Knight of the Black Rose (Dragonlance: The Terror of Lord Soth) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1993
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At the end of the Dragonlance "Legends" trilogy, the villainous Lord Soth disappeared, and his fate is now revealed in this novel. Searching for the soul of his recently-dead love, Soth stumbles into the dark realm and soon discovers that it is far easier to get into Ravenloft than out.
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I must admit that I have never read any of the Dragonlance or Ravenloft books before, but the cover of this book caught my eye. This book's story of evil versus evil is refreshingly different from any other book I have ever written. Also, the book's presentation of Soth's descent into his fallen state was quite fascinating. Overall, I found this a very good book, one that I recommend highly.
Soth meets Strahd! ....Just read it!
Soth ends up in Barovia where its evil lord Strahd tries to use him as a pawn, this rapidly turns to mutual respect once Strahd re-evaluates Soth's credentials. This novel has some excellent interaction between these two undead powers.
We also learn of Azrael's descent into lycanhtropy and I particularly enjoyed the way in which the werebadger turns the tables on his would be executioners when they attempt to hang him high. Aswell, as the sombre dwarf, Soth is also accompanied by the mysterious gypsy girl Magda, whilst seeking a return route back to Krynn.
The novel ends the way in which it commenced with Soth pursuing his former senescal, Caradoc. As Soth throttles the last gasp of breath out of Caradoc, the mists arise. Rather than a return to Krynn, Soth is doomed to an eternal existence in a hellish realm that the mists have melded around him- Sithicus. This novel would probably have benefitted from a few more action sequences, nonetheless, this a good blend of Fantasy and Horror.
I thought this was good character developement for Soth. In the Dragonlance Saga Soth was a bit tame. But his wrath is unleashed here.
The ending is great.
What I don't get is why so many people harp over the fact that he went. Yes, the vast majority of them are DL fans (like me), who believe RL "stole" Soth and that he belongs in DL. He did, but after the conclusion of Test of the Twins (presented from his point of view in this book's prologue), his usefulness on Krynn had ceased. What to do with an excellent character? Bring on the Mists!
The fact that this book was mostly action, consisting mainly of a death knight running around in Barovia and Gundarak and slaughtering whatever he came across, is what makes it only 4-stars. It had some story, some character development, and it had Strahd (in a version I much prefer to the one in VotM), which makes it more than passe. If Soth and Strahd were the only characters, the book would have been poor indeed. But, we also got Caradoc, Magda, and Azrael, as well as the only novelized appearance of the late Duke Gundar and his dhampir son (whose name escapes me).
Anyway, the book was good enough to truly draw my attention to RL and make we slaver in desire over the upcoming sequel, Spectre of the Black Rose, which is supposed to settle all the disagreements between DL and RL over Soth. I know it won't, as he has to end up in one or the other, and the other side will be unhappy no matter where he ends up. Oh well, c'est la vie.
Personally I think it's the best written novel from all the D&D novels I have ever read. If you haven't come here by chance then you have possibly heard of Lord Soth (who hasn't?). This is the story of how the mists of Ravenloft took him from the world of Krynn and thus explaining his disappearance at the end of the Legends trilogy.
If you know nothing about Ravenloft then rest assure that you will meet other villainous characters the most famous being Strahd Von Zarovich. It was interesting to see how the Death Knight would deal with other evil characters and his efforts trying to escape the mists back to his keep on Krynn.
But what impressed me most was James Lowder's knowledge of AD&D (since the book was written before the 3rd edition) and the details he used on the various abilities of every creature he writes about may that be the Death Knight, the Vampire spell caster or the lesser undead creatures and monsters. In a sense it was like being part of a dungeons Pen and Paper adventure, only with no dice. As a D&D gamer since 1994, for me this is the truest novel to the rules (AD&D) than any I have ever read.
If you haven't bought the book yet I strongly suggest you do.
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This is an adventurous fantasy novel which takes the classic heroic band of characters and gives it a dark twist. Read morePublished on 9 May 2001
James Lowder has truly out done himself in this book. He has brought to life the Undead Thrice Cursed Knight. Read morePublished on 19 April 1999
I am a strong fan of Forgotten Realms novels and bought this Ravenloft book by mistake. I am very happy that I made that mistake because this book was great. Read morePublished on 29 July 1998