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This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the book.
That said, on to the review!
I, Strahd--The Memoirs of a Vampire is a mostly first-person narrative, as one might expect from personal memoirs. It is an excellent text, so far as it goes. It doesn't include--or at least hardly mentions--the events found in Vampire of the Mists, where some aspects of Strahd's story first appear, and some of the events detailed there are curiously missing here. However, that hardly detracts from the skill and quality of the writing. Then again, Vampire of the Mists was more about Jander Sunstar than Strahd, so the absence is understandable.
One excellent characteristic of this book is that it introduces a couple of characters that figure prominently into the history of the realms of Ravenloft; namely, members of the Dilisnya clan, who would eventually become rulers of two other realms. Another interesting trait is the more detailed account of exactly how Sergei and Tatyana died. We received glimpses of this story in Vampire of the Mists, but now we have a better insight into exactly what was going on at the time. I just wish a little more about Sergei had appeared in the full tale. After all, theoretically Jander Sunstar encounters Sergei's skeleton, but there is no mention made about his skeleton becoming animated. Then again, Strahd stays away from the chapel, so maybe he didn't even know, right?
I, Strahd is somewhat bloodier than some of the other Ravenloft books. After all, Strahd starts out as a warrior, and then becomes a vampire. On the other hand, it isn't quite so bloody as, say, Carnival of Fear, so you don't have to worry too much about nightmares. Unless you're afraid of these things!
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