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CHARACTERS Toreador 109 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 The Balance of George Lucass Star Wars 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 Lovecraft Country 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 Memorii vol I II 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 Doomsday Men Dr Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon place in a single night June 21 22 1999 in Atlanta GA though there are some chapters that take Probably Nothing place a couple of days before Readers should be warned that the Clan Novel series is not chronological so you do need to Essex Boys The New Generation 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 Whoops Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay 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 Fault Line party including revisits to Victoria and LeopoldThe only techniue that s Michelangelo His Epic Life present in the book is that when it approaches the climax the chapters start getting Spinning Jenny 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 Catherine Duchess of Cambridge penchant for tossing the dice and using chancechaos determine the E penguara Reuiem për Linda B 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 Boy Soldiers of the Great War part of the story didn t add too much to the overall Baghdad City of Peace City of Blood plot I feel like I can Making Sense of Leadership predict his role in future books but his chapters didn t have much relevance to the centerpiece the Imagine That party of this novel Vegel a Setite was also fairly interesting for the little screen time he got Otherwise the Penny Aggie Volume 2 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 Elena's Conuest Black Lace paragraphs where absolutely nothing of value is written and you can skip them and not miss anything No characterization worldbuilding Gandhi Churchill The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age plot details Just tangent thoughts Polo 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 Harvest Canada American Woman US River of the Dead UK 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 King Alfreds Version of St Augustines Solilouies 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 I Was A Stranger perspectives to see how a variety of different vampires Rescuing Gus 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 Poirot Investigates 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 Class of 92 pacing of the novel and use of The Lives of Stay at Home Fathers progressively shortening chapters to build tension makes it a fairly easy read However the Portrait of a Starter 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 How We Die Reflections on Lifes Final Chapter by Sherwin B Nuland Summary Study Guide 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 How the West Was Lost perhaps better Gone 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 Choosing Lovers for Justine Nexus Classics pop back up in a future 1000 Awesome Writing Prompts 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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CHARACTERS Toreador 109 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. Still my favorite after all these years Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Self Study Workbook plots assassinations and wars to her advantag. Still my favorite after all these years

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CHARACTERS Toreador 109 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. 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 probably not the intended audience of Goth nerds who ate these books up toward the turn of the millennium Even so I remember a lot of people picking up these books who d never played 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 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 amazing powers financial and otherwise that 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 its protagonists 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 pretty vampires The first Leopold is a Neonate who doesn t remember his past 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 petty power 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 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 full potential until later books This book s appeal is primarily 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 sex 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 part Leopold s story about not remembering his past isn t as evocative as Louis from Interview with a Vampire s I need to kill people 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 part 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 powers 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 I like both Leopold and Victoria Ash as characters However I do think this is a book that should be read primarily by people 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 Smoking with Crohns probably not the intended audience of Goth nerds who ate these books up toward the turn of the millennium Even so I remember a lot of Everyone's Guide to Food Self Sufficiency people Ninety Days picking up these books who d never Ninety Days played 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 Monteverdi's Tonal Language 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 amazing A Guide for Murdered Children powers financial and otherwise that Eremita a Parigi 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 its A Gallagher Wedding Gallagher Girls #65 protagonists 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 Lust Bites pretty vampires The first Leopold is a Neonate who doesn t remember his Olivia past 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 Wanted petty Illuminate power 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 Where the Red Fern Grows 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 full Timeless Moon Tales of the Sazi Book 6 potential until later books This book s appeal is On Photography primarily 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 sex 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 Time Management part Leopold s story about not remembering his Journey into Darkness past isn t as evocative as Louis from Interview with a Vampire s I need to kill Entertaining Mr Stone Black Lace people 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 Britains War Machine part 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 The Balance of George Lucass Star Wars powers 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 I like both Leopold and Victoria Ash as characters However I do think this is a book that should be read Lovecraft Country primarily by Memorii vol I II people 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


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    E–pub Toreador 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 probably not the intended audience of Goth nerds who ate these books up toward the turn of the millennium Even so I remember a lot of people picking up these books who'd never played a game with

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    E–pub Toreador READ Toreador 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 publish

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    READ Toreador E–pub Toreador CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Stewart Wieck 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 fo

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    E–pub Toreador CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Stewart Wieck 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 v

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    READ Toreador Stewart Wieck ´ 9 CHARACTERS E–pub Toreador I really like the idea of The Masuerade and all the different personality sets there are for the vampires This was an aweso

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    E–pub Toreador 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 h

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    READ Toreador Stewart Wieck ´ 9 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Stewart Wieck 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

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    E–pub Toreador Slow starter but the ending took it all

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    E–pub Toreador Stewart Wieck ´ 9 CHARACTERS Still my favorite after all these years

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    Stewart Wieck ´ 9 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Stewart Wieck READ Toreador 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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  • Paperback
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  • Toreador
  • Stewart Wieck
  • English
  • 22 June 2019
  • 9781565048010