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Dragon

Brust, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0312866925 / ISBN 13: 9780312866921
Published by Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Dragon

Publisher: Tor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Stephen Hickman dj art

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The author of such successful fantasy novels as The Phoenix Guards (Tor, 1991), Five Hundred Years After (Tor, 1994), and Freedom and Necessity (with Emma Bull, Tor, 1997), Steven Brust has established himself as a solid hardcover presence in swashbuckling, colorful fantasy.But before these hardcovers, Brust had already established himself as a bestselling author of mass-market originals from Ace Books, with the seven novels of the wildly popular Vlad Taltos series. Now Tor Books is pleased to bring Brust's most popular series to hardcover, with a new novel of Vlad Taltos ... even better, a novel covering a mysterious episode in Vlad's life story which the series' innumerable fans have long been eagerly awaiting.Vlad knows his trade: he kills people for a living. That skill got him his foothold in House Jhereg, running the rackets for a chunk of Adrilankha. You'd think that killing people would be excellent preparation for full-scale war, and Vlad thinks so, too. But on the spot, when he finds himself in the real trenches of a real war between rival Dragonlords, Vlad learns just how wrong he is.Here are all the favorite characters of the popular Vlad Taltos series: Vlad's wisecracking reptile familiar Loiosh, the inscrutable Dragonlord Morrolan, and of course the ever-fascinating Sethra Lavode. Here are politics, treachery, sorcery, and -- always important in a Vlad Taltos novel -- food. Here are crackling wit, action, and storytelling zest. The publication of Dragon will be a fantasy event.

Review:

Vlad Taltos is not your average sword-and-sorcery hero. He runs a territory for the criminal House Jhereg. He's a witch with a flying reptilian familiar as smart and sarcastic as any sidekick in literature. He's also a master assassin in Adrilankha, the capital of the Dragaeran Empire. (Dragaerans are tall, very long-lived elves; Vlad is an Easterner, or human.)

Steven Brust is not your average fantasy writer. Like his mentor, Roger Zelazny, he enjoys playing with time. 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.

Vlad is quick to let readers know the score. "I'll let you stay confused a little longer, and if you don't trust me to clear everything up, then you can go hang. I've been paid." Trust him. Dragon stands alone, but don't miss the others (after Jhereg come Teckla, Phoenix, Athyra, and Orca). It's a fast-moving, satisfying series. --Nona Vero

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