Half-elven Pathfinder and noble detective Varian Jeggare is down on his luck and searching for it at the bottom of a bottle, sunk so deep into his own despair that not even his loyal bodyguard Radovan—a streetwise rake with the blood of devils in his veins—can drag him out of it. But when a job gone wrong puts a price on Varian's head, can Radovan hunt down the assassin and save his boss from their enemies—and himself—before it's too late?
From fan-favorite author Dave Gross, author of the Pathfinder Tales novel Prince of Wolves, comes a rollicking urban adventure story set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder campaign setting. Though this short story stands on its own, the further adventures of Radovan and Jeggare can be found in the novel Prince of Wolves, which begins shortly after this story ends.
I bought this epub and converted it to .mobi using Calibre for my kindle. Worked fine with no errors.
This book takes place after Hell's Pawns and before Prince of Wolves. Its a short tale about an assasination attempt on Jeggare after the events of Hell's Pawns. I felt that this short work had more to do with the events of Hell's Pawns than those of Prince of Wolves. Regardless, it is not required to enjoy either of those products, and is a thrilling little tale in itself.
Dave Gross has created two memorable characters in Varian Jeggare and Radovan. With their introduction in this story we meet two characters that I hope will give us years of additional adventures.
This story serves as a prelude to Prince of Wolves and should be read by anybody who enjoyed that novel or who may be thinking of picking that novel up.
As somebody who has literally hundreds of the various D&D novels put out first by TSR and then by WotC, I find this offering from Paizo to be a more mature venture into the genre. This is worlds ahead of everything I previously enjoyed from TSR/WotC.
And when I say I am a fan of those novels, my collection begins with the Gord novels from Greyhawk and goes through all of the various campaign settings. I adored those books and with this work when combined with Prince of Wolves, I find the same sense of wonder I felt when I first picked up The Crystal Shard.
The only thing I can add to this is I certainly hope we one day get more details on the Henderthane affair.