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  • Series: Pathfinder Tales
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781601252913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601252913
  • ASIN: 1601252919
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a very well-written high-adventure fantasy story.
T. Doolan
The first few chapters can be a bit slow but are necessary to introduce the characters and the dynamics of their relationships and problems.
Roberto L. Vargas
While Acril is indeed a villain he is a very interesting character and far from the only villain in the story.
Sam SSS

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clint on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
As the first Pathfinder Tales book written by Howard Andrew Jones, Plague of Shadows does not disappoint. It is a fast-paced sword and sorcery romp, combining interesting characters, exciting story lines and descriptive writing to ensure that you will not want to put this book down.
As a great adventure with a mix of romance, there are plenty of golden nuggets throughout the book to keep you happy!
Plague of Shadows is now on my list of favorites, and I encourage you to join Elyana and Drelm on their first of what I hope will be many adventures to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite book of the Pathfinder Tales so far. It earns a solid PG under the MPAA rating system. This book was a fun quest. As I read it, I felt like I was running through an adventure. There are some mature themes in it (racism, love/loss, violence, death, quest for power), but nothing that you wouldn't find in any novel read in a Jr High/High School English class. This book has a very strong female lead. I would rate this as a Teen+ book, highly enjoyable to all ages above 13.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam SSS on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Plague of Shadows by Howard Andrew Jones

This is another Pathfinder novel, the main character is Elyana a elven adventure. Most of her former adventurer friends are now dead, she stayed and lived near her friend Stelan who become a Lord. When her friend becomes ill with a shadow plague magical disease brought on by one of their former friend a shadow wizard named Acril. She goes on a quest to find a cure and eventually ends up searching for the Crown of Shadows. She travels with Stelan's son, Renar, Drelm a half orc loyal to the Lord, Kellius a Wizard, and Vallyn a bard that use to travel with Stelan and Elyana.

It starts with them trying to track down Acril and force him to remove the plague. Eventually they are forced to seek out the Crown of Shadows. While Acril is indeed a villain he is a very interesting character and far from the only villain in the story. In fact all the characters are well done and interesting. I don't want to give away any spoilers for the book. But the book has a little of everything that makes a fantasy book a good fantasy book. There is a dragon, wizards, evil cults, monsters, a epic quest, travel to another plane of existence in this case the shadow plane. There is enough twists and turns to keep you from knowing what's going to happen at the end and keep you involved in the story looking forward to what is going to happen next. If you are a fan of fantasy books it is worth checking out, if you are a Pathfinder fan then I strong recommend the book, to date I think it is the best of the new pathfinder novel line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PAUL R. MCNAMEE on April 18, 2013
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Good adventuring with a nice angle, as someone else noted, "what happens when elves get too old for this s*&^?" A blend of D&D adventuring with tones of Jirel of Jory and the western, Unforgiven. The payoffs here are setup through characters, hard truths and exposed lies. I look forward to Jones next entry in the Pathfinder universe, and I need to check out some of the other authors and novels of this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dream Rider on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Howard Andrew Jones is a famous proponent of Sword and Sorcery as well as a former editor of Flashing Swords ezine. So it was with some surprise and a lot of interest that I noticed he had written a novel with a female lead character for the Pathfinder series. What I found was a solid fantasy novel which with very minor changes could have run independently of the Pathfinder universe. His female elf protagonist was handled with thoughtful subtlety and there were enough surprise twists and turns to the plot to keep everyone happy. This novel is a credit to Jones and to Pathfinder, although I found the artificial constraints requiring Jones to work his very solid plot into the spell system of the game just annoying enough to keep me from giving this a five star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberto L. Vargas on April 7, 2011
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This book is a lot of fun once it gets going. The first few chapters can be a bit slow but are necessary to introduce the characters and the dynamics of their relationships and problems. The descriptions are vivid, the action is exciting and well described and the plot takes twists and turns that were unexpected.

I look forward to more fiction from Mr. Jones.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lord Slaavik on March 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a repost from my review on paizo.com

To be honest the first couple of chapters had me tell a friend that this third instalment of the Pathfinder Tales line was excoriating and pedestrian. I mean, the cursed friend, the gathering of an adventuring party to go to a "Vale of Shadows"... Boring! Why not drop in other generic names like "The Black Hills", "The Bandit Road" and other "Dark Forest" while we were at it? To compound this grim first impression, I had never heard or Howard Andrew Jones before, and the location of the adventure at the border of Galt and Taldor sounded awfully like "Writer not senior enough to be allowed to mess up Egorian (Prince of Wolves) or Korvosa (Winter Witch), let's give him an insignificant border town to play with at first".

That being said, I suspected something was afoot, Paizo would not have made the mistake of producing a below average book so close to the beginning of the Pathfinder Tales line. Thank God, I was right! And I mean right in the sense of my first impression being totally wrong.

Having read Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" recently, I came to enjoy the flashbacks in "Plague of Shadows" and the way they worked in the adventure. "Plague of Shadows" is of course far shorter but the author had the skills to pull this trick out without hampering the flow of the story.

It is tempting to compare "Plague of Shadows" to "Prince of Wolves" and "Winter Witch", so I shall yield to that temptation, but this is going to be very subjective anyway.
While Jones' ability to describe character growth in the story is not as good as Cunningham's, "Plague of Shadows" has a better pacing than "Winter Witch", which I think lacked an extra fifty odd pages for a proper "last part before ending" section.
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