints and clues about all of his characters that are spread out in his books. So you get the ahh effect when you put everything together.

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SKZB fan boy

I love this book and all of Steven Brust's work, and I'll always come back to them when nothing else seems interesting.

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Friendship against their will

Nobody really likes anybody else. They're all too stiff-necked. But many of them manage to get along some how anyway. And the narrator finds the perfect voice for our protagonist.

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Amazing

A surprisingly good narrator he grows on you. It was very well put together a

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Risky storytelling device pays off

As the book progressed, I became more impressed with how the author had structured and chosen to present his story. Initially it seems like he's jumping around between 3 stories about different points in the main character's life, which fits as this series isn't told in chronological order anyway. It's a structuring method that's hard to pull off well, but I think it's well applied here because anyone who's read the first three books in this series already knows the ultimate outcome of this book. The journey is really the entire point of this story.

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Best book so far in series, in my opinion

Loved books one and two, I disliked 3 so much, I returned it. This fourth book was great my favorite so far in the series. Great quest, excellent background on my favorite characters.