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Taltos. (1988)

von Steven Brust

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Reihen: Dragaera: Vlad Taltos: Chronological Order (1), Vlad Taltos (4), Dragaera

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The sorcerers of Dragaera keep its citizens in thrall, but Taltos has been able to practice his professions of detective, assassin, and witch in spite of them. The sequels are Jhereg (1983, 1987), Yendi (1984, 1987), Tekla (1987), and Phoenix (1990). The Phoenix Guards (1991) takes place in an earlier period on Dragaera.… (mehr)
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Thankfully a much lighter book than [b:Teckla|133466|Teckla (Vlad Taltos, #3)|Steven Brust|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1357479420s/133466.jpg|803245] in both tone and subject matter. Taking us way back to the beginnings of Vlad's career, we get to see how he met almost all of the important people in his life, as well as how he picked up a number of his habits and prejudices. So far this has been my favorite of the series. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
More like a novelette (especially by today's standards), but has some interesting backstory to the main character and the society. ( )
  VictoriaGaile | Oct 16, 2021 |
Read as part of 'Book of Taltos' omnibus ( )
  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
This is actually a solid 3.5 stars.

What do you call a prequel of a prequel? We're heading into Vlad's personal past again, but this time only a few years after his days as a tavern owner.

The story is the most straightforward with the least digressions of any of Brust's novels I've read, except during the last third of the novel when I was forced to shift back and forth between current action and flashback regularly. Both sequences were interesting on their own, but something about reading them together seemed a little iffy. It wasn't wrong, per se, but it seemed kinda useless.

That's not to say I didn't entirely enjoy reading about his first assassinations or his first really big job, but frankly, I just wanted more of the main action which felt so much more important.

Not to give such plot secrets away, but my biggest enjoyment in the novel was learning how Vlad met and gained the trust and friendship of the inhabitants of Castle Black. Such recurring involvements were often dark and thoroughly interesting, like a cat playing with a dragon, and their evident trust and approval of Vlad had always appeared to be an inexplicable mystery in the first books.

Well, Now I Know The Rest Of The Story.

I'd like to say that this novel stands well on its own, and it does, for the most part, but in my mind, it falls way too neatly into the category of a flashback of a flashback.

It was okay.

The story might have had a better impact on me if it hadn't been cheapened by Vlad's past within the past.

The main action could have been made much better with a truly interesting climax that didn't merely serve as the purpose of putting the Dragon Lord in his favor. Making a new spell is fine and good, of course, but we're talking about the land of the gods here. We've got practically unlimited resources to go wild, here, and the only real conflict I got to enjoy was a mild sense of why these four characters wind up as friends.

I guess I feel a pretty large sense of wasted opportunity in the otherwise well-written continuing adventures of mr. assassin. I wanted to like it more, of course. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
One of the stronger early entries in this adventure series. The story is told in three parallel sequences. Each chapter begins with a paragraph of two from a scene of Taltos performing some witchcraft for reasons not given. The rest of each chapter alternates between the main story of how Vlad Taltos walked the Paths of the Dead and why several powerful Dragaerans became indebted to him, and a flashback series of reflections on Vlad's youth and entry into the assassination business. Brust skillfully juggles this potentially confusing structure to keep a nice coherent mix of snark and action.

Recommended, but it's best to have read at least Jhereg beforehand. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Mar 14, 2020 |
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The sorcerers of Dragaera keep its citizens in thrall, but Taltos has been able to practice his professions of detective, assassin, and witch in spite of them. The sequels are Jhereg (1983, 1987), Yendi (1984, 1987), Tekla (1987), and Phoenix (1990). The Phoenix Guards (1991) takes place in an earlier period on Dragaera.

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