I read this book about 4-Dec-2011. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1990. This note was last modified Friday, 02-May-2014 23:21:27 PDT.
This is book 5 of the "Vlad Taltos" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Fifth-written of the Vlad novels.
Apparently it can be inconvenient to be on first-name terms with the gods. Verra arranges an ambush, so that Vlad will call on her, so that she can bring him to talk. Apparently, she's unable to initiate contact directly.
She wants to hire him to assassinate a king, in an area he's never been to. So Vlad is off to Greenaera, by boat. On the other hand, she's met his price (Vlad has no standard rate for assassinating kings).
He does. Which starts a war with the empire. Which he and Morollan and Aliera and Sethra and Daymar then stop. He even sees Verra afterwards, and doesn't get reamed out for breaking her war.
We do also get first-person interactions with Verra, Aliera, and Devera, establishing the relationships there quite clearly: Aliera is Verra's daughter, and Devera is Aliera's daughter, though Aliera doesn't know she exists yet.
And at the end, after being rescued from being executed for regicide, Vlad wanders off, eastwards, wearing his hunk of Phoenix stone, after handing over South Adrilankha to Cawti (and not waiting around to see her reaction).