Terrible! This could barely be called a book.,
This review is from: Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft Novel: Ravenloft Covenant) (Paperback)
When you read a Ravenloft novel you don't necessarily expect great literature (and I say this as a huge fan of both the Game and the Novels), they are after all a guilty pleasure and a bit of harmless creepy Gothic fun. Even given my realistic expectations I found this book to be truly awful!!!
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. Such a rubbish ending makes you question why you wasted your time wading through the terrible writing. Perhaps the author herself got so sick of the stinking pile of nonsense she'd written that she just gave up.
There are some quality Ravenloft books out there such as "the Enemy Within" and "Scholar of Decay". If you fancy a bit of Ravenloft guilty pleasure try those but please, please don;t waste your time or money on this abomination!