Title: Vallista (Vlad Taltos #15)
Author: Steven Brust
Length: 334 pages
Where Bethany’s Copy Came From: IndyPL
Plot Basics: Jhereg assassin Vlad Taltos once again meets the strange little girl, Devera, who says she needs his help. Vlad finds himself in an impossible house that he can’t leave. The rooms loop back to nowhere and is mysteriously empty. When he does encounter another person, they have a tendency to disappear. If he can pin them down, he might have an opportunity to escape.
Banter Points: I’ve missed Vlad and Loiosh and their banter. There’s plenty of banter in this one, particularly as they deal with the looping house. Vlad’s got all his panache back as he talks with unhelpful suspects and tries to unravel the mystery. He’s got some great one-liners, particularly quotable bits he wants to make sure are attributed to him. He’s not missing his ego, for sure.
Bummer Points: The fault here isn’t Brust’s but mine since it’s been since 2015 that there was a new Vlad Taltos book and I don’t really remember all of what’s been going on. Once he’s done with this series, I really need to reread them all. Or maybe before then.
Word Nerd Recommendation: I think I liked the early parts of the series better, but I am still intrigued enough to want to see how Brust will tie it all together.