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ToreadorStill my favorite after all these years 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 referred 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 rose and techniue 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 storyaction takes Illuminatis place in a single night June 21 22 1999 in Atlanta GA though there are some chapters that takelace a couple of days before Readers should be warned that the Clan Novel series is not chronological so you do need to People Will Talk 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 ie clan representative of Atlanta In a I assume unintentional twist of Mrs Dalloway Victoria throws a lavish celebrationarty 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 Demon Divine (Demon Accords party including revisits to Victoria and LeopoldThe only techniue that sresent in the book is that when it approaches the climax the chapters start getting The Pearl Thief 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 aenchant for tossing the dice and using chancechaos determine the Healthier Together 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 hisart of the story didn t add too much to the overall The Haunting of Sunshine Girl plot I feel like I canredict his role in future books but his chapters didn t have much relevance to the centerpiece the Routledge Library Editions party of this novel Vegel a Setite was also fairly interesting for the little screen time he got Otherwise therose 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 Nosferatu are all 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 masuerade I mean "I Have No Formal Training In Writing And I Just " have no formal training in writing and I just 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 Crisis in Bethlehem paragraphs where absolutely nothing of value is written and you can skip them and not miss anything No characterization worldbuildinglot details Just tangent thoughts The Return of the Twelves provided by the character It s the euivalent of fillerbullshit 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 intersectconnect but if it was necessary to keep him in this book they could have found a way to tie a stronger thread to thearty 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 Dizzy Jimmy 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 othererspectives to see how a variety of different vampires Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) 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 clansgenerations react in order to gauge how skilled she truly is A woman serspective eg Eleanor the Prince s wife would have been fascinating for example In sum Victoria Ash is the redeeming uality of this novel as. The World of Darkness Exposed It begins with Clan Novel Toreador but this novel is just the beginning of a 13 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. 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 acing of the novel and use of Murder Maker progressively shortening chapters to build tension makes it a fairly easy read However therose 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 نشانی‌ها plotPerhaps 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 buterhaps better Ask Yourself This 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 mayop back up in a future Good Witch, Bad Witch 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 This was an interesting reading experience The whole novel takeslace in one night or so and the story does The Tokyo Zodiac Murders 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 Masuerade known as the Kindredretty much live to Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances pursue Machiavellianlots 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 Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten particularly enjoyed this novel at thisoint in time because it Boneshaker (BA 43-500, presents vampires as they should be scaryowerful ruthless In other words these are not the wimpy sissy vampires a lot of A Star Is Born 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 aretty 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 lot will thicken but I will have to wait for the next books to find out Honestly a much better book than I anticipated Decently written adult themes and I found myself Googling a series of classic sculptures as important events happened in their resence Who would have thought that would be the result of a VTM offshoot novelAnother read as I dip back into the world in reparation for Bloodlines 2 Real rating is fluctuating between 35 and 4I am rereading this book I I think read "It When It First Came " when it first came during the days of the Old World of Darkness game systems heydayI m not uite sure how entertaining this Book Would Be To Someone would be to someone has not layed 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 novelThere is a lot of explanation throughout the book in an attempt to clue in the casual reader To someone who has layed the games though this might drag the story down To me some of the inclusions of game lore seemed a little gratuitous and was distractingI m a bit of a loss of how to roceed from here I want to finally read the whole series but am having trouble finding some of the Rant partsWhite Wolf released collections of the novels there is 13 in all and rearranged them They basically took all 13 novels and dissected them andut them back together in chronological order I have read mixed reviews on thisAlso I am a reading challenge whore and look at that as the difference between reading 13 books and 4 books toward my goal P 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 Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM pleased at the same time as soon as I read the finalages of the last few chaptersThe idea of vampires in this novel Challenged to Win pushed me into a whole new world I got so far in that actually forgot that the second half of the book tooklace in a single nightI 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 hangerMy favorite character had to be Leopold My least VictoriaI 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 villainThinking 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 onceOverall I thought this book was Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons pretty goodIt was satisfying in a way that I was craving for but I was so long that it was a littleainful to focus on a single age and read for than two hours at a time is the first novel of the VAMPIRE THE MASUERADE Clan Novel saga that began in 1999 and finished right before the ending of the Old World of Darkness tabletop roleplaying game If that sounds like gobbledygook to you then you re robably not the intended audience of Goth. Smallest detail to the grandest marvel The Nosferatu's apparent scheme to ut 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 An. .

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Nerds who ate these books up toward the turn of the millennium Even so I remember a lot of eople Into the Planet picking up these books who d neverlayed a game with dice or character sheets in their life It was a big influence on my STRAIGHT OUTTA FANGTON books as well as works like TRUE BLOOD and UNDERWORLDThe Dusk (Rosales Saga, premise of Vampire The Masuerade and the World of Darkness setting in general is a familiar one to urban fantasy fans The world we know is built over a hidden reality where vampires werewolves mages and other supernaturals compete for supremacy The undead wield amazingowers financial and otherwise that George Washingtons Secret Six protect them from hunters as well as other threats They control the world and feed on humankind with impunity Unfortunately they are their own worst enemy with the vampires divided into 13 clans multiple sects and a conflict between elders as well as neonatesThis book begins a 13 novel series that illustrates each of the clans as well as tells an overarching story Among other things this means that while some of these books are going to be self contained stories others will just be open ended In this case Toreador only starts the journey of itsrotagonists and you ll have to read the entire thing to see how it all ends up I did read the original thirteen novels and while some were only so so others were great and I recommend it all to readersClan Novel Toreador follows two members of the Toreador Clan a clan of artistes and socialites who are the retty vampires The first Leopold is a Neonate who doesn t remember his ast and makes a living as a sculptor who feeds off street kids he seduces into being his models The second Victoria Ash is a sex obsessed Elder of her clan that is deluded into believing her The Caretaker pettyower games are important Both of them have their immortal ennui filled lives disrupted by an attack from the Sabbat as well as the discovery of a magical artifactThe Sabbat for laymens out there are the really evil vampires compared to the Camarilla or Anarchs who are just the sorta evil vampires They re a bunch of rampaging Clara After Dark - 01 psychopath monsters who want nothing than to feed on humanity openly while the others want to hide The artifact the Eye of Hazmiel is only hinted at being a gamechanger in their world but will not reach its fullotential until later books This book s appeal is rimarily groundwork and explaining the World of Darkness to newcomersThe treatment of the Toreador clan was very well done as we get the different sides of the Clan The artistes are represented by Leopold who struggles with the amorality of his work as well as his desire to give back to the world by creating beauty However he s unable to create anything original any due to the curse afflicting him He can t even make sculptures of his fellow Kindred as something blocks his talent Victoria Ash by contrast surrounds herself with art and misses how dark and disturbing all of it is she also can t break free from using also can t break free from using and desire as her only weapons despite the fact most Kindred can barely remember what sex is like since the lust for blood has replaced itThe book is a bit slow going in terms of both action as well as deep character angst For the most art Leopold s story about not remembering his Over the River Through the Wood past isn t as evocative as Louis from Interview with a Vampire s I need to killeople to survive Likewise Victoria Ash is very comfortable with her existence as a monster The action doesn t begin until the end of the book and then it s everything going to hellMy favorite art of the book remains the opening where Leopold describes his night consisting of luring a young woman back to his home convincing her to model for him seducing her with his owers or not then feeding only to drive them away with a lure of drugs as well as cash It s a crass and robotic story that fascinates We also learn how he makes his money what he does to secure his haven and other details that set it apart from other vampire storiesIn conclusion Clan Novel Toreador has uite a lot going for it
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going for it I like both Leopold and Victoria Ash as characters However I do think this is a that should be read Kenyattas Jiggers primarily byeople at least loosely familiar with the World of Darkness I also think it s a big commitment because you aren t going to get the full appeal of the series unless you read the whole 13 novel setAvailable here Slow starter but the ending took it all I really like the idea of The Masuerade and all the different Coupage (Blood Nation personality sets there are for the vampires This was an awesome start to the series and I loved how it follows oneerson from the clan but gives and over all storyline 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 uality of it s In Search of Julien Hudson 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 alan That Raintree (Raintree, plan includes becoming the mostowerful vampyre in Atlanta and to control the city She has set her The Bachelor Takes A Bride / Coming Home To A Cowboy plan in motion and by the finalage it is easy to see that all thirteen clans will وردة من دمي (روايات أحلام، play aivotal role The story begins herethe end will determine the fate of not only Atlantabut the world My bet is this is where the idea for the Soprano s came frombut that is just my opinion. D 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 13 vampire clans Clan Novel Toreador sets events into motion with Victoria Ash a high ranking Camarilla manipulator who turns Leading Innovation plots assassinations and wars to her advantag.