Author Topic: Steven Brust - Vlad Taltos (1983 - ?)  (Read 2731 times)

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Steven Brust - Vlad Taltos (1983 - ?)
« on: April 04, 2008, 03:53:41 PM »
Any fans here? Steven Brust is probably my favorite fantasy author. His books are dark and gritty. His protagonist is a vicious, yet sympathetic assassin and crime boss, sticking knives in eyes. Taking contracts on powerful sorcerers and political figures. The world he inhabits is fascinating, highly prejudiced against humans, and engaged in frighteningly realistic social turmoil.

... No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will really cramp his style. ...

The Vladimir Taltos series is set on another world (possibly another planet), in an Empire mostly inhabited and ruled by the Dragaerans, who are humanoid but have such differences as greatly extended lifespans and heights averaging about 7 feet. Referred to as "elfs" by some humans, they refer to themselves as "human". The Dragaeran Empire controls the majority of the landmass on the planet, and does not greatly concern itself with the rest. Vlad Taltos is one of the human minority, which exists as a lower class in the Empire (known by Dragaerans as "Easterners"). Vlad also practices the human art of witchcraft; "táltos" is Hungarian for a kind of supernatural person in folklore. Though human, he is a citizen of the Empire because his social-climbing father bought a title in one of the less reputable of the 17 Dragaeran Great Houses. The only Great House that sells memberships this way is, not coincidentally, also the one that maintains a criminal organization. Vlad proves surprisingly successful in this House. Despite being a human and a criminal, he has a number of high-ranking Dragaeran friends, and often gets caught up in important events.
If anyone is interested in getting into this series, start with The Book of Jhereg, a collection of the first 3 books in the series.

Further, as the writing of the Taltos novels has spanned over two decades, they have been influenced by events in Steven Brust's own life. A fascination with the Mafia — subsequently brought into a somewhat shocking perspective by the murder of a friend — profoundly influenced his storylines, as did the breakup of his marriage.
...Brust has a decided knack for slipping absorbing mysteries into the minor details of his stories; mysteries that tend to fascinate his readers, once they notice them, and often form the kernel around which later books coalesce, even though their resolution still springs upon the reader unexpectedly when it finally comes.
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