I’ve mentioned before I enjoy books with telepathic animals, the lead character in this fantasy, Vlad Taltos, is a witch/sorcerer and assassin. His familiar is a Jhereg which is a parrot size poisonous, telepathic, scavenger, predator mini dragon. Jhereg is also one of the 17 houses of the Empire. Trust me, it isn’t that complicated once you start to read. “The Book of Jhereg”, contains three complete novels, “Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla”. Since I am always looking for good prices on my books, this threesome is substantially cheaper than buying the three stand alone novels. These are the first three of Vlad’s adventures. First three is a bit of a misnomer as future books actually fit in better between some of these rather than a strict linear progression. It doesn’t hurt the story line though. Another interesting twist is that humans in these stories refer to a race of Elves and Easterners/Whiskers refer to what we would consider the normal human genome type. This is a fairly long series, so far I highly recommend it. Fantasy, sorcery, teleportation, murder, violence, love is all in there. I found it difficult to put it down. Brust is reasonably prolific so there is a wealth of good stuff out there to read.
Body of work of Steven Brust
Review of “The Book of Jhereg”. http://www.inchoatus.com/Reviews/Review--Book%20of%20Jhereg,%20Steven%20Brust.htm