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    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths I read this novel when it was initially published in the mid 80s It was a favorite of mine at the time, and I have always recalled it fondly However, after completing a re read, it has become painfully obvious that the enjoyment I received from this book must have been one of those teenage fads because it has disappeared right along with my desire to keep solving a Rubik s Cube.The tour guide in Jhereg is Vlad Taltos The world he guides us through is a standard one from 80s fantasy Here a huge Empire controls most of the world, inhabited and ruled by the Dragaerans, who are basically LoTR like elves Indeed, the few humans in this world often refer to the Dragaerans as elves, though to confuse the reader a bit the author has the Dragaerans refer to themselves as human Other than this one quirk, there is nothing to set it apart from other fantasy worlds from this period of the 80s.Vlad is one of the human minority of the Dragaeran Empire, labeled by his elvish overlords as an Easterner and born into the lowest class of society However, thanks to a social climbing father, Vlad is actually a citizen of the Empire and a noble of one of the l...


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    Ehr Mah Gerd Vlad Taltos Oh what s that Is that a badass name for a badass main character Why yes, yes it is Look at that name Look at it. It fits him perfectly Clear Concise Ominous You know your MC is a badass when he s in the middle of an internal monologue and subtly lets slip that...


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    The recent release of Iorich sent me down the path of re reading the Taltos series While Iorich was enjoyable and engrossing, memories sent me back to the inaugural Vlad Sophisticated writing, interesting characters and one seriously convoluted plot It s interesting, because this is the fourth book in the timeline of the series and Vlad s history, but actually the first published echoes of Lucas I d recommend reading Jhereg first, as it s told in a largely linear fashion with only a few flashbacks, and as such is a decent introduction to the world s political and social structure As the series continues, Brust starts playing in interesting ways with narrative, so it helps to already have a solid grip on the basics Characters are done well, with broad brushstrokes We get some of Vlad s early years, and we are given the background on his initial connection with Loiosh His friendship...


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    Immediate Reaction This was a blast A little fantasy noir fun for anyone who likes bad men behaving with honour Vlad Taltos is an anti hero extraordinaire, and all the minor characters and relationships he s surrounded with are equally cool Later This is only the second book I ve read by Steven Brust, and the first I ve read that he wrote alone I read his collaboration with Emma Bull, Freedom and Necessity a couple of months ago, and loved their book so much I knew I had to hunt down their other works and give them a go What Jhereg delivered was totally unexpected.F and N was a beautiful literary work that obviously suffers in its readership by being written by a pair of Sci Fi Fantasy authors And I expected of the same with Jhereg But there is little literary in the first of the Vlad Taltos books, but that doesn t make it any less readable In fact, it might actually make it much of an addiction inducing habit Jhereg is a bit like a fantasy detective story, or a fantasy noir as I called it earlier , with assassin crime boss information collector Vlad Taltos taking the role of obligatory hardbitte detective from the works of Dashiel Hammett or Mickey Spillane And it s as good as the former and better than the latter Vlad is surrounded by an original and exotic fantasy world, killer allie...


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    Satisfyingly good The kind of good that makes you anxious to get to the next book The kind of good that makes you glad there are over ten books in the series The kind of good that makes me not care about book orders Maybe it s a good thing these books are written out of order is a thing I never thought I d say But I have a good feeling about Steven Brust and I trust he ll deliver It s been awhile since high fantasy has been this good for me, and it s been even longer since I liked a POV main character in high fantasy enough to know that I ll like whatever trials and tribulations he s put through And I like Vlad Taltos Thus far, he s already shown himself to be a multifaceted character full of nuance, and I can only imagine he ll get complex with each book.Plus, there are dragons everywhere.Full review to come when I get through the series Trying to figure out the order of this series is giving me a serious case of involuntary twitching So far from what I ve gleaned on various forums and reviews, the publication order is completely different from the chronological order twitching But the order in which you read these books does not matter At all Because they were purposely written out of order bangs head on desk Why I have a thing for publication order Publication order goes like this Jhereg...


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    While there was nothing absolutely mind blowing about the plot or the fantasy, the one thing that really stood out in this book was the fantastic writing.It was absolutely some of the easiest reading I ve had for an obviously detailed and fleshed out world full of lots of magic, interesting races, very long lived people, and dragons It flew by so quickly and easily, I was rather surprised at how much info dump never came across as info dump I learned so much about the world, naturally, that I was giddy after the reading.Is it because I ve grown very used to the tropes involved, over so many years of enjoying fantasy Possibly But then, that s another reason I need to give this book props From the mid eighties, it still comes off as hugely superior in execution, characterization, big ideas, and joy This is SUPERIOR ...


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    5.0 stars The Vlad Taltos series is one thst I strongly recommend to anyone who likes good fantasy I would classify it as noir fantasy with a good sense of humor Great world building, great characters and well written, tight plots that do not drag and are never bori...


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    This is the third in my list of books that inspired me to start writing fantasy and in many ways is the most influential The hero of the series, Vlad Taltos, is an assassin, which is, you know, not an especially nice thing to be The thing is, deep down Vlad really wants to be a nice guy He just needs to kill a few shitbags first Now it s true that the list of people Vlad needs to kill includes pretty much the entire Dragaeran Empire, but he s willing to leave a few off the list if they change their ways Oh, and Vlad s sidekick a wise talking miniature dragon who calls him Boss all the time Seriously who wouldn t want to read that Brust blends heroic fantasy with a film noir, almost Raymond Chandler esque voice In fact, Jhereg was the book that taught me you could write fantasy without having your characters talk in fake British accents and spouting thee s and thou s every sentence It s a short book by today s standards, and one ...


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    Reread Feb2012, review added I originally gave this 4 stars, although I ve read it numerous times really enjoyed it I just never thought it had any redeeming features beyond sheer enjoyment Now that I ve read most of the rest of the series, I see on a re read that the craftsmanship of this story demands another star This is not the first book in the chronology of the series, but it is the first published Why should you read it first Because the author couldn t have picked a better way to introduce the reader to an entirely new world mythology The story demands our likable anti hero, Vlad Taltos, look deeply into another character His search uncovers than expected gives us an understanding of the world that we never would have had otherwise Not only is it entirely entertaining fast moving, but I had no trouble at all rememb...


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    This was a delightful beginning to a series that I am sure to be addicted to very soon In fact, I ve already jumped into the second volume.But on this Jhereg is a first person narrative of an assassin and a particular job he undertook A huge amount of money offered showed that if something seemed too good to be true, it probably was.Mischief and mayhem ensue What I thought of as a combination of a crime caper and an epic fantasy turned out to be a quickly paced and often humorous adventure Vlad Taltos has a familiar which happens to be a jhereg, a miniature dragon like creature And, no surprise with Brust characters, Loiosh is quite the smartass Witty banter between familiar and master, along with a great cast of hirelings and allies makes this a book to keep the reader guessing, on the edge of his her seat, and occasionally laughing.The fight s...

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