on 17 December 2011
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.
on 5 September 1998
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).