Knight of the Black Rose (Ravenloft #2)
Dark powers transport Soth to Barovia, and there the death knight must face the dread minions of Count Strahn Von Zarovich, the vampire lord of the nightmare land. But with only a captive Vistani woman ...more
What does it take to make a good man go bad? That question has as many answers as there are men...and women. For some it's an easy choice; for others it's a long and winding path. Soth of Dargaard Keep is a man who made his choice centuries ago, and paid the price for his crimes. Soth, once a holy knight from a noble family, is now a soulless monster encased in armor.
This novel takes one of Dungeons and Dragons, more infamous creatures (to DnD fans anyway) and throws him in the crucible of Raven...more
Lord Soth, once a member of the chivalric order of Knights of Solomnia, is undone by his passions - a topic explored amply in several Dragonlance novels. Taken to the setting of Ravenloft by treachery and force ...more
Some three years later, I was invited to play in a DnD campaign, my first ever, by the man who is now my husband. Imagine ...more
Despite revisiting it throughout the book, Lowder also fails to delve into the tragedy of Sot ...more
Prior to this book, I never read any Dragonlance or knew a thing about the character of Lord Soth, but from skimming through reviews here and elsewhere, I can see the death knight's inclusion into the Ravenloft milieu was akin to sacrilege for some.
But on its own merits, this book tells a mostly decent story, though wading through Soth's flashbacks was something I could do without. The inclusion of Azr ...more
'Knight of the Black Rose' tells the story of how Soth ended up in Ravenloft. Beyond all the issues with Soth and Ravenloft vs Krynn, this book in itself is a fairly enjoyable book. Lowder writes the Ravenloft setting really well, maintaining the whole dark setting fairly well. Not once during the entire book did I ever get the sense that the world was anything othe ...more
It was obviously made to try and sell tweens on the new campaign setting. I say this with confidence because it spends to much time riding the Dragonlance coat tails and name dropping places, characters and other details from that setting that it doesn't get around to having it's own plot unt ...more
Soth is a worthy foil to Strahd; one of the most interesting vampires ever created and the main character of the Ravenloft universe.
Fun read. Easy to finish.
Nothing in the book felt particularly memorable to me, unlike Soth's moments in the main Dragonlance arcs, where his appearance generally threw me into a fit of fascination. It also removed some of the finality of his appearance in the last book of the "Twins" Dragonlance saga. I don't know if I'm comparing the Ravenloft b ...more
It's a good fun read, but I feel as though its age definitely shows. I think I originally read this almost 15 years ago, and my how has fantasy (or at least my taste in fantasy) changed in that amount of time. Though I love Lord Soth as a character, he's very one dimensional, as are all the major players.
It's hard to understand some of the decisions Lord Soth makes, but he's undead so I get it. I can see how he would not think like a human. He's dead, his memories are an imprint, he's driven down a path and when he died he's not going to deviate, that is a bit frustrating for us and the other humans around him.
On a different note ...more
It wasn't anything 'great' as far as literature went, but it was, for me, a very fun read. The image of one being (albeit cursed and possessed of some rather nasty powers) besieging a castle and fighting off an army of unnatural beings, was highly amusing.
James Lowder has worked extensively in fantasy and horror fiction on both sides of the editorial blotter. He's authored several best-selling dark fantasy novels and has had short fiction appear in such anthologies as Shadows Over Baker Street and The Repentant. He's penned comic book scripts for several companies and the city of Boston. His book and film reviews, fe ...more