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Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves Paperback – August 24, 2010
An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Prince of Wolves gripped me: it's well-written and is full of fun riffs on the genre that don't descend into the stale or the silly, as they so easily can. The friends and foes are painted darkly enough that in the case of most of them, one does not stop guessing which is which. Good uses of twists keep the reader on plot but off-balance. If you're shy of gaming fiction, there is no need for you to be in this case. This deserves to be read by fans of Golarion and folks who can't tell Ustalav from Cheliax.
If you're a gamer, then know that Paizo's Pathfinder Tales series has indeed started out with a BANG! I was already invested in the characters of Count Jeggare and Radovan from the serial fiction in The Council of Thieves, and I was looking forward to how Gross might develop them based on comments traded online, but he surpassed my hopes and his earlier stories. Furthermore, I can't get over how literate this is for gaming fiction--to the point that it was a challenge to some of the fellow fans I talked with. If you are a gamer who has generally been turned off by gaming fiction, then I present you with what may be our holy grail. Please try to sip.
The story follows the exploits of half-elven Pathfinder Varian Jaggare and his teifling bodyguard, Radovan, as they leave the comfort of their diabolic homeland behind and explore the wilds of Ustalav looking for a missing friend and fellow pathfinder. There they are forced to make sudden and drastic sacrifices to pursue their goal as they battle the gothic horrors of that land.
The book has everything going for it. Dave Gross paints magnificent scenery, intense drama, and thrilling fight scenes: each, it seems, with a different brush, but with a consistency of palette that leaves the reader knowing that it is a book that will most likely be just as enjoyable re-reading as it was reading it the first time.
The action not only leaves you wondering what will happen next, but worrying for the characters as well. I especially related to Radovan's almost New York Italian attitude towards everything. I had to stop a few times and mentally slap myself for trying to force my own anachronisms on it.
Dave Gross doesn't stop at just putting together a great action/adventure by questing novel. Unlike a lot of novels in the genre, the characters are deep and learn and change from their experiences. The writing shows someone that has lived away from the gaming table at times and understood the deeper and sometimes darker questions about what it means to be human.
While it has a depth that not many novels in game worlds possess, it doesn't take that too far to the extreme.Read more ›
Gross has written several shared world books before, for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms setting, and in Prince of Wolves, he has refined his craft.
Thrilling fights and magic? Check.
Engrossing mystery? Check
Rich story that draws you into the present and history of the setting? Check
Interesting and well developed characters? Check
Engaging moral dilemmas? Check
In addition to all of these critical elements to a great story, Gross writes for adults. This isn't dumbed down fantasy to appeal to the lowest common denominator, or sanitized to be kid-friendly (not that it's unfriendly to kids, though). His characters are adults, and they have adult interests and problems. They drink too much. They can be crude/uncomfortable talking about sex or with members of the opposite sex. They have a hard time overcoming their own personal demons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most of the times if a fantasy writer adds himself to a big IP it is not hard for them to write something to gimmicky. Luckily this was way better than I hoped for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bram
This is a great novel. I love the duo and their exploits in Ustalav.Published 9 months ago by Ric Mohri
This book was certainly a step above the Salvatore D&D books. It was fun to read a story set in Golarion, particularly the cool country of Ustalav. The book was nothing amazing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David
I didn't care for this book too much. Slow and not enough going on with the story line to keep you wanting to keep reading. Read morePublished 15 months ago by two zero
This is a great character driven story. Whatever your knowledge of the Pathfinder setting, this book proves highly entertaining and features the spell casting Count Varian Jeggare... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Miles Holmes
Great story and strong characters! Love this and the rest of the novels by Dave Gross.Published 16 months ago by Timothy A Bean
I hated this book and, so far, all of the other Dave Gross books in the Pathfinder series. I find them extremely difficult to follow. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jonathan D. Vukovich
I'm coming to love how Mr. Gross writes these novels. The adventuring trek that follows Radovan and the mystery that Varian attempts to unravel while in one of my favorite... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard Colton Lawson
Prince of Wolves is a compelling introduction to Dave Gross's fantasy adventuring duo, Varian Jaggare and Radovan. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roy Daniel Paddock