Vlad taltos ist ein hexer, freiberuflicher attentäter, lebt als ostländer (also mensch) unter dragaeranern und nennt einen reptilischen vertrauten mit beissendem humor sein eigen. und er ist in schwierigkeiten, denn er muss einen krieg verhindern, in dem sich seine besten freunde und daneben auch die großen familien von dragaera gegenseitig auslöschen würden...the first to be published, this is actually the fourth novel in the timeline of the vlad taltos series. the books recount the adventures of the wisecracking hired killer vlad, a human on a planet mainly inhabited by the
"die teckla proben den aufstand. ich wußte, irgendwann musste das passieren. teckla sind faule, dumme, feige bauern. aufstand! ein witz mit so einem bart. aber jetzt revoltieren sie gegen das imperium. ein neuer witz. und ein jhereg-herrscher mit kriminellen ambitionen stachelt sie ordentlich an. leider kein witz.aber der eigentliche witz ist, daß ich sie schütze. ich. lord vlad taltos - treuer enkel, liebender ehemann. jhereg. zauberer. auftragskiller. alles eben, was diese typen hassen. und geradi ich beschütze auch noch diese parolen sabbernden, schwachsinningen revoluzzer, von denen jeder einzelne mir die
Journey to the land of the dead. all expenses paid!not my idea of an ideal vacation, but this was work. after all, even an assassin has to earn a living. the trouble is, everyone knows that a living human cannot walk the paths of the dead, and return, alive, to the land of men. but being an easterner is not exactly like being human, by dragaeran standards anyway. thus, the rule doesn't apply to me... i hope.
Verra, vlad's patron goddess, hires him to assassinate a king whose country lies outside the dragaeran empire, resulting in increased tension between the two places. meanwhile, the peasant teckla and the human easterners persevere in their fight for civil rights. as vlad's wife cawti is a firm partisan of the movement, and vlad is not, their marriage continues to suffer, causing vlad to make some decisions that will change his life forever.
Vlad taltos is very good at killing people. that, combined with two faithful companions and a talent for witchcraft, makes him an assassin par excellence. but lately his heart just hasn't been in his work, so he decides to retire. unfortunately, old enemies have scores to settle with vlad. so much for retirement! advertising in locus.
Marching through mud just isn't as much fun as they say.after years of surviving in adrilankha by practicing the trade he knows best--killing people for a living--suddenly vlad taltos finds himself in the last place any self-respecting assassin wants to be: the army. worse, he's right in the middle of a apocalyptic battle between two sorcerous armies, and everyone expects him to play a role they won't explain. all vlad's got between him and the worst kind of death is his wits. oh, and a smart-mouthed winged lizard...dragon is steven
Okay, so maybe i've been living in the woods too long, where you can't even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning. so who should turn up but lady teldra, the courtly servant of my old friend the dragonlord morrolan?teldra wants my help, because morrolan and aliera have disappeared, and according to sethra lavode, it looks like they may be in the hands of the jenoine. do i want to mess with them? the guys who made this place? and i thought i had problems before...oh
Vlad taltos, short-statured, short-lived human in an empire of tall, long-lived dragaerans, has always had to keep his wits about him. long ago, he made a place for himself as a captain of the jhereg, the noble house that runs the rackets in the great imperial city of adrilankha. but love, revolution, betrayal, and revenge ensued, and for years now vlad has been a man on the run, struggling to stay a step ahead of the jhereg who would kill him without hesitation.now vlad's back in adrilankha. the rackets he
Fresh from the collapse of his marriage, and with the criminal jhereg organization out to eliminate him, vlad decides to hide out among his relatives in faraway fenario. all he knows about them is that their family name is merss and that they live in a papermaking industrial town called burz. at first burz isn't such a bad place, though the paper mill reeks to high heaven. but the longer he stays there, the stranger it becomes. no one will tell him where to find his relatives. even stranger, when
House jhereg, dragaera's organized crime syndicate, is still hunting vlad taltos. there's a big price on his head on draegara city. then he hears disturbing news. aliera--longtime friend, sometime ally--has been arrested by the empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.it doesn't make sense. everybody knows aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. why is the empire down on her now? why aren't her powerful friends--morrolan, sethra, the empress zerika--coming to her rescue? and most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do
Long ago, one of the gods fashioned an artifact called the silver tiassa. to devera the wanderer, it's a pretty toy to play with. to vlad taltos, it's a handy prop for a con he's running. to the empire, it's a tool to be used against their greatest enemies--the jenoine. to the jhereg, it's a trap to kill vlad.the silver tiassa, however, had its own agenda.steven brust's tiassa tells a story that threads its way through more than ten years of the remarkable life of vlad taltos--and, to the delight
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
Vlad taltos is an easterner an underprivileged human in an empire of tall, powerful, long-lived dragaerans. he made a career for himself in house jhereg, the dragaeran clan in charge of the empire s organized crime. but the day came when the jhereg wanted vlad dead, and he s been on the run ever since. he has plenty of friends among the dragaeran highborn, including an undead wizard and a god or two. but as long as the jhereg have a price on his head, vlad s life is messy.meanwhile,