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Publisher's Summary

Death of a Darklord focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities. Her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family involve aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town.

©1995 TSR, Inc., c. 2006 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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The Covenant, Book 1

If you could sum up Death of a Darklord in three words, what would they be?

Strange, intriguing, different

What did you like best about this story?

The story line is interesting but like most first books of a series, it's all about padding out the characters and trying to establish a new world and the story line that it's going to follow, I enjoyed the book, I love this author and fiction. An easy read, however, I'm intrigued how the author is going to follow up.

Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

I liked the twins the most

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I have been an audiobook fan for years and listen to them when I drive, I found myself listening to this one when I was walking the dogs as well.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book, I don't want to give away anything but was a bit sad that so many main characters left the story, I'm hoping that they may come back in the future and I am intrigued to see how the magic progress.

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Interesting take as the 1st step into RVenloft

Looming into the Ravenloft series knowing Strahd and Lord Soth I knew this was going to be a change of pace. Was hopeful the story would pull me in but felt it was the overall setting that held my interest. From researching into running a campaign in D&D Domain of Dread hearing a couple names related to the lore held my interest but was not as interested compared to the Strahd & Soth related books I have listened too.

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waste of credit

Laurell Hamilton is one of my favorite author but I do not like this book at all. I could not wait to reach the ending. But then the ending was a disappointment also. I'm no sure if I'm going to buy the next of this series.

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plot twist

was not disappointed! this writer always surprises me. it was a pleasure to go on this terrorizing adventure.

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Not a fan...

Can't even finish the book. 2:17 minutes, still no interest. Definitely not Anita Blake that's for sure

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Enjoyable, but pretty middle of the road...

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I'm a big fan of Hamilton's work so I had high hopes for this book. The story while fun and based in the Ravenloft universe was pretty quiet for most of the book. There was a lot of talking, and a lot of people going over how the felt again and again, but not much happened. Then things get really interesting, but just when they do. The book ends. With lots of questions. The last 2 hours or so of the listen are great fun though and I enjoyed the magical plot twists. I just wish there was more time spent on the expanding evil, and less time about how everyone felt about it.

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The nail in the coffin...

What disappointed you about Death of a Darklord?

It read like a work that had been done as a freshmen in college or high school, Maybe drug out of the dark, from the back of a dusty drawer, and someone said "hey ,we could release this and take advantage of all the success, those poor saps will buy ANYTHING SHE WRITES!!!!!!!!!and I did.

What was most disappointing about Laurell K. Hamilton’s story?

everything,It sounded like an adaption of a video game.~~~RANT ALERT~~~

I feel like Hamilton has just gotten very very lazy. I had already gotten very fed up with the "we know she likes sex scenes you can stop repeating them now" ,i mean, when the sex starts to bore me there is a problem.I feel like her succes has made her writing incredibly lazy and that this book was either written while she was in a coma or about thirty years ago and was such a dog she couldnt publish it until now. I will not blow $$$ on another thing she writes ,ever.I dont care. Ill go to the library. Last dime she gets from me.EVER AGAIN. period.
Thru.
Over it.
Hope Anita gets eaten by Mommie Darkness.
Seriously.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was distinctly bad, Just..AARGH, Ya know how really good male narrators sound, the smooth voices with subtle inflection? No heavy weird overly dramatic emphasis on the wrong syllable.....well, this wasnt it.This was so bad, i could barely pay attention to the words and when i concentrated on the dialogue I could barely stand that...I thought I was going to black out. Awful.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Death of a Darklord?

???????allllllllll

Any additional comments?

I repeat my earlier comments. I repeat my earlier comments. I repeat my earlier comments.

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Worst Book Ever - What a bummer, I love LKH

What disappointed you about Death of a Darklord?

I got through about 3 chapters before I had to stop. The narrator is so bad that I couldn't focus on the story. There was nothing gripping about it that made me want to keep going. I love Laurell K. Hamilton and am totally disappointed.

How could the performance have been better?

Needed a female narrator. This guy is not good.

Any additional comments?

don't waste your credit.

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I just wish there was something more to it

Although I felt a lot of this book had promise, I saw a majority of the characters were left behind by the end of the book. I really like where I thought many of the stories were going but in the end, Im not sure if any of them truly got wrapped up. With that said, the performance was enjoyable and it definitely presents itself as a Ravenloft book.

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ending was a bit... abrupt

I wanted more story development for Elaine, she was the most interesting focal point and it seems later books won't be about her. it ended in... well everyone loses sort of way. I would have liked the story to he fleshed out better. i want to know how nobody noticed before hand of the weird mutations until the resurrection failure. noone looked at all... seriously? story was good but to me is unfinished.

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  • 01-03-21

Over all just bad

Over all just bad it's hard to follow the story and it was just really disappointing i have all the ravenloft audiobooks and this is by far the worst one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-21

I listened until the end so idk must have been ok

It's pretty dark and the narrator takes some getting used to. At first it felt like the male version of siri was reading to me but I got used to it. There weren't very many lighthearted bits in this book so if you need that in a story (I generally do) then this isnt the book for you.

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  • Daniel Beech
  • 09-13-18

Dark & Delightful!

slow to start, but the twists and turns make it so worth it! Five stars!

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