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Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves

****½ (based on 69 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves

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by Dave Gross

For half-elven Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded bodyguard Radovan, things are rarely as they seem. Yet not even the notorious crime-solving duo is prepared for what they find when a search for a missing Pathfinder takes them into the gothic and mist-shrouded mountains of Ustalav. Beset on all sides by noble intrigue, mysterious locals, and the deadly creatures of the night, Varian and Radovan must use both sword and spell to track the strange rumors to their source and uncover a secret of unimaginable proportions, aided in their quest by a pack of sinister werewolves and a mysterious mute priestess. But it’ll take more than merely solving the mystery to finish this job. For shadowy figures have taken note of the pair’s investigations, and the forces of darkness are set on making sure neither man gets out of Ustalav alive...

From fan-favorite author Dave Gross comes a new fantastical mystery set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

368-page mass market paperback.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-287-6
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-331-6

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****½ (based on 69 ratings)

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A Great Read

*****

Prince of Wolves tells the story of Count Jeggare and his body-guard Randovan as they travel through Ustalav.

The story is told from a first-person perspective and each chapter is from the point of view of one of the two protagonist.

This style of narrative gives the reader a refreshing change from the usual third-person perspective and is a great way to provide insight to the character's thoughts in a way that feels natural.

Count Jeggare is a noble-blooded and educated man from birth, so he can seem arrogant and pretentious at times, but he is ultimately a man with a good heart who can actually see the humor in the situation at times, and as the story moves on, he learns to better recognize the value of those of not so noble birth.

Randovan is all that Count Jeggare is not. Low-born, brass, uneducated... A man raised on the streets but no less noble of heart. He can be brass and rude sometimes, but he genuinely cares about his friends and allies. It's easier to sympathize with him due to his simple beginnings and easy-going nature (although he does know the time to get serious!).

The contrast between the protagonists is only equaled by their loyalty to one another and mutual respect.

They're both likable protagonists in their own ways, but far from perfect. And the people they meet are just as colorful, although not as well-developed due to the simple fact that they obviously don't have as much spotlight as the protagonists.

I really enjoyed the action and the character development in this book. The mystery and suspense are pretty good too, although not spectacular. I'll gladly add another 5-stars review to its collection.


Excellent

*****

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The Radovan and Jeggare stories are easily the best of the Pathfinder Tales.


Mystery, Monsters, and an Evil Eating Chicken.

*****

I'm coming to love how Mr. Gross writes these novels. The adventuring trek that follows Radovan and the mystery that Varian attempts to unravel while in one of my favorite countries in all of Golarion is a great horror read, that actually does feel what horror in the pathfinder setting might feel like. Readers who are interested in horror, mystery, and/or adventure or all three will greatly enjoy this book.

Spoiler:

Though it makes my blood boil that the only 1/2 of the Antagonists got what they had coming, friggin Norgober cultists grrrrr...

Highly recommended.


An engaging start, minus some speedbumps

****( )

An adventuresome little story that admittedly takes a bit of getting used to the format at first. I wasn't expecting a first-person narrative from a story I'd been informed in advance had two central protagonists, and it took a bit to figure out when the chapters changed perspectives. By the end of the novel however it was easy to determine just based on the first line or two of dialogue - Varian and Radovan's internal narrations are vastly different, fitting for two characters so starkly unlike one another.

The story itself was interesting, kept me wanting to read more and solve the mystery, and almost all the characters were memorable and easily identifiable. I do have to agree with some of the other reviews that Varian at the beginning was very off-putting, but he does improve over the course of the book and I presume in hindsight that his initial presentation was meant to be a turn-off so the reader could see his development over time. Radovan on the other hand was appreciable from the get-go, and with few exceptions his narration tended to cover the more interesting or entertaining chapters. Hopefully in future novels in the series it'll be more balanced between the two.


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