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Pathfinder Tales: Death's Heretic Paperback – December 6, 2011
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#3 on Barnes & Noble's Best Fantasy Releases of 2011
"A stellar first novel" - Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
"Death's Heretic is most certainly a killer worth catching." - Ben McFarland, Kobold Quarterly
"Compelling and full of action." - Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Black Gate
"What a great yarn! It grabbed me at the outset and raced along, all of the characters coming alive but the action never flagging. Action, mystery, planar splendors and dangers, really memorable characters--this one has it all." - Ed Greenwood, New York Times bestselling author of Elminster Must Die
"Strange and colorful lands, engaging characters, mystery and action--Sutter delivers. Watch this guy. " - Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls
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Without having read other novels that I can compare it to, I must say that I really enjoyed this book and that it did help me to understand the Pathfinder system better, especially many of the deities, the fey, and some geography. I also thought that some of the novel's themes were woven into the narrative were explored in complex ways: atheism vs. religiosity and its relationship to personal happiness/autonomy, immortality as a blessing/curse, personal sacrifice and love. Most of this is explored through the seemingly contradictory character of Salim who is an atheist paladin serving the goddess Pharasma against his will. His character was very interesting.
I don't have many negative things to say about the novel other than sometimes the description of the worlds the characters traveled to was a little verbose and hard to picture. But I think that's more my problem than the novel. Those kinds of descriptors would be helpful for anyone wanting to learn how to paint a picture of a world for Pathfinder players. Also, sometimes there were a few slight moments of female objectification, but that was more than counterbalanced by Neila, the strong female co-protagonist who could definitely hold her own in the narrative and is definitely a subject in her own story--not just an object or goal of the male protagonist.
One of the reasons I'm reading the Pathfinder Tales novels is to get a broader view of the Pathfinder campaign setting. This novel is great for that, because it shows several diverse settings including the nation of Thuvia and several other planes that I don't want to mention in case they would be considered spoilers. This is a great book for expanding your view of Golarion and beyond.
Truly the only thing holding this take back are flimsy, one dimensional characters.
I think Mr. Sutter shows great promise as a writer - he writes in an engaging and appealing style.
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What's not to like about Death's Heretic by James Sutter? Nothing that I can see.Read more