Teckla

When he'd looked at me long enough to be impressive, he said, "If you try to expand your business, a mighty organization will fall."

Well, la-dee-da. I leaned over the table and slapped him.

WARNING!

This is book three in a series (or book six, depending on whether you want to read it in published order or chronological order), and reading further on this page without having read the previous books might spoil some of your fun. Or, since Brust is fairly good at not spoiling the stories of the other books, perhaps not.

However, I am going to assume that you have read the previous books, and I might make references that could be considered spoilers, to the previously published books.


The story:

The Teckla and the Easterners are the underdogs in the Dragaeran empire. But now, it seems they have decided enough is enough. To Vlad, that means little, except that his wife, Cawti, has decided to get involved with this movement.

But revolutions are not safe, and Vlad is realising that if he wishes to keep Cawti safe, he is going to make some dangerous enemies. Possibly including his wife.


About the book:

This book takes place right after the end of Jhereg. It is, the way I see it, the most serious of the books so far; the dedication page alone makes that fairly obvious.

The point of view in this book is also interesting. In most cases, the hero would have been at the center of the uprising, leading it. Not so with Vlad. Instead, he stands on the sideline, watching the rebels from the outside.

Teckla also gives us a bit of information about the Phoenix Guards, as seen by the Teckla and the Easterners. The picture being painted of them here is quite different from, say the one you get if you read The Phoenix Guards. Which makes sense, considering the point of view.

The solution to Vlad's problem is also an interesting one. Not necessarily a good permanent solution, but definitely interesting.

This is also the first time I have noticed where the word "elf" comes up. Vlad's grandfather calls the Dragaerans "elves", and uses the word "Faerie" about the place they live. Of course, the Dragaerans have been described as tall, slender, with pointy ears, and with a very long lifespan. Though from the descriptions in the earlier books, I would not have thought of the Dragaerans as elves. It is an amusing detail, and he manages to do it without actually changing my view on the Dragaerans.

Teckla is not, to me, the most engaging of the books. Oh, it is a good book, but something about it just feels odd about it. Maybe it is because it is trying to deal with a serious issue, with a character that might not be the best suited for such a story.

Still, it is an interesting story, and we learn quite a bit about Vlad, Cawti, and Vlad's grandfather.


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About the author Steven Brust

Book 1: Jhereg
Book 2: Yendi
Book 3: Teckla
Book 4: Taltos
Book 5: Phoenix
Book 6: Athyra
Book 7: Orca
Book 8: Dragon
Book 9: Issola
Book 10: Dzur
Book 11: Jhegaala
Book 12: Iorich
Book 13: Tiassa
Book 14: Hawk

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