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The Paths of the Dead: Viscount of Adrilankha, Book 1 (Viscount of Adrilankha #01)by Steven Brust
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“Steven Brust Might Just Be Americas Best Fantasy Writer!” —Tad Williams
Praise for Steven Brust
“Splendid!” —Kirkus Reviews on Dragon
“As always, Brust invests Vlad with the panache of a Dumas musketeer and the collo-quial voice of one of Zelaznys Amber heroes. This is a rousing adventure with enough humor, action, and sneaky plot twists to please newcomers as well as longtime series fans.”—Publishers Weekly on Issola
“Brust is an indubitable master of swashbuckling high fantasy, and this book is an un-doubted treat.” —Booklist on Five Hundred Years After
“Filled with high adventure, intrigues, a great deal of good humor and moments of genuine hilarity, this is easily Brusts most mature and entertaining work to date. Its rare for a book over hundred pages to seem as short as this one. Its even rarer to find one that seems likely to satisfy such a broad range of reader expectations, humor, adventure, in-trigue, and wit all in the same package.”—Science Fiction Chronicle on Five Hundred Years After
“Powerful and impressive.” —Locus on Five Hundred Years After
“Brust isnt afraid to break the boundaries of contemporary commercial fantasy.” —Newsday
"Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer!" Tad Williams
"[E]xuberant, if somewhat sprawling....Brust is incapable of writing a dull book, and most fantasy collections should add this un-dull volume." Booklist
"Brust, with his arch humor and quasi-archaic narrative style, pays homage to Dumas, Zola, and other masters of swashbuckling adventure. A good choice for most fantasy collections." Library Journal
"Charmingly circumstantial or annoyingly discursive — frequently both at once — but ingenious, refreshingly unfettered by convention, and cast in an agreeably wry mode." Kirkus Reviews
"Brust strives hard to recreate Dumas's charm....The author might have done better to ascribe comic verbal ticks to only a few characters. Also, since much of the character interaction depends on knowledge of previous books, casual readers will be occasionally puzzled." Publishers Weekly
Now in trade paperback, the opening volume of the three-decker sequel to The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After
The Paths of the Dead is Steven Brust's long-awaited sequel to The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After.
Two hundred years after Adron's Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn't what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire's power, of their capital city with its Imperial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.
Now the descendants and successors of the great adventurers Khaavren, Pel, Aerich, and Tazendra are growing up in this seemingly diminished world, convinced, like their elders, that the age of adventures is over and nothing interesting will ever happen to them. They are, of course, wrong . . .
For even deprived of magic, Dragaerans fight, plot, and conspire as they breathe, and so do their still-powerful gods. The enemies of the Empire prowl at its edges, inscrutable doings are up at Dzur Mountain . . . and, unexpectedly, a surviving Phoenix Heir, young Zerika, is discovered—setting off a chain of swashbuckling events that will remake the world yet again.
Two hundred years ago, Adrons Disaster destroyed Dragaera City, killed the Emperor, and deprived the entire Dragaeran Empire of the ability to use sorcery.
Its been a rough Interregnum. The children of the great adventurers Khaavren, Aerich, Tazendra, and Pel are growing up in a seemingly diminished world. Like their elders, theyre convinced that the age of adventures is over, and that nothing interesting will ever happen to any of them.
They are, of course, quite wrong….
About the Author
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in a family of Hungarian labor organizers, Steven Brust worked as a musician and a computer programmer before coming to prominence as a writer in 1983 with Jhereg, the first of his novels about Vlad Taltos, a human professional assassin in a world dominated by long-lived, magically-empowered human-like "Dragaerans."
Over the next several years, several more "Taltos" novels followed, interspersed with other work, including To Reign in Hell, a fantasy re-working of Milton's war in Heaven; The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, a contemporary fantasy based on Hungarian folktales; and a science fiction novel, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille. The most recent "Taltos" novels are Dragon and Issola. In 1991, with The Phoenix Guards, Brust began another series, set a thousand years earlier than the Taltos books; its sequels are Five Hundred Years After and the three volumes of "The Viscount of Adrilankha": The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, and Sethra Lavode.
While writing, Brust has continued to work as a musician, playing drums for the legendary band Cats Laughing and recording an album of his own work, A Rose for Iconoclastes. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he pursues an ongoing interest in stochastics.
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