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The Early Years - Assassin
There are many ways for a young man with quick reflexes and a quick sword to advance in the world. Vlad Taltos chose the route of the assassin. To his other qualifications he added two things: The first was a smattering of witchcraft - badly thought of on Dragaera, but only a fool refuses such a weapon...
The second was his constant companion, a young jhereg, its leathery wings and poisonous teeth always at Vlad's command, its alien mind psionically linked with his own. Vlad has never regretted the sorcerous bargain he made with his jhereg's mother: "I offer your egg long life and fresh, red meat without struggle, and I offer it my friendship. I ask for aid in my endeavours. I ask for its wisdom, and I ask for its friendship."
YendiIn which Vlad and his Jhereg learn that the love of a good woman can turn a cold-blooded killer into a real mean S.O.B. ...
Back when I bargained for the wise-mouthed reptilian who sits perched on my shoulder, his mother wished me: Long life and good hunting. I told her I was not a hunter. She said: You will be...
She was right.
My name is Vlad Taltos. I am an assassin. And this is the story of my early days in the House Jhereg, of how I found myself in a Jhereg war, and how I fell in love with the woman who killed me...
TaltosIn which we learn what really happened when Vlad found himself walking the Paths of the Dead.
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.
TecklaIn which Vlad learns that killing never solves anything... but it keeps people out of your hair while you think about what to do.
The Teckla were Revolting.
I'd always know they were. Teckla were lazy, stupid, cowardly peasants. Revolting. Old joke. But now they were revolting against the Empire. New Joke.
And a Jhereg crimelord, feeling the pinch, was popping the rebels. No joke.
But the real joke? I
was protecting them. Me. Lord Vlad Taltos - loyal grandson, loving husband. Jhereg. Sorcerer. Assassin. Everything the rabble hated. Not that I craved wet-nursing a mob of slogan-slobbering, doomed radical loonies, all of whom wanted me dead. Particularly since my royal peers, all of House Jhereg, also wanted me dead...
In Gods We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.
Always a good rule if you're in my line of work, but who'd think a god would take me up on it? There I was, facing certain death, when the Demon Goddess answered my prayers for rescue. Strange she should take an interest in me, considering I'm an assassin. Stranger that the Demon Goddess needs to offer me
work. Well, my patron deity wants a favour, who is Vlad Taltos to say no...
Afterwards - Fugitive
AthyraThe Magnificent Seven...?
A bit of an overstatement. Minus six, actually. Which leaves one. Me - Vlad Taltos, sorcerer (sometime witch) and (ex-)assassin. Plus my two faithful jhereg. Which makes three, sort of. But even we can have a hard time when we take on the biggest hitters of the House of the Jhereg. Here I thought I could retire in peace...
OrcaHave Jhereg, Will Travel
Granted, walking around with two jhereg on your shoulders is not the best disguise for an ex-assassin wanted all over the Empire. But a young boy saved my life and now he needs my help. And Vlad Taltos always pays his debts. Even if it means uncovering a financial scandal big enough to bring down the House of the Orca - and, if I'm lucky, the entire Empire...
Although Dragon is the eighth book about Vlad to be published, most of it takes place between Taltos, the first book chronologically, and Yendi; interludes and an epilogue occur after Yendi, but before Jhereg. Dragon tells the story of the oft-mentioned Battle of Barritt's Tomb, and how Vlad enlisted in a Dragon army (Dragons are the warrior Dragaerans) and learned that war is nothing like assassination.
The Pheonix Guards
Set in the same world as the Vlad Taltos books, this series begins several hundred years in advance of Vlad's story (although given the longevity of the Dragaerans several characters appear in both).
There's a very different style to these books; unlike the matter-of-fact
The Pheonix Guards
A thousand years before the birth of Vlad Taltos, the fate of the Dragaeran Empire, a realm full of intrigue, sorcery, and adventure, depends on the swordsmanship of Khaavren of the House of Tiassa.
Five Hundred Years After
Five centuries after the close of the earlier work--Phoenix Guards, that is--Brust's D'Artagnan, Khaavren, is still serving in the guards. Unfortunately, the emperor has begun to lose his grip and mortally insults Adron the Dragonlord. Add Adron's ambitious daughter and several other influences, magical and human, to that beginning, and you have a complex plot to which Brust does full justice.