- Mass Market Paperback: 31 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786901756
- ISBN-13: 978-0786901753
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.3 x 17.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Strahd (Ravenloft) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
As a book it is... ok. The story is reasonable but not complete - lots of gaps in the background of what is actually going on. These can probably be filled in reasonably well by your imagination but nonetheless, it would have been good to have the extra detail. The characters are a little slim in detail. Some of the characters who satellite Strahd are important to pieces of the story (e. g., his bother) but we actually know very little about them and there is simply no real character development - when everyone has bad stuff happen to them, you do not really care - because of the lack of character development, it does not matter about the awful things that happen or in fact, the tragedy of Tatyana.
As a piece of writing to support the DnD game, it was pretty good. In the adventure one of the key points is to acquire a book that tells the players about the background story of Strahd. He gave basic information, but made the players aware of this book and stated that if we wanted more information, we were allowed to read this book and any knowledge could then be assumed to be known by the players. It seems like a great idea and after reading it, I feel I now have more knowledge to bring to the game... and more questions! Which I LOVE.
So, overall, a mixed review - for DnD I would say it is definitely worth getting a copy. As a novel, there are much better vampire books.
anything bad about it. It's just perfect as it is!
The story is framed by an excellent prologue and epilogue, that creates a fantastic atmosphere for this haunting tale: Rudolph Van Richten, the old
vampire hunter sneaks into the castle of Strahd Von Zarovich, the Lord of Barovia and reads his diary, revealing the tragedy and fate of the mighty vampire. Strahd sacrified his life to acquire more and more power and honour, but forgot about the most important: love. He falls in love with Tatyana, the beloved of his brother, but the girl doesn't love Him. The essence of dark fantasy enters the story at this point: Strahd offers the life of his brother to the Evil to get her love... The secret of the Ba'al Verzi assassin, the fate of Tatyana and revenge - some events of the excellent storyline, that are awaiting for the reader to reveal. An excellent book. I admit, that I have read it three times and I like it more and more. Thank You for reading my praises, I hope this review helped you a bit...
I buy lots of audible books and this guy fades in between narration and robot reader, he's not the worst I've heard but he's one of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy, straight forward book, I savoured its likeness within hours. I remember I read it in one go ages ago. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2011 by G. Pissas