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Friday, March 09, 2007

Sethra Lavode

***** Sethra Lavode by Steven Brust. Fantasy.

This is the 3rd book in the Viscount of Adrilankha trilogy, following The Paths of the Dead (#4) and The Lord of Castle Black. It's a trilogy the way the Lord of the Rings is a trilogy--it's one story, broken up into 3 volumes, and you really have to read them all to get the full effect.

So in Sethra Lavode, we get the conclusion of the war between Zerika's followers and the Pretender, and the resolution of the problems between Khaavren and his son Piro, who'd run off and become a highwayman, and basically tells us how Morrolan and Sethra Lavode and Sethra the Younger get to the point they're at when we first meet them in the Vlad Taltos series.

I've already rhapsodized about the writing style in this series (click on the links above), so I won't do that here. The point being that you have to love this style to enjoy the books, otherwise you'd hate it--as one Amazon reviewer did.

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