Years ago, Vlad Taltos came to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire's vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime.Read more...
Years ago, Vlad Taltos came to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire's vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it.
But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies.
For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he's back in the imperial capital where his family and friends are. He means to stay there this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.
"Hawk "is the latest in Steven Brust's "New York Times" bestselling 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"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Brust's 14th Vlad Taltos fantasy novel (after Tiassa) is another taut, entertaining tale of the human assassin/witch and his life among the 17 clans of the Dragaerans. After a series of assassination attempts spoils Taltos's opportunity to visit his son, he decides he needs to find a way to keep the Jhereg assassins off his back for good. Remembering something that the Hawklord wizard Daymar once mentioned, he concocts a plan involving a new business opportunity that's potentially lucrative enough to buy off his pursuers. New readers could find better starting points, but longtime fans will enjoy a plethora of returning characters, with Vlad's former partner Kragar getting the largest page count (and some nice character development). Brust certainly delivers everything readers have come to expect: mouthwatering descriptions of food; snarky dialogue between Vlad and his familiar, Loiosh; and the occasional pop-culture reference (fans of the TV show Leverage have one to look forward to). But he never lets any of the trappings get in the way of his meticulous plotting and a narrative voice that's both rich and arch. (Oct.)