by Steven Brust
The prequel to Jhereg, Vlad takes his own territory and becomes part of a turf war.
The beginning of this book reminded me a lot of Goodfellas. Young guy works hard in the mob to gain his own territory and work his way up. I guess that’s most entering-the-mob stories. Except instead of becoming a drug addict and losing everything, Vlad falls in love with Cawti and uncovers a plot affecting the Yendi heirs.
I like stories with lots of layers that come together as the story progresses, but they’re not always my favorite, and this story has a lot of layers and plotting and secret ambitions. I didn’t like this quite as much as the first book, but I did still enjoy it.