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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 An. 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 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 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 ie 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 LeopoldThe only techniue 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 chancechaos 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 masuerade 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 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 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 clansgenerations react in order to gauge how skilled she truly is A woman s perspective eg Eleanor the Prince s wife would have been fascinating for example In sum Victoria Ash is the redeeming uality 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 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 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

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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 plots assassinations and wars to her advantag. Slow starter but the ending took it all

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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. 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 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 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

10 thoughts on “Toreador

  1. says:

    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 Da

  2. says:

    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 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 Atlan

  3. says:

    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 betwe

  4. says:

    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 chaptersThe 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 nightI remember it was around six or seven at night and I was screaming

  5. says:

    I really like the idea of The Masuerade 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

  6. says:

    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 T

  7. says:

    Real rating is fluctuating between 35 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 heydayI'm not uite sure how entertaining this book would be to someone who

  8. says:

    Slow starter but the ending took it all

  9. says:

    Still my favorite after all these years

  10. says:

    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 presence Who would have thought that would be the result of a VTM offshoot novel?Another read as I dip back into the world in preparation for Bloodlines 2

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