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Scholar of Decay: The Ravenloft Covenant (Ravenloft The Covenant)
 
 

Scholar of Decay: The Ravenloft Covenant (Ravenloft The Covenant) [Kindle Edition]

Tanya Huff
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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A tale of fear from best-selling author Tanya Huff!

Scholar of Decay is the story of a man driven by love into the darkest corners of the world. When Aurek Nuiken's wife is attacked and made prisoner by an evil mage, he must search the Domains of Dread for the spell that will allow him to free her. But ultimately his wife's freedom - and his own - lies in the hands of a clan of wererats who are not inclined to assist him. Faced with both his own torment and the monsters of the Ravenloft world, Aurek is pushed to the edge of madness and to a choice that no man should ever have to make.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1655 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BABT10I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 17 Dec 2011
By David
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first read this book a few years ago and though I wouldn't be able to get a decent copy for myself with the Ravenloft series being out of print. (It's good to see some of the books back in print, especially this one.) This story concerns a character known as Dmitri Nuikin and his dealings with a scheming family in a devastated city that gives off a classical French/ Venetian feel.

I found the setting and writing style to be interesting and 'very picture painting.' After finishing the book for the first time I remember having a great conversation with my friend who also read the book before lending it to me. The books a great read and I would certainly recommend it, this book also made me check out other books written by the author Tanya Huff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scholar of Decay 21 Nov 2011
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This is a good book you feel this the older brother and the younger brother are so different.
The younger brother could be said the be a blinder against the rats and both his brother.
The older brother completely blind to the rest of the world in the search for his wife.
I enjoyed the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best book I have ever read 5 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a huge fan of RL novels, I bought SoD along with several other books from the series I didn't have simply for that reason: I didn't own it. Scoping out an almost fanatical website for reviews from all over, I came to the conclusion that many people believed this book to be incredibly good.
They are right!
SoD starts out with a plotline that seems, at first, run-of-the-mill: a (Borcan) man's wife is kidnapped/endangered, and he must save her. However, even though the back of the book tells you the real story, the transition from Borca to Richemulot and the current situation is amazing. I couldn't put the back down, as it drew me in, making me want to know what happened.
The terrifying Renier sisters- who defined villain in this book, IMNSHO -and their clan provided the perfect foil to the protagonist- Aurek Nuiken -and his brother, Dmitri. The sub-plots and intrigue are finely added until one has the perfect example of what an RL book would look like as a tapestry, then begins to resolve each one with deliciously wicked conclusions.
In a world where Good fails more often than not, I expected an ending like I had seen in other novels where Evil is the driving force. But the way it all came out blew me away. I highly recommend this book, which may just be the best book in the series (that I've read).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not super good. 4 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you like twist's, you will like this book. It does not have a lot of action but the action in it was good. I would recomend this book to anyone who likes ware beasts.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best book I have ever read 5 Sep 1998
By Matt Lynch (Mattlynch@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a huge fan of RL novels, I bought SoD along with several other books from the series I didn't have simply for that reason: I didn't own it. Scoping out an almost fanatical website for reviews from all over, I came to the conclusion that many people believed this book to be incredibly good.
They are right!
SoD starts out with a plotline that seems, at first, run-of-the-mill: a (Borcan) man's wife is kidnapped/endangered, and he must save her. However, even though the back of the book tells you the real story, the transition from Borca to Richemulot and the current situation is amazing. I couldn't put the back down, as it drew me in, making me want to know what happened.
The terrifying Renier sisters- who defined villain in this book, IMNSHO -and their clan provided the perfect foil to the protagonist- Aurek Nuiken -and his brother, Dmitri. The sub-plots and intrigue are finely added until one has the perfect example of what an RL book would look like as a tapestry, then begins to resolve each one with deliciously wicked conclusions.
In a world where Good fails more often than not, I expected an ending like I had seen in other novels where Evil is the driving force. But the way it all came out blew me away. I highly recommend this book, which may just be the best book in the series (that I've read).
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme excitment. 12 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As one reader states below, this is quite possibly the best written book I have ever read. It is not my favourite, but then, I only have 1 favourite. This book is exciting, if however, you like only action, this book may not be for you. This book attempts to be exciting by not only action, but intrigue and mystery. Tanya Huff did an superb job of characterization, and the ending is quite possibly the best ending in any book I've read. And no, I didn't just read this book, I've read about 15 books since, so this isn't some obsession with a great book I just read. It's an obsession with a great book that stuck with me.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Ravenloft novel 7 Oct 2007
By Andrew Gray - Published on Amazon.com
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Scholar of Decay by Tanya Huff sixth book in the recently re-released, and repackaged, Ravenloft the Covenant series. These books were originally published back in the middle nineties, but are now being released in trade paperback with new covers. Before the re-release of these I had read some of them, now I am happy that I will be able to read more of them. If you have never read a Ravenloft novel before, the easiest way to describe them is Dark Fantasy. Or, some may even say fantasy with a sadistic twist. In Ravenloft novels, readers will find many familiar fantasy elements but they will also find darker elements as well.

The main plot of this book centers around the scholar researching a spell to help his wife. The situation of his wife and how she is in the predicament she is in is well explained and provides a good catalyst for the story. There is also a myriad of subplots present as well. There is the relationship between the two brothers Aurek and Dmitri. There is the relationship between a pair of twin sisters and the rest of their family. Actually, in regards to the plot of this book there is so much stuff going on it is almost impossible to list it all here ad not spoil elements of the book itself. The plot is very well laid out and has a very natural flow to it. Ms. Huff quite obviously had a plan she wanted to accomplish with this story, and in my opinion she accomplishes quite a bit and created a very interesting story.

The characters in this book are very well written and add depth to the story. Each character's individual motivations are laid out for the reader to understand, as well as each character's actions are directly influenced by their past and their motivations. It's nice to see characters acting in a certain way not simply because the story says they need to. There are many memorable characters in this novel such as Aurek, Dmitri, Louise, Jacqueline, and too many more to name in this simple review. Even with all the characters, and plots, present in this book I never once felt like I didn't know where a character was or what was going on. That is a credit to Ms. Huff's ability to not only keep me entertained, but to keep me informed as well.

The only criticism I have with this book is there are a couple times during the book where there are dramatic point of view shifts with no break between the shift and the previous paragraph. These shifts actually jarred me out of the story and forced me to reread several sections to make sure I truly didn't miss anything.

In the grand scheme of things though, I really did enjoy this novel. It was a fast paced, solidly written fantasy book. It's not a book that requires the reader invest a great deal of thought into. Instead, the way the novel is written it allows the reader to be taken along for the ride.

Fans of dark fantasy or horror fantasy will no doubt find elements in this novel that they will appreciate. Even fans of traditional fantasy will find things within the pages of this book to enjoy. This is not an epic adventure/story, so if that is what you are looking for you may want to look somewhere else. However, if you are looking for a self-contained story with no books to read before or after, give this novel a shot. I can easily see myself recommending this novel to the right people.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised 24 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised by how good this book was. I opened it expecting nothing special (I enjoy the Ravenloft books, but some of them are only average fantasy). This one caught me from the beginning and kept me reading all the way to the end. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because, by the end of the book, I cared enough about the characters to want the book to end all sweetness and light. I knew it couldn't, but I was still a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong; I did like the ending. This book persuaded me to keep reading Ravenloft.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For Ravenloft fans only 5 Feb 2009
By Wren Dreolin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a long-time fan of Tanya Huff's writing, I was willing to take a chance and read this book. I am not in general a fan of dark fantasy, nor of Ravenloft, and I think that is a large reason that I disliked this novel. This is the only novel by Ms. Huff that not only did not make my favorite book list, but actually made me wish I hadn't read it. I don't think the fault lies with the author. I think it is a case of being so outside of what I am used to reading from her. So, if you like dark (and depressing) fantasy, or are a fan of Ravenloft, you may have more enjoyment from the book than I did, but if you are a fan of Ms. Huff's other work and want to read it for that reason, I sugest that you may wish to borrow it from your library rather than spend money on it, or better yet skip it all together.
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