December 30, 2003

Phoenix, by Steven Brust

This, the fifth book in Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series, picks up immediately after Teckla. The initial plot concerns an extremely odd bit of "work" that Vlad does for a most unusual client--Verra, the Demon-Goddess. And as such, it takes us to some interesting places we've not seen before.

But mostly, this is the book in which the tensions, the doubts, and the self-examination begun in Teckla begin to ripen. This is the book where Vlad decides what's really important to him, and just how far he's willing to go in pursuit of it. It's not an entirely satisfying book--Vlad and Cawti remain estranged--but it's got some pretty nifty moments.

Posted by Will Duquette at December 30, 2003 08:45 PM