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Vampire of the Mists

(Ravenloft #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,051 ratings  ·  123 reviews

Jander Sunstar is a gold elf, a native of magical Evermeet in the Forgotten Realms. He is also a five-hundred-year-old vampire.

Torn by rage and grief, Jander is transported into the nightmare realm of Ravenloft, where he gains the attention of the demiplane's master, Count Strand Von Zarovich. But
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by TSR Inc. (first published September 1991)
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Alexander Draganov
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When I learned that there is a book about a vampire elf I was already interested. Now I have finished the book and I can only say that I am truly and really impressed. The book is very emotional and the author phenomenally well tells the sad, haunting and melancholy tale of an elf, who is turned into a vampire, an embodiment of everything which is an elf is not. The pace of the book is a bit slow at the beginning, but in that way the reader falls fully into the story, which tells how this elf me ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, games
3.5 stars.

I read this as a teen and it still holds up really well. Even dark fantasy/horror fans who don't care about D&D at all would probably get a kick out of this novel, as it doesn't really have many D&D trappings (the only instance that really stood out to me was the Vancian "memorized spells" system of magic that crops up once or twice and a few of the spell names).

Things I liked:
Cool vampires. The more terrible vampire books I read the more I can appreciate plain, old fashioned, rip-yo
Michael Sorbello
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Synopsis: Jander Sunstar is a gold elf, a native of magical Evermeet in the Forgotten Realms. He is also a five-hundred-year-old vampire. Torn by rage and grief, Jander is transported into the nightmare realm of Ravenloft, where he gains the attention of the demiplane's master, Count Strand Von Zarovich. But can Jander trust this elegant fellow vampire once he discovers that his own quest for revenge is linked to the dark heritage of the count's domain?

Review: A tragic romance between a vampire
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire fans, fantasy readers, D&D novel readers
This one pretty much fit in my mood to read a decent vampire tale, and I mean real vampires, not the b.s. sparkling variety. This is as "old school" as it gets: the garlic, the vampire has to be invited to walk into a house, so on. You know, the way vampires are supposed to be. I had read this book a years ago, and I had forgotten about it. It was kind of neat getting to reread it now.

Jander Sunstar is a gold elf; he also happens to be a 500 year old vampire who finds himself in the horror real
[Name Redacted]
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy, gothic
Well, color me surprised. I knew Christie Golden solely from her sub-par World of WarCraft novels and assumed she was just another tie-in novel hack. But this book? This book is solid. It's fun, it's well-paced, the characters are likable, and she even masters the relative perceptions of time for three sets of characters with very different lifespans... Where did this Christie Golden go in the intervening decades?

As good as it is, though, there are some glimpses of the unfortunate author-who-is-
Angelle Tusa
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think I was about 15 the first time I read this book, and I absolutely loved it then. The main character, Jander Sunstar, had such an effect on me that I wanted so desperately to hear more about his adventures before becoming a vampire, and I frequently used his name when given the choice to name characters in video games. I even created an email address using j_sunstar. I had borrowed the book from my then boyfriend (who, from what I recall, was more interested in Strahd than Jander) and so p ...more
Jul 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007, in-english, fantasy
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Jun 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Dull, boring, slow and not scary. A disappointment.
Greg Heath
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this, the first installment in the long-running horror/fantasy series Ravenloft, Christie Golden breathes terrifying life into one of the most unique, recognizable characters in modern fantasy: Strahd von Zarovich, vampire lord of the undead and ruler of the mist-enshrouded realm of Barovia. Although Strahd is, indeed, given spotlight in his first fictional appearance (the character was a popular mainstay of tabletop modules before this), he is actually not the protagonist of this story. That ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires
(3 stars for the actual book, plus one for nostalgia)

Fifteen-year-old me loved unreservedly the tale of poor Jander Sunstar, nature-loving, sun-worshipping elf doomed by the curse of the vampire to walk always in the darkness, preying on the blood of the living ... and honestly, there is still a lot to enjoy for the (slightly) more mature reader, although if Vampire of the Mists is a classic it is only within the limited realm of RPG-to-novel tie-ins. Every trope you can imagine is fully present
Eric Smith
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think going back and rereading these books well over a decade after the last time I read them is going to be an eye opening experience for me. I'm not the same person I was when I first read this for the first time over 20 years ago and it shows by how I see the ending much differently now. I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and still love the world of Ravenloft and the character of Strahd Von Zarovich but appreciate that character for much different reasons now. He is a pitiable creature inc ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Going into this novel I felt like Golden was going to give me a story much like her later novel Arthas: Rise of the Lich King where the main character has suffered a tragic incident in his life and cannot get beyond it. For Jander this seemed to be magic, though at the outset you don't know why he abhors magic as much as he does and even in the end I am not sure about his hatred of the mystical art. I guess he associates it with his vampirism, not really sure. Other than this one comparison to h ...more
Jasher Drake
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
So, a fantasy book about vampires. A couple months ago I wouldn't of been interested at all, but after finishing the Weis/Hickman main storyline of Dragonlance, I wanted to delve into another Dungeons & Dragons franchise, so I chose to read the first Ravenloft book. I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised.

This book was awesome, the right amount of adventure, the right amount of mystery and the right amount of horror. The main character, a elf turned vampire called Jander Sunstar, really makes yo
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having last time read this book during high school I decided to revisit some of my youth by reading this book again. I have been intrigued by Strahd's character since the first time I (or rather a character of mine) encountered him in the original gaming module back in junior high. I thought this novel did justice to the vampire and I liked the contrast between the two vampires (Jander being a likable "good" vampire). I tend to enjoy the traditional vampire stories like this more than the popula ...more
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book from when I was a wee lass. I think I've read this book about four or five times (and that is huge, I hardly ever re-read). Jander Sunstar is just about the neatest character for a fantastical land I could imagine. And I am speaking from my innocent, lovely, ethereal teenage self.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
The main character (Jander, not Strahd) is insufferable. He is the Felix Unger of vampires. When he gets upset, he starts crying bloody tears and goes into the next room to apply their version of Lemon Pledge to the furniture. At least with Neil Simon you get something funny.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I do love this series, but I have noticed something. In this world, evil will prevail.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I rarely re-read books, but this one is one of the few that get taken off my shelf again and again. Gothic Horror has never held more interest to me.
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great read, mix of gothic horror and fantasy. I always wanted to read the Ravenloft books just never got around to it. Now I demand more Ravenloft!
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampire-books
"Is this book any good?"
"Didn't think so"

How you doing, young lady?
That feelin' that you givin' really drives me crazy
You don't have a player on the choke
I was at a loss of words first time that we spoke

You're looking for a girl that'll treat you right
You lookin' for her in the day time with the light

You might be the type if I play my cards right
I'll find out by the end of the night

You expect me to just let you hit it
But will you still respect me if you get it

All I can do is try, gimme one
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampire
This is my second time reading this novel. The first was easily over a decade ago, and I have to say, the book still lives up to my memory of it.

Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable book, even on the second time around. I had forgotten most of it, so rereading it was almost like reading it new. The twists were fresh, and the characters interesting. Ravenloft was an interesting world as it introduced the concept of vampires in other races besides humans. The concept of a vampire elf was a pretty
Jul 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
See my other reviews of this author; once again, love the world, love the characters-hate the author and her total lack of ability when it comes to character development and believable storybuilding. GET A NEW JOB, CHRISTIE GOLDEN!
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I've always wanted to read a Ravenloft book but have never gotten around to it for one reason or another. I was not disappointed. It was an excellent story with more traditional vampires in a dark gothic setting. Can't wait to read more from this setting.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly good. I expected a bunch of cheese but it was really entertaining and now I need to go check out the rest of the series.
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden follows a gold elf vampire named Jander Sunstar, who is hell-bent on revenge. Jander gets thrown into a land called Barovia where a lord, Strahd, takes him in. When trying to found out who hurt his beloved, he finds his answers were right under his nose.

1) Time Passing. I really was lost because I didn't know how much time passed in some parts. I was really shocked to suddenly see Anastasia pregnant, then suddenly her child is running around town
Helen Robare
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a fanatical Dungeons and Dragons player back in the 80s, but I haven't played in almost a decade. So, with this Coronavirus keeping me, pretty much, inside my apartment, I went into my back shed and began looking for books I hadn't read in a long time. I found this book (and quite a few others) so I sat down to read it.

Immediately I was transported back to Ravenloft and the world of D&D. Surprisingly, this book has held up over time. I found it just as enjoyable last night as I did when I
Andrew Bass
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another solid Forgotten Realms/Ravenloft book. This one features an elven vampire named Jander Sunstar who begins the book on the Sword Coast caring for an insane woman in an asylum who he eventually falls in love with. That is one of the more intriguing love scenarios I've ever read. Eventually Jander is transported to Barovia in that odd "mist-ical" way (see what I did there? Yeah... I'll see myself out) and meets Strahd. Their fundamental worldviews are so different that the eventual collisio ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. Evil befriends vampire, good befriends vampire, A lot happens to vampire. The book is a definite must read ! Found this book by complete accident. Characters are strong, the story flows very well. Yeah there are some unseen twists and turns nothing dramatic. Christine brings you into the story with her characters. You feel a strong bond with the group Definite ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first read Vampire of the Mists when I was teenager and its blend of horror and fantasy hit a literary sweet spot I didn't know I had. I loved this book and reread it several times. Now, much removed from those days, I decided to reread it and though I don't claim to have a completely objective view of the book because of my nostalgia, I feel the book is still a very good read and I really enjoyed it. Some would say the book is not highly original, and there were times when this story of a mel ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jander is a breed unlike most. A golden elf by birth who takes pleasure in being in nature and its inhabitants and sun-bathed patches of field. Now, however, he is vampire. Sworn to nights and a painful bloodlust that leads him far away from his natural being and to a mysterious female prisoner that lives in a shack of an insane asylum. Jander falls for the girl with a tormented past and she takes him on her journey of revenge, self-discovery and, finally, peace.

Beautifully written and packed w
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

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“What a puzzle you are to me, Jander Sunstar! You feed upon lifeblood, yet mourn the life you take. You are a being of shadow and night, yet you yearn to be surrounded by beauty. You are dead, but you cannot bear decay. What exactly are you? You can hardly be a vampire!” 0 likes
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