|Submitted by Christopher Ware|
(May 15, 2001)
(Vlad the Assassin, Book 4)This is the fourth book in the series (after JHEREG, YENDI, and TECKLA). So far, I've found this series to be thoroughly enjoyable, but nothing to really rave about. They stand out because of their uniqueness. Yes, it's different, but it's pretty straightforward. I'm not saying that the books aren't good, they most definitely are, but they're not up to the caliber of Martin or Jordan or Goodkind. This book is more of the same. This time, we get to look in on probably the earliest of Vlad's adventures. The first three books had references to him walking the Paths of the Dead. Well, this book chronicles that adventure. As usual, Mr. Brust fills the book with excellent dialog. Also as usual, Vlad's wisecracking gets him in trouble. We see Vlad meeting, for the first time, Morrolan, Sethra Lavode, and Aliera. We get to meet them before Vlad was friends with them. Pretty interesting. If you're a Brust fan, you'll like this book. If you're a fantasy fan, this is a very different book: different in pace, in characters, and in storytelling. If you want to get into it, though, I'd suggest starting with the first book in the series as it provides a significant amount of background that's pretty important.