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10 thoughts on “Baroness of Blood (Ravenloft, #12)

  1. says:

    One of my favorite Ravenloft novels.


  2. says:

    Baroness of Blood by Elaine Bergstrom This is the tenth book released in the Ravenloft line of novels that is based of the Ravenloft setting of the pen and paper role playing game Dungeons and Dragons This is also a stand alone novel and can be read without any prior knowledge of the setting or events Elaine Bergstrom has written one other Ravenloft novel which is titled Tapestry of Dark Souls She wrote the Austra Family series Shattered Glass, Blood Alone, Blood Rites, Daughter of the Nigh Baroness of Blood by Elaine Bergstrom This is the tenth book released in the Ravenloft line of novels that is based of the Ravenloft setting of the pen and paper role playing game Dungeons and Dragons This is also a stand alone novel and can be read without any prior knowledge of the setting or events Elaine Bergstrom has written one other Ravenloft novel which is titled Tapestry of Dark Souls She wrote the Austra Family series Shattered Glass, Blood Alone, Blood Rites, Daughter of the Night, and Nocturne , two books that continue the Dracula story titled Mina and Blood to Blood, and wrote a novel titled The Door Through Washington Square She wrote two novels under the name Marie Kiraly titled Leanna Possession of a Woman and Madeline After the Fall of User She also contributed a few short stories to various anthologies Baroness of Blood was originally released in March 1995 and published by TSR, Inc However, this book is hard to find and you ll likely need to pick it up used.Baroness Ilsabet Obour thirsts for revenge Her country, Kislova, has been dealing with a rebellion and her father, Janosk, is seen as a tyrant and oppressor After dealing with the rebellion, Janosk decides to try to invade neighboring Sundell, but Baron Peto Casse hears about the invasion and surprises the Kislova forces Following the force back to Kislova s Nimbus Castle, Peto meets Janosk and executes him after seeing that Janosk has a mortal wound to his side However, young Ilsabet sees this act and swears revenge on Peto and those who swore allegiance to him She needs a way to take vengeance, without linking her to it It just so happens that Ilsabet was learning how to use poisons She experiments withsubtle ways of administering it, to have it not be traced back to her As time passes she becomesobsessed with revenge, but how far will she go Criticisms 1 Storytelling Baroness of Blood did have an annoying tendency to switch writing styles towards the middle and end of the novel For a good portion of the novel, the story is told with a third person perspective and switches character viewpoints during breaks in a chapter So it s pretty much reads like a normal third person novel would However, during the middle we have a sudden shift to reading Ilsabet diary at random times in various chapters In other words, we have a chapter starting with a third person perspective for a scene or two, then suddenly it becomes something from Ilsabet s diary, and then returns back to a third person viewpoint It s was off putting and sudden I would have understood if the entry was just inside of a scene that does happen once without stopping the scene, like an excerpt However, this diary switching getsprominent towards the end of the novel In fact, it felt as through the novel should have been written from the perspective of just Ilsabet The switch of storytelling did become annoying and at times took away from the enjoyment.Praises 1 Descent Throughout the story we see Ilsabet s slow descent into evil, and it was great When we first meet the young baroness, she seemed to be littlethan a frail girl But as the story progresses, we see her cruel and disturbing streak she has Seeing this girl do increasingly horrific things is disturbing and frightening at times Her blind quest for revenge really does blind her from what s right and what s wrong The descent into evil is also intensified due to the supporting characters The characters around her are all likeable and sympathetic, making her descent all thenoticeable It seemed like no one compared to her, no one really matched her actions However, her actions never really seemed to be tragic Ilsabet s story only felt tragic at the beginning, but I could never really identify with her It was shocking about how much you came to loathe her as a character 2 Ending The ending of Baroness of Blood was simply fantastic We see everything that the story was building up to coming to a head, and the pay off was just great Seeing Ilsabet s mental state slowly crumble and all her actions in the last few chapters seemed desperate Plus seeing what the outcome of everything was really satisfying However, I really can t spoil to much of what happens, but needless to say it was great.3 Atmosphere The atmosphere didn t really feel like a horror story until near the middle of the story Instead, until that point, the atmosphere was of a war torn land with hope of the future This does help the atmosphere of the last half of the novel, making it a stark and obvious contrast The second half of the novel the atmosphere seemslike a regular Ravenloft novel The feeling of doom and fear is almost palpable In fact, there were times when it seemed like the atmosphere around Ilsabet seemed to want her to stop what she s doing It really did feel like the atmosphere was another character in the novel.Side Notes 1 Title Baroness of Blood should not have been the title of the novel When I see a title like that I almost suspect it beinggory However, there is little actual blood shed, or at least not enough to warrant such a title Sure, there s a high body count, but it s not bloody Instead, aappropriate title could have been Baroness of Poison or something along those lines 2 First Third The first third of the novel doesn t really feel like a Ravenloft novel Instead it feels like something that belongs in Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance, albeit darker 3 Cover Art The cover art work for Baroness of Blood is generic It seems that all the Ravenloft novels have a character staring out at you with a plain background, and this novel is no different Ilsabet looks okay Her eyes are kind of creepy, but other than that she s just okay Nothing really stands out for her It doesn t help that the colors are so bland and plain Nothing really stands out and would be very easily overlooked.Overall 5 5Final Thoughts Baroness of Blood is a really look into someone s fall into evil and what revenge can do to a person There isn t much wrong with the novel I did find that the change in writing styles between the regular style to a diary style was a little awkward and annoying at times However, everything else was wonderful Seeing Ilsabet s fall was exciting and different When the story first started, she never really felt all that menacing or evil, but you see how twisted she becomes, and it was great The ending was superb, it was fitting and left me very satisfied Finally, the atmosphere was just great At times the atmosphere felt like another character in the story All in all, Baroness of Blood is certainly worth the read and I highly recommend tracking down a copy, if only to see how revenge can corrupt a person


  3. says:

    My, what a nasty piece of work is Baroness Ilsabet Obour But she s a complex and well rounded nasty piece of work, which elevates her character in this novel well above the popcorn level you usually find in this kind of work Shame everyone else around her is a mindless cipher More than most Ravenloft novels I ve read, this one ascribes to many classic Gothic traditions, yet Ilsabet is imperilled not by a man, but by herself and her own courses of action She is haunted internally and extern My, what a nasty piece of work is Baroness Ilsabet Obour But she s a complex and well rounded nasty piece of work, which elevates her character in this novel well above the popcorn level you usually find in this kind of work Shame everyone else around her is a mindless cipher More than most Ravenloft novels I ve read, this one ascribes to many classic Gothic traditions, yet Ilsabet is imperilled not by a man, but by herself and her own courses of action She is haunted internally and externally, and throughout the length of the novel she vacillates and questions if what she s doing is the wisest way, and in the conclusion, things get resolved in the poetic justice sense of resolution.The novel is dark, make no mistake There s no light, joy or laughter anywhere here It s only the dumb and clueless secondary characters in this novel which stop me from awarding this five stars Ilsabet is surrounded by idiots when her character cries out for effective foils and counters Still, this is one of the better Ravenloft outings


  4. says:

    Perhaps my favorite in the Ravenloft series Ilsabet s cunning is an intriguing read, and watching her plans unfold keeps you on the edge of her seat That fact that she is not entirely committed to what she s doing is interesting, as well.


  5. says:

    I need to go back and read and find all of the Ravenloft novels I missed I enjoyed them so.


  6. says:

    BIO


  7. says:

    A pretty good Gothic horror very lite on the DD.


  8. says:

    I didn t know that this was book 10, I just remember it being a good book, with a decent plot.


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