By Steven Brust
In which Vlad Taltos confronts the Left Hand of the Jhereg…and discovers the sport has extra avid gamers than he thought
Vlad Taltos, short-statured, short-lived human in an Empire of tall, long-lived Dragaerans, has regularly needed to preserve his wits approximately him. in the past, he made a spot for himself as a captain of the Jhereg, the noble residence that runs the rackets within the nice imperial urban of Adrilankha. yet love, revolution, betrayal, and revenge ensued, and for years now Vlad has been a guy at the run, suffering to stick a step prior to the Jhereg who could kill him with no hesitation.
Now Vlad's again in Adrilankha. The rackets he used to run are actually lower than the keep an eye on of the mysterious "Left Hand of the Jhereg"--a secretive cabal of ladies who report back to no guy. His ex-wife wishes his aid. His outdated enemies aren't convinced whether or not they are looking to kill him, or check with him after which kill him. A goddess will be taking part in methods along with his reminiscence. And the nice Weapon he's wearing turns out to have plans of its own…
Picking up at once the place Issola left off, Dzur provides us Vlad Taltos at his best--swashbuckling storytelling with a wry and gritty side.
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Her supple limbs were stiff from her long ride, and her firm flesh still seemed to feel the contact of the muscular arms that had borne her so far. She was lying on a sheepskin covering a pallet of leaves on a hard-beaten dirt floor. A folded sheepskin coat was under her head, and she was wrapped in a ragged cloak. She was in a large room, the walls of which were crudely but strongly built of uncut rocks, plastered with sun-baked mud. Heavy beams supported a roof of the same kind, in which showed a trap-door up to which led a ladder.
The reins lay loose on the stallion’s flowing mane, and every thew and fiber of the great beast strained as he hurtled along the boulder-strewn trail. But Conan sat easily, almost carelessly, in the saddle, riding like a centaur. ” she panted, quivering with the impact of shame, anger and the realization of helplessness. “You dare – you dare! Your life shall pay for this! ” “To the villages of Afghulistan,” he answered, casting a glance over his shoulder. Behind them, beyond the slopes they had traversed, torches were tossing on the walls of the fortress and he glimpsed a flare of light that meant the great gate had been opened.
I thought of that afternoon and the thrill came rushing over me. The power of images. The book, of course, was Conan the Adventurer by Robert E. Howard and the cover was painted by Frank Frazetta. It was my introduction to Howard’s fictional barbarian. That was a long time ago and many talented artists have portrayed Conan’s adventures. I was content to stand aside and enjoy their work but the opportunity presented itself after I had illustrated two of the other great Robert E. Howard heroes – Solomon Kane and Bran Mak Morn.