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I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin

Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 2
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Series: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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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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A great continuation to the first book.

What started off as a robotic narration quickly turned into goosebump inducing creepy narration, and aside from the rather abrupt ending this book is a worthy continuation of the first one. Gothic horror with a legendary dark villain as the main character. Can not recommend enough.

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loved it so much

I loved the whole story. was interested in ravenloft mitology for a long time. I especially enjoyed the characterisation of both major characters.

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wonderful

Read the novel before and well just had to listen to it on audio. It helped me get through a day an a half of work. Wonderful book. Wish Elrod would write some more Stradh books.

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Good, but missed potential

For any long standing fans of Strahd and Ravenloft it is a must read, the character development of Strahd is the strongest point of it all. The introduction of Azalin seems.... lacking. Much of the book was trivial bickering long drawn out between the two. The change from that is very abrupt with little explanation into Azalin's side anyway. I get that this is written 'by' Strahd, but it's still a disjointed piece between the first 2/3 and the last, which seemed rather rushed and anti-climactic. If there had been a third book after this one the explained a lot of the major disjointedness, I would be more inclined to over look it, but alas, their is not. It left me feeling rather unfulfilled. Again, a good read, but also a lot left unexplained.

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Great Ravenloft book!

Successfully builds the world of Ravenloft, and is still an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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I very much enjoyed this

This is a great ator with an Outstanding narration. I'm sure everyone go is a vampire fan or D&D fan will love it.

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More great insight into Strahd.

Great to follow some of what his life is like after he becomes a vampire in I, Strahd.

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Enjoyed. Hoping for more.

Would you listen to I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin again? Why?

Maybe, if I couldn't remember something, that I forgot.

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Hoping for the third in the series.

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Couldn't give a higher recommendation

Loved the story. Loved the narration. The only audio fantasy book I've enjoyed more is the first one in this series.

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classic

I miss Ravenloft, Azalin,Lord Soth,Harkonlucas..Azrael.all my bad boys from childhood late nights flashlight under blankets.

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  • Emi Hirst
  • 05-21-19

Good story

Kept me going during work and taught me a lot about the world of Barovia and it's titular ruler. Baffled as to why one or two words were crudely censored but it did not detract too much from my enjoyment.

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  • Alexander
  • 07-18-16

Standard Vampire Protagonist with a deeper plot.

The novel was enjoyable to listen to for the most part. Perhaps the novel reads better in paper format yet the introduction of another protagonist (does that make sense) not necessarily confused the plot, but seemed to draw away from what I really wanted to hear. What I really wanted to hear was Strahd go on a vampiric rampage, in a quest to find his loved one, and more emphasis on heroes trying to kill Strahd, and while this was touched on in parts, which was good, the story didn't overly impress me. Yet I would recommend this if you can spare the time and are inclined to enjoy a true Ravenloft novel.