Fantasy

The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust

The same fantasy world found in the Vlad Taltos books is shown from a very different perspective. It is set in what to Taltos would have been ancient times. More significantly is the style of writing: Brust pretends to be a pretentious, long-winded historian which evokes a sense that this is a period novel. But of course, not any period known in our world! The effect is marvelous and continuously delightful, through both novels in the series (The Phoenix Guards, Five Hundreds Years After). Three more (The Paths of the Dead, The Lord of Castle Black, and Sethra Lavode) are also nominally part of this series, although the first two stand apart for me as the more unique works.

What's particularly surprising to me is that the long-winded style of writing (mainly the dialogue) never gets tiresome. It's fun and witty while staying just shy of silly (mostly).

Rating: 5 of 5
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