Death of a Darklord

Death of a Darklord

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Death of a Darklord focuses on a young woman who finds that she has a talent for magic in a land and a family unforgiving of such abilities, and her tragic attempts to redeem herself in the eyes of her family by aiding them on their quest to end the dark magic that has destroyed a neighboring town.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786959570
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Ravenloft: The Covenant Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 231,617
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

LAURELL K. HAMILTON has spent over a decade in the dark world of vampires, penning the best-selling Anita Blake series.

From the Paperback edition.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

Customer Reviews

Death of a Darklord 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I expected anything Laurell K. Hamilton wrote to be a hit, or at least an enjoyable read. But this... this was pure garbage! It started out rather well, but towards the middle you start to realize that something's missing, and by the end, you're reading to burn the thing. The main character has magic, but she barely uses it, even in life or death situations, it makes no sense. Not to mention the ending which lacked EVERYTHING a good ending should have. It was like she started out with a good idea, but 20 pages in decided she just didn't care, and just worked towards ending the thing. Please, save yourself some heartache, do NOT buy this book. Especially fans of LKH and The Forgotten Realms.
avidrdrAZ More than 1 year ago
I wasn't even aware that LKH had written this book until I found it at a local used book store. Maybe I am just just a helpless romantic but I found the book ended badly. I was so wishing for a different ending, as I'm sure most people who read it were too. I thought the overall writing style and plot was good but the ending was just so crushing. Is it just me or do you read a book to get the happy endings?? This one definitely did not provide that.
ReaderBee14 More than 1 year ago
I don't understand people and how they expect every book from an author to be the same genre. This book is actually very good. It's a total turn around from Anita Blake and merry gentry but it's interesting. It is part of another type of series where all the books are sad and have upsetting endings. Romantics should NOT read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever since I picked up hamilton's guilty pleasures I have loved her writing. The characters and setting is entirely different and more intriguing than her Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. Lately I gave up on her Anita Blake books so when I saw this book in the store I was iffy about buying it. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very spare plot, disappointing ending. This is the only book of hers that I wished I tried from the library before buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a few others, I read this because it had Hamilton's name on it. I couldn't put the book down. I'm not really into realms and elves and weird names and all that USUALLY I do have exceptions though. I guess what I'm trying to say is that. I am a Hamilton fan and to me she will all ways be the Queen B of the Sci Fi authors, but I dont know if I would read another installment in this book...This book is soooooo depressing, the ending is sad, and it's really kinda freaky, lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely chaotic and full of nonsenical twists and turns. Unfufilling to say the least. No substance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Laurell K. Hamilton and was really excited to see a book by her that I hadn't read...this book was terrible! The plot was alright but she tended to lose her way throughout the book. The ending was not a happy one for any of the characters whether they were good or evil. Everyone had a severely depressing conclusion and I found myself incredibly angry that LKH would publish this. My reccomendation is NOT to buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a disappointing read. I expected Ms. Hamilton's usual intriguing, well thought-out characters and plot. The characters were somewhat shallow and the story line just didn't 'gel'. I was left at the end of the book wondering what was going on. If there is a sequel to this one, I won't be buying it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hamilton has truly disapointed fans everywhere with this work. Forget that it isn't one of her regular storylines This book doesn't have any of Hamilton's usual flavor. This book is depressing and horrifying and is missing the underlying hope that fills the rest of her books. I finished this book in two days and was left feeling unsatisfied. It has one main plot with too many subplots that are not explained, characters that go nowhere, and an ending that left me throwing the book at the wall because it doesn't explain the reason behind ANYTHING. It just ends. I would say this book rates right up with her first book published 'Nightseer' both well written, but ultimately giving you a book that leaves major gaps in the time 'before the book' and leaves you with an ending that is incomplete. My recommendation is to NOT BUY THE BOOK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it was written by Hamilton. This was not like her other work. Twists and turns. A quick read. You may find yourself rooting for the main characters, but don't look for a happy ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provided the quick read I needed around a 20 hour a day schedule, but that's the only thing worthwhile it did provide. The story was severely lacking and Hamilton spends so much time trying to delve into the depths of her main character, that she forgets she has a plot, too (not to mention fails at the former anyway). Several bits of information seem to get lost, and the ending is nothing beyond dissappointing. Too much is left to the imagination of Hamilton's readers, but not in a good way. It's like she forgets what she is writing...multiple times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised to find this title on the shelves of my bookstore!! Seeing another Laurel K. Hamilton book out on the market was a thrill. I love this book along with all of Hamilton's others. Elaine is a young girl coming into her own while living in a land that is hostile to those who reside there. Her adopted family are the most successful branch of the Brotherhood, a secret society formed to fight and destroy dark magic and dark creatures. Imagine her shock when Elaine finds that she is harboring the same magic that her family has fought in the past. Now she must learn to control her gifts on the run because they have been called away to fight the dark again. It is a wild adventure with action, a hint of romance, and tradegy. All together an amazing read. Another one of Laurel K Hamilton's wonderful books!!
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of Larell K . Hamilton's older books and it was almost painful reading it and remembering that once-upon-a-time she wrote books with actual plots and characters who were more than the clothes they wear. The book is good, but the ending kind of ruined it for me.SPOILERS FOR THE ENDINGIn most fantasy, the good guys win. I think this book is actually more properly classified as horror for that reason, since evil most definitely wins. It's still a great book, but I'm not a fan of "and it all ended horribly and the bad guys triumphed." Just a personal preference.
dragonfairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death of a Darklord was a major departure for Laurell K. Hamilton when compared with her other writings. Here she weaves a dark tale of a corrupted land that attempts to destroy everything it touches and the struggles of a girl that discovers she has a strange magic flowing within her veins. Hamilton doesn't sugar coat the world of Kartakass or the evil that seeps from the very being of that land to decimate the people stuck there.
JalenV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death of a Darklord is part of an open-ended horror series where different authors each write an entry set in the same world. Ms. Hamilton's earlier book, Nightseer, doesn't read as a one-shot. This book is definitely a one-shot and after reading it, I hope Ms. Hamilton sticks to series where she owns the characters. Then the heroines and their supporting cast have better luck.Elaine starts out as a younger version of a Hamilton heroine: she has unusually great power and shows more of it as one reads on. Things go horribly wrong for her, though. Then it gets worse.Yes, this book has no sex. I think the plot was improved by not being made to have as many reasons for the heroine to have sex as a TV show has breaks designed to make sure the viewer wants to see what happens next after the commercials. Bottom line: read it as an unconnected horror novel and you probably won't be disappointed. I think I would have enjoyed it more that I known what it was when I started. Fans of sadistic villains should find the one in this book to their taste.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even if you think you like Laurell K. Hamilton, fantasy or Ravenloft, you won't like this. Not only is it poorly written (I believe it was one of her first novels), but it's depressing as hell. It's mostly backstory that seems designed to make the loss of characters even more devastating (NO ONE has a happy ending in this book but the bad guy). The backstory didn't even advance the plot. This gets two stars instead of one because I was able to finish reading it, but just barely.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No sex for once, but skimmmed rather than read it. Start of a new series? if she starts healing through sex I'm outta here! Got it from the library, read it in the bath.
BrideoftheFox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another of my favorite authors, and this book is different from most of her writing but it was different. I like different!
TwilightBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a good book, I quite enjoyed the writing, just wasn't all that happy with the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written, adventure and magic. Shows that despite ones problems you can survive. The book was short but it moved well. The end was very rushed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book begins with one set of characters, then for the next 200 pages, you are introduced to who you think are the main characters and the main plot. It's only in the last few pages are the first and second plots related, and only with the thinnest of threads. It's frustrating, to say the least. The ending is also abrupt and brings barely any resolution to the main plot, much less the 'secondary' characters you spent the last few hours with. A bad novel, amd a worse Ravenloft novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovelaurell k.s books but this one was hard to read and not to her normal talents
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