I absolutely love the Ravenloft world, so it's probably no surprise that the stories tend to let me down from time to time. At times, this story almost had the oppressively hopeless atmosphere right, at other times it seemed too much like your standard fantasy adventure fare. There were a few plot points I felt didn't really go anywhere, unless they were meant to be red herrings, and I feel they missed out on a lot of possibilities.
Overall I enjoyed it well enough, though if I had to recommend other novels from the Ravenloft series I'd pick "Vampire of the Mists," "I, Strahd" volumes 1 and 2, and "Knight of the Black Rose" over this one.
I have not listened to any of the others.
I like that the narrative was split between a male reader for the male protagonist's section and a female reader for the female protagonist. This definitely helped with the immersion factor of the story.
I would. I feel like it had a lot of potential for some of the more grisly effects we see in movies nowadays. Again, though, there were a lot of missed opportunities.
There really wasn't much in the way of programming here, mostly just how to run a Web design business. if that's what you want, that's great, but the author seemed a little too eager to tell you what you want to hear ($120k/year!) without going into any of the hard details.
Also, the reader cleared his throat and I believe spit at one point. Couldn't they have done another take? That strikes me as unprofessional.
other than those gripes it wasn't bad for less than $5. You'd be better off with a real book, I think.
I have already read another Christie Golden novel and that's part of why I chose this one. Marisa Vitali has a lovely voice, and is an talented voice actress, though I feel she might not have been the best choice for such an ugly, despair-filled story.
Larisa, the protagonist, was my favorite character. She was treated to the whole "hero's quest" story arc.
Pace, yes. Tone, no. As stated earlier, I believe Vitali was a bit too... cheerful with her tone, even when things were dark. Nothing against her, I just don't think it clicked for me.
Nope. The story's over, and everyone can move on with their lives.
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