Saturday, July 07, 2007

Brokedown Palace

Brokedown Palace

Steven Brust

Date: January, 1989   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy

The world of this book is somewhat tangential to the Dragearan Empire of the Vlad Taltos books. If one were to read the back of the book summary, one might get a misleading impression about the book's contents. This book is about change, and it is told in that half-mad Hungarian fairytale style where some things are symbolic and never quite explained, where taltos horses (sorceror horses) appear out of the air to be cryptic and where younger princes go on mysterious quests and such.

This book is more impersonal than his later books, and definitely more dependent upon archetypes. It also give the impression that we should be getting more of it than we do, seeing as it is linked to other books through half-hints and that little girl who hasn't been born yet. I am one of those people who finds it maddening to have such hints given when other books in the series may be out of print.

Because I want to know everything, naturally enough.

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