SUMMARY Û Setite By Kathleen Ryan

REVIEW Setite By Kathleen Ryan

A What Hesha finds in India is crucial to the culmination of this seriesOne Million Words of Terror It began with Clan Novel Toreador This book Clan Novel Setite is the fourth of a book series concerning the Kindred the hugest event ever in the World of DarknessFrom small details. The series keeps going and so does its momentum I m really getting into these books even though I ve no knowledge of the LARP I ve even hit a point where the occasional grammarspelling errors that occur don t bother me which is a thing that often does when I catch it The books are paced well If you re into vampire novels you should read these

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Setite By Kathleen Ryan

Around the WorldThe enigmatic Setite Heshas uest for knowledge and treasures takes him from North America to Calcutta But not before finding a surprising ally in a mortal woman and dealing with the disappearance of his agent Vegel shortly after the Summer Solstice party in Atlant. Followers of Set hold a special place in my heart They are the Set worshiping Caine rejecting vampires who went from being one of the most ridiculous Clans in Vampire The Masuerade to one of my all time favorites Presently they hold a number 2 position for me in the setting with only Clan Malkavian ranking higher in people I d want to be Embraced by The Followers of Set are a group that is easy to get wrong but amazing if you get them right and a large part of why I love them is due to this bookWhen they were originally created for the Vampire The Masuerade Player s Handbook they were essentially designed as one note villains based on Robert E Howard s Conan the Barbarian More precisely they were based on the John Milinus movie interpretation of those works Thulsa Doom as played by James Earl Jones turned into a snake had a cult of drug and sex addicted followers plus worshiped a god of evil Vampire The Masuerade Redemption even had a Setite temple as a place you massacred them in order to rescue Toreador sex slaves No no Cristof the Toreador are the Setite s customersEventually the Followers of Set were essentially reimagined as Lavey ian Satanists with a dash of Gnostic theism as well as a freshman philosophy student s understanding of Nieztsche The Followers of Set hate the world and blame the gods for how awful it s become They set themselves up against all that is good just and pure in the world because they see these things as social traps Only by embracing transgression and freeing yourself from the shackles of human morality can you become the truest kind of vampire you can beAs I ve grown older I ve developed a certain disdain for the Sabbat that increases simultaneously while my respect for the Setites grows The Sabbat have much the same rhetoric as the Setites They re both vampire death cults that argue vampires should cast aside their humanity to embrace rimshot posthuman morality However the Sabbat strike me as poseurs by comparison The Setites have been doing this for 10000 years and are very good at the intellectual study of evil and why it s a better thing than good I grok their message and think they re the only group aside from the Children of Haim that can coherently explain what a Path of Enlightenment is as well as why you should follow oneThis is all due to Hesha RuhadzeHesha is one of the two stars of CLAN NOVEL SETITE with the other being the conventional Elizabeth Dimitrios Hesha is the antithesis of the original Setites who could not have been overt in their villainy Hesha dresses stylishly talks rationally and lacks the vast majority of Elder snootiness that turns most Neonates Anarch until they age into power of their own Indeed if you met Hesha in game you d probably consider him a fairly cool NPC that could be relied upon in a jamHesha is a monsterHesha s a monster that realizes what almost no other Devil figures in literature do and the best way to destroy someone is to give them exactly what they want with no word twisting or sudden but inevitable betrayals Hesha manipulates lies and destroys the lives of those around him like a boss He does it in such a way that the people around him believe he s their good friend and are grateful for his corruption of their souls Hesha isn t their friend but he s happy to play the role if it gets him what he wants Making Thompson respect him as his mentor and Elizabeth love him are the euivalent of giving dogs a treat in order to train them Hesha keeps his tools sharp and in comfort while emotionally dependent on himElizabeth is a good protagonist as she serves in the thankless role of being the normal one who has to get to know Hesha and fall for his charms She s believable though and a human character who doesn t suck There s a lot of tension that doesn t normally exist in vampire romance fiction because the vampire in uestion is usually a teddy bear with fangs Elizabeth avoids being aggressively stupid or romantic like uite a few vampire romance heroines When she realizes what she s trapped in a relationship with it s uite impressive the lengths she goes to in order to surviveClan Novel Setite is probably the best of the Clan Novels and it s kind of hilarious in our post Twilight era that it reads as a well written parody of that kind of fiction The story is framed as a love story between Elizabeth and Hesha She s a young art historian and restorer who meets the handsome yet mysterious Hesha while slowly coming to realize that he holds some dark secretThe dark secret is not that he s a vampire Hesha dangles that truth in front of her so she believes he s opening up to him No that secret is that Hesha is a predator that cannot love and is perfectly able to fake normal human emotions Ramona and Zhavon are a love story that can never be because the Beast destroys true love Hesha and Elizabeth are a love story that can never be because if all your instincts tell you a man is a master manipulator as well as practiced liar then he probably isThe big appeal of this novel is that it is a fairly self contained story that actually gives good insight into how to run a specific clan It avoids all the various cliches that were then associated with the Followers of Set and creates a new canon for how they should be run I ve run EXPYs of Hesha in several of my games and even stole his character as the basis for a PC The book works well as both a stand alone as well as a greater part of the series giving reason why we should care about the Eye of Hazmiel plot than Leopold the Gangrel Slayer ever did It also chooses subtlety as its weapon versus the overt action movie fights that predominate in this series This is one of the must reads of the Clan Novel set

Kathleen Ryan ✓ 1 SUMMARY

To grand spectacles this epic series of over one million words reveals the secrets of this hidden world through the eyes of individuals on both sides of a great conflict The continued existence of all Kindred from the youngest neonate to the eldest Methuselah hangs in the balanc. This is a fantastic series if you are a fan or player of the Vampire the Masuerade Table Top game I gave it a 3 because I don t recomend this series to those who are not


10 thoughts on “Setite By Kathleen Ryan

  1. says:

    Followers of Set hold a special place in my heart They are the Set worshiping Caine rejecting vampires who went from being one of the most ridiculous Clans in Vampire The Masuerade to one of my all time favorites Presently they hold a number #2 position for me in the setting with only Clan Malkavian ranking higher in peop

  2. says:

    If you plan to read Clan Novel Ravnos also by the same author I'd highly recommend you read this one first as the stories are twinned and feature the same two main charactersThe characters are great and Hesha is as good an exmaple of a Setite as Khalil is of a Ravnos Definately my two favorite characters and bo

  3. says:

    uite probably my favorite book of the entire Clan Novel series Hesha Ruhadze depicted in evocative and thought provoking fashion by Kathleen RyanI was amazed that Hesha did so much with just words and attitude avoiding the usual Kindred method of ghouling his subordinates Setite was a pleasure to read for many reasons incl

  4. says:

    The series keeps going and so does its momentum I'm really getting into these books even though I've no knowledge of the LARP I've even hit a point where the occasional grammarspelling errors that occur don't bother me which is a thing that often does when I catch it The books are paced well If you're into vampire novels you should read these

  5. says:

    The story continues once again at a different appropriate pace for the chapterSlow? At timesCorrupting? YesSetite? DefinitelyBesides for the ones in the know of the lore a hint Week of Nightmares

  6. says:

    I am blogging the reviews to this whole seriesIt starts here for this book fifth star for this novel fulfilling the potential for this

  7. says:

    The Setite book is the 4th of the clan novel series and so far is the slowest most boring of the books yet Admittedly finding the value of this book is deeper than surface level This book delves into the deception the secrecy the humanity and the tenderness of the world of darkness The story builds very slowly and has only a few moments of tense action but if you soak in the underlying attributes you'll discover why the

  8. says:

    This is a fantastic series if you are a fan or player of the Vampire the Masuerade Table Top game I gave it a 3 because I don't recomend this series to those who are not

  9. says:

    A good story but too much secret society and not enough action for my taste The Setite Clan are thinkers not doers Courage is not their strong point

  10. says:

    Full review here is a major improvement over Gangrel and Hesha is an interesting snake

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