So today I finished Yendi, the second book in Steven Brust's Book of Jhereg. Yendi was a rather interesting read, especially since, in terms of publication, Yendi is the second book. You see, it actually takes place beforeJhereg. So this is the book that shows you the first time Vlad died and was revivified. It also shows you how he met his wife, Cawti (who he is already married to in Jhereg). It also shows us why he decided to make the best spy network.
It was also a little weird to read Yendi after some of the revelations that came in Jhereg. Particularly concerning how the souls of the Dragaeran work (and Vlad's soul in particular).
But anyway, Yendi is the story of how Vlad became more of a power in his city's underworld/mafia. He has worked his way up as a sort of mafia boss, controlling a small territory. Things have been going really smoothly for the last little while. But then one of his neighbours, Laris, decides to move in.
And unfortunately for Vlad, Laris is well connected and seems to know everything about the Easterner. While Vlad knows basically nothing about Laris.
And many of Vlad's friends cannot really help him. The Dragonlords Morroland and Aliera cannot get involved directly in the affairs of the Jhereg (particularly in a Jhereg/Jhereg war). Sethra seems to have a similar issue (although I'm honestly not sure if she's a Dragonlord or a Dzur Hero, and what exactly the difference is). But when Vlad is attached by the famous assassins, the Sword of the Jhereg and the Dagger of the Jhereg, he's going to need all the help he can get!
Especially when he finds himself falling love with one of them.
But everything is not what is seems. What looks like a simple grab for more power and territory starts becoming a crazy plot that spans centuries. A plot that only a Yendi could conceive of.
Once again, I found myself loving Brust's writing. The story of Vlad Taltos is a lot of fun, and I'm super glad I've got more to go!
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.