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Product Details

  • Series: Pathfinder Tales
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Paizo Publishing, LLC. (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601252870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601252876
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Gross is the author of the Radovan and the Count novels for Pathfinder Tales. The fifth volume, LORD OF RUNES, arrives from Tor in June 2015.

Dave's previous Pathfinder Tales include PRINCE OF WOLVES, MASTER OF DEVILS, QUEEN OF THORNS, KING OF CHAOS, and LORD OF RUNES. For Privateer Press's Iron Kingdoms, Dave wrote THE DEVIL'S PAY and DARK CONVERGENCE. For the Forgotten Realms he wrote BLACK WOLF and LORD OF STORMWEATHER. His short fiction has also appeared in TALES OF THE FAR WEST; SHOTGUNS VS. CTHULHU; THE LION AND THE AARDVARK; SHATTERED SHIELDS; GODS, MEMES, AND MONSTERS; and other anthologies.

In a past life, Dave edited magazines ranging from DRAGON to STAR WARS INSIDER and AMAZING STORIES. He lives with his wife and their small pack of animals in Alberta, Canada.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mythopoet on September 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you know nothing about Paizo or gaming fiction, then I direct your attention to following: I read this immediately after reading Hugh Cook and Fritz Leiber, and while reading Neal Stephenson. Gross (and the editors) more than hold up in the company of good prose fiction. If you're a fan of atmospheric horror and like a fair amount of action and fantasy in the mix, then you've just hit the jackpot. Gross takes a half-elf Sherlock Holmes and his devil-blood body guard (who doesn't want Watson to get some comeuppance for all those years of abuse?), noirs them up, and sets them on a perilous trek of investigation in a land of feature creatures. Who isn't up for a little male-bonding and personal growth in another world's Transylvania-equivalent?

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Rossi on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Prince of Wolves, by Dave Gross, makes for an auspicious and excellent start to the Pathfinder Tales series. With this book, there's no doubt that the people at Paizo have put their best foot forward.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Flank on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
Prince of Wolves, by Dave Gross is the first in the Pathfinder Tales series. This is the eagerly awaited fiction line set in the world of Golarion, the house setting of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game, from Paizo. If you're not into role playing games, Paizo is one of the best publishers out there (if you don't believe me, check out the 2010 ENnie awards, which Paizo swept.) Over the past 3 years, they've built their campaign setting, published dozens of top quality adventures, started the Planet Stories line of classic out of print SF/Fantasy stories, and made a top selling RPG based on previous editions of Dungeons and Dragons. Finally, they have a line of original Pathfinder fiction, and they picked a great author to start the line off.

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.
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