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Title: Vampire of the Mists
Series: Ravenloft #1
Author: Christie Golden
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Jander Sunstar was a gold elf that was turned into a vampire 500 years ago. He’s been at the city of Waterdeep living off the insane asylums to slake his blood thirst. He meets a woman named Ana there and tries to make her life better. Something is off though as she doesn’t age in 100 years. Somehow she dies and Jander goes nuts and kills everyone in the asylum. He wanders away moaning and bitching like only a vampire elf could and goes through a mysterious fog bank and ends up in the land of Barovia.
Barovia is a land enshrouded by deadly mist that kills humans who try to wander through it. It is ruled by a Baron Strahd who is also a vampire. Jander has dreams of Ana urging him on to revenge her death and begins his search for her with the Baron’s help. Time passes, Jander gets nowhere and the Baron learns lots and lots from Jander.
Eventually a human gets sick of the vampires running around and with the help of Jander tries to destroy them all, including the Baron. Jander ends up dying, the human fails and Strahd continues his reign in the strangely removed Land of Barovia where the normal rules don’t seem to apply. Strahd is seriously hurt though and is out of commission for years, if not hundreds of years.
Even though I stopped reading the Forgotten Realms book last year, I had a relapse and figured I’d try this Ravenloft sub-series. It’s all gothic’y horroresque at the level of FR and not Lovecraft or Stoker. A decent time filler that I could poke a boat through the holes in it if I felt like. But I’m feeling rather magnanimous at the moment so I gave it a whole 3 stars. Now no one can ever say Bookstooge wasn’t generous, benevolent and merciful.
I believe that Strahd is a recurring character throughout this series and I thought he was going to be the main character. He is a main character but more of a villain than anything. He is a relatively young vampire and as such doesn’t have the wisdom to make the most of the situation he’s in. Nor does he seem overly concerned about Barovia ever returning to whereever it came from.
Jander Sunstar is also a vampire, but an elven vampire. I was expecting him to either be totally corrupted by his 500 years of being a vampire or to just get more and more bad ass and kick Strahd’s butt. I mean come on, a Vampire Elf? That just sounds cool. Sadly, Jander is a whiner and really isn’t much of a man. He just bends before Strahd like a reed in the wind until he learns that his Ana was a woman Strahd had sought in Barovia and destroyed. Then he gets all angry and whatnot but it doesn’t ring true. And Jander fails. I have a feeling most of these books are going to be adventures about various people/groups who go up against Strahd, and fail. Guess I need to psyche myself up for that.
This was Christie’s first book. However, from what I’ve read of her other stuff, in Star Wars, she hasn’t significantly changer her style or anything, from this one. A solid B-list author who writes well enough for Franchise books.