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Pathfinder Volume 3: City of Secrets (Pathfinder Hc) Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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Aptly named “the City of Secrets”, the sprawling port of Magnimar is a much more urban setting for our six adventurers than in the previous books, which took place in a much smaller town and the surrounding wilderness. Here the action plays out on dangerous city streets and in dark tunnel systems and catacombs, against foes appropriate to the locale. Merisel, the group’s Elven thief, falls in with a particularly nasty group of cutthroats and robbers, the cleric Kyra leads the fight against a cult of demon worshipers bent on the destruction of the followers of her goddess, Sarenrae, while the wizard Ezren takes advantage of the city having a chapter of the Pathfinders’ Guild to try to advance his ambitions. These conflicts are enough to weave together a suitable FRPG-style storyline, with lots of action and the requisite combat in every chapter. It’s not great literature, but it is fun, and that’s why we read comics, right?
Personally, I found the artwork of new artist Leandro Oliviera to be the best in the series – it’s less stylized, exaggerated and “toothy” (see volume 1) - and more realistic. The full page illustrations for the opening and end pages of each chapter are especially nice, featuring lots of detail.
The book has about 40 pages of role-playing material, including background information on the city, some helpful maps, a few non-player characters and lots of RPG session ideas. Even though I don’t play RPGs myself, I enjoyed reading through this section, as it provides context for the story. My only negative comment would be the lack of information on the villains appearing in the story, especially the followers of the demon lord Shax.
The book is up to the high-standards set in the first two volumes, with thick glossy paper and nice colors. I especially appreciate the wide gutters, which ensure that none of the artwork is lost in the seam of the book.
Recommended for Pathfinder players or anyone interested in this type of adventure story.
I received this and read it with the other two. The usual banter between the party members is still there and there is some tender moments as well. if you enjoyed the others you must get this.
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"City of Secrets" is Volume 3 of the Pathfinder comic series. It collects the eponymous limited series and includes dozens of pages of back matter,...Read more