Book Reviews of Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft, No 11)

Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft, No 11)
Death of a Darklord - Ravenloft, No 11
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9780786901128
ISBN-10: 0786901128
Publication Date: 6/1995
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
I really loved this book ... for the first 280 pages or so. Then it became very disturbing. Normally I like disturbing (why else would you read LKH?), but the last few chapters raise tons of questions that are never answered, and the ending is very abrupt. I finished this book with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, and was very disappointed.

Also be aware that this is *not* a new LKH series. It's not even a new book - the original version was published in 1995. "Ravenloft" is a campaign in "Dungeons and Dragons" and back in the 80s/90s several authors wrote books that take place within that universe. I've only read a few of them, but my understanding is that they are stand alone books that take place within the larger context of the Ravenloft world (the Demiplane of Dread).

If you're a fan of LKH it may be worth the read, but I wouldn't suggest spending money on it.
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Helpful Score: 4
this book was not at all what i had expected from Hamilton...while interesting, it was pretty gruesome, was NOT a romance like her others, and didnt have a satisfying ending. it is more of a YA book than an adult book also. Still, maybe that's just me.
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Helpful Score: 4
Awesome story. I've always stayed away from her books because I don't care for vampire stories, but the way she writes and describes emotions, I think I might check out a few more of hers.
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Helpful Score: 4
I've read Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series, but was in the mood for something a little different. I picked this one up and wasn't sure if I was going to like it. The plot is a little slow and the ending wasn't quite what I expected. Not one of her best works, but if your lookinf for a Hamilton book that is a little out of the norm, the characters are developed rather well. But the story could have used a little more at the end.
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Helpful Score: 3
Okay, just so you know I'm not crazy, my boyfriend read this book as well and he agrees that the story concept started out promising but the ending absolutely sucks. LKH really is not that great of a writer when taken out of her Anita Blake element, so she tries to compensate with a grotesque turn of events and an ending that will just make you mad. I would never recommend this book, but I do hope someone wants to challenge me on my opinion so I can get it off of my shelf.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is not one of Ms. Hamilton's better works. You can see that she wrote this book in the early stage of her career. The character developement isn't complex and i never felt like i could connect to the story or the characters at all. The setting of the world is very dark, gothic and hopeless. But that is just as it is suppose to be. The book starts out rather confusing, especially if you're not familiar with the Ravenloft setting. Overall i didn't really enjoyed it and i don't understand the hype around this book, even if Ms. Hamilton is rather famous nowadays. I would give it a 2 out of 5.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a book that should be read by those who are fans of and understand the Ravenloft world that's popular for Dungeons & Dragons fans. It's not a typical world Hamilton created on her own as the world was created by the D&D creators and Hamilton wrote a story based on that premise. It may be one of her earlier novels, but was still originally published the same year that the 3rd Anita Blake book came out, so it definitely is NOT lack-of-experience that makes this a read that's different to her two popular series. It's due to a strange and different world all-together. This definitely adds to the Ravenloft world, in that such an amazing author has contributed to it. I was impressed how LKH managed to pull a different writing style out for this one so that it blended well with other Ravenloft stories that I've read.

The story itself is well-written and has that gloomy aura that you expect from a land set in the planes of Ravenloft. This story takes place in the land of Kartakass. The domain lord here is Harken Lukas, a wolf-were (not to be confused with a werewolf!) bard who is evil to the core. He loves to manipulate others to further his own gains.

As Elaine struggles to understand the magic within her, the group she travels with encounters Lukas, who is hoping to possess one of them in order to attempt to escape the domain he has been trapped in.

The end of this is classic for Ravenloft fans who will appreciate its darkness. A well-written story!
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Helpful Score: 2
Laurell K. Hamilton is a great writer, her stories draw you in. This one included. However, it is dark. The majority of the book is captivating, but it does go very dark. If you are a true fan, it's worth the read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was such a departure from the Anita Blake or Merry Gentry books, and I liked seeing what else Hamilton is capable of. It felt like a book written by a different person, which is a good thing. I enjoyed the characters and the story.
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Not anything like her other books. A little too many characters to keep straight and a little convoluted. over all so so.
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I was expecting a vamp story or the like. I was disappointed. I finshed it,but didn't care for it.
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By the best-selling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry, Princess of the Fey series.
In this Ravenloft book, a young woman discovers the beginnings of magical talent in herself . . . The only catch is that in her society ALL magic is suspect and feared as potentially the work of Evil.
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A book set in the ravenloft dark fantasy setting. I thought the series was very cool. Mint condition.
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Slow start with character building, but it *is* worth the wait. I almost wanted to give a low rating because the ending was so "disappointing", but then I realized it's not that it's disappointing, as much as it's not what I really wanted the ending to be... which means I was really kept in suspense & involved with the character's stories.
Solid story and interesting plot twists. Don't read if you have a weak stomach or are looking for Laurell K's usual soft-core vamp romance stuff. Or do, and broaden your reading horizons.
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This is a book that should be read by those who are fans of and understand the Ravenloft world that's popular for Dungeons & Dragons fans. It's not a typical world Hamilton created on her own as the world was created by the D&D creators and Hamilton wrote a story based on that premise. It may be one of her earlier novels, but was still originally published the same year that the 3rd Anita Blake book came out, so it definitely is NOT lack-of-experience that makes this a read that's different to her two popular series. It's due to a strange and different world all-together. This definitely adds to the Ravenloft world, in that such an amazing author has contributed to it. I was impressed how LKH managed to pull a different writing style out for this one so that it blended well with other Ravenloft stories that I've read.

The story itself is well-written and has that gloomy aura that you expect from a land set in the planes of Ravenloft. This story takes place in the land of Kartakass. The domain lord here is Harken Lukas, a wolf-were (not to be confused with a werewolf!) bard who is evil to the core. He loves to manipulate others to further his own gains.

As Elaine struggles to understand the magic within her, the group she travels with encounters Lukas, who is hoping to possess one of them in order to attempt to escape the domain he has been trapped in.

The end of this is classic for Ravenloft fans who will appreciate its darkness. A well-written story!
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I am a huge Merry fan and this story is alot different. It was an interesting read but it did leave you hanging in regards to the characters. I'm not sure if there are other books involving this book or not but I would recommend reading it.
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This is a book that should be read by those who are fans of and understand the Ravenloft world that's popular for Dungeons & Dragons fans. It's not a typical world Hamilton created on her own as the world was created by the D&D creators and Hamilton wrote a story based on that premise. It may be one of her earlier novels, but was still originally published the same year that the 3rd Anita Blake book came out, so it definitely is NOT lack-of-experience that makes this a read that's different to her two popular series. It's due to a strange and different world all-together. This definitely adds to the Ravenloft world, in that such an amazing author has contributed to it. I was impressed how LKH managed to pull a different writing style out for this one so that it blended well with other Ravenloft stories that I've read.

The story itself is well-written and has that gloomy aura that you expect from a land set in the planes of Ravenloft. This story takes place in the land of Kartakass. The domain lord here is Harken Lukas, a wolf-were (not to be confused with a werewolf!) bard who is evil to the core. He loves to manipulate others to further his own gains.

As Elaine struggles to understand the magic within her, the group she travels with encounters Lukas, who is hoping to possess one of them in order to attempt to escape the domain he has been trapped in.

The end of this is classic for Ravenloft fans who will appreciate its darkness. A well-written story!
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A little too out there, even for Hamilton. An okay read, but not a keeper.
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This is a great read. A little different from Laurell's Anita series
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Disappointing from Laurell Hamilton
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I was not impressed.
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This is the newest release of Laurell K Hamilton. A new series.