January 06, 2004

Issola, by Steven Brust

This, finally, is the ninth and latest volume in the story of Vlad Taltos, and it's a doozy. During the previous books we've occasionally heard about a mysterious race called the Jenoine who seem to have had something to do with the creation of the Dragaeran Empire. Apparently they are really bad news--in fact, Morrolan and Aliera have gone missing, and Sethra Lavode believes they've been captured by the Jenoine. Vlad, she thinks, might be able to find them.

I don't want to say too much about this one, as I don't want to spoil it; suffice it to say that the Issola of the title is Lady Teldra, Morrolan's hostess, and that we finally find out what she's really like.

Theoretically there should be nine more of these books, one for each of the remaining houses of the Dragaeran Empire. I'm looking forward to them, because I have absolutely no idea where Vlad goes from here.

Posted by Will Duquette at January 6, 2004 07:15 PM

Deb said:

I checked. The next book in the series is called "Sethra Lavrode" and comes out in May. You havent seen any reviews from me because I've been totally entranced by this series and, rats, you JUST reviewed them. But I cant wait to see what happens next!