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Dark Ages: Lasombra by David Niall Wilson

Dark Ages: Lasombra
Dark Ages: Lasombra
David Niall Wilson
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White Wolf Publishing; 1st Edition edition (April 14, 2003)
269 pages
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The situation in Constantinople has degenerated into sheer chaos, as vampires of every stripe prey on the ruined metropolis. Lucita, the young envoy of Clan Lasombra, is caught in the middle and cut off from her elders in Europe. Alone, she faces the impossible task of making the city her own, lest she become another victim in the War of Princes.

  • Khiceog
Lasombra reintroduces us to one of the clans that played a large part in the original Clan series and one of the more interesting members of that clan - Lucita of Aragon, an agent of Cardinal Moncada in the city of Constantinople. Things have gotten no better in the conquered city, and, in many ways, they have gotten far worse. Not only have the denizens become lost in internecine squabbling and intrigue, and Byzantium hovers at the brink of other wars at the hands of the Latins and Bulgars.

Lucita is drawn to the power vacuum in Constantinople, but knows full well that for her the path to that power must be through favor and connection rather than possession of a prince's crown. She decides the Bishop Alfonzo is the vampire best suited to her own plans and sets about working to bring him to power. This will put her at odds with Gabriella, another contestant, and threatens her relationship with Moncada. But, if she does her work right she will have gained much in the dark courts of the vampires.

At the camps around Adrianopolis rumors run like wildfire. Caine has been seen walking, the cultists of his dread sister Calomena seem to have regained their strength, and Malachite has returned from his search for Dracon. In the chaos many are ready to flee from all remembrance of the Dream. Change threatens from every side.

Wilson's story is just a bit too dry for me, a little too focused on politics and speeches. But there's plenty of action as well to carry the reader over the bump parts. The novel plays a vital part in setting the scene for the rest of the series and bringing the reader up to date on the bigger picture of unlife in Byzantium. We also get glimpses of some of the European factors in the vampire world, all packed in digestible, easy to read format.

For all that this is the Lasombra volume, and almost all the major characters are Lasombra, there is little of the traditional Lasombra antics until the action reaches a complex. I would have liked to see more of th emajor mojo for the simple reason that I really read vampire stories for the thrills and the scary parts. When there is too much political documentary I start contemplating a switch to werewolves. Only for a short moment, though.
  • Joni_Dep
This book was a gift for my son who is collecting the set which he is reading in order. Not my choice for personal reading so I cannot review the story or writing.
  • crazy mashine
My friend is COMPLETLY happy about the books and says they are in better condition than what was described... Thanks soo much.
  • Nalme
For those in the know, the Dark Ages Vampire novels were set in an era considerably different from their modern iteration. This book, based around the Lasombra, was fairly unique as the clan was markably different in the Dark Ages, being far more political and integrated into society. In an era which was dominated by the church and the crown, the Lasombra represented the church to the Ventrue's crown.
I'm a dab hand at horror myself, having made a series of horror novels (the first, "Return to 'Return to Oz'" is a bestseller, check it out) so I was keen to see this side of the Lasombra clan as something truly horrific. In this book, that was not quite the case. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised to find one of the most intricate, realistic and fascinating looks into a political landscape. Often in Vampire: the Masquerade, the political machinations take a backstage to creepy powers and rampaging elders, and we forget just how calculating the characters can be. This book works as a wonderful example of just how scary it can be to be part of another's schemes.
I'd recommend anyone who wants to play Vampire: The Masquerade pick up a copy of this to see just how to use politics in your game.
  • INwhite
So we're back and we're here to follow on from where Nosferatu left off. What with all the losses the Lasombra as a clan took when the city fell its no suprise that new stars start to rise. We see Lucita of Aragorn again who's so famous from modern age novels and the introduction of the malkavain Anatole who seems to get a personality make over in the coming books and is more of a warroir monk in this one. I liked this book but it was lacking in some areas. I was looking for something of an insight into the abyss and the occultism that comes with it but that side of the clan seemed to be left aside for more political manuverings which is fine but we get plenty of that later on. So it was close to a 5 but no cigar