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Iorich (Vlad Taltos) by Steven Brust
Review by Andrea Johnson
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312082
Date: 05 January 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

After many years in exile, Vlad Taltos has finally returned home to the city of Adrilankha in the Draegeran Empire. There is still a mighty big price on his head from the last time he was in town, he's not sure if his ex-wife Cawti will welcome him home or turn him in for the bounty to help fund her group of political rebels, he's a stranger to his son, and his best friend Aliera has been imprisoned for something she didn't do. Sounds like a wonderful home coming.

From official release/information:

From back of book: House Jhereg, Dragaera's orgainized-crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There's a big price on his head in Dragaera City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera--longtime friend, sometimes ally--has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime.

I doesn't make sense. Everybody knows Aliera's been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren't her powerful friends--Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika--coming to her rescue? And more to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defense?

It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He's a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. he's an Easterner--small, weak, short-lived. He's being sought by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that's exactly why he's going to get completely involved...

(Source: Tor Books)

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