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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333063
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A wonderful return to form... Full of plots, counterplots, unlikely disguises, sword fights, and mistaken identities. Fans will love the full cast of favorite characters and the resolution of longstanding plots and mysteries, and like most of Brust's books, this witty, wry tale stands well alone and is very accessible to new readers.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Steven Brust may well be America's best fantasy writer.” ―Tad Williams

“No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos.” ―VOYA

“Brust is incapable of writing a dull book.” ―Booklist

About the Author

STEVEN BRUST is the author of Dragon, Issola, the New York Times-bestselling Dzur, and many other novels of swashbuckling high fantasy. A native of Minneapolis, he lives near Austin, Texas.

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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 5 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the 13th novel directly in the Vlad Taltos series and when you include the Khaavren Romances and the short stories set in Dragaera there are over 20 works to date. I have been reading them since Jhereg came out in 1983 and still find them amazing stories to read. In fact Jhereg is the first book that I can recall purchasing for myself, and attribute it and Brust's writings for much of my love and enjoyment of reading. If you are not familiar with Vlad Taltos and his familiar Loiosh you are missing out on some great fun, a little bit of magic, weapons, weapons and more weapons, and an assassin with a wicked sense of humor and often a big heart. This book is written in three sections that spread across the most of the other novels and links it to characters from The Khaavren Romances. Every now and then a Vlad novel comes out that is so good, I end up going back and rereading the whole series, either in the order they were published or the Chronological order. This is one such book.

The stories in this volume focuses around a an ornate silver Tissa, "It is described as a tiny sculpture of a tiassa, all of silver, with sapphires for eyes." And also "-about the size of my palm, all of silver, except for the eyes, which appeared to be very tiny sapphires. The wings were thin, and filled with a multitude of tiny holes so the light shone through, and there were whiskers around the mouth." Yes it is a beautiful piece of artwork, it was crafted by the goddess Mafenyi and stolen by Devera, and from time to time Devera passes it on to someone who needs it for a specific purpose. It features in this story and in its history Vlad appears to be the only person who has possessed it twice.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Format: Hardcover
In case you care, I am usually pretty good at following complex, tangled-up narratives. But Steven Brust's latest Vlad Taltos fantasy, "Tiassa" had me scrambling back to the book's beginning multiple times. It has some deeply fascinating moments, solid action and some deliciously warped humor, but the narrative often feels like we're lost in a maze.

Several years in the past, Vlad became involved in a peculiar plot that involved spell-marked coins, a mysterious highwayman known as the Blue Fox, and a silver tiassa with sapphire eyes. And in the present, a reported threat of a Jenoine invasion causes the Empire to desperately seek the tiassa, believing that the gods-forged "device" can save them.

At first it seems to be in Vlad's possession -- and he's on the lam from the Jhereg, and nearly unfindable. But Cawti soon discovers that the entire threat is a devious plan of the Jhereg to kill her estranged husband. And soon Khaavren is hot on Vlad's trail...

The biggest problem with "Tiassa" is simple: it's all over the place. The narrative flips from first to third-person, the settings jump around, and even the time period shifts unexpectedly. So it's pretty easy to get completely lost just by something as simple as "When are we? Who is in the room? What's going on?"

Brust's style even changes from one part to another -- at first we're treated to Vlad Taltos' snarky lean style, but later there are chunks of narrative that are more old-timey and serious. And there are some that have little to do with the overall story at all. It's not BAD, but it's often confusing -- it's like a string of intertwined short stories got squished together into a single story.
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Format: Paperback
I've been waiting for this moment ever since Mr Brust wrote "The Phoenix Guard" -- to see Vlad through Paarfi's eyes, and to have Paarfi's hero, Khaavren, show up in a starring role in one of Vlad's narratives.

Every Vlad novel is structurally clever in some fashion -- Tiassa goes further than most as this novel consists of three separate stories, tied together by a silver trinket that on first reading seems almost immaterial. But as ever, Mr Brust packs his book with subtle allusions and just enough details to allow a careful reader to piece together what's going on.

Tiassa spends some time with characters from the sidelines: Norathar and Daro get starring roles, and the story with them and Cawti is clever and shows all three for the tough ladies they are. And it appears perhaps that Pel and Vlad are on a collision course...

Looking forward to future Vlad novels!
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I've been a fan of Steven Burst since high school. His characters have been a refreshing change to the usual fair of the genre.
I would recommend this book for your Vlad Taltos collection.
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corners/covers of books were a bit torn
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