The World Of Darkness Exposed It Begins With Clan Novel Toreador, But This Novel Is Just The Beginning Of A Book Series Dedicated To The Kindred It S The Biggest Event In World Of Darkness History This Epic Series Of Over One Million Words Will Reveal The Secrets Of This Hidden World, From The Smallest Detail To The Grandest Marvel The Nosferatu S Apparent Scheme To Put The Eye Of Hazimel Into The Hands Of The Setite Vegel Will Decide The Fates Of Kindred Legions And Will Determine The Future Of The Camarilla And Sabbat, The Sects Engaged In A Massive War Along The Entire East Coast And The List Of Schemers Doesn T End There Can You Say Antediluvian Each Novel In The Series Focuses On A Member Of One Of The Vampire Clans Clan Novel Toreador Sets Events Into Motion With Victoria Ash A High Ranking Camarilla Manipulator Who Turns Plots, Assassinations And Wars To Her Advantage I really like the idea of The Masquerade and all the different personality sets there are for the vampires This was an awesome start to the series and I loved how it follows one person from the clan but gives and over all storyline. This was an interesting reading experience The whole novel takes place in one night or so, and the story does pack a lot into that one night Though we are mostly following Victoria Ash and Leopold, the story moves back and forth between other characters, all with their different schemes and motivations If you like dark fiction with a lot of intrigue and machinations, then this book is for you because the vampires of The Masquerade, known as the Kindred, pretty much live to pursue Machiavellian plots Our main characters are members of the Toreador Clan, which are artists, so you also get a lot of descriptions related to the art crafts, specially sculpture which is what Leopold does I think I particularly enjoyed this novel at this point in time because it presents vampires as they should be scary, powerful, ruthless In other words, these are not the wimpy sissy vampires a lot of paranormal romances and urban fantasies seem to favor these days These are not nice vampires, even when they are at their most seductive The novel has a pretty strong dark tone overall that works nicely It does leave you with a cliffhanger leading to the next novel, which I will be sure to try and find It looks like the plot will thicken, but I will have to wait for the next books to find out. It was a very long book It took me at least half a month to finish it I can t say I hated it though I was extremely upset and pleased at the same time as soon as I read the final pages of the last few chapters.The idea of vampires in this novel pushed me into a whole new world I got so far in that actually forgot that the second half of the book took place in a single night.I remember it was around six or seven at night and I was screaming NO THAT CAN T BE THE WAY IT ENDED because they just left me off on a cliff hanger.My favorite character had to be Leopold My least, Victoria.I liked Leopold the best because I thought he went insane in the end when he was sucking on a literal eye ball I disliked Victoria the most because she sounded a lot selfish than evil, and she was the closest thing in this book to a villain.Thinking about Hannah, I was wondering whether or not she knew what was going to happen that night None of the Tremere showed up to the summer solstice, and the author brought it up than once.Overall, I thought this book was pretty good.It was satisfying in a way that I was craving for but I was so long that it was a little painful to focus on a single page and read for than two hours at a time. Real rating is fluctuating between 3.5 and 4I am rereading this book I I think read it when it first came out during the days of the Old World of Darkness game systems heyday.I m not quite sure how entertaining this book would be to someone who has not played the games I have the feeling that it would be easy for someone who doesn t know the world already to get lost in the novel.There is a lot of explanation throughout the book, in an attempt to clue in the casual reader To someone who has played the games though, this might drag the story down To me some of the inclusions of game lore seemed a little gratuitous and was distracting.I m a bit of a loss of how to proceed from here I want to finally read the whole series, but am having trouble finding some of the parts.White Wolf released collections of the novels there is 13 in all and rearranged them They basically took all 13 novels, and dissected them and put them back together in chronological order I have read mixed reviews on this.Also, I am a reading challenge whore and look at that as the difference between reading 13 books and 4 books toward my goal P I ll start off by saying that this is not by any means a bad book The only other Old World of Darkness books I ve read was The Horizon War trilogy, which draws mostly on Mage The Ascension my preferred game material For the record, my approach to reviewing books is to not only review how good I thought the story was, but to also examine the prose and technique The story is fine The chapters are unnumbered and instead have headings for the time, date, and location of the text that follows it The majority of the story action takes place in a single night June 21 22, 1999 in Atlanta, GA, though there are some chapters that take place a couple of days before Readers should be warned that the Clan Novel series is not chronological, so you do need to pay attention to these timestamps as other books can start significantly before or after the events of this book The first third of the book focuses on Leopold, a fledgling Toreador sculptor that begins to have an existential crisis about trying to find out who sired him The second third of the book focuses on Victoria Ash, an ambitious and seductive Elder Toreador that has recently moved to the city in order to serve as the Toreador Primogen i.e., clan representative of Atlanta In a I assume unintentional twist of Mrs Dalloway, Victoria throws a lavish celebration party with the ulterior motive of engaging in intrigue and mischief The last third of the novel switches between several POV characters from multiple clans that are attending the party, including revisits to Victoria and Leopold.The only technique that s present in the book is that when it approaches the climax, the chapters start getting progressively shorter It s successful in adding to the suspense Characterization is somewhat of a strength of the novel Victoria is a strong POV and I feel like I walk away knowing who she is a character She has a penchant for tossing the dice and using chance chaos determine the paths she takes in order to maintain an air of unpredictability I thought this was a very nice touch, considering the flatness of most other characters Leopold had his moments, but his part of the story didn t add too much to the overall plot I feel like I can predict his role in future books, but his chapters didn t have much relevance to the centerpiece the party of this novel Vegel a Setite was also fairly interesting for the little screen time he got Otherwise, the prose and structure in this novel is such a mess A strong editor would have brought this up to 4 stars at minimum The author is very guilty of telling and not showing, meaning that most of the time it feels like you re reading a source book for the game instead of a narrative Most of the worldbuilding is done in this tell you manner, which really ruins the suspension of disbelief Instead of saying Nosferatu are all hideous Their ugliness makes them hide in sewers Kine are horrified by their ugly faces you can say The light slanted under the Nosferatu Elder s hood, illuminating the same melting, gnarled deformities that branded all of their clan Her nose flared at the smell of waste and mildew that wafted from his robes, no doubt from the sewers and shadows that his kind have been consigned to lurk in for eternity The mere sight of their ghoulish visages by a kine was enough to break the masquerade I mean, I have no formal training in writing and I just whipped out something better than what I read Another issue I have is leaving things written in between the lines for astute readers to figure out Right when you start thinking you ve figured something sneaky or unsaid about a character, the author comes out and bluntly states it which is very frustrating It makes you feel like you don t really need to read everything because you ll just be told shortly You will also run into a few paragraphs where absolutely nothing of value is written and you can skip them and not miss anything No characterization, worldbuilding, plot details Just tangent thoughts provided by the character It s the equivalent of filler bullshit in a student essay, Another technical issue I have is that three or four chapters are dedicated to Benito Giovanni, in which absolutely nothing of relevance happens that contributes to this story I understand that all of these stories are supposed to intersect connect, but if it was necessary to keep him in this book they could have found a way to tie a stronger thread to the party, Victoria, or Leopold at bare minimum The Horizon Wars similarly had strange Giovanni chapters where like in this one the Giovanni sits in their office thinking and not much happens otherwise until it does and then it just leaves you scratching your head Finally, the party scene was largely from Victoria s POV, where she essentially repeats the same sentiments the entire time snickering in her head about this brilliant little intrigue she hopes to conduct It would have been refreshing to explore chapters from other perspectives to see how a variety of different vampires perceive her From a game novel POV, it would mean that we not only get a chance to see her thoughts, we can also see how Kindred of different clans generations react in order to gauge how skilled she truly is A woman s perspective e.g., Eleanor, the Prince s wife would have been fascinating, for example In sum, Victoria Ash is the redeeming quality of this novel as she truly embodies the Toreador archetype she s designed after She also demonstrates a level of complexity that is interesting, whereas I can t say the same for Leopold and Vergel The pacing of the novel and use of progressively shortening chapters to build tension makes it a fairly easy read However, the prose is really lacking, and the choices of POV characters or lack thereof wasn t always well thought out It really makes it hard for a novel to stand on its own when you include material that doesn t fit within the plot.Perhaps they could have thought out how to structure these books in a better manner I appreciate how they were ambitious and wanted to have a book dedicated to each clan, but perhaps better planning storyboards and whatnot would have led to a better execution I get the feeling we ll be getting a lot of disconnected fragments through the next 12 books, which is really just bad writing There are methods of successfully including one shot chapters in a novel that may pop back up in a future publication, but you won t find them here I ve read the next book is one of the best of the saga and by a different author , so I look forward to reviewing that one. Slow starter, but the ending took it all Still my favorite after all these years. This is the first volume in a 13 book set which focuses on the thirteen clans of the Kindred It is a huge undertaking to commit to a 13 book series but White Wolf Publishing is known for the quality of it s publishing and this series, thus far, does not disappoint The Toreador s are considered hedonists and are easily ignored by the other clans but one of the Toreadors has a plan That plan includes becoming the most powerful vampyre in Atlanta and to control the city She has set her plan in motion and by the final page it is easy to see that all thirteen clans will play a pivotal role The story begins here.the end will determine the fate of not only Atlantabut the world My bet is this is where the idea for the Soprano s came from.but that is just my opinion. I recently finished Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines in case you re wondering, I first used a tremere and I m currently playing as a malkavian obfuscate is the shit so I decided to finally read this book that I bought for 3 euros at a local book bazaar It is the first novel of the Clan series, named so because each book mainly describes a single vampire clan As the name implies, this one is about the Toreador, the artistic vampires of the setting Leopold is a young Toreador who does not remember who Embraced him Additionaly, he cannot scultp a statue if he knows that his model is a Kindred fancy vampire term for vampire It all changes when he finally manages to do so, and he decides to show his latest creation at Victoria Ash s party.Enter Victoria A 300 ish years old Toreador who decides to throw a party in order to gauge the vampire situation in Atlanta, Georgia, and move into position to become a major player among the Kindred of the city before unexpected guests you can probably guess who they are come and ruin it all for everyone There are characters, obviously a Giovanni who is stalked by an unknown person, a Ventrue and a Brujah who create their own or so they think political game to overthrow Atlanta s Malkavian prince, a Setite and a Nosferatu with a mysterious ancient occult item I am mildly interested in the World of Darkness setting, so I was eager to read the book Sadly, it was not as interesting as I wanted it to be First of all, it never made me sympathise with any characters This is important because even dislikable characters make you feel something Not the protagonists of Toreador, though I couldn t really make myself feel anything for Leopold, or Vegel, or the Anarchs, or Victoria I guess the book failed to make me care about them, or the situation in general The main reason is that it was not really well written It wasn t well translated, either Weird words, repeating the same words, that kind of thing I am willing to give it three stars for two reasons First, I cannot give it 2.5 stars Second, I am willing to gice the series another chance I might read another one or two books and see if they get any better Plus, there have to be some good books based on the World of Darkness
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