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Vallista by Steven Brust
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Ah, Vlad, why can’t I quit you? Maybe it’s the puns. This is essentially a bottle episode, in which Vlad is stuck in a mysterious mansion trying to figure out why the halls don’t go to the right places and why he (and Devera, who brought him) can’t leave. Some larger pieces of the Dragaeran puzzle are also hinted at. I enjoyed it. ( )
1 vote rivkat | Sep 13, 2018 |
‘Here’s the thing about walking into a library: either you turn around walk out again, or you figure to spend the next ten hours there.’ ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jul 27, 2018 |
This isn't my favorite Vlad Taltos Novel, but it is one of the better ones of the last few books. Here we have Vlad trying to help Devera out of a jam, and he gets trapped in a mysterious house owned by a sinister Vallista. Its well done, but at times, a bit frustrating. We do find out quite about the war that the Gods with their creators, the Jenoine.

Its a good addition to the series. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Apr 9, 2018 |
Pay attention to the chapter headings! This is a closed room mystery where Vlad Taltos is trapped in a Winchester house with real magic implementing impossible room transitions and must find an exit for himself and Devera. ( )
  quondame | Dec 2, 2017 |
Half a star off for not managing my favorite Gothic trick (the multi-level nested narrative) but this is a terrific Vlad installment that answers a lot of questions (and raises even more, of course). Only two more books to go! What will we do?? ( )
  jen.e.moore | Nov 30, 2017 |
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Vlad Taltos is an Easterner-an underprivileged human in an Empire of tall, powerful, long-lived Dragaerans. He made a career for himself in House Jhereg, the Dragaeran clan in charge of the Empire's organized crime. But the day came when the Jhereg wanted Vlad dead, and he's been on the run ever since. He has plenty of friends among the Dragaeran highborn, including an undead wizard and a god or two. But as long as the Jhereg have a price on his head, Vlad's life is...messy. Meanwhile, for years, Vlad's path has been repeatedly crossed by Devera, a small Dragaeran girl of indeterminate powers who turns up at the oddest moments in his life. Now Devera has appeared again-to lead Vlad into a mysterious, seemingly empty manor overlooking the Great Sea. Inside this structure are corridors that double back on themselves, rooms that look out over other worlds, and-just maybe-answers to some of Vlad's long-asked questions about his world and his place in it. If only Devera can be persuaded to stop disappearing in the middle of his conversations with her.… (more)

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