Didn't care for this book nearly as much as the first 2. Vlad would have done better to off Kelly right at the beginning and we the readers would have had a better book with more action and less "justify why I'm correct as a Revolutionist who will get 1000's of people killed and completely denigrate you for killing a few people within the established rules".
Vlad continues to intrigue me. In this book, he & his wife Cawti have a difference of opinion about the freedom group with which she has become involved. Vlad struggles with figuring out just what is his duty, and his honor. Not quite as interesting to me as the first two books, but certainly well worth reading.
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'd always known they were. Teckla were lazy, stupid, cowardly peasants. Revolting. Oldjoke. But now they were revolting against the empire. New Joke.
And a Jheregcrimeloard, feeling the pinch.was popping the rebels. No joke.
But the real joke? I was protecting them. Me Lord Vial Taltos-loyingal grandson, loving husband, Jhereg,Sorcerer/Assinsin. Everything the abble hated. Not that I craved wet nursinbg a mob of slogan slobbering doomed raddical loonies, all of whom wanted me dead. Particularly since my royal peers, all of the House Jhereg, wanted me dead...