Not the best vampire book, but ok. The story follows at a decent pace, the characters are better than cardboard, the mood and description better than the characters or pace. Basically, warrior become vampire, and this tells his story with its agonizing end- not his end, but the story brings us up to the present so that we may more fully appreciate him and his dilemmas as a vampire. And over all, I felt that way- I understood him better and could appreciate where he'd come from- both his time period, and his experiences. The book worked for me, but not in awe inspiring ways. But then again, how can all books be awe inspiring? It would turn the best into the commonplace.
First book by P.N. Elrod I ever read, definitely won't be the last. What a great add to the Ravenloft series! I love Strahd, I really, really hope to read more of him in the future!
Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, onlu lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for three hundred years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history. He turned to the first page and read: I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, well aware certain events of my reign have been desperately misunderstood by those who are better at garbling history than recording it, hereby set down an exact record of those events, that the truth may at last be known.
used. good condition. Hardback
The memoirs of Ravenloft's most imposing figure - Lord Strahd. Excellent book!