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Vampire of the Mists (Ravenloft, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September, 1991
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The plot of this book is a very well thought-out plot. It is deep and has several layers to it that the reader is always left wondering what the next page will bring. The basic plot is that of a elven vampire who is trying to seek revenge for the death of someone he loved. The journey and self-discovery that this elf (Jander) partakes in is a fantastic ride. Along the way there are various small sub-plots, but they by no means hinder the overall plot, quite the opposite they add considerable depth to the story and allow the reader to `feel' the story as Ms. Golden intended it. Being that this was the first book in the Ravenloft world Ms. Golden also does a phenomenal job at describing all the things that make Ravenloft unique and interesting. Things such as the fog, the gypsies, Castle Ravenloft, history and countless other things. This truly is a gem of a book.
The characters in this book add so much to the overall story. They are extremely well fleshed out and the development of the characters rivals that of any fantasy book I can think of. Characters such as Jander, Strahd, Sasha, etc develop so much it's amazing that this was only a 300 page book. If you are wanting to read more about Jander there is an additional short strory in the Wizards of the Coast Anthology titled Best of the Realms and the short story title is called `Blood Sport'. The depth that Ms.Read more ›
I absolutely loved the writing of Christine Golden, her descriptive, rich and fluid language seeped of the pages like honey, and filled my head with images and treasures, of wolves, vampires, gypsies and villagers of Barovia. The fantasy world or darkness and light, the story lines and the characters married into the tale of Jandar and his promise to Anna for avenging her death. He was mystically transported to Barovia's Castle Ravenloft, where he befriended, or so he thought, Count Strahd Von Zarovich. His name alone gave me Goosebumps as he welcomed the elf to his home, wanting to learn form his wisdom and slowly trying to corrupt whatever good was left in Jandar. Strahd was one sneaky bastard, cruel and evil yet captivating, he used magic and commanded wolves to do his bidding, he turned beautiful women into vampires and drained the villagers of their happiness and resources.Read more ›
We have a metaphor here for depression: vampirism. They wander alone, they hate themselves for their needs, yet cannot escape them. I have lived a very similar life, though nothing nearly so fantastical. Jander really broke my heart, the way he spoke with one girl that Strahd had left for him: "You know that I will hurt you as little as possible, and take only the minimal amount I need, right?" And even after calming her, he hates himself for taking what he needs. Jander and Batman were taken by treachery amidst noble deeds, Louis seduced at his point of greatest sorrow: the point is, they hate what they are, yet see no way out. They do what good they can amidst evil they know they will have to pay for.
Whenever I get good and depressed, not leaving my room for days at a time or speaking to another living soul, I find myself thinking of Louis, the transformed Batman ...and of Jander Sunstar. Jander, who loved music and light, and all growing things.Read more ›
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Vampire falls in love, woman he loves dies, vampire wants revenge, mists drop him in strange land, vampire learns not is all at is seems. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Joyffree
I won't lie, this book is LARGELY derivative. The main antagonist is nearly a straight out copy of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, down to the tuxedo and slicked back hair. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Classic Ravenloft with a great ending. Great introduction to the world and setting.Published 4 months ago by AlexisW
Best thing is the back story of Strahd. I would have liked more description and better/mood for the castle.Published 5 months ago by J. Arslanian
Great Book and a classic for this genre. I read the original years ago but still really enjoyed this story.Published 9 months ago by Devin R. Murdock
Good book! Definitely worth a read if your looking for a good intro to the ravenloft setting.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not saying I love it because it's the best book I ever read. I gave it 5 stars because it is completely entertaining and a nice reminder of when vampires weren't all dreamy... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew Padilla