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"Death of a Darklord" focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities, and her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town. "Death of a Darklord" focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities, and her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town.


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"Death of a Darklord" focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities, and her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town. "Death of a Darklord" focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities, and her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town.

30 review for Death of a Darklord

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I have three issues with this book: 1 - It's choppy. The story jumps and jerks along and nothing is ever finished or explained. The writing is short sentences and abrupt dialog. 2 - An over use of characters that know something the reader doesn't. All the way thru you see lines like "I have a theory" or "I might know" but there's no explanation and since the reader doesn't know every experience of the character (this being the first book) we can't come up with our own theory. Personally, I hate th I have three issues with this book: 1 - It's choppy. The story jumps and jerks along and nothing is ever finished or explained. The writing is short sentences and abrupt dialog. 2 - An over use of characters that know something the reader doesn't. All the way thru you see lines like "I have a theory" or "I might know" but there's no explanation and since the reader doesn't know every experience of the character (this being the first book) we can't come up with our own theory. Personally, I hate that in a story. 3 - The ending. There isn't one. The story just stops and moves to a followup from something in the very beginning of the book. If there's going to be a second in the series, do some setup! Give us some minimal resolution, at least!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Despite all the bad reviews, I enjoyed this book for the most part and gave it 4 stars. I found this book so refreshing from the last half of Anita Blake books and the Meredith Gentry books, where everything was about the sex and barely touched on plot. In this book, I fell in love with the twins and could really relate to Elaine, questioning every move she made and not ever feeling accepted. Feeling different. It made this book very east to read for me and I got lost in it very easily. SOILERISH* Despite all the bad reviews, I enjoyed this book for the most part and gave it 4 stars. I found this book so refreshing from the last half of Anita Blake books and the Meredith Gentry books, where everything was about the sex and barely touched on plot. In this book, I fell in love with the twins and could really relate to Elaine, questioning every move she made and not ever feeling accepted. Feeling different. It made this book very east to read for me and I got lost in it very easily. SOILERISH**** The only reason this book didn't receive 5 stars from me was the last chapter. The world we live in is so crappy on a daily basis, that when I read a book I want to escape to a happy ended. I can handle a few characters dying whom I don't want to, but this 'family' went through so much crap for what?!?! Just because it's a crappy world and life sucks and there is evil every where? I already knew that! Despite that I would probably read this again... I would just stop before the last chapter and come up with my own ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The only thing that saved this book from getting one star was the unexpected ending. You are 3/4 of the way through the book before the weak adventure even begins. A little of this(body switching), and a little of that(elves), throw in some zombies and you've got a story with no real direction and not enough time spent on any one fantasy element to really enjoy it. I'm only going to mention in passing that the characters are the typical lot you'd find; the "Gandalf" wizard, your burly warriors, The only thing that saved this book from getting one star was the unexpected ending. You are 3/4 of the way through the book before the weak adventure even begins. A little of this(body switching), and a little of that(elves), throw in some zombies and you've got a story with no real direction and not enough time spent on any one fantasy element to really enjoy it. I'm only going to mention in passing that the characters are the typical lot you'd find; the "Gandalf" wizard, your burly warriors, and your sweet orphan twins. What left me staring at the finished book in wonder was the title, "Death of a Darklord." There was no death of any darklord, the "bad guy" is never called a darklord in the book. He wasn't lord of anything, he was a bard...kinda. On a personal note. I used to LOVE to read Hamilton. LOVE I SAY! Her early Anita Blake and Gentry books are priceless to me and hold a place in my heart. Something happened to her writing, and it seems there is no one to rein her back in. She has forgotten how to be the wonderful story teller that made her popular. The sex took over her stories. It became about the sex not the people having it. I'm all for lust filled orgy piles of werefolk, and I probably enjoyed her series' longer than most, but even I reached the breaking point. I continue to read her work, more out of faith that something of her old self will come through and grace us again with thoughtful drama, well developed action, and her sassy sense of humor. "Frost" is the first novel of hers I've actually enjoyed in quite some time, and is an example of her "old" self. For now I cringe, and just try to get through the next books quickly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Death of a Darklord was the weakest of the Ravenloft books I've read. It isn't bad but doesn't measure up to the overall quality of the other books. In the land of Kartakass, the famous bard Harkon Lukas is famous. Lukas is more than a mere bard, he is also a wolfwere. A wolfwere, as opposed to a werewolf, is a wolf that can become a man. Lukas wants to escape the mists, but he needs a new body. This is the basis for the story. But the story mostly focuses on a group of adventurers who try to figh Death of a Darklord was the weakest of the Ravenloft books I've read. It isn't bad but doesn't measure up to the overall quality of the other books. In the land of Kartakass, the famous bard Harkon Lukas is famous. Lukas is more than a mere bard, he is also a wolfwere. A wolfwere, as opposed to a werewolf, is a wolf that can become a man. Lukas wants to escape the mists, but he needs a new body. This is the basis for the story. But the story mostly focuses on a group of adventurers who try to fight the evil things of the land. The focus is on the interaction between Elaine and her adopted father Johnathon. Elaine is a budding mage and Johnathon detests magic, as he is a mage-finder seeking to destroy evil magic. The conflict grows as Elaine tries to learn her arts, while trying to deal with Johnathon's prejudice. They go to a town invaded by zombies and have to deal with Lukas' plans. No more spoilers. A good, though very dark, story. It doesn't have the punch of the other stories I've read though. A good enough addition to the Ravenloft series, but not as good as other offerings.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karlie

    I picked up this book because of the author's popularity and I because liked the premise of the book since I enjoy fantasy and characters that have magical powers. Sadly, this was before I was using good reads to help me make a more informed decision before purchasing/reading a book. I actually started out liking the book and was interested in the characters and the plot development, but somewhere towards the end things went horribly, horribly wrong for the supposed heroine! The ending is disapp I picked up this book because of the author's popularity and I because liked the premise of the book since I enjoy fantasy and characters that have magical powers. Sadly, this was before I was using good reads to help me make a more informed decision before purchasing/reading a book. I actually started out liking the book and was interested in the characters and the plot development, but somewhere towards the end things went horribly, horribly wrong for the supposed heroine! The ending is disappointing, depressing, and abrupt. A waste of time to read in my opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book is a trilogy of 3 different authors, weird... I was quite surprised with LKH. The writing is so dark and grotesque. Sometimes I feel as though LKH books get overshadowed by all the sex and lust. This book is about Elaine, a young girl who discovers she is a powerful mage. As she is learning her new found magic, she is also discovering the consequences of her use of them. Is magic evil or is it only a tool of the beholder that is evil? Does magic corrupts the person? Is magic good or bad This book is a trilogy of 3 different authors, weird... I was quite surprised with LKH. The writing is so dark and grotesque. Sometimes I feel as though LKH books get overshadowed by all the sex and lust. This book is about Elaine, a young girl who discovers she is a powerful mage. As she is learning her new found magic, she is also discovering the consequences of her use of them. Is magic evil or is it only a tool of the beholder that is evil? Does magic corrupts the person? Is magic good or bad? The story gets nightmarish in the horrific town of Cortton, plagued by Zombies. Unfortunately, the ending was less than desired. The read was good right up until the last chapter. Simply, the story was left unresolved. Leaving me saying "What! That's it!"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    In turns, this is both a chilling and well-written novel and also a bit of a mess. On the positive side, it contains some truly horrifying ideas, interesting characters and uncomfortable descriptions, but on the negative it just doesn't quite seem to know what it is trying to achieve, what it wants to say or where it is heading. In turns, this is both a chilling and well-written novel and also a bit of a mess. On the positive side, it contains some truly horrifying ideas, interesting characters and uncomfortable descriptions, but on the negative it just doesn't quite seem to know what it is trying to achieve, what it wants to say or where it is heading.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    I stumbled across this book at a flea market and thought "Huh, Laurell K. Hamilton writes regular fantasy." I bought it, why not, and then saw all of the low rated reviews on the internet. That made me put off reading this for over a year. I probably should have known better, as I sometimes enjoy books that others dislike, but it was worth the wait. Death of a Darklord is a self contained fantasy about a woman discovering she has magical abilities. Magic is frowned upon in the community she live I stumbled across this book at a flea market and thought "Huh, Laurell K. Hamilton writes regular fantasy." I bought it, why not, and then saw all of the low rated reviews on the internet. That made me put off reading this for over a year. I probably should have known better, as I sometimes enjoy books that others dislike, but it was worth the wait. Death of a Darklord is a self contained fantasy about a woman discovering she has magical abilities. Magic is frowned upon in the community she lives in, and conflict arises. That is a pretty unimaginative storyline, but the characters are what shine here. I really enjoyed the main character and I liked watching her grow and progress. I also enjoyed the way everything was presented so that there was always something new and fresh, but you are never overwhelmed. The pacing is great, the world building is great, and the story is a good one. The ending is a bit frustrating, mostly because I want to know more about this world and these characters. I personally think Laurell K Hamilton did a great job here, and I wish her other work was more like this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Every book I've ever started (at least by choice), I always had to finish. At least that was my philosophy until I read this book. I picked it up because I love YA fantasy fiction, despite the fact that I'm probably too old for it (never!). This book has the most disappointing ending of anything I've ever read. I don't mean that as in the main character dies (hypothetically speaking) or because of a cruel cliffhanger, it just seems like Laurel K. Hamilton hit the last few chapters and a) had no Every book I've ever started (at least by choice), I always had to finish. At least that was my philosophy until I read this book. I picked it up because I love YA fantasy fiction, despite the fact that I'm probably too old for it (never!). This book has the most disappointing ending of anything I've ever read. I don't mean that as in the main character dies (hypothetically speaking) or because of a cruel cliffhanger, it just seems like Laurel K. Hamilton hit the last few chapters and a) had no clue what she wanted to do and b) had to rush something in there to meet her deadline. I've never read anything else by Hamilton, but I hope her foray into this genre does not speak to her typical writing ability. Never has a book made me want to throw it across the room so hard for wasting my time. Do yourself a favor. Just stay away.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really enjoy the way Hamilton writes about the interpersonal relationships between her characters and the often perceptive way she describes emotions. Otherwise this was an entertaining fantasy read that ended abruptly, but felt more like a first attempt at her getting to know this world rather than a complete book. The characters and the world were interesting and had a lot of potential. So, that said, if she were to write a part 2, I would probably read it but wouldn't recommend the book to I really enjoy the way Hamilton writes about the interpersonal relationships between her characters and the often perceptive way she describes emotions. Otherwise this was an entertaining fantasy read that ended abruptly, but felt more like a first attempt at her getting to know this world rather than a complete book. The characters and the world were interesting and had a lot of potential. So, that said, if she were to write a part 2, I would probably read it but wouldn't recommend the book to friends.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Feyfire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked up this book because I was intrigued on what LKH would do for a Ravenloft novel. The book had it's perks but I got incredibly tired of the main character (Elaine's) whining and insecurity and how she bounced from being insecure to knowing she had great power, etc. Writing style was choppy and left a lot of things unexplained to the point where I ended up skipping paragraphs because it was either do that or not finish the book. The book got better towards the end for the last forty or so I picked up this book because I was intrigued on what LKH would do for a Ravenloft novel. The book had it's perks but I got incredibly tired of the main character (Elaine's) whining and insecurity and how she bounced from being insecure to knowing she had great power, etc. Writing style was choppy and left a lot of things unexplained to the point where I ended up skipping paragraphs because it was either do that or not finish the book. The book got better towards the end for the last forty or so pages. It's decent, worth a browse at least once.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany's Readin

    I am a lover of all books by Laurell K Hamilton so when I came across this book I knew I had to read it and I was not let down. The story is about an orphan girl and her twin who are adopted into a family out of love and unfortunately the girl (Elaine) finds out she possesses magic, a trait in which her adoptive parents are very prejudice against. It's a tale of findings ones self but also about coming to terms with things uncontrollable. I loved it. Also, it's not a laurell k book without some I am a lover of all books by Laurell K Hamilton so when I came across this book I knew I had to read it and I was not let down. The story is about an orphan girl and her twin who are adopted into a family out of love and unfortunately the girl (Elaine) finds out she possesses magic, a trait in which her adoptive parents are very prejudice against. It's a tale of findings ones self but also about coming to terms with things uncontrollable. I loved it. Also, it's not a laurell k book without some kind of zombies and metaphysical crisis.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm not a fan of zombies. The ones in this book creeped me out (as did the magic later on)--which is the intention, I know--but as I am rating based on my enjoyment, unfortunately that had an influence. The writing was rather choppy. It just ends, leaving me hollow. The climax was disappointing. As someone else pointed out, I'm not sure how the title relates to the story, and the plot itself was rather watery. I liked the beginning, but somewhere in the middle my enjoyment level plummeted. I was I'm not a fan of zombies. The ones in this book creeped me out (as did the magic later on)--which is the intention, I know--but as I am rating based on my enjoyment, unfortunately that had an influence. The writing was rather choppy. It just ends, leaving me hollow. The climax was disappointing. As someone else pointed out, I'm not sure how the title relates to the story, and the plot itself was rather watery. I liked the beginning, but somewhere in the middle my enjoyment level plummeted. I wasn't expecting this to be horror/dark fantasy, which is also not my cup of tea at all!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    It wasn't terrible to read, but the damn ending! I disliked this book so much I had to spend the last three hours just trying to remember the title and author. I remembered the story, but had blocked all else out. And I have a good memory. Additionally, I think I must have disliked the book so much that I've subconsciously boycotted her books. I have never read anything else by this author. I've seen her books, picked them up even, but they've never left the bookstore or library with me. Terribl It wasn't terrible to read, but the damn ending! I disliked this book so much I had to spend the last three hours just trying to remember the title and author. I remembered the story, but had blocked all else out. And I have a good memory. Additionally, I think I must have disliked the book so much that I've subconsciously boycotted her books. I have never read anything else by this author. I've seen her books, picked them up even, but they've never left the bookstore or library with me. Terrible. Cool cover art though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katlyn

    Not terrible, but not great. The ending seemed rushed, and the "main character" was left unresolved. But I wasn't expecting a great literary work but just something to feed my Ravenloft hungers. It is nice that they're re-releasing the old paperback books, though I already own most of them in the original format. A few fleeting moments of horror, and some general campaign/setting ideas, made it worth the 2 or so hours of read time. Not terrible, but not great. The ending seemed rushed, and the "main character" was left unresolved. But I wasn't expecting a great literary work but just something to feed my Ravenloft hungers. It is nice that they're re-releasing the old paperback books, though I already own most of them in the original format. A few fleeting moments of horror, and some general campaign/setting ideas, made it worth the 2 or so hours of read time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grainne Rhuad

    Maybe one needs to fully understand the Ravenloft Covenant genre before reading this book. I clearly do not. I picked this up because I have loved Laurell K. Hamilton's writing. In all of her books including ones which veer away from the otherworld and into fantasy her writing has led the reader a merry chase. This book was plodding and dreadful to me. But I freely admit I could be missing something as I said this is the only Ravenloft book I have read. Maybe one needs to fully understand the Ravenloft Covenant genre before reading this book. I clearly do not. I picked this up because I have loved Laurell K. Hamilton's writing. In all of her books including ones which veer away from the otherworld and into fantasy her writing has led the reader a merry chase. This book was plodding and dreadful to me. But I freely admit I could be missing something as I said this is the only Ravenloft book I have read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I was impressed with the way the book was written, since it wasn't her usual style, and I got into the characters and the plot. But, it never went anywhere. Nothing was explained, things were skipped over, and the ending was rushed and just over. I really thought as I was reading it that it was building to something, but I was very disappointed. I was impressed with the way the book was written, since it wasn't her usual style, and I got into the characters and the plot. But, it never went anywhere. Nothing was explained, things were skipped over, and the ending was rushed and just over. I really thought as I was reading it that it was building to something, but I was very disappointed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Peet

    while I appreciate how different this book is to read than the Anita Blake series, which have become painful to read, it leaves a lot to be desired. I think it could have been a good story, but there is so much left unresolved.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott McCloskey

    One of the few Ravenloft books that features the traditional idea of a group of heroes struggling against evil, much like an actual game of Dungeons & Dragons. I thought it was sufficiently disturbing, but it might have pushed the boundaries a bit more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    This may have been the beginning of the not liking the author so much any more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anastasiaadamov

    While I liked the story and the setting in general I kinda felt cheated by the title. I expected at least one grand death but they all - and there were quite a few of them - seemed more awkward and accidental. I'm not sure if I can explain it properly but I had bigger expectations for the horror factor. Some characters seemed kinda pointless to me and I could not help but notice the gender of the most dead characters ... There, I hope I did not spoil too much of the story and was not too annoying w While I liked the story and the setting in general I kinda felt cheated by the title. I expected at least one grand death but they all - and there were quite a few of them - seemed more awkward and accidental. I'm not sure if I can explain it properly but I had bigger expectations for the horror factor. Some characters seemed kinda pointless to me and I could not help but notice the gender of the most dead characters ... There, I hope I did not spoil too much of the story and was not too annoying with this vague thoughts on the book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen Harmon

    This book actually pissed me off in an all around way. While I was interested in the book, I didn't expect what came out of it. I'm not the type to read reviews before I read a book, because I want to have an honest judgement for myself. So, the back of the book spiked my interest with, " In a world that fears spellcraft, a girl discovers her own strange talents for magic. But in a land crawling with corruption can she trust its gifts? " Well, it started out very very slow. I read the first 4 ch This book actually pissed me off in an all around way. While I was interested in the book, I didn't expect what came out of it. I'm not the type to read reviews before I read a book, because I want to have an honest judgement for myself. So, the back of the book spiked my interest with, " In a world that fears spellcraft, a girl discovers her own strange talents for magic. But in a land crawling with corruption can she trust its gifts? " Well, it started out very very slow. I read the first 4 chapters and then put it down for a few days. It hadn't grabbed my attention as well as I had expected. I went back to it, because I hate not finishing books, and I read another 8 chapters. The story was getting better, but nothing completely major had happened, everything was small back stories that led together in odd ways. Then towards the end, the story takes on some different elements, that to me, were completely out of left field. Last night and tonight I finished the book, and I really disappointed in the ending. While the story is supposed to mostly be about Elaine Clairn, the ending has nothing to do with her. While I understand the title is " Death of a Darklord", the story seems like the author either got lost some where, got stuck and couldn't figure out how to end it, or that this was rushed and just turned it in missing the ending. I want to know what happened to the main character, if that's what you can call her, because of the side stories. All I know is, the more things I try to read by LKH, the more I am disliking her style. I tried to read the Anita Blake series that she has written, and I walked away from the first book after only 4 chapters. For me, loving to read as much as I do, that is something that is not easy to do. I will usually finish anything I pick up, but I couldn't do it with that book. After I decided not to read it, I went to read reviews on it, and I'm glad I didn't get into it. Not only is it a very long series, but a good amount of people who had kept reading, end of disappointed. They say she loses her characters, the don't make sense, she doesn't build in them, etc... and that is where I ended up with this book. She started out doing good, and then ends up leaving you confused about the ending. Honestly don't think I will be trying to read anything by her anymore. They keep ending up disappointing me, and then all I have is a book I won't read and my library keeps ending up with them, atleast I donate them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    It's hard to believe LKH actually authored this; it doesn't feel like her stylistically at all, perhaps because it's not her world, but even her characters seem uncharacteristically-LKH. So certainly, don't read this because you're a fan of LKH, as you will be likely disappointed as I was. I found her style here underdeveloped compared to her Anita & Merry series (though the writing is still readable), and the actual plot itself is quite weak, the characters thin, the overall story unsatisfying. It's hard to believe LKH actually authored this; it doesn't feel like her stylistically at all, perhaps because it's not her world, but even her characters seem uncharacteristically-LKH. So certainly, don't read this because you're a fan of LKH, as you will be likely disappointed as I was. I found her style here underdeveloped compared to her Anita & Merry series (though the writing is still readable), and the actual plot itself is quite weak, the characters thin, the overall story unsatisfying. It took effort to finish this book, and I found the world/setting poorly fleshed-out and somewhat confusing, though I can't fully blame that on LKH as this is part of series of which I have not read the prior books. The main flaws: -no character particularly appealed, no character even felt thoroughly real -not as much happens as I'd like and the ending is deeply unsatisfying -slow-paced; the mysteries don't adequately compel and create suspense -ugh, zombies (a personal dislike) Redeeming qualities: -it's short -some interesting concepts, from a fantasy/paranormal perspective -lots of people who are not me seem to really like zombies -a few interesting plot twists I wouldn't recommend this (and have no wish to read other installments in this series), but I don't feel like I completely wasted my time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marcelo

    True, good quality horror novels are hard to come by. This is such a novel. The story takes place in Kartakass, one of the dreaded domains of TSR's Ravenloft Campaign Setting. At the same time that a bard hero lies in his deathbed, the Covenant, a loose alliance of heroes faces the discovery of magical powers in one of their younger members — trouble is, magic in Kartakass (and in Ravenloft in general) is very easily an evil thing. Written by a master writer such as Laurell K. Hamilton, expect a v True, good quality horror novels are hard to come by. This is such a novel. The story takes place in Kartakass, one of the dreaded domains of TSR's Ravenloft Campaign Setting. At the same time that a bard hero lies in his deathbed, the Covenant, a loose alliance of heroes faces the discovery of magical powers in one of their younger members — trouble is, magic in Kartakass (and in Ravenloft in general) is very easily an evil thing. Written by a master writer such as Laurell K. Hamilton, expect a very good, frightful, and sadly short treatise on how to make horror in a Dungeons & Dragons setting. Actually, that's both the strength and the weakness of this book: it explores one of the least treaded paths in a TSR setting (horror) but it requires some familiarity with D&D in general and with Ravenloft, specifically, to fully enjoy it. But it you want to see how truly terrifying a horror-fantasy can be, waste no time and read Death of a Darklord.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ben Cronly

    I really enjoyed this book. Like a few other reviews have mentioned, the ending did indeed feel a bit rushed, but it had a great plot and fantastic character building. It seemed as though it could have been set up for a sequel, so it's a pity LKH did not do another. I am a huge fan of Laurell, and this style suits her. I hope she does some more in the future. I wish it had of elaborated more on parts, such as the strange 'deformities' brought on by Elaine's healing. I thought that that was a grea I really enjoyed this book. Like a few other reviews have mentioned, the ending did indeed feel a bit rushed, but it had a great plot and fantastic character building. It seemed as though it could have been set up for a sequel, so it's a pity LKH did not do another. I am a huge fan of Laurell, and this style suits her. I hope she does some more in the future. I wish it had of elaborated more on parts, such as the strange 'deformities' brought on by Elaine's healing. I thought that that was a great touch, but we had no answer as to why or how. The book was devoted to her pet that passed away, so it makes me wonder if Laurell did indeed rush through an ending, and that is why such things were not explained. It was as though there should have been a story twice as long, in order to cover all of what was missing. But all in all, an entertaining read, slightly creepy and with a bit of gruesome scenes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Saul Baisley

    Perhaps it is unfair of me to only rate this book at three stars as I cannot remove my bias. I enjoyed reading this authors other series so much, I fear I may have put to much pressure on this book to be as good as the others, even though the genre is different. The book was well written and the characters were likable and relatable. The story I found to have several loose ends and unanswered questions, too many for my taste. And the story seemed to have a huge buildup, nearly 200 pages worth fo Perhaps it is unfair of me to only rate this book at three stars as I cannot remove my bias. I enjoyed reading this authors other series so much, I fear I may have put to much pressure on this book to be as good as the others, even though the genre is different. The book was well written and the characters were likable and relatable. The story I found to have several loose ends and unanswered questions, too many for my taste. And the story seemed to have a huge buildup, nearly 200 pages worth for what felt like a rushed ending. The “great reveal” as to who was the evil behind the scenes and who it’s minions were left me feeling deflated. It was not hard to tell where the story was headed or how things would end(excluding the unanswered questions I mentioned earlier). But, please make your own judgements. And, although I didn’t like this book, I will continue to read other books by this author as I greatly enjoy her other series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cody Vanderzwaag

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There was an attempt to make a strong, powerful heroine by making her a wizard with uncanny magic ability. However, no amount of magic ability was able to transform this weak trembling character into a compelling protagonist. She hides behind her brother and love interest at every turn, and has absolutely no agency within the story. This protagonist makes no decisions for herself and only relies on the supporting cast who were for the most part interesting enough to finish the book. Ultimately t There was an attempt to make a strong, powerful heroine by making her a wizard with uncanny magic ability. However, no amount of magic ability was able to transform this weak trembling character into a compelling protagonist. She hides behind her brother and love interest at every turn, and has absolutely no agency within the story. This protagonist makes no decisions for herself and only relies on the supporting cast who were for the most part interesting enough to finish the book. Ultimately the book has one of the worst, choppy endings I have ever seen in a fantasy novel. Something is revealed about the protagonists powers but it is not explained. To top it all off, the antagonist was strangely weak yet smug and arrogant, fulfilling the cliche of arrogant, weak villains. my recommendation is that you don't read this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    Considering I have never read this series before, and mainly got the book because of the author, it was pretty good. I think LKH has a very nice style of describing magic, using the right metaphors to picture it happening. I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot in the middle was great. I guess I didn't enjoy the ending very much, but I'm a happy ending kind of girl, and this is a drawn-out series about evil and corruption in magic, so they couldn't all live happily ever after. I am slig Considering I have never read this series before, and mainly got the book because of the author, it was pretty good. I think LKH has a very nice style of describing magic, using the right metaphors to picture it happening. I loved the setting, the characters, and the plot in the middle was great. I guess I didn't enjoy the ending very much, but I'm a happy ending kind of girl, and this is a drawn-out series about evil and corruption in magic, so they couldn't all live happily ever after. I am slightly annoyed that the series has hooked me enough that I would read more of it, but only after I've finished a few of the other series I have started first. And if I can find the books at the library. They aren't great enough to be worth spending much money on.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    I don't know if the characters in this book appear elsewhere, since I picked this up on a whim in Goodwill when I still had an affinity for Laurell K. Hamilton. I didn't realize this was part of a series, but I don't know if the series has consistent characters or if all these books just take place in the same world. That being said, there was a question if this book stands on its own and I say . . . kind of? There were interesting ideas presented, but it just didn't captivate me like I was hopin I don't know if the characters in this book appear elsewhere, since I picked this up on a whim in Goodwill when I still had an affinity for Laurell K. Hamilton. I didn't realize this was part of a series, but I don't know if the series has consistent characters or if all these books just take place in the same world. That being said, there was a question if this book stands on its own and I say . . . kind of? There were interesting ideas presented, but it just didn't captivate me like I was hoping it would. The plot was very jumpy, the characters made decisions that seemed bizarre and unrealistic, and there was a whole lot left unexplained. I wouldn't recommend it and I don't plan on keeping it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Most of the book felt more like a regular fantasy novel, not a Ravenloft novel. It did get pretty Ravenloft-y (technical term) towards the end. (By that of course, I mean it became more disturbing and creepy.) For the most part, I enjoyed the book. It was interesting and had exciting parts. I must say, however, that these are the worst adventurers ever. Supposedly they have killed dozens of monsters and wizards, and yet they couldn't handle a group of zombies. They even walked right into a town Most of the book felt more like a regular fantasy novel, not a Ravenloft novel. It did get pretty Ravenloft-y (technical term) towards the end. (By that of course, I mean it became more disturbing and creepy.) For the most part, I enjoyed the book. It was interesting and had exciting parts. I must say, however, that these are the worst adventurers ever. Supposedly they have killed dozens of monsters and wizards, and yet they couldn't handle a group of zombies. They even walked right into a town that they knew was full of zombies without even looking out for them, allowing themselves to be ambushed. If you like Ravenloft and hastily written fantasy novels, you'll probably like this one.

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