The Viscount of Adrilankha

3 books in series
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The Paths of the Dead Summary

The long-awaited sequel to The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years After.

Two hundred years after Adron’s Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn’t what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire’s power, of their capital city with its Impe-rial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.

Now the descendants and successors of the great ad-venturers Khaavren, Pel, Aerich, and Tazendra are growing up in this seemingly diminished world, convinced, like their elders, that the age of adventures is over and nothing interesting will ever happen to them. They are, of course, wrong.

For even deprived of magic, Dragaerans fight, plot, and conspire as they breathe, and so do their still-powerful gods. The enemies of the Empire prowl at its edges, in-scrutable doings are up at Dzur Mountain...and, unex-pectedly, a surviving Phoenix Heir, young Zerika, is discovered—setting off a chain of swashbuckling events that will remake the world yet again.

©2002 Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Teresa Nielsen Hayden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Paths of the Dead

    • Book One of the Viscount of Adrilankha
    • By: Steven Brust
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Two hundred years after Adron’s Disaster, in which Dragaera City was accidentally reduced to an ocean of chaos by an experiment in wizardry gone wrong, the Empire isn’t what it used to be. Deprived at a single blow of their Emperor, of the Orb that is the focus of the Empire’s power, of their capital city with its Impe-rial bureaucracy, and of a great many of their late fellow citizens, the surviving Dragaerans have been limping through a long Interregnum, bereft even of the simple magic and sorcery they were accustomed to use in everyday life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audio book is the perfect medium for this series

    • By L. Holden on 01-11-15

    Regular price: £25.79

  • Book 2

    • The Lord of Castle Black

    • Book Two of the Viscount of Adrilankha
    • By: Steven Brust
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Brust has returned to the Khaavren epic, first with last year's The Paths of the Dead, and now with its direct continuation, The Lord of Castle Black, a novel that gives Vlad Taltos and Khaavren fans alike a new look at one of Brust's most popular characters, the Dragonlord Morrolan. Along the way, we'll also encounter swordplay, intrigues, quests, battles, romance, snappy dialogue, and the missing heir to the Imperial Throne. It's an old-fashioned adventure, moving at a 21st-century pace.

    Regular price: £21.29

  • Book 3

    • Sethra Lavode

    • Book Three of the Viscount of Adrilankha
    • By: Steven Brust
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    She's the oldest person in the Dragaeran Empire, a military genius and master of sorcery whose own story stretches back to before the dawn of history. She's Sethra Lavode, the undead Enchantress of Dzur Mountain. Now, after a long absence, she's returned to take an active role in the Empire's affairs-and the affairs of her friends Khaavren, Pel, Tazendra, Aerich, and all their friends and relations.

    Regular price: £21.29