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on 18 May 1999
Well written and absorbing in parts ... I occasionally found myself drawn into the story and the plight of Jander, and I have to admit, the part where we here about the background of Stahd had me sitting rigid on the edge of my seat. Some parts of the book, however, were a dissapointment. It tried to follow the plot line of Ravenloft a bit too much to be taken as an independent novel, yet screwed with the physics of AD+D enough to be rather frustrating for an experienced gamer. Thus, both the plot fell somewhat short due to the restrictions under which the author was writing, and the human characters who appeared in the second half seemed to me to be completely bogus. Still, it was an entertaining read, and haunting in parts.