Jun 13, Tarl rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy. When I was a child, I thought Lord Soth was the coolest anti-hero.
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Between his appearances as well as the Ravenloft series, he always was the most bad ass. Now, years later, I picked up the book again to remember the tale of Soth's fall as a far wider read reader with a far more critical mind. The first thing I noticed about Lord Soth is the fact that we are treated to a hero that is cursed completely due to his father's actions. Since the first page to the last, we are told that Soth can't escap When I was a child, I thought Lord Soth was the coolest anti-hero.
Since the first page to the last, we are told that Soth can't escape his father's curses and actions, and that Soth and his son would forever pay for their parent's actions. This creates a sense of hopelessness throughout the book, one that I think drowns out any sort of conflict that could arise. We expect Soth to behave like his father, after all, he hasn't really been given any sort of choice on the matter according to all the talk about curses. It takes any and all dramatic tension out of the story.
There is no higher struggle, no real noble deeds of Soth from which to fall. It makes for a very boring read. There is a fair bit of good writing involving Soth's rise to power and the path that leads to his fall. Parts of it are really well done. His infidelity is well handled and his choices to have the elf around realistic.
In fact a lot of the behaviors of the characters are realistic, except for Soth's rage. Only twice do we see Soth rage to a point where he is blind to anything else, and though this works well with the plot, we never really ever see this rage come up anywhere else. If it was known that Soth had a temper, then his two cruelest moments would make sense, but alas, no such points occur in the book. This makes his rage seem out of character for him. All in all, this is a very brutal story as to why Soth became the dead knight he is known as.
We see how he was cursed, we see how he became who he became, all with some pretty brutal parts. Which makes me look back at the child version of myself and wonder just why I thought he was a cool character. It broadens his characters and definatly gives you insight into who he was, the good and the bad. If you have no previous knowledge of Soth, Krynn, and are reading this simply because it's a fantasy book, then I don't recommend it.
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A lot of the material in this book relies on the fact that you know about Krynn and the character of Soth. In the end, not the best written book set in the world of Krynn, but neither the worst. Nov 09, Jim C rated it liked it.
This is part of the Dragonlance world. If you have read the original trilogy you know about the character Lord Soth. This can be read if you are new to Dragonlance. This is a story about the downfall of a Knight of Solamnia. He is living the good life as he is married to a beautiful wife and held in high esteem in the knighthood.
His dishonorable actions throw this all away and he is given a chance to redeem himself. This story details all of this and tells if he seizes the opportunity. If you ar This is part of the Dragonlance world. If you are a fan of Dragonlance this book might irritate you because there are some minor inconsistencies with other books. If you take this book on its own it is a decent book. It does a good job with his descent and the reader understands the actions of the main character.
When he is given his chance for redemption I was hoping he would seize it but Dragonlance readers will know the final outcome. I did think the minor storyline was rushed and was under developed. Development of this storyline never put its value on it and this development made the climax not as important as it should have been. This is the reason that I could not give this book a higher rating. I enjoyed my time with this character who is one of the more interesting characters in this realm. If you like fantasy that shows that characters are not heroic but fallible this book is for you.
Oct 15, Fco. Sep 27, Colin rated it really liked it Shelves: junk-food-lit , rpgs. I don't think I read this one back in the day.
I remember reading a Ravenloft Soth novel, but not this one. This is the biography of Loren Soth's rise to power, becoming both a lord and a Knight of the Rose, his marriage to a beautiful noblewoman, his hopes for a child and the horrible things he was willing to countenance to get there! The writing itself is kind of bland, as much of the Dragonlance writing is IMHO , but still, quite a thrilling tale! Jun 21, J.
Worth the Fall
Cauthon rated it it was ok. From reading the original Dragonlance series, I knew the name of Soth, and I knew the gist of his story--or, at least, how it ended. I picked up this book because I wanted to know the whole story. From the very beginning of the novel, it is drilled into our heads that Soth is cursed to turn out just like his father and that he has no choice in the matter--um, so why should I read the rest of the book? From the outset of the story, we are told that he has no reason to ever be a better man than his From reading the original Dragonlance series, I knew the name of Soth, and I knew the gist of his story--or, at least, how it ended.
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From the outset of the story, we are told that he has no reason to ever be a better man than his father, so that gave me very little incentive to keep reading. Though this novel is very well-written, it was a boring story to read for the reason already given, so I had to force myself through it.
All-in-all, if you just have to know the full story behind this character, then this is the read for you, but if you are happy with the story that is told as you glean it from the other books, then I would suggest skipping this book. Feb 08, Emily White rated it liked it Shelves: dragonlance.
This book tells the tale of the events leading up to Lord Soth's mysterious change from Solamnic Knight of Paladine to Death Knight of Takhisis for those of us who have come to know him as Kitiara's creepy sidekick from the Chronicles stories. This book does not rank as one of my all time favorites in the Dragonlance series, but it is well worth reading just for the insight into Soth's character. Our favorite Death Knight can also be found in TSR's Ravenloft series in the books Knight of the Bla This book tells the tale of the events leading up to Lord Soth's mysterious change from Solamnic Knight of Paladine to Death Knight of Takhisis for those of us who have come to know him as Kitiara's creepy sidekick from the Chronicles stories.
Sep 12, Gabriel Vidrine rated it really liked it. I finally managed to read not only a good book, but a good Dragonlance book after a line of stinkers. This one tells the story of Lord Soth, the Death Knight hey, that probably shouldn't be a spoiler, unless you've lived under a rock the past twenty years or so! It was interesting to finally read the "real" story, and it was well written. A Knights of Solamnia book that wasn't unreadable!
The book builds well, with that thread of darkness throughout that portends the ending we all k I finally managed to read not only a good book, but a good Dragonlance book after a line of stinkers.
The Last Hope
The book builds well, with that thread of darkness throughout that portends the ending we all know Definitely keeping this one around. Aug 02, Jordyn McCrary rated it it was amazing. This book sufficiently describes Lord Loren Soth's decline from famed Knight of the Rose, to wife-murdering psychopath. He is a genuinely disturbed person, and it is a haunting story to read. I've always been a fan of Lord Soth, and this book does not disappoint.
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Mar 05, Philana Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: adolescent-bliss. Love, betrayal. Lord Soth's story is quite moving and I love this character.
So rich and compelling, you can't help but be drawn into is hopeless plight. Curses, bloody curses.