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, only 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....” He caught his breath. By all the good gods, a personal journal?
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I don't like to read, but I do like to be read to. Mostly here to get less dumb.
This book was surprisingly well-written,and the performance was fantastic. Overall, it is among one of the better 'books-on-tape' I have listened to. It is on par with the "I, Strahd" book before it, with a little more agency.
Given that the character of Strahd has a more palpable antagonist in Azalin, I would say that their relationship (one of protagonist and antagonist) is well represented, and adds enjoyment to the audio book as a whole.
While Strahd stands out, I would say Mr. Boehmer's performance as Azalin stands out as a rather devious villain. Despite Strahd's own failings, the lich is even more of a "heel" thanks to the reader's performance.
As an avid gamer of both tabletop and video RPG's, I have to say that this 'book' gave much inspiration in my own works of fiction. Both Strahd and Azalin represent two powerful, albeit different, undead foils to each other.
I wish there was third in the series, as I am hesitant to commit to other Ravenloft fiction not written by the author.
A follow up to I,Strahd The memoirs of a Vampire. I dearly hope this author and narrator continue with Strahd's story.
Strahd is a vampire out of the world of Ravenloft, one of the most powerful beings of that world. having not delved deep into his story before this I can not state how well these books stick to the cannon of that world. What I can say is that the story is excellent, it keeps you intrigued and hanging on to what is happening next. Not once during this book or the previous one did I find myself wishing it would just move on, and instead just waited early to see what would happen next.
The narrator actually sounds like I imagine and undead, ancient and somewhat tired creature would sound if he was telling the long tale of his life, which these books are the written version of that story.
You get to follow Strahd, who seems to be this immortal, amazingly intelligent creature operate as an underdog. It's a gripping story of intrigue where he tries to work both with and against his guest Azalin.
Lord Strahd. His intellect is truly fascinating and his thoughts are interesting and insightful during the extent of the book.
Lord Strahd, he's perfect for this role!
A story of Intrigue
Just buy it!
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Where book 1 was largely derivative setup, book 2 is much more fun! Pitting Strahd against the necromancer lich Azalin from Forgotten Realms, this book examines not only some great characterization as these two powerhouses play off each other, it also sees the formation of the Demi-Planes of Dread that comprise the Ravenloft campaign setting. For those looking for a quick read through a fantasy / horror realm, this one is definitely worth the look. I still recommend getting book 1 just to build the foundation if nothing else, but I don't know that it's entirely necessary. This one's friendly to new readers.
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