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The Vondish Ambassador [Hardcover]

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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Book Description

Nov. 19 2008
Once, not so long ago, A warlock named Vond built an empire in the southern part of the Small Kingdoms. Vond is gone, but his empire survives under the rule of a seven-person Imperial Council and a young regent named Sterren.

The Empire of Vond was hardly trouble-free after Vond's departure. Its neighbors are understandably wary of further expansion, there are questions about how Vond's magic became so potent, and so on. Most of the World, though, doesn't care -- Vond is off there in the southeastern corner of the World, far away from anywhere important.

But one day a dockworker named Emmis watches a Vondish ship arrive in Ethshar of the Spices and finds himself hired as native guide and aide to someone who claims to be Vond's ambassador plenipotentiary to the overlords of the Hegemony of the Three Ethshars.

But who is the Vondish ambassador, really, and what is his true business in Ethshar? And who has followed him to the city?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (Nov. 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434477622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434477620
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,436,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid sequel to one of my favorite books Dec 20 2008
By Jeremy Reaban - Published on
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I have been a fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans' Ethshar novels pretty much since the series started. Sadly, the series doesn't sell well anymore, as the more personal or "non-epic" fantasy seems to be unpopular these days, in favor of Jordan-esque Wheel of Time clones and Lord of the Rings knock-offs. So Mr. Watt-Evans has focused on producing those, occasionally still producing an Ethshar book when subsidized by fans. This is one of those books. It's finally appearing in print form after a few years, albeit from a very small press.

It's almost, but not quite, a sequel to The Unwilling Warlord, by far my favorite in the Ethshar series. But where that novel focused on Sterren, street gambler suddenly forced into becoming the Warlord of a kingdom, this focuses on an ambassador sent by Sterren to his old home of Ethshar. Or rather, the young man he hires to be his guide in the city, a simple dock worker.

Which is exactly what makes the Ethshar series so good. Most the books focus on personal adventure, ordinary people caught up doing things that they never thought they'd be doing. More like "The Hobbit" than "The Lord of the Rings". Other than perhaps the Discworld series and Glen Cook's Garrett series, very little fantasy fiction like this is popular anymore.

The Ethshar series other strong point, an extremely well developed world, could hurt readers who read this book first. If you aren't familiar with the events of the Unwilling Warlord, or even how magic works in the world of it, you could be lost. So while not a direct sequel, it is probably best read after The Unwilling Warlord (pretty much the first in the series that is like that, all the others are basically stand alone, other than cameos from other novels)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sequel Dec 5 2008
By Allen W. Mcdonnell - Published on
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A very good yarn, a direct sequel to The Unwilling Warlord it picks up the story a few months after the end of the prior book and is contemporary with Ishthalians Restoration. Highly recomend to all Ethshar fans that they read Night Of Madness and The Unwilling Warlord before reading this one, it will stand alone but many more subtle details come out if you know the entire back story before you read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Fast-Paced Sept. 12 2009
By G. Schultz - Published on
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This is a rousing read. Watt-Evans is a long-time favorite of mine, and I enjoyed his wry wit and the book's somewhat unwilling hero. I'd be inclined to call this a wizardly "who dunnit". The scenes progress with small brushstrokes rather than slapdash excitement, but the characterization is excellent and the pace is lively.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LWE is on a roll! June 29 2009
By Richard Staats - Published on
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I have been a huge fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans (LWE) since his Lords of Dus series came out in the mid-1980s. I read the entire four book sequence to my kids a chapter a night, and they loved the series too.

This book follows up on an earlier tale of a warlock, Vond, that goes out conquering native countries.

Like most of LWE's books, the story is tightly written, the characters are engaging, and best of all, there is no explicit sex or gorey violence in the book.

The Vondish Ambassador is a wonderful escapist romp in a world that we would all love to visit.

Nicely done sir!

In service,

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ethshar book Dec 22 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on
Emmis of Shiphaven has earned an honest, if not exciting, living as a dock worker in Ethshar of the Spices. But, when a man shows up from the far-away Empire of Vond, and hires Emmis to be his aide, he little realizes what he is letting himself in for. Nobody is quite sure what the ambassador is up to, least of all Emmis, but when three spies show up with plans to murder him, Emmis finds his world spinning out of control. It seems that the ambassador's mission involves deep matters about magic and the very nature of the world, and a few asked questions are enough to throw the whole world into turmoil!

This is the tenth Ethshar novel that Lawrence Watt-Evans has published, and I must say that I like it as much as I do the other nine. At first, the story seems pedestrian enough - a young man helping a foreigner in a big city. But, before you know it the story starts picking up speed, with assassins and guards and magic and monsters and the very nature of reality. Yeah, I liked the information this book gave on magic in Ethshar, and I really liked the story.

If you like the works of Lawrence Watt-Evans, then you will like this story as well; it's another great Ethshar book. I highly recommend it!

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