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.
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.
I rolled a QC (Quality Check) and it was good. Prince of Wolves by David Gross is a howl and a half. It was also my first Pathfinder novel so maybe I'm bathed in the glow of sentimentality but only by a rakshasa's whisker. This book is fun! It establishes the character's relationships well; Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and bodyguard Radovan create a dynamic duo that should last long into the future. The intriguing Transylvania flavor of Ustalav provide a rich backdrop for the Golarion country that has is so ripe for further exploration. This review comes long after I read the book but it's safe to say it was a fun romp through Ustalav with plenty of world enhancing nuggets. The story arc was interesting. The characters were hilarious and well drawn. Prince of Wolves made me want more!
Here’s part of what I said when I reviewed “King of Chaos”: About page 33 of the new Dave Gross Novel "King of Chaos" I realized it was part of a series. About page 44 I went ahead and ordered the other three books in the series, but since I was already hooked, I kept reading....
I like reading fantasy novels, sometimes including those set in a gaming universe. The problem with those is sometimes the authors are third tier , hired to crank out some hack books just to support the game side. Not so with Pathfinder Tales. James Sutter, the Editor, has taken great care to get some solid authors for his line of Pathfinder Tales fiction.
Now, sometimes the authors come out with a fantasy tale, which other than the setting, is not particularly ‘set” in that gaming universe. The characters don’t have “classes’, don’t use a lot of easily recognizable spells, and magic items are few and far between, unless they are a macguffin. This works as it gets in readers who don’t play that particular fantasy roleplaying game.
But as one of my friends was complaining, they don’t read as if they are set in one of those High Fantasy High Magic universes. I mean sure- the locations are there, but where’s the magic?
Well, this one does. There are scads of spells being tossed around here, not to mention magic items. Characters use scrolls, quaff healing potions, and fire spells which are clearly from the pages of the Player Handbook. Most of the characters (other than those with a mysterious secret background, of course!) are clearly identifiable as to their class, and those who track the spells, etc used can even get a fair guess as to level. Summoners summon their eidolons, wizards burn thru scrolls like it’s my Friday nite game, Paladins lay on hands, etc.
This is cool, fun & refreshing. And the combats! Ah here, Dave Gross excels! Our heroes are fighting a literal legion of demons from the depths, not to mention a despicable Undead Lord, who is definitely not sexy or sparkly. “
So, after ordering the prior thrrr books, of course I am now reading them and finding them just as enjoyable as I though. Here in “Price of Wolves” we are introduced to the enigmatic Pathfinder Count Varian Jeggare and his strange & uncanny assistant Radovan.
Prince of Wolves has quitea few rather dark and horrific parts, with some chapters downright creeptastic. But the witty banter keeps the series from being too dark and depressing. Dave Gross here also showcases his talent for using words like a master painter uses a brush to show us the scenes and characters. There is also a fascinating mystery here.
This series is aimed at more mature readers. Mind you, there’s nothing that is even “R” rated but the double entendres, drinking etc shows that this series is not for little kids.
Oh and one note, while this is a series, each book comes to a definite end. Altho you will want to read the next, you are not kept hanging. I like that.
Still- I can’t wait to start reading “Master of Devils”!