Brust, Steven -- Jhegaala

And about time, too. Vlad visits the East. (This is set early in the series chronology, just after he breaks up with Cawti and bails out of Adrilankha.) He does not save the world; he does not discover secrets of cosmology lost to anyone younger than Sethra; he does not acquire shakingly powerful magical artifacts. He gets mixed up in some local political and criminal crap, and deals with it. I liked this one a whole lot.

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