Review ✓ Issola Vlad Taltos #9

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Issola Vlad Taltos #9

Okay so maybe I've been living in the woods too long where you can't even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning So who should turn up but Lady Teldra the courtly servant of my old friend the Dragonlo REREAD SEPT 2 A Treacherous Paradise even get a decent cup of klava first thing in the morning So who should turn up but Lady Teldra the courtly servant of my old friend the Dragonlo REREAD SEPT 2

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Place? And I thought I had problems beforeOh well what's a little cosmic battle with beings who control time and space? It's better than hunkering down in the woods without even so much as a drinkable cup of klava 35 stars“I The Rebellion even so much as a drinkable cup of klava 35 stars“I


10 thoughts on “Issola Vlad Taltos #9

  1. says:

    I didn't expect this book to go where it went Seriously WowIt takes place as the latest chronologically with Vlad in the wilds in exile but it just goes to show you never know where you'll wind up Do you think he's going home? hahahahaha wowAs fantasy we get to join in a war between gods but as science fiction I've just been titillated about the deep SFal past in this book than all the rest combined I mean there's tons of reveals here and none of them are enough to satisfy me I'd be perfectly content to read 400 500 pages of straight exposition on this Seriously But no we only get concise and uick reveals that only make me ask uestions and get even impressed with the world building even as we get to dive into a much much larger conflict with nothing but guts magic and the beginnings of a legendary weapon Note that the legendary is only partially complete Even the gods and the demigods and the necromancers and the demon gods and the Others don't know everything ApparentlyDo you want some answers? Oh yes there ARE a few wonderful answers here and some tragedy too which rather got to me It hit me pretty hard I might have to take a few moments to recoverHere's the best part folks We get to go back to Castle Black Excited? Yup Me too And I'm entirely back in the swing of the series I couldn't stop now even if I tried YAY


  2. says:

    REREAD SEPT 2014Not much to add to the below The scaling issue remains a major problem but it's partially made up for by getting to know Lady Teldra better Original review Aug 2006Overall 35Story 35 Re Readability 45Characters 45 One of bits of coolness about Brust’s Vlad tales is the extensive and intriguing backstory that he weaves in and out of the tales often it seems by hints than fully developed concepts The problem with that is sooner or later you have to pay the hints off and that’s what this tale is — a payoff of various bits and pieces that Brust has discussed regarding the gods the Jenoine and the origins of DragaeraAnd the problem with that? It’s all way out of scale for Vlad Taltos the erstwhile assassin who’s been most worried about his safety the Organization on his tail and his evolving personal code of morality Within the bounds of a witchcraft and sorcery and elves Brust’s best stories are witty noirThis isn’t Instead Vlad though pulled into the story to help his friends is out of his depth most of the time present as a narrator to events and conversationlist with the High and Mighty That’s entertaining enough and the chance for him to better get to know the mysterious Lady Teldra Morrollan’s majordomo is than that but ultimately it renders Vlad unusually passive and unnecessary to the action until the very and somewhat contrived feeling endA mediocre Brust book is still fun but Issola is alas still “just” a mediocre Brust book And someone who’s never read any of the series really shouldn’t start here


  3. says:

    I find that I've already marked this book as read when in fact I have not I must have been thinking of AthyraAt any rate I found this volume to be Brust at his very best I read the book in the course of two days completely clearing my schedule to ravenously consume itThe Vlad stories are among his finest simply because Vlad and his pet jhereg Loiosh are such wonderful smartasses and the pinch of sarcastic humor is exactly the seasoning a story of high magic and dark sorcery reuires This one is even mature Vlad and the other staple characters are well realized and that gives Brust the opportunity to explore relationships between themThe moment I finished this book I was trying to lay hands on the next I will be uite sad when I no longer have of these stories to look forward to


  4. says:

    This was a pleasant read and Vlad’s narration is amusing as always I enjoyed Vlad's odd partnership with Lady TeldraBut the story was just not my cup of tea It’s too abstract an incomprehensible metaphysical contest involving the Great Weapons and the gods and the Jenoine who are described as “a vastly powerful race of extradimensional creatures”There has always been a lot of magic in this series too much for my taste but usually Vlad keeps everything grounded enough for me with that business of No matter how subtle the wizard a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his styleI’m still willing to continue with the series overall I am enjoying it


  5. says:

    You learn a lot about two characters and a bit about how to make Klava


  6. says:

    After last volume's flashback to younger days we're back to the present and Teldra Morrolan e'Drien's assistantmajordomo tracks down Vlad to ask for his help Both Morrolan and Aliera are missing and she fears the implications since only a really powerful being could be able to capture them and prevent them from escapingVlad having returned young Savn to his family and traveling alone again accedes to go with Teldra to Dzur Mountain Sethra Lavode's dwelling and decide on a course of actionThings turn complicated when it turns out the mythical Jenoine are responsible for the missing Dragonlords having taken them off world and then the goddess Verra also becomes involved much to Vlad's chagrin Things get much complicated before they manage to rescue Morrolan and Aliera only to get captured themselves and have the roles reversedI liked this one a lot because it includes again the most interesting characters and we get to learn about this world's past and its cosmology which is always interesting because Brust doesn't really touch upon it much since the books are narrated from Vlad's pov and he's not really the academic sort living mostly in the moment and concerning himself with practical things for all the always gets pulled into insane crap because he's friends with a bunch of what passes in this series for demi gods and superheroes


  7. says:

    This one was nearly perfect Can't wait for the next one


  8. says:

    Great Still a lot of talking but at least we weren't jumping around in time too much Fun developments


  9. says:

    35 stars“I miss the days when I used to be nostalgic” Vlad TaltosI’ve been slightly disappointed with the last few novels in Steven Brust’s VLAD TALTOS series but with Issola book 9 Brust returns to what I liked about the earlier books While I admired Brust’s willingness to experiment with his world his characters and especially the narrative structure of his novels I think he’s best when the overall plot is moving forward and Vlad is using his assassin skills to solve mysteries and help his powerful Dragonlord friendsIn Issola we’re back to a present timeline Vlad and Cawti are separated but Vlad is starting to recover from the funk he’s been in for uite a while now He’s been run out of his organization and is hiding from them in the woods Then Lady Teldra an Issola who is servant to the Read More


  10. says:

    More VladThis is an unusual Vlad book in how well usual it is That is there's nothing weird going on structurally or plot wise; it's a fairly straightforward uest story There's an ancient evil well sort of our hero sets off on a uest to do something about it well sort of and there's a massive battle of good vs evil at the end well sort ofWe do get Vlad as his usual wisecracking reluctant hero self we get the detailed exploration of a fieldtopic in this case politeness we get a character from the title House as well as Vlad acting like a member of that House We get a great if bittersweet endingAnd Vlad finally gets some impetus to reconnect with his friends and with the world Awesome