The Paths of the Dead by Steven Brust

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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, con-vinced, 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.

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About Steven Brust

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STEVEN BRUST is the author of Dragon, Issola, the New York Times bestsellers Dzur and Tiassa, and many other fantasy novels. He lives in Minneapolis. SKYLER WHITE is the author of And Falling, Fly and In Dreams Begin. She lives in Texas.
Published August 18, 2003 by Tor Books. 446 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Steven Brust introduces new characters, reintroduces old characters, and brings them all together in such a way as to set these people into context.

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Fantasy Literature

The Paths of the Dead is the first book in Steven Brust’s THE VISCOUNT OF ADRILANKHA trilogy, which is a sequel to The Phoenix Guards and Five Hundred Years.

Oct 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Paths of the Dead

Strange Horizons

There are seventeen other books you should read: the nine books in Brust's Vlad Taltos series, his stand-alone novel Brokedown Palace, the first two of his Khaavren romances (of which Paths is the next installment), and the five volumes of Alexandre Dumas's D'Artagnan romances, upon which the Kh...

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