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*Read Epub õ Toreador ë The World of Darkness Exposed It begins with Clan Novel Toreador, but this novel is just the beginning of abook 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 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 And the list of schemers doesn t end there Can you say Antediluvian Each novel in the series focuses on a member of one of thevampire clans Clan Novel Toreador sets events into motion with Victoria Ash a high ranking Camarilla manipulator who turns plots, assassinations and wars to her advantage The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America but this novel is just the beginning of abook 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 No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy from the 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 Hokuto no Ken - Ken, le survivant Vol.10 the sects engaged in a massive war along the entire East Coast And the list of schemers doesn t end there Can you say Antediluvian Each novel in the series focuses on a member of one of thevampire clans Clan Novel Toreador sets events into motion with Victoria Ash a high ranking Camarilla manipulator who turns plots GTO assassinations and wars to her advantage 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 V TM offshoot novel Another read as I dip back into the world in preparation for Bloodlines 2 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 V TM offshoot novel Another read as I dip back into the world in preparation for Bloodlines 2 is the first novel of the VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE 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 she is the first novel of the VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE 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 UNDERWORLD.The premise of Vampire The Masquerade 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 neonates.This 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 readers.Clan 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 artifact.The 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 nothingthan 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 newcomers.The 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 it.The 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 hell.My 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 stories.In conclusion, Clan Novel Toreador has quite 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 set.Available here 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 quality of it s publishing and this series, thus far, does not disappoint The Toreador s are considered hedonists and are easily ignored by the other clans but one of the Toreadors has a plan That plan includes becoming the most powerful vampyre in Atlanta and to control the city She has set her plan in 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 quality of it s publishing and this series, thus far, does not disappoint The Toreador s are considered hedonists and are easily ignored by the other clans but one of the Toreadors has a plan That plan includes becoming the most powerful vampyre in Atlanta and to control the city She has set her plan in motion and by the final page it is easy to see that all thirteen clans will play a pivotal role The story begins here.the end will determine the fate of not only Atlantabut the world My bet is this is where the idea for the Soprano s came from.but that is just my opinion 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 forth between other characters, all with their different schemes and motivations If you like dark fiction with a lot of intrigue and machinations, then this book is for you because the vampires of The Masquerade, known as the Kindred, pretty much live to pursue Machiavellia 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 forth between other characters, all with their different schemes and motivations If you like dark fiction with a lot of intrigue and machinations, then this book is for you because the vampires of The Masquerade, known as the Kindred, pretty much live to pursue Machiavellian plots Our main characters are members of the Toreador Clan, which are artists, so you also get a lot of descriptions related to the art crafts, specially sculpture which is what Leopold does I think I particularly enjoyed this novel at this point in time because it presents vampires as they should be scary, powerful, ruthless In other words, these are not the wimpy sissy vampires a lot of paranormal romances and urban fantasies seem to favor these days These are not nice vampires, even when they are at their most seductive The novel has a pretty strong dark tone overall that works nicely It does leave you with a cliffhanger leading to the next novel, which I will be sure to try and find It looks like the plot will thicken, but I will have to wait for the next books to find out