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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — I, Strahd by P. The young and idealistic brother to the war-hardened Strahd von Zarovich loves beautiful Tatyana, but so does Strahd.
To win her hand, Strahd will do anything--even enter a pact with death and seal it with his brother's blood. Chapter illus. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Ravenloft: Strahd 1 , Ravenloft 7. Strahd Von Zarovich. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I, Strahd , please sign up. Why the hell did I not know about this until now?
Jonathan Stuard They are pretty easy to get now. Both Audible and Kindle have them at a reasonable price. I wanted to look them up again and didn't expect them to get …more They are pretty easy to get now.
I wanted to look them up again and didn't expect them to get rereleaced but with the electronic formats I think a lot of out of print niche stuff is going to make a comeback. See 1 question about I, Strahd…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 27, Edmund Feliciano rated it it was amazing.
This book should be called, What if Dracula won and was a Total Badass! What I learned from this book? If you really want to be left alone, you should buy a castle and employ cut throat, Romanian Gypsy guards.
Shelves: supernatural. This was an oddly enjoyable book! Elrod's writing, so I figured I'd indulge in nostalgia and read this. The plot covers Strahd's background, his choice to become a vampire, and his path from that choice to his weird existence surrounded by zombies in a trashed castle.
Overall, the first half was excellent, with a powerful feel of realism maybe more so because I was reading it on a quiet, thundery day , but when it got to the pa This was an oddly enjoyable book!
Overall, the first half was excellent, with a powerful feel of realism maybe more so because I was reading it on a quiet, thundery day , but when it got to the part with Tatyana, it started to lose believability for me.
Without giving away anything that isn't on the back cover, I just thought his feelings about Tatyana came out of the blue, and were uncharacteristic -- required by the story rather than naturally evolving. I liked who Strahd was for the first half of the book, and ended up being disappointed to see his character change like that.
Still, it was well written and worth reading for fun. View 1 comment. Nov 07, Casey Nicholson rated it it was amazing. Great Vampire Memoir. PN Elrod really knows how to capture the desolate life a vampire.
It pulls you back and forth not knowing whether to sympathize with him or to laugh at him for the stupid mistakes he made. I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. I found it rather interesting how in the Ravenloft series each book is written by a different author. In this addition Strahd Von Zarovich has lead his men through the war and now they are on their way to claim his land and property.
When he arrives at his newly acquired castle his younger brother is there to greet him along with some of the locals. The two brothers eventually fall in love with the same young girl and because Strahd is so m I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. The two brothers eventually fall in love with the same young girl and because Strahd is so much older she chooses, falls in love, and plans to marry Strahd's younger brother.
He is heartbroken and in a desperate hour tries to evoke black magic. This is when he is approached by what he considers "death itself", and is promised that he will have all of his hearts desires for a price; in his weekend state he accepts. Strahd is forever changed and lives an endless life in search of his one true love until All in all a pretty good, non sappy vampire story that is a definite throw back to the old, scary kinds of the undead.
Paul Boehmer does a great job with the narration. I was not aware until I was finished listening that he also narrates the Nicholas Flamel Series. Oct 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , vampires-werewolves-and-witches , fiction , series. This has to be one of the better vampire mythologies that I have read in a long time. It is darker than the current genre of vampire novels and even though it was written by a lady author seems to have a very masculine point of view.
There is a lot of emphasis placed on the battles and triumphs of lord Strahd, as well as his ill fated romance as the story progresses. I would read this one again. Oct 08, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: vampires. I have to say, I had really low expectations going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised. No sparkling in the sunshine, just the good stuff like bats, and wolfs.. This is the memoirs of Count Stradh who has spent most of his life as a solider, fine tuned to the act of bloodshed and betrayal.
The beginning is mostly about his struggles, keeping his new lands and people of Barovia in line with his regime. Then I have to say, I had really low expectations going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised.
Then Sergei his younger brother comes to visit whom he has not seen in over 20 years. This stirs up all the feelings of his passing youth and mortality. And when Sergei finally brings home his intended bride Tatyana, Stradh is thrown into such despair that he will do anything to gain her affections. This is where all the trouble begins.
Once again, it is a beautiful woman that brings about all the strife. This raised a blush on her cheek, and I instantly knew I must put her at ease. I took one of her hands, and she straightened how like a tall flower she was, and with a bow, lightly kissed her fingertips. Stradh did a few really horrific things, that never seemed to be mentioned again, but I can only think that being a warrior most of his life that he was able to block the guilt that he should have felt.
I am not saying that his life after his change was not filled with loneliness and despair, just that I wish some of his extreme evil deeds had been addressed.
I didn't give a shit, I found him domineering, confident and oh so sexy. All said and done he made an interesting vampire just like Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows. Jan 11, Peter Greenwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: ravenloft. A five star Dungeons and Dragons book?
Yes, this is it. Everything clicked with this instalment - the narrative, the characterisations, the pacing, everything. Elrod makes Strahd incredibly three dimensional. He was a cipher in the previous books in this series where he featured - a bad Hollywood Dracula - but here? It's incredible to watch his descent A five star Dungeons and Dragons book? It's incredible to watch his descent from determined and honourable soldier to self-serving and self-absorbed vampire.
You almost sympathise with his plight - almost.
I, Strahd, The Memoirs of a Vampire
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I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire
I, Strahd is a fantasy horror novel by P. In I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire , army commander Strahd Von Zarovich takes up residence in Ravenloft and then, consumed by envy and regret for lost youth, succumbs to the temptations of the black arts. A reviewer from Publishers Weekly called the book "a chilling, dark fantasy" and comments: "While this volume follows Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden and Knight of the Black Rose by James Lowder , the narrative's events seem to pre-date those of Golden's story. Elrod's strong prose and excellent pacing are not diminished by being confined to the boundaries of a pre-established universe. Though this novel lacks the baroque sensuality of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire or the streetwise humor of the author's own The Vampire Files , it is an exciting and original vampire tale.