e-Book Jhereg download

e-Book Jhereg download

by Steven Brust

ISBN: 0441385540
ISBN13: 978-0441385546
Language: English
Publisher: Ace (March 15, 1987)
Category: Humor and Satire
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.9
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Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent

Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent. He is best known for his series of novels about the assassin Vlad Taltos, one of a disdained minority group of humans living on a world called Dragaera. His recent novels also include The Incrementalists (2013) and its sequel The Skill of Our Hands (2017), with co-author Skyler White.

Home Steven Brust The Book of Jhereg. An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.

Book 11 of the Adventures of Vlad Taltos. Let the winds of jungle’s night. Stay the hunter in her flight. Evening’s breath to witch’s mind; Let our fates be intertwined. Jhereg! Do not pass me by. Show me where thine egg doth lie. Contents. Phoenix sinks into decay.

This book starts Steven Brust's Jhereg fantasy series ( of which I have 9, plus several off-shoots that follow different characters). These stories recount the life of Vlad Taltos, a human living in a world dominated by sorcery using elves. The world depicted is very different from typical fantasies, and Vlad has to deal with discrimination because of both being human and being a member of the Jhereg (an elvish type of mafia).

The novel itself starts out with Brust focusing on Vlad’s childhood, especially the story of how he acquires a live Jhereg egg, which later hatches out into his familiar Loiosh.

The Book of Jhereg and The Book of Taltos collected the first five novels of Steven Brust's highly imaginative .

The Book of Jhereg and The Book of Taltos collected the first five novels of Steven Brust's highly imaginative fantasy series that Locus praised as "entertaining and worth reading. The Book of Athyra features books six and seven in the series-Athyra and Orca. In Athyra, Vlad finds he's ready to retire himself and his jhereg companions, but the biggest hitters of the House of the Jhereg have something else in mind.

Read Jhereg, by Steven Brust online on Bookmate – Vlad Taltos ist ein Hexer, freiberuflicher Attentäter, lebt als Ostländer (also Mensch) unter Dragaeranern und nennt einen reptilischen Vertrauten m.

Read Jhereg, by Steven Brust online on Bookmate – Vlad Taltos ist ein Hexer, freiberuflicher Attentäter, lebt als Ostländer (also Mensch) unter Dragaeranern und nennt einen reptilischen Vertrauten . 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 würde. he first to be published, this is actually the fourth novel in the timeline of the VLAD TALTOS series.

Jhereg (Brust Steven). Book 1. 1. of the Adventures of Vlad Taltos.

Jhereg is the first book in the "Vladimir Taltos" series, and introduces the character and his world. It is a highly entertaining comic fantasy. That's Loiosh on the front cover of this book hatching from his egg, he's a small intelligent flying reptile something like a miniature dragon, and he also appears on the cover of the great majority of the other books of the series.

First, before I offend some Steven Brust fans, I did find this novel reasonably entertaining. But geez, I wanted to like it a whole lot more than I did. I loved the concept - a series of books about Vlad Taltos, an assassin on the world of Dragaera. Vlad is an "easterner", or human, who is a member of one of the Dragaeran "Houses" - the Jhereg. Each of the succeeding books is titled with one of the other "Houses" and presumably is a more in depth look at that "House".
Sounds great (and it wasn't bad as I said), but I find Brust's style lacking in some of the elements I enjoy most. So far I've read two Brust novels (this one and To Reign in Hell) and I find that he puts all his energies into two things - an elaborate plot resolution and, most importantly, snappy dialogue repartee; LOTS of snappy repartee. I found myself begging for a description of almost anything - his wife, his assistant, his office, his apartment, Castle Black - anything. Most of his descriptions are reserved for his knives and daggers. He also creates some very intriguing characters, but leaves them largely with little descriptive meat on their bones. So, while I'll probably read more novels in this series, I'm in no rush to do so.

Great book absolutely love it. This author is excellent read it if you can.

Vlad Taltos is a human assassin working for the House of Jhereg. Near the start of the book, he receives a very difficult and unusual contract for a former member of the Jhereg Council who ran off with nine million of the House’s funds. What follows is a twisty puzzle set in a strange and sometimes confusing world.

Overall, I enjoyed Jhereg, but I had real trouble getting into it. For one thing, I wasn’t expecting the sort of story I got. The cover and blurb make it out to be what I think of as “boy finds dragon book.” In fact, the dragon (well, dragon like creature), Loiosh, plays a relatively small role in the story, and I didn’t care for his voice. Chirpy side-kicks who refer to the main character as “boss” tend to get on my nerves.

However, my main problem was adjusting to the world itself. The book drops the reader into a completely different setting with little to no information. Early on, I figured out that there were two species: humans (referred to as Easterners) and Dragaerans, but I knew little else until after the first half of the book.

The biggest difficulty I had was picturing the Dragaerans and understanding the house system. From the beginning, the only physical description of the Dragaerans is “tall,” which doesn’t tell me how much they differ from humans. It doesn’t give a complete reference to how they compare to humans til after page hundred. They’re basically elves – tall, no facial hair, pointed ears, long lived, otherwise look like humans.

Pretty much all the other animals are fictional species as well, and descriptions of them are usually not given. In addition, characters are described in connection to the fictional animals. E.g. “She moved as gracefully as a dzur” or “her eyes were as soft as an iorich’s wing.” Labeled illustrations of all the animal life and characters or a guide at the beginning would have helped a lot. About midway through, I posted some questions about the animals on my reading journal in the Green Dragon on LibraryThing and was directed towards this immensely helpful guide which outlines what each animal is and what is associated with them. If you plan on reading Jhereg, I highly recommend taking a look at the guide.

Then there was the house system itself. By page hundred, I had an inkling that houses were connected to professions, but I still didn’t really understand the system. Again, I probably wouldn’t have figured it out if it hadn’t been explained to be by someone familiar with the series (of which this is the first book…).

As it turns out, all Dragaerans are titled nobility who belong to one of the twelve houses, which are all named after the animals found in the guide above. Different houses have different associations. The Jhereg are criminals who run gambling rings and brothels. The Dragons are soldiers and place a huge emphasis on honor. The Teckla are peasants and lowly regarded by the majority of characters. A cycle exists whereby each house has control of the empire for a certain period of time before conceding it to another, and the house in charge controls the source of the Dragaeran’s magic.

It’s obvious that Steven Brust took a lot of thought and care into building this world. From the fauna to the history, the details are astounding, but they can also be confusing and are not well explained. However, I’d guess that all sequential books will be easier reading since I’ve already adjusted to the world.

I didn’t feel any great connections to the characters, but they were passable. Going in, I was worried about the depictions of female characters – fantasy books of the early 80’s don’t have so great of a track record – but I had no reason to be worried. The gender divide of the book is roughly equal, and female characters play as important a role in the plot as male characters. When I read the author bio at the end, I realized that he’d named one of them after his daughter Aliera, which I find sweet.

I would only recommend this book to veterans of fantasy literature. The confusion of the first hundred pages was frustrating enough for me, and I’m familiar with strange fantasy names and settings. But if you can make it through the confusing beginning, the story proves worth it.

Sometimes a novel comes out and you rush to buy it and devour it right away. Other times, you hear about how great one is and don't get around to it for a while. Jhereg is one where I heard for literal decades that I needed to read it, that it was exactly the kind of novel I like and I kept putting it off, putting it off. Cue to Gencon this year, where I'm sitting in writing workshop listening to Scott Lynch (another person who I kept putting off reading for who knows why), and he mentions Brust at least three times in an hour long session. So I was already regretting not reading Lynch, so I figure I should really get started on Brust. Bought a copy, put him in the mega stack of reads I had written down after the con and started reading him a few days back.

Now when you find an author who you connect with, you really hate to not single read the book. But life sometimes gets in the way, and I had family visiting the next day, so I had to stop about halfway through. Day after family left, I had to spend most of day doing webwork. Finally finished that at midnight and should have gone to sleep. But Jhereg was calling to me, all of the threads left unpulled wanting to be pulled. So I spent the next couple hours finishing it up, and it was worth it. I'm not going to go into too much detail, because even though I know it's been out longer than most of you reading this have been alive, I think it's the kind of book where too much discussion will ruin the enjoyment of reading it the first time. So I'm going to discuss it as circumspect as I can.

I really like Brust's writing style. The main character's personality comes across well, and you know he is not a person to kiss rings or otherwise toe the line on social graces and mores. He had led a rough life, and is now in a position where he chooses how he will act. That said, you never feel he is completely safe. He is competent, powerful, and connected, but he also knows he is not the shark in the water, he is a good size fish who knows how to navigate the waters. Brust keeps the novel going at a steady pace, provides enough description to make me want more information on parts of the world, and in my opinion does a great job in not letting world specific words throw bumps into the flow. The setting has a lot of unusual words, but by their use you gain insight into the world setting, without feeling like you clicked on a wikipedia link before going back into the narrative. Additionally, Brust knows he is writing a fantasy adventure, so his tone keeps to that. It almost reminded me of some of the Asprin Myth adventures, but a little rougher and darker. The banter between the main character and his employees was lighthearted, but not forced, with an undercurrent of grim purpose as befits their professions.

Based on what I read, I'm definitely going to read more of the series, and my procrastination has gifted me in having an author I enjoy with a large number of volumes to consume. If you like protagonists who walk that razor edged line between the shadows and society, then I can't recommend it highly enough. And don't be like me and take 3+ decades to get around to reading it.

ISBN: 0765301474
ISBN13: 978-0765301475
language: English
Subcategory: Fantasy