This was a good book! I really liked how Lord Soth was truly evil...he did not do a single noble deed through out the entire book. Even if he "saved" his allies it was only because he was not done with them yet - not because he cared about them in any fashion.
My favorite part of the book is when he and his werebeast companion take a portal that deposits them in a very strange and depressing place. A tunnel of darkness where he confronts a shadow (demon?) and her hound. Very chilling scene honestly, and I actually felt kinda sorry for her!
The flashbacks were masterfully done and filled in a lot of back story to Soth - you got to understand what happened to him and that he was indeed his own doom. My two minor complaints are that I found it unreasonable that he would throw away everything at the end of the book to get revenge on a minor lackey. Also, I think Lord Soth and Strahd would have went at it - no holds barred - until one or the other was dead (again). In short, I didn't like the way they had two or three "close calls" and each time somehow avoided direct combat.
Overall, I give this story a 4 out of 5 stars and really enjoyed it!
I liked this dark fantasy in which even the evil Lord Soth can, at times, have some redeeming qualities. I look forward to reading the next book, The Spectre of the Dark Rose.
The tale of death knight Lord Soth's transplantation from Krynn (DragonLance) to Sithicus (Ravenloft).
On the fabled world of Krynn, Lord Soth finally learns that there is a price to pay for his long history of evil deeds, a price even an undead warrior might find horrifying.
On the fabled world of Krynn, dark powers transport Lord Soth to Barovia where the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahd Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land.