Synopses & Reviews
In which our Heroes--Khaavren, Pel, Aerich and Tazendra--are reunited again a mere five centuries later...just in time for an uprising that threatens to destroy the Imperial Orb itself!
This is the story of the conspiracy against the Empire that begins in the mean streets of Underside and flourishes in the courtly politics of the Palace where Khaavren has loyally served in the Guards this past half-millennium.
It is the tale of the Dragonlord Adron's overweening schemes, of his brilliant daughter Aliers, and the eldritch Sethra Lavode.
And it is the tale of four boon companions, of love, and of revenge...a tale from the history of Dragaera, of the events that changed the world!
"A rollicking good read....A first-rank addition to Brust's works!"--Publishers Weekly
"Steven Brust might just be America's best fantasy writer!"--Tad Williams, New York Times bestselling author if To Green Angel Tower
"Brust is an indubitable master of swashbuckling high fantasy...Highly recommended, even for those who have not been following the saga of the Dragaeran Empire."--Booklist
This sequel to The Phoenix Guards sees the reuniting of Heroes Khaavren, Pel, Aerich and Tazendra 500 years later. . . just in time for an uprising that threatens to destroy the Imperial Orb itself. "A complex plot to which Brust does full justice . . . Highly recommended".--Booklist.
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.