The Book Of Jhereg by Steven BrustThe Book Of Jhereg by Steven Brust

The Book Of Jhereg

bySteven Brust

Paperback | July 2, 1999

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The first three fantastical adventures of assassin Vlad Taltos—now in one volume.

A welcome addition to any fantasy fan's library, The Book of Jhereg follows the antics of the wise-cracking Vlad Taltos and his dragon-like companion through their first three adventures—Jhereg, Yendi, and Teckla.

There are many ways for a young man with quick wits and a quick sword to advance in the world. Vlad Taltos chose the route of assassin. From his rookie days to his selfless feats of heroism, the dauntless Vlad will hold readers spellbound—and The Book of Jhereg will take its place among the classic compilations in fantasy.
Steven Brust is the author of Good Guys, Dragon, Issola, the New York Times bestsellers Dzur and Tiassa, and many other fantasy novels. He lives in Minneapolis.
Title:The Book Of JheregFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.9 × 6.01 × 1.01 inPublished:July 2, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0441006159

ISBN - 13:9780441006151

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inchanting The book is, very well written, and catches its reader right away. It took me aprx. 2 days to read it and I am all excited about reading the next book.
Date published: 2011-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun and humor knifes and magic all in one This is book One in the adventures of Vlad Taltos, an unlikely of heroes. The book begins with: “There is a similarity, if I may be permitted an excursion into the tenuous metaphor, between the feel of a chilly breeze and the feel of a knife’s blade, as either is laid across the back of your neck. I can call up memories of both, if I work at it. The chilly breeze is invariably going to be the more pleasant memory.” The world in this series started much like ours. But long long ago the Jenoine, powerful aliens, came to this planet. They split the population in two; the Easterners were much like us, lived to 50 or 60 years and used witchcraft. Then there were the Dragaera Empire, with people much taller and much longer-lived. Yet we find out that these people were altered by the Jenoine mixing their genetic material with those of the animals native to the planet: seventeen animals to be specific. These people broke into houses named after the animals. And each house takes a turn in ruling the empire. Vlad, our lonely easterner, is living in the Dragaera Empire. But he has become muscle for the mob, the house Jhereg. Now he is getting paid to beat up and eventually kill those who always picked on him and put him down. The book is humorous, witty and fun, reminiscent of Neil Gaiman or Roger Zelazny. Vlad zings one-liners at us that will make you laugh and smile and cheer for the underdog: “Success leads to stagnation; stagnation leads to failure.” Or “No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style.” If you want some light, fun, humorous reading, this is the series for you
Date published: 2005-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Three in One I have to admit I was a little cautious when I saw there were three books in one and that, even odder, they were written and published out of order, but if this is what is holding you back, don't let it. These are three of the most excellent fantasy books that I have ever had the fortune of stumbling across. Vlad is witty and snide, carrying you along with easy fun and interest. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good story with a good laugh as well.
Date published: 2003-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In the beginning... The first three novels of the Vlad Taltos series are contained in this one volume. What can I say? They're three of the most entertaining and well thought out books I have ever read. They are an excellent introduction to Brust's sarcastic assassin. I'd recommend this set for fans of Roger Zelazny's Amber series, as well.
Date published: 2000-07-11

From Our Editors

Readers can get three Steven Brust fantasy adventures for one great price with this dragon’s-eye-jewel of a collection. The Book of Jhereg gathers the chronicles of the smart-ass assassin, Vlad Taltos and his dragon-like companion. It includes Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla. Readers can follow him from his rookie assassin days to his feats of heroism.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Steven Brust and the Vlad Taltos Novels

“This whole series is entertaining and worth reading!”—Locus

“Steven Brust isn't afraid to stretch the boundaries of contemporary commercial fantasy.”—Newsday

“Hard to put to read!”—OtherRealms

“Engaging...written with a light touch...good stuff!”—Publishers Weekly

“Imagine James Bond in a world of magic...exciting!”—VOYA