Author: Steven Brust
Series: Vlad Taltos #14
Vlad’s slipping. He’s still in the city—he can’t tear himself away from the chance to see his wife, his son. And the Jhereg know it. Dodging the assassins is getting harder and harder, and sooner or later he’s not going to be lucky enough to make it. Which means it’s time to gamble, big time, on a scheme that has a chance to pull him out of this mess. But in order to earn Jhereg forgiveness, he’s going to have to offer something spectacular . . .
This is one of my favorite Vlad books. He’s so tired, desperate, cornered, but that doesn’t mean his scheming is any more straightforward. The action and tension ratchet up as he puts everything on the line for the merest chance he can call the entire Organization off his back. And after everything he’s been through on the run, it’s heartening to see a possible end in reach.
And the humor, as usual, is great. From Vlad’s amazingly funny explanation of cutting his own throat to him trying to figure out Daymar to his usual wry quips, there’s plenty of amusement to lighten the increasingly terrible situation he’s stuck in. At this point, Vlad’s not the only target, and he knows it.
All in all, this has me almost upset because I only have two more Vlad books before being caught up. I rate this book Highly Recommended.