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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound is a dark fantasy novel set in the Gothic land of Ustalav, the horror oriented realm within the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game setting. I'm not a tabletop gamer, but I do enjoy a good dark fantasy tale featuring heroic characters. Bloodbound didn't disappoint.

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.
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In the land of Ustlav, vampires and humans live together but fear wach other as well. When the head of a local vampire lord is sent to the capital, a damphir and priestess of Pharasma go on a mission to discover what happened and also discover who they are.

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.
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In "Bloodbound" F. Wesley Schneider takes the reader into the chillingly dark cesspool of Caliphas where Larsa a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) and accuser (royal agent) has been sent to investigate a vampiric massacre at Thorenly Manor. Attacked by rogue vampires which she quickly annihilates, Larsa haunted by her sketchy past discovers a painting with her likeness that links her to Lady Ellishan Thorenly, the only survivor of the butchery.

After an exorcism at the Havenguard Asylum under the watchful eye of High Inquisitor Mardhalas goes awry Jadain Losritter, a Parasmin priestess fearing dismissal from her order stays behind to sit in on Larsa's interview of Lady Ellishan. Shattered by the experience the noblewoman not only gives a rambling account of the bloodbath with the cryptic statement that " it's all happening again" but alludes to a connection between Larsa and her sister Alison Kindler. This begins a journey that will take Larsa and Jadain to Ardis not only to track down an elusive vampire traitor but to hunt for clues to the Accuser's lineage.

F. Wesley Schneider sets the stage in a vividly imaginative world of vampires and humans where a truce has been forged between Caliphas's living and undead populace. As an agent of the royal spymaster, it is Larsa's duty to protect the peace, investigating any unnatural events in the capital that would undermine it. Drawn into a deadly mystery that will take her on a journey far from the city she finds help in the most unlikely places; from a disgraced priestess hounded by the High Inquisitor for being too soft with the living and the Pathfinder Society, a group of explorers learning about the past to create a better future.
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‘Bloodbound’ is a terrific and very entertaining fantasy and adventure story with strong shades of gothic horror. There are vampires aplenty, and one of the main characters – the gutsy and gloriously ornery Larsa – is the offspring of a human and a vampire: alive, but endowed with some vampire powers. The other main character is the young priestess Jadain who serves Pharasma. Pharasma is the goddess of death and rebirth, and pretty much the nemesis of any and all undead, including vampires, making the initial meeting between Larsa and Jadain somewhat tense.

‘Bloodbound’ starts out a little slow as it introduces the reader to Jadain and Larsa (each chapter in the book switches between their points of view, a storytelling device that works well here), but once the two are thrown together, the tale really catches fire. The story then follows the unlikely friendship that forms between them as they set out on a long journey and difficult quest together, facing several dark and perilous adventures.

I loved the way Larsa and Jadain’s friendship grows slowly but surely throughout the tale: the relationship has an entertaining odd-couple-on-the-road feel to it. The story is well-written and fast-paced with several fantastical and gore-horror-fabulous fight scenes: there were some towards the end that had me turning the pages frantically to find out how Jadain and Larsa would save their skins (and souls).

‘Bloodbound’ is a rollicking dark fantasy tale lit up by two strong female characters whose friendship is allowed to shine through the story from start to finish. All together an excellent adventure.
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