Assamite Paperback – Jan 2000
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000 by Jess
I just wanna say that this book IS THE BEST OF ALL THE CLAN NOVELS I'VE READ SO FAR... SIMPLY AMAZING, byePublished on May 30 2000
Though I do not particularly care for the Assamite clan, this novel is the best I have read so far from the entire clan novel collection.Published on May 25 2000 by Tzimisce.net
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