The likable Vlad Taltos remains one of the most interesting characters in fantasy, and the latest in Brust's series does not disappoint. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this volume, told in Brust's usual dry first-person voice, while newcomers may be a trifle confused.
Upon his arrival, Vlad is up to his neck in intrigue and small-town politics. A merchants' guild, a coven of witches and a hereditary lord are all vying for power, and Vlad's arrival knocks them for a loop. Then the unthinkable occurs. Vlad decides that it's up to him to find out what happened, no matter the cost. (Tor, Jul., 304 pp., $24.95)