- Series: Pathfinder Tales (Book 30)
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076537546X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765375469
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound Paperback – December 1, 2015
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F. WESLEY SCHNEIDER has published countless gaming products for both Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons, and is a former assistant editor of Dragon magazine. Bloodbound is his first novel.
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There are actually two primary characters featured in the novel. I'll start with the protagonist featured on the cover, Larsa, a dhampir (half vampire, half human) vampire hunter and agent of the Royal Spymaster. Larsa also has loyalties to her "grandfather", the vampire king who rules over the secret vampire population located beneath Ustulav's capital city. Both of her masters are aware of each other and see Larsa as the perfect go-between in keeping the secret pact between the surface and subterranean realms in effect. She hunts any vampire that steps out of line and breaks the terms of the agreement. Visually, she reminds me of Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane, and thematically, a bit of Marvel Comics' Blade.
The second point of view character is Jadain Losritter, she's a priestess of Pharsama, the goddess of birth, death, and rebirth. Jadain lives a fairly mundane existence in the capital's cathedral, as opposed to Larsa. Well...at least she did until their paths cross. Once she's pulled into Larsa's world, we get to see what she's really made of.
Bloodbound is told in the first person from each of their points of view, alternating chapter to chapter. I'm a big fan of this method; it usually causes me to want to keep reading, and this was the case with Bloodbound. Edgar Rice Burroughs used this technique for years with his Tarzan and Barsoom novels to great success, and it's great to see it still has a place in modern fantasy.
One thing I also enjoyed was the mystery aspect of the book. First of all, it's appropriate given the Gothic fantasy setting. But it's also a great way for the author to introduce readers to the world. You get to explore the world through the eyes of Larsa and Jadain as they adventure through Ustalav on their quest/mission.
I was very impressed with the prose, especially Schneider's descriptions of architecture. Bloodbound is a steady paced work of dark fantasy that features well developed heroic characters that I think all fans of fantasy fiction will enjoy.
This was a good story, I enjoyed the aspect of the hunter and the sister as they work together to discover a secret past and to find out who they truly are. I wold recommend it to anyone.
Reading this book angered me the farther I got into it, but I set out to finish it despite it being a chore to open. The pacing is slow, and if possible gets slower the farther along it goes. The plots twists are...there? They do nothing to aid in the story.
If you want a good book that deals with mortality, gods, and philosophy on life go read The Redemption Engine....it does a great job explaining what the Lady of the Graves servants are like and draws comparisons to real world issues in beautiful ways.
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