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Death of a Darklord: The Ravenloft Covenant
Death of a Darklord The Ravenloft Covenant
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton's Ravenloft(R) classic! — 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. 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 neighborin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780786947348
ISBN-10: 0786947349
Publication Date: 8/28/2007
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 72 ratings
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Death of a Darklord: The Ravenloft Covenant on + 119 more book reviews
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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.
taiki avatar reviewed Death of a Darklord: The Ravenloft Covenant on + 3 more book reviews
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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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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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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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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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