Drake Maijstral is the fictional protagonist of a series of science fiction novels by Walter Jon Williams. He appears in The Crown Jewels (1987), House of Shards (1988), and Rock of Ages (1995) (collected as Ten Points for Style by the Science Fiction Book Club).
The SF Site has described the Maijstral books as a comedy of manners, and compared Maijstral to Steven Brust's "Vlad Taltos", while Sharon Lee has compared him to Alexei Panshin's "Anthony Villiers".
A minor aristocrat in a galactic empire that has long since conquered and assimilated humanity, Maijstral is an Allowed Burglar: centuries prior to the novels' setting, the alien emperor was a kleptomaniac, and—since nothing the Emperor did could be considered "wrong" -- "Allowed Burglary" was invented as an extreme sport.
- SF Site
- SF from the past, by Sharon Lee, at SharonLeeWriter.com; published October 18, 2011; retrieved July 18, 2014
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