Author: Steven Brust
Length: 320 pages
Where Bethany’s copy came from: IndyPL
Plot Basics: Assassin Vlad Taltos was a crime boss to be reckoned with, but that was before. For years now, he’s had a price on his head and assassins on his tail, but he’s decided enough is enough. He’s tired of running and wants to come back to the imperial capital to stay. In true Vlad fashion, he works up a scheme that could get the Jhereg off his back for good. If he can live through it.
Banter Points: After finishing Hawk, I started pushing the whole series on reader friends because I’d forgotten just how much I love Vlad. After Harry Dresden, he’s one of my favorite recurring characters. He’s such a smart-alek and his stories are filled with action and adventure. The Vlad books are a great combination of good character development and sword-and-sorcery fantasy, with a dash of hardboiled PI fiction thrown in.
One of the things I love most about Vlad’s capers is how the reader doesn’t see it all unfold until the action actually occurs. The assorted items he spent most of the story acquiring — a hawk egg, an enchanted euphonium, an anchor, etc — were funny in their own right and beyond clever when put together.
Bummer Points: This book makes me want to go back and re-read the whole series, but there are so many other books that I haven’t read once yet that I can’t decide. We’ll see.
Word Nerd Recommendation: I immediately started to foist this series upon a few reading friends. If you’re reading this, consider this whole series highly recommended to you. This Word Nerd’s thumbs are way up.