This is almost a detective novel, except the hero always figures things out with information that the reader isn't provided. This makes for a somewhat frustrating read where resolution comes from nowhere. I had to struggle to finish the book(s), and I won't bother trying to get the followups.
Stephen Brust's Vlad Taltos series is a great account of a hapless assassin that is easy to pick up. Not only is each book so wonderfully written, they are not in any chronilogical order so you can start anywhere and immerse yourself in a world of fantasy that is far from the standard Orcs, Elves, Dragons, Wizards and gracefully rogue Assassins. In fact, Vlad relies on help from his friends including his cynical and sarcastic familiar. Vlad would have been killed off early in his life if not for help and luck that comes from the most unlikely of places. Brust has designed a world that is not only consistent and without afterthought but believable (as much as a fantasy novel can be) and by not including a map he allows the reader the kindness of letting their imagination add what they will to the landscape.
How can one comment on one book in a series that is so consistent and such a wonderful read as a whole story? I am not a fan of spoilers or previews but if you happen to have an opportunity to read any of this series I am sure you will wish to read all of them.
I enjoyed this book especially it being an omnibus of the first three novels. The author states at the beginning that the editors made the decision of the order of the books. I would have preferred that they had been in chronological order myself. The second novel is actually (within the time frame) the first. I enjoyed it enough that I have placed the omnibus of the fourth and fifth novels on my wish list.
A really enjoyable and lighthearted series about a young assassin and his draconic familiar/companion. Contains the first three novels Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla, although this is in order of publication, not chronological order.