May 15, 2004

The Viscount of Adrilahnka

I finished Brust's new trilogy, "The Viscount of Adrilahnka" yesterday, and it definitely lived up to my high expectations. What a fun read. I don't think it would be nearly as good without the familiarity I already have with the characters from the Vlad Taltos books, which adds immensely to the experience (take, for example, Morrolan's first meeting with Sethra Lavode, in which he comes to demand tribute, which is much funnier if you know the characters from the much-later-in-the-timeline Vlad Taltos series).

I wish I had reread the two earlier Khaavren books again, though, before I started this. There were a lot of allusions to that earlier work that I didn't quite get, having only read the "Khaavren Romances" once a few years ago. Someday soon, I will go back and re-read everything, starting with the Taltos books and then going back to the first Khaavren book and so on. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he has coming out next. I think I'm about ready for him to move further in the Taltos series.

Brust is one of the very few authors out there whom I will not hesitate to buy in hardback when his books first come out. This series certainly didn't change my rating of him at all. I should also mention that there is a great fan site to accompany Brust's novels set in the world of Dragaera. It is called "Cracks and Shards". Brust refers to it in the introduction to "Viscount". I once did a similar "encyclopedia" of Dragaera back when all I had to go on were five Vlad Taltos books (it was for an assignment in my awesome Parageography class at UT-Austin), so I really appreciate how much work went into this.

Posted by Observer at May 15, 2004 09:11 AM
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I loved Jhereg, and used to like Brust, but he wore out his welcome for me a long time back. I may re-read the Vlad Taltos series and give him another chance, since it's been 15 years.

Posted by: Humbaba on May 15, 2004 08:13 PM