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Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves

****½ (based on 65 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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Prince of Wolves is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional are a free download (225 KB zip/PDF).

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****½ (based on 65 ratings)

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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.


Mediocre Read

***( )( )

I read the reviews of Prince of Wolves before reading the book, and eagerly anticipated reading it for myself. I wasn't really impressed.

The story was good. I felt like the author did an excellent job of fleshing out the details of Ustalav and the Sczarni. The mystery was also engaging.

I also like the character Radovan. He seemed very real and I cared about his story.

Varian Jeggare, on the other hand, is one of the most thoroughly unlikable protagonists I've ever encountered. He's insufferably arrogant, unable to bear the thought that Radovan may ever be anything other than completely subservient to him. He's rude and condescending to everyone (including Radovan) whom he views as his social inferior. Furthermore, his vocabulary is so stilted and overly complex that he sounds like an unintelligent person trying to pretend that he's smart.


Best I've read...

*****

Hands down the best of the three Pathfinder Tales I have read so far. Read more of my review on Rising Phoenix Games.


Best tale for Golarion support

*****

I have just finished re-reading this for the third time. I consider this the best among Pathfinder tales (I have read sixteen of these up to now) from Golarion supporting knowledge point of view. This book made me love Ustalav and the way Dave Gross increase the available data inside Paizo books (Inner Sea World Guide among the others) is wonderful. I really really loved Virholt history and Ustalavic Sczarni. Thanks for this book Paizo!


Writing Style Turns Me Off

***( )( )

As I have mentioned in the title I disliked the writing style. I do not like how Dave Gross switches from two completely different characters in 1st person, so it's hard to understand the story and piece it together.
I really disliked the way how Varian Jaggare speaks. His constant use of rarely used and complicated vocabulary makes me want to skip his chapter entirely. I always have to look at my dictionary just to understand what he is talking about. His side of the story starts off slow, but it does get slightly more interesting throughout the process. I do like Radovan's side of the story though. His misfortunes and the way he tells his story keeps my attention.
The story revolves more around Radovan and less on Varian. I probably only disliked it because of its lack of action (in the beginning of Varian Jaggare's story), difficult vocabulary, and the writing style, but it's worth reading if you can get past those problems.


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