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Product Details

  • Series: Pathfinder Tales
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601253699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601253699
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Finalist for the 2012 Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel

#3 on Barnes & Noble's Best Fantasy Releases of 2011


"A stellar first novel" - Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

"Death's Heretic is most certainly a killer worth catching." - Ben McFarland, Kobold Quarterly

"Compelling and full of action." - Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Black Gate

"What a great yarn! It grabbed me at the outset and raced along, all of the characters coming alive but the action never flagging. Action, mystery, planar splendors and dangers, really memorable characters--this one has it all." - Ed Greenwood, New York Times bestselling author of Elminster Must Die

"Strange and colorful lands, engaging characters, mystery and action--Sutter delivers. Watch this guy. " - Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls

More About the Author

James Lafond Sutter is the author of the novel Death's Heretic, which was ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble's Best Fantasy Releases of 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. He's also written science fiction and fantasy stories for such venues as Apex Magazine, Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, Starship Sofa, and the #1 Amazon bestseller Machine of Death. His first anthology, Before They Were Giants, pairs the first published short stories of speculative fiction greats from Ben Bova and Larry Niven to China Miéville and William Gibson with anecdotes and instructional critiques by the authors themselves.

In addition to writing fiction, James is a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Fiction Editor for Paizo Publishing, and has published dozens of roleplaying game products.

For more information, please visit www.jameslsutter.com.

PRAISE FOR DEATH'S HERETIC

"What a great yarn! It grabbed me at the outset and raced along, all of the characters coming alive but the action never flagging. Action, mystery, planar splendors and dangers, really memorable characters -- this one has it all."
-- Ed Greenwood, New York Times Bestselling Author of Elminster Must Die

"Strange and colorful lands, engaging characters, mystery and action -- Sutter delivers. Watch this guy. "
-- Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls

"A stellar first novel"
-- Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

"Death's Heretic is most certainly a killer worth catching."
-- Ben McFarland, Kobold Quarterly

"If you enjoy church-appointed monster assassins, check this one out."
-- Dave Thompson, PodCastle

"Well-written fantasy. Salim is a fascinating character who readers will eagerly follow... richly imagined and full of vibrant life."
-- Holly Scudero, Tulsa Book Review

"Excellent writing, a fascinating character, and a solid fantasy-mystery plot... Salim is a marvelous character to be introduced to this universe through. Neila is a great counterpoint... she avoids falling into the trap of being nothing more than a pretty face for Salim to rescue every other chapter. Refreshing, that. With its intriguing protagonist, twisted magics, and unique environments, it's well worth discovering..."
-- Josh Vogt, Examiner.com

"A nonstop romp through fabulous settings"
-- Jaym Gates, Functional Nerds

"James Sutter has a way with descriptions, which tend to be both concise yet vivid. His writing flows smoothly, whether we're following his main characters across the desert or across the planes of existence... Death's Heretic is more intellectual than the average RPG novel, dealing with topics such as personal faith, mortality, and self actualization in an honest, adult manner that you don't normally find in this type of fantasy."
-- Quest For Fun

"I really enjoyed this book. The writing was strong, the story was interesting, I loved the characters, and the setting was so well wrought that I could practically feel the sand and heat of the desert on my face. I love when authors write with authority and have the skill to back it up, and James Sutter has skill in excess. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Well done, sir. Very well done."
-- Justin Macumber, Dead Robots' Society

"Raistlin Majere, Elminster, and Drizzt Do'Urden all come to mind as iconic characters born in roleplaying tie-in novels. Into this esteemed category steps Salim Ghadafar, the protagonist of James L. Sutter's Death's Heretic.... Compelling and full of action... a great standalone novel in its own right."
-- Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Black Gate

"Death's Heretic channels the spirit of classic sword & sorcery, adapts it for a modern audience, and is sprinkled with Sutter's personal touch. It makes for fast, leisurely reading, the equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie."
-- Charles A Tan, Bibliophile Stalker

"An awful lot of fun, and a lot of imagination--I really enjoyed it. I'd love to see some more stories involving Salim."
-- Art Sippo, Book Cave

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I also liked the plot - it moved along at a good pace.
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The book works on all levels and is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure.
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Sutter does a great job of letting the story unfold in a very natural way.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Anthony Mandato on December 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've gleefully consumed all of the Pathfinder Tales to date, and Death's Heretic is easily one of the most enjoyable reads. Sutter is a masterful writer. His enigmatic main character Salim is very well developed - I was really drawn in as I learned more and more about his history and personality as the novel unfolded. While the plot is a planes-hopping romp through exotic locales, Salim's strong characterization and the central mystery of the story keep the reader grounded. Sutter did a great job of making Thuvia (the country much of the novel is set in)feel like its own distinct country - the story truly felt like it was set in the world of Golarion, rather than some generic fantasy-land. I'm really looking forward to Salim's continuing adventures. One note for readers who might not be familiar with the world the novel is set in - there is a glossary in the back, so if a term, name or location confuses you, just give it a quick glance!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Zimmerman Jones on November 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great fantasy adventure story, with a main character who really draws you in. Salim Ghadafar serves the goddess Pharasma, the Lady of Graves, but it's clear from moments into the book that Salim has no particular love for her. He serves her, but does not worship her. The unraveling of his backstory is one of the major parts of the novel, so I won't get into it.

His current mission is to investigate a soul that has been stolen from Pharasma's Boneyard in the afterlife ... a theft which should not be possible. The investigation draws him close to Neila, the daughter of the man who's gone missing. He can't be resurrected until his soul is reclaimed. The quest takes Salim and Neila across dimensions to confront beings that predate Creation itself, giving a great exploration of the worlds that comprise the Pathfinder game setting.

Looking for a great fantasy adventure? This is it. Looking for a compelling character? This has it. Looking for a philosophically rich exploration of the relevance of gods and worship? This has that, too.

The book works on all levels and is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Ovalle on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is terrific. I know that I, and I assume others, have thought about one of the central beliefs of the main character of this book- deities exist in the fantasy world, but are they beings worthy of worship? The protagonist serves the goddess of death while despising the concept of divine worship. Salim is a compelling character, and his motivations and history are one of the most interesting parts of the overall story, which is fun in its own right. Although the subject of atheism might make some uncomfortable (as some forum threads on the Paizo board have demonstrated), I think Sutter handles it quite well, which was a relief.

The plot is entertaining- a murder mystery in a world where resurrection and immortality are possible. The protagonist and his companion, Neila, have a great deal of work to do to solve the mystery of her father's death, and must travel to some truly exotic places to move the mystery forward.

The book is an excellent introduction to Golarian and the wider Pathfinder universe. I have a passing familiarity with the world, but no great in-depth knowledge. The characters introduced offer some great examples of how different persons from varied countries, cultures, and planes behave and interact, and more impressively in a way that is completely at place in the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Salim has a secret. And- he also has a public identity- that of hunting down undead and heretics for the Goddess of Death. Salim doesn't much care for this relationship, and the how & why of how he got his position and how he got so very good at it is part of his secret. One thing is no secret- altho Salim works for the Goddess, he still doesn't worship her or any gods and is not happy with his "deal".

James Sutter is the co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game , and this book is set in that fantasy world. But you don't need to be a RPG player to enjoy this solid fantasy novel. What sets Jame's writing style apart from so many others in the field is the richness of his descriptions- you can close your eyes and see what he has put on the page in bare words. This gets fun & interesting when Salims adventures here takes him out of the desert city where his recent "job" is set to some other planes of existence, including the plane where the dead are judged.

Besides the great descriptions, James has created an unforgettable, compelling, realistic and thoroughly three dimensional protagonist/hero. No `cardboard cut-out here". Salim is grim, brave, fast with a sword, has a dark history and of course- the secret I mentioned about. I want to read more about Salim.

Plenty of action, magic and even a romance, which altho starts out rather predictable- takes a few different and unexpected turns.

Very readable, a real page-turner. Suggested for any fantasy reader above the age of 12.

I rcvd a copy for review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Wilson on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
While I have enjoyed all of the Pathfinder Tales novels thus far, I feel no hesitation in stating that Death's Heretic is by far the strongest thus far. I already knew Mr. Sutter was a strong writer from his brilliant RPG sourcebook, Cit of Strangers, but writing a novel is an entirely different matter. Boy, did his talent shine through.

And this is not just a great RPG novel; Death's Heretic is a great fantasy novel, in general. Mr. Sutter has crafted an incredibly deep, complex, and fascinating character in his protagonist, Salim Ghadafar. Through Salim, Sutter explores religious and philosophical subject matter rarely broached in fantasy with such depth and poignancy. The concept of atheists living in a world where there is proof of the gods' existence is a topic ripe from exploration, but only if approached with the care and deftness of skill that we see in Death's Heretic.

The mystery of Salim's background is a constant driving force for the novel that interweaves seamlessly with the main plot involving not just the murder of an aristocrat, but the theft of his very soul. Salm's investigation of this event, alongside the persona of the dead aristocrat's daughter, brings the pair on a roller coaster adventure from the urban intrigue at the scene of the murder to the scene of the soul theft in the Boneyard of the Goddess of Death herself, and beyond.

Each character and exotic location is fully formed and has a deep connection to the story and setting. The subtle character moments are written with the same intensity and care as the action set-pieces. Question after question gets raised and then answered in increasingly creative and unforeseen ways. It's a mystery and philosophical smorgasbord, the likes of which I had never come across in my years of reading the genre.

I implore you to give Death's Heretic a chance, whether you're a fan of Pathfinder, fantasy, or just good novels in general.
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