Author: Steven Brust
Series: Vlad Taltos #8
Vlad Taltos is a fairly good assassin, but he has friends who want favors, and that’s how he finds himself enlisted in Morrolan’s army. Fighting a war. Which, ironically for an assassin, is not the way he wants to go about killing people. But he’s stuck in it now, so all he can do is try to survive, and hope Morrolan’s side wins.
I didn’t like this one as much as the others I’ve read. It’s set between Taltos (#4) and Yendi (#2), and spells out what actually happened during the battle Vlad offhandedly mentions in one of the other books. Compared to some of the other books in the series, I didn’t feel like much had actually happened. The war felt like it dragged on, rather, and that the book could have been shortened a bit by cutting out some of the grind. Vlad doesn’t even really figure out that much about the sword.
That said, it still had moments. Vlad’s dark humor could still make me laugh, and it was interesting to see him building a friendship of sorts with Morrolan. If any relationship with Dragaerans might be a friendship. Morrolan manages to be both supporting and infuriating. I like how subtly different the Dragaerans are from the humans.
All in all, if you’re reading the rest of the series, you might as well pick up this one too, although I don’t think it’s as strong as the ones I’ve read so far. I rate this book Recommended.