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Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves Paperback – August 24, 2010
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About the Author
Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the split perspective between the two characters. I found it a bit confusing at first, as I read further it added anticipation and engagement to the character's point of view. I also found it added a bit of mystery to the story through discovery of what early events meant later in the book.
I felt the character's were unique and felt that they were presented thoroughly. I became so engaged with them that I shouted out loud for joy when I found out that there is web fiction including them and Master of Devils will be based around the same characters.
The setting of Ustalav was well represented and I feel a lot more comfortable running a campaign based there. Reading prince of Wolves cemented my purchase of Carrion Crown, Rule of Fear, and anything else based in Ustalav. I look forward to more books from Dave and am now hooked on the Pathfinder tales novels.
Prince of Wolves gripped me: it's well-written and is full of fun riffs on the genre that don't descend into the stale or the silly, as they so easily can. The friends and foes are painted darkly enough that in the case of most of them, one does not stop guessing which is which. Good uses of twists keep the reader on plot but off-balance. If you're shy of gaming fiction, there is no need for you to be in this case. This deserves to be read by fans of Golarion and folks who can't tell Ustalav from Cheliax.
If you're a gamer, then know that Paizo's Pathfinder Tales series has indeed started out with a BANG! I was already invested in the characters of Count Jeggare and Radovan from the serial fiction in The Council of Thieves, and I was looking forward to how Gross might develop them based on comments traded online, but he surpassed my hopes and his earlier stories. Furthermore, I can't get over how literate this is for gaming fiction--to the point that it was a challenge to some of the fellow fans I talked with. If you are a gamer who has generally been turned off by gaming fiction, then I present you with what may be our holy grail. Please try to sip.
The story follows the exploits of half-elven Pathfinder Varian Jaggare and his teifling bodyguard, Radovan, as they leave the comfort of their diabolic homeland behind and explore the wilds of Ustalav looking for a missing friend and fellow pathfinder. There they are forced to make sudden and drastic sacrifices to pursue their goal as they battle the gothic horrors of that land.
The book has everything going for it. Dave Gross paints magnificent scenery, intense drama, and thrilling fight scenes: each, it seems, with a different brush, but with a consistency of palette that leaves the reader knowing that it is a book that will most likely be just as enjoyable re-reading as it was reading it the first time.
The action not only leaves you wondering what will happen next, but worrying for the characters as well. I especially related to Radovan's almost New York Italian attitude towards everything. I had to stop a few times and mentally slap myself for trying to force my own anachronisms on it.
Dave Gross doesn't stop at just putting together a great action/adventure by questing novel. Unlike a lot of novels in the genre, the characters are deep and learn and change from their experiences. The writing shows someone that has lived away from the gaming table at times and understood the deeper and sometimes darker questions about what it means to be human.
While it has a depth that not many novels in game worlds possess, it doesn't take that too far to the extreme. It will never be along the lines of the works that define the genre as a whole, but it does create a high mark for future novels to shoot for. And after all, most people that read these books will be wanting more to be entertained than educated. Prince of Wolves does both, although most will not notice the latter happening.