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Assamite [Paperback]

Gherbod Fleming
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book Overall May 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Clan Novel: Assamite is a good book and one that stands fairly well on its own, so you aren't *always* left in the dark if you haven't read the previous books in the series. This novel's protagonist, Fatima al-Faqadi, is not exactly a social butterfly, but I actually find her serious, stolid approach rather refreshing for some reason (think of Roland in Stephen King's Dark Tower series and add just a touch of volatile emotion and you'll come fairly close to the sort of person Fatima is). The fact that she isn't obnoxious or sniveling is even better. Anwar, an ambitious young Assamite, is pretty cool, too (if treacherous). However, out of his intense dislike of Lucita, he seems to have an overwhelming desire to try to go to town on her, and I have to wonder about his state of mind over such a Final-Death wish.
Something weird I noticed in this book is Lucita's (heightened) attitude (problem): She didn't seem half this rude and uppity in Clan Novel: Lasombra, the book immediately preceding this one (written by a different author, admittedly). Rebelliousness is one thing; pointless barking is another. Lucita's behavior does, however, sorta convey her tense, mixed feelings towards Fatima (and I must admit to nearly laughing outloud at the stunt Lucita eventually pulls in the courtyard just to shock the surveillance crew spying on her). The fact that I don't hate Lucita is why it's so depressing to see her cast in such an unflattering light: She doesn't just behave depressingly but eventually starts getting treated depressingly by her (understandably angry) sire; the two of them certainly make for a nice little dysfunctional "family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting! Aug. 13 2001
Format:Paperback
It's a cool novel! Exciting, thrilling, amazing! You accompany Fatima al-Faqadi to Alamut, where you get an insight in the structure and inner politics of the Eagle's Nest. You visit a Sabbat invasion in the USA and a showdown with the Lasombra Archbishop of Lisbon. You learn details about some of Fatima's Rafiq colleagues as well as about Clan Elders like Jamal, Ur-Shulgi, Thetmes and Al-Ashrad. Maybe the best VtM book I have read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hell no Dec 11 2000
By Jess
Format:Paperback
I thought most of this was good. What they did to Moncada though? PLEASE. He would've thrashed Lucita and Fatima. What a serious let down. It should have been no contest. Thumbs down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of the Puzzle May 31 2000
By Odilon
Format:Paperback
The good people at White Wolf seem to have developed a sort of fascination with the Assamites (go and look at the number of entries Assamite characters get in CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT if you don't believe me). Unfortunately, I'm one of those who has never found the Assamites all that appealing. If that isn't your problem, tho, there's a lot in this book to like. It takes you inside the Assamite headquarters of Alamut, for example, and gives you a good sense of the secret workings of the clan and their internal politics.
This book is more scattered in its focus than Fleming's CLAN NOVEL: GANGREL but less so than his CLAN NOVEL: VENTRUE. There is a strong central character- the Assamite elder, Fatimah. She shares the stage with other Assamite characters but, more importantly, with the Lasombra Lucita and Lucita's sire Cardinal Moncada. My problem is that I couldn't really find anyone to like in this story. Fatimah seemed stiff and humorless. I generally like the Lasombra (which makes this book especially hard to enjoy for a number of reasons) but I've never gotten Lucita's appeal and she seems to have even fewer redeeming qualities here than usual. Moncada did have the virtue of being truly creepy but loving to hate someone can only do so much.
In short, this really wasn't the book for me and I was relieved to get to CLAN NOVEL: RAVNOS after this. Still, if you click with these characters better than I did, then, yes, I would say that this book does tell a story that stands alone- although not as much as GANGREL does- and can be read apart from the rest of the series.
But don't do that.
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