Steven Brust is an American author of science fiction and fantasy. He is best known for his Vlad Taltos series of novels that focus on Vlad who is a human minority working as an assassin in a dangerous world called Dragaera that is filled with magically-empowered Dragaerans who live for a long time. In addition to his writing, he is also a musician who is a member of the band Cats Laughing.

Brust was born and raised in Minnesota by his family who work as Hungarian labor organizers. Brust was a computer programmer in addition to his work as a musician before he broke out as a writer. His first novel, The Book of Jhereg, was the debut of Vlad Taltos and broke him out as a writer.

Publication Order of Vlad Taltos Books

Jhereg(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Yendi(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Teckla(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Taltos(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Phoenix(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Athyra(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Orca(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dragon(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Issola(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dzur(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jhegaala(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Iorich(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tiassa(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hawk(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vallista(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Khaavren Romances Books

The Phoenix Guards(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Five Hundred Years After(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Paths of the Dead aka The Paths of Deceit(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lord of Castle Black(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sethra Lavode(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Baron of Magister Valley(2020) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Incrementalists Series (with Skyler White) Books

The Incrementalists(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Skill of Our Hands(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

To Reign in Hell(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brokedown Palace(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gypsy(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Agyar(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Freedom and Necessity(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Guys(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Desecrator(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fireworks in the Rain(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


If You Like Steven Brust Books, You’ll Love…

Vlad Taltos debuts in Jhereg. He is an assassin and mobster living in the magical world of Dragaera in the city of Adrilankha. This book sees him get a very difficult contract to assassinate a former member of the Jhereg Council who ran off with nine million of the House’s funds. The book is a great start to building the world of Dragaera and all of its intricacies.

Another good book by Brust is the standalone novel Good Guys. The book starts with Donovan getting shot by a cop. For jaywalking, but its more likely because he was arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots he took were lethal, but he survives because of his unique powers. Upon discovering this, he’s scooped up by The Foundation who wish to train him further. The same is true for Marci who levitated a paperweight at the age of fifteen to throw it at someone. Susan received the same training before she even knew magic was real. The group all work for the Foundation because they believe they are the good guys, but what if they aren’t?

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