- Series: Pathfinder Tales (Book 29)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765374536
- ISBN-13: 978-0765374530
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
HOWARD ANDREW JONES is the author of the Pathfinder Tales novels Plague of Shadows and Stalking the Beast. His first original novel, The Desert of Souls made Kirkus Reviews's New and Notable list for 2011, and was on Locus's Recommended Reading List. Its sequel, The Bones of the Old Ones, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
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Lastly, my only suggestion for the author (and for authors of all pathfinder stories) would be that in the next book he have the main charter have purchased a few more magic items for herself. An upgrade you might call it. A couple new wands, rings, some boots etc. The only weakness is that they depend on the same magic over and over throughout the book and it gets a little repetitive. It seems they could have found some magic items along the way and learned to use them and it would have altered the battle scenes a little bit later in the book. This lack of magical variety is a common weakness of authors in this shared world and for fantasy books in general. In a world with lots of magic and many items there tends to be very little of it used or acquired. It is just a matter of, as a reader, getting sort of tired of the same old acid wand. I would suggest a little more variety in the future. No need to go OP, but there are lots of mid level powered magic items that these characters could find or acquire if they were being played in an actual game. And it would be cool is someone would someday write some of the more powerful items into a story so we cold see how it really plays out to have one. The best version I have seen of this is Tim Pratt's Liar series with his talking sword. But even that main character could use some boots of flying or something. But they never get stuff like that. Why? Or the series with Count Varian Jeggare who is a Chelaxian noble and venture-captain of the Pathfinder Society. The guy is one of the richest nobles in Cheliax, why is he not a walking magic item store? Anyway, as a reader I would like to see some more magic items and see how they play out in the story. As a writer myself I can see how that might be hard to write, but that is not a reason not to do it. It lacks realism to have rich and or powerful characters not have items to protect themselves in a world in which magic exists and also terrible danger exists.
Best of all, my goodness do you get won over by the lizardman culture. it is so alien to our own, but it comes to life, in a consistent and highly believable fashion. I dont know if Mr Jones patterned it after Mayan or who knows what on earth, but it is so believable and yet clearly alien to "human" culture that it is worth the read just by itself. Its internal logic is clear and, as you learn about them, all of their actions make perfect sense under their foreign set of values of what is important and unimportant.
Great story, great characters, and all set with a clash of cultures - how many books can you say had you on the edge of your seat as two characters discussed the meaning and purpose of a legal contract? Haha!
Its fantastic, a must-read for any fantasy fans.
I will say, that until I read this book, I had no love or interest in Lizardfolk. Mr. Jones changes that completely, marking them as an ancient and majestic race, lost to the ravages of time. I hope someone can do the same for some of the other iconic monstrous races of Golarion (Kobolds, primarily).