Waiting on Wednesday: Hawk by Steven Brust


I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday occasionally. Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

The book I’m excited about this week: Hawk by Steven Brust. This book is the 14th book in the Vlad Taltos series. This book comes out on October 7, 2014.

From Goodreads: Years ago, Vlad Taltos came to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire’s vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it.

But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies.

For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he’s back in the imperial capital where his family and friends are.┬áHe means to stay there this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.


Here’s the thing though . . . I’ve only read the first book–Jhereg–in the series! And that first book was written in 1987. I really liked Jhereg and would like to read more in the series, but because some of the books were written awhile ago it’s hard to find some of the books. Most of the books aren’t available as e-books. Some of them are available as audiobooks (that’s how I “read” the first book–I got it on sale). It’s not an option to buy all the books as audiobooks so I’m still deciding how to read the books.

Do I search for all the earlier books before I read Hawk?