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Although this book was published fourth, by internal chronology it comes before Jhereg. Taltos tells the story of Vlad and Morrolan's trip to the Paths of the Dead to recover the soul of Aliera. Vlad's first challenge is resisting the temptation to challenge Morrolan, whom he has just met and does not much like, to a duel. His second challenge is stealing a staff from an Athyra wizard. Next comes getting through the Paths of the Dead without losing his life. And his final challenge is finding some way to get both Aliera and Morrolan - who, technically, is not allowed to leave the Paths once he's arrived - home. Tough work for an assassin, but Vlad manages. This is one of the better early books in the series, and a light, fast, and enjoyable read.
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Fourth in a series, Vlad Taltos walks the Paths of the Dead to rescue the soul of a long dead princess that has been trapped in a staff for a thousand years.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells Unusual characteristics:    -   Cynical or arrogant


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   climbing with ropes Prairie?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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