Vlad is back in the great city of Adrilankha, with a price on his head. He decides to hide out among his relatives in faraway Fenario, in a paper-making town called Burz. At first it's not such a bad place, though the mill reeks to high heaven. But the longer he stays there, the stranger it becomes. 400 pp. 20,000 print.
STEVEN BRUST is the author of "Dragon," "Issola," "Jhegaala," and the "New York Times "bestselling "Dzur," among many other popular fantasy novels. A native of Minneapolis, he currently lives in Texas.