Stephen Brust, ya turned me off.

So, I started reading the Vlad Taltos series a few days ago. The first book, Jhereg, was great. A sort of swords and sorcery noir. I liked it a lot. Combining genres always turns me on. If you’re not familiar with the series, Vlad is an assassin cum crimelord (albeit with a heart of gold) in a fantasy universe called Dragaera. It has real overtones of Dashiell Hammett or maybe Mickey Spillane, while being some good fantasy adventure. In any case, the first one was great. It drew me in, I fell in love with the characters, the plotting was smooth, everything I need to be happy with a story. The second book was at least equal to the first in terms of my enjoyment factor. However, then comes book three. The hard nosed, tough guy assassin, is having problems with his love life. He’s suffering a mid life crisis. He doesn’t kill anybody until the last ten pages, and the whole damn book is mostly about his wife. Blech… At this point, I’m completely turned off on the whole series. I might try to read the fourth one, but I don’t know. It’ll be awhile before I can get my courage up again. So, what’s the lesson here authors? Don’t change the formula in the middle of a series. Sure character development and all of that, but come on! Don’t turn an adventure series into a romance. You just lost most of the readership that you’ve carefully built up over the last 2 or 3 books. What a waste…

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