- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast, Inc; Reissue edition (4 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786941227
- ISBN-13: 978-0786941223
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft Novel: Ravenloft Covenant) Paperback – 4 Jul 2006
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Hamilton's writing in this book is not well polished like those who have become used to both the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series and I think maybe this is also because she has tried to encompass part of a popular game the plot does not work as well as her own original storylines.
If you've nothing better to read then maybe get yourself a copy but don't bust a gut going out of your way.
The beginning (most of the book) was slow, and the travel seemed to take-up most of the story, but once they got to the village, Laurell K. Hamilton showed me that she could write a good tale. The ending was near-perfect in its setup, and leaves the reader wondering what happened to more than one of the characters (however, if they know anything about Kartakass and Luk as in general, they could figure it out) and if there will be a sequel (here's hoping).
In all, a good read.
This is a departure from the standard Laurell Hamilton offering, even though the supernatural theme is prevalent. If you like Harkon Lukas, the Domain Lord of Kartakass, this novel reads well, capturing somewhat the essense of the depths of which such an evil being will go to achieve his goals.
But unless you are grounded in the lore of Ravenloft, you may find some of the narrative in this novel a bit weak. It is not to par with some of her better efforts, such as GUILTY PLEASURES or THE KILLING DANCE. But to an avid gamer there is worth in this book from a resource background. The side story of the group transported to Ravenloft is most engaging, you do end up wondering what happens to them. The description of how wolfweres hunt and kill was eerily done and lingered in the mind long afterward. But as a whole, the story seemed unfocused and unfinished.
I would like to see a further effort by the author that focused more on the Dark Lord Harkon himself and not so much on the side stories.
I find it hard to believe this went through any form of editing process or even proof reading, and I'm even more shocked that TSR actually paid the author for her work!! Then again perhaps that's why they went out of business. I hope she used her pay cheque to buy a thesaurus as she is badly in need of one. I lost count of the number of times the same word was used in a sentence only to be repeated one or two lines later. The quality of the writing was something I would expect from a 13 or 14 year old not from an educated adult let alone a professional author!!
Not only is the book found wanting on a technical level the story is rotten. The opening sections drag on with loads of useless (and poorly executed) descriptions. Some interesting characters appear like the Wizard who takes on the protagonist as his student but their backgrounds are never explored instead the author prefers to repeated the same one dimensional feelings and reactions of the main character and her father figure.
Worst of all once the plot actually gets into gear the story suddenly stops. No resolution, no idea of what happens to the surviving characters, no explanation or even outcomes for the various relationships and arks explored in the novel, nothing. It just ends. You don't even know what becomes of the protagonist or any of the main characters. Instead you get a little prologue which explores the fate of the villain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading , and loving, all of the 'Anita Blake' series, I found the characters in this book lacked depth and the settings were devoid of description.Published 20 months ago by Klara-Helene Bray
Fans of the Ravenloft Series will NOT be disappointed. An enthralling read. Barely put the book down from start to finish (except to eat)! :-DPublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Mr. JB Smedley
As a Laurell K. Hamilton fan, I had expectations, which were not met in any way. This is in no way up to the same standards as Anita Blake or Merry Gentry novels (which,... Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2008 by Katrid
On the whole I felt a sense of being let down. Harkon Lukas was hardly in the novel. Why introduce the self doubt into Calum at the beginning of the book then leave him out until... Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 1999