Really, really good. Vlad is cool, but more importantly, so is everybody else. There is clearly a lot of worldbuilding to come, but I wasn’t bothered by the book dropping a huge reveal with too little context: The whole thing was too fun and satisfying, and made me immediately trust that the author knew what he was doing and would provide proper payoff eventually. Looking forward to inhaling the series.
This book is part of the 2022 Backlog Incident.
Beware: full spoilers! Also probably incomplete and possibly incomprehensible.
Vlad is hired to kill Mellar, who robbed the Jhereg leadership of millions and then fled. But since he then claimed the protection of his friends, Vlad has to figure out how to not make his best friends and protectors his enemies.