Dzur (Vlad Taltos Book 10) Kindle Edition
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"No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos." --VOYA
"As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the colloquial voice of one of Zelazny's Amber heroes." --Publishers Weekly on Dragon
"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure." --Roger Zelazny
"Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer!" --Tad Williams--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The newest adventure of Vlad Taltos
from the bestselling author of Dragon and Issola
"No mere plot summary can describe accurately the fun and adventure that naturally seem to follow Vlad Taltos."
"As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the colloquial voice of one of Zelazny's Amber heroes."
--Publishers Weekly on Dragon
"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure."
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- Print length : 288 pages
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- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (18 January 2010)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B000UZJRUY
- Language: : English
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But I felt the bill of fare was just a little too lean. In previous volumes, Brust has managed to balance action and process to a good effect. Here, I often felt left out of the loop. Several times, Vlad made connections that were never explained to my satisfaction, or said something like "the pieces fell into place," without ever saying what the pieces were or how they fit. This bothered me. Since I've never before had trouble following Vlad's reasoning, I mostly ended up feeling that information was withheld to no good purpose, except maybe to move the story along to the more active bits. But since I didn't have the information, the active bits didn't have the impact they could have.
I had a hard time understanding why Vlad got involved in the situation in the first place. This was mainly because his feelings for Cawti at this point in his history were mainly left unexplored. Several times Vlad himself, as narrator, mentioned something from his past and then declined to go into detail. This annoyed me. Even though I've read all the books in this series and understood what he was referring to, I felt hearing some of Vlad's own perspective would not have come amiss.
A couple plot devices seemed misplaced. The subplot about the Demon Goddess served mainly to distract from the main doings of the book. I got the sense of, "this is going to be relevant later and it has to go somewhere..." I wish it had had more bearing on the matter at hand. Also, as much as I enjoy seeing Kiera the Thief, her appearance in this volume seemed largely gratuitous.
Each chapter is preceded, as others have mentioned, with portions of a description of Vlad's long-awaited meal at Valabar's. Brust has used this interweaving technique to great efect before, notably in _Taltos_. Here, it seemed out of place. There was no clear connection between the meal and the rest of the story. Also, the descriptions of the food were so loving and lavish that it made the action seem rather uninteresting in comparison.
Until Chapter 15, I was a little bored by this book. After that, things started happening and got more interesting.
In the end, I was glad to read another Vlad novel, but I felt strongly that this was a book not really meant to stand alone, but best taken in context as a a transitional point of the series. As such, a reader new to the series should not start here.
It's not a bad book, per se. It's almost impossible for a Vlad book to be really bad. But it's easily the weakest in the series. I won't describe who Vlad is or what has brought him to this point in life, because the book will be incomprehensible anyway unless you have read most of the other books in the series. [Start with Jhereg or Taltos or perhaps even Dragon.] Dzur is, at best, simply a "where are they now" story about what has happened to the characters in Vlad's past during the time he has been wandering in exile.
The abrupt plot non-resolution was a big letdown. Of course, plot isn't really what most of these books are all about. However, on the character and universe development side, things aren't any better. There is a tiny bit of information about what it means to be a Dzur, but I thought that was actually covered in much better detail by the related Phoenix Guard books. And even though we get to see a fair bit of Sethra, there was nothing much to really add to our understanding of her.
It was time for us to see a post-gangster, post-exile Vlad. Instead, we got something of a regression. In fact, if there was any one of the old characters who really should have been involved in this book, it was actually the one who was explicitly not included ... Vlad's grandfather.
Since he mentions perhaps stopping off there on his way out of town, I'm hoping the next time Brust writes about Vlad the results will be a little more interesting.
A warning, though. Several of the Taltos series of books can be read out of sequence without too much concern. Dzur, however, speaks back to previous events more directly and frequently than most. I've read all the early books, but clearly not at least one of the later ones. I won't say I was lost, but the reading experience would definitely have been helped knowing the full back story.
In terms of the plot of this book, it was decent. All the classic Vlad banter and whatnot that endears one to the character is present. The storyline was interesting, but do I do feel a little wanting having reached the end. None of the Taltos books is long, but they are generally meaty, if you take my meaning. This one wasn't so much.
Overall, I did enjoy the read, but wouldn't rate this as one of the better books in the series.
His wife left him for, well, let's just say, he didn't listen very well, but at the same time, in order to save her that time, well, he got the price put on his head. So the results of this book, he saves her again, and gets a lot more people pissed off at him which will no doubt increase the price on his head but he has along the way in the past picked up some toys, one of which he can use to threaten gods into helping him, so finding or killing him will not be easy.
I just cannot wait for the next book in the series.