Dance of the Dead (Ravenloft #3) ★☆☆☆½

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Title: Dance of the Dead
Series: Ravenloft #3
Author: Christie Golden
Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Franchise Fiction
Pages: 310
Format: Digital Edition



Raoul Dumont, captain of a paddle boat, steams up and down the rivers of Ravenloft bringing cheer and entertainment to all the small towns he visits. His troupe of actors regular perform a play he has written and Dumont’s young ward, Larissa Snowmane, is growing into her role as the villain of the piece.

However, while staying at an elven town, the main starlet of the show turns up dead and Dumont suspects the Elven Lord. He and the Crew make a run for it and pass through the mists. They come to a small town that Larissa recognizes as the one she grew up in many years ago before her father abandoned her to Dumont’s care.

Dumont begins to show his true colors and tries to take advantage of Larissa. She escapes, meets a young man named Willen and finds out that Dumont has a group of magical creatures as slaves in the hold of his boat. Dumont’s goal is to find a magical creature in this small town and in this he is aided by a Necromancer named Lond. Lond begins turning the crew into zombies that are directly controlled by Dumont. Lond wants out of the town, as he has made an enemy of the Lord of the Manor, a vampiric necromancer of immense power.

Larissa escapes into the swamp, finds out her white hair (hence the name Snowmane) gives her a special connection and is taught by the Swamp Witch. However, before they can attack Dumont or Lond, they must get permission from the Lord of the Manor, as nothing occurs without his personal approval. He teaches Larissa the Dance of the Dead and sends her on her way.

A battle ensues between the gang on the boat and denizens of the swamp. Things aren’t looking good for Larissa’s friends as Lond is just resurrecting them and using them for his side. Larissa dances the Dance of the Dead (which she was told would allow her to control all zombies) only to find out that not only can she control all zombies but she makes zombies of anyone who watches the dance. Willen gets zombified and Lond kills Dumont to try to escape. Lond ends up dying in a contest of wills and Larissa’s group wins.

The book ends with the remaining non-zombies asking Larissa to be the Captain of the Boat and she begins making eyes at one of the men.


My Thoughts:

What an utter piece of tripe. This had every cliché and trope possible for “Young Heroine Comes Into Her Own”.

Also, nothing about this seems to actually be in the Realm of Ravenloft. If Dumont could travel willy-nilly through the mists, he could have made himself king. This was just a Grl Power fantasy book with the name “Ravenloft” stamped on it.

A stinker of a book. If the next Ravenloft book is anything close to this I’m done with the series. I always knew this would happen but I have to admit I was hoping it wouldn’t happen until later in the series.

C’est la Vie!



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19 thoughts on “Dance of the Dead (Ravenloft #3) ★☆☆☆½

  1. Ola G says:

    And now I kind of start to recognize what always irked me about Dragonlance… 😉 Still, I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with it!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Franchise fiction will always let the readers down at some point. I’ll probably stop this series after the next book, unless it is fantastic (which, by it’s very nature it almost simply can’t be).

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  2. salonimore1702 says:

    Oh damn, a 1.5?!?! The book does sound kind of terrible though. Are you going to read the rest of the series? Or was this the last book?

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  3. As usual, I am in awe of your determination in giving series another chance after such a thoroughly bad book… The patience of a saint, indeed! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  4. pcbushi says:

    Interesting. I’ve heard of the Ravenloft D&D setting, but didn’t realize there were books. I guess it makes sense, though – all the D&D campaign settings seem to get this treatment.

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  5. Don’t tell me you’re back on those hot streak of poo reads… Doesn’t sound like a good one though.

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  6. Urgh doesn’t sound great at all! Hopefully there are better reads to come for you!

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  7. savageddt says:

    Just when i thought you had a spell of good books🙈

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Off The TBR says:

    They didn’t publish very many Ravenloft books did they? My memory thinks three or four? I haven’t looked it up.

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  9. […] good I guess.  I’ve also decided to get rid of the Ravenloft series, even though I stated in Dance of the Dead that I was going to give it one more chance. With the changes I’ll be talking about later in […]


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