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As a human and an Easterner, Vlad Taltos has survived in the decadent city of Drilankha by practicing the trade he knows best - killing people for a living. His skill as an assassin, and the timely intervention of his telepathic winged-lizard companion, Loiosh, have won him a relatively safe post in House Jhereg, running the rackets for a section of the great city. But when a powerful Dragonlord commands him to track down an enchanted weapon of great power - before it has even been stolen - Vlad finds himself inexorably drawn to the last place he wants to be, a total war on an apocalyptic scale between two sorcerous enemies, where he must play crucial role without a clue as to what is expected of him. Only his cunning wit and well-earned distrust of all things magical stand between Vlad and a most unpleasant demise.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 226.8g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0812589165
  • 9780812589160
  • 242,710

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As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the colloquial voice of one of Zelazny's Amber heroes. This is a rousing adventure with enough humor, action, and sneaky plot twists to please newcomers as well as longtime series fans. "Publishers Weekly on Dragon" A splendid caper that welcomes newcomers while existing fans will pounce. "Kirkus Reviews" No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos. "VOYA on the Vlad Taltos series" Watch Steven Brust. He s good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure. Roger Zelazny on Steven Brust Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer! Tad Williams on Steven Brust"

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About Steven Brust

Steven Brust is the bestselling author of" Issola, Dragon, The ""Phoenix"" Guards, Five Hundred Years After, The Paths of the Dead, " "The Lord of Castle Black, Sethra Lavode, "and "To Reign in Hell, " among many others. A native of Minneapolis, he currently lives in Las Vegas.

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