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Pathfinder Tales: Plague of Shadows

****½ (based on 30 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Plague of Shadows
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by Howard Andrew Jones

The race is on to free Lord Stelan from the grip of a wasting curse, and only Elyana, his old elven adventuring companion and former lover, has the wisdom and reflexes to save him. When the villain turns out to be another of their former companions, Elyana and a band of ragtag adventurers must set out on a perilous race across the revolution-wracked nation of Galt and the treacherous Five Kings Mountains, bound for the mysterious Vale of Shadows. But even if they can succeed in locating the key to Stelan’s salvation in a lost valley of weird magic and nightmare beasts, the danger isn't over. For Elyana's companions may not all be what they seem.

From sword and sorcery icon Howard Andrew Jones comes a fantastic new adventure set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

384-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-291-3
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-333-0

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Plague of Shadows is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional are a free download (229 KB zip/PDF).

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It has everything

*****

This tale has quests, adventuring parties, dragons, lich, different plane, magic, ultra powerful wizards and everything you might expect.
The storytelling part of the tale is also very good, it has turns, twists, betrayals, love, loss and i particularly enjoyed the CG character and the LE character switching roles.

Don't mind the throwbacks to the old adventuring party of the heroine, yeah they can be a little weird at first but before long they make perfect sense.

It has very religious characters and the overall story ties very well with the themes of both Shelyn and Zon-kuthon. Yeah there is a possible continuity error with Zon-kuthon but i see it more as a missed opportunity.

It has quite a bit of magic, would have more if the protagonist was a real spellcaster instead of a ranger.

Overall i would say that the story is very moving (especially the ending) with strong the presence of love and pain, a lot at the same time, also this novel is a lesson why you don't have an adventuring party with no real divine spellcasters.

The only things that really bothered me are that:
a) The protagonist wasn't religious but still was a divine spellcaster, i get that she reveres the nature but i didn't see any Green Faith stuff or even any meditation/being one with nature/tuning in to the world's vibe suff. Truth be told it looked like the heroine had a small bit of arcane magic instead of a small bit of divine magic.

b) Everyone in the novel seems to ignore the fact that there is resurrection magic in the world, sure most of the adventure happens in a very backwater region and there isn't a lot of wealth to go by, but still; i can't stop thinking that the whole novel wouldn't have happened if someone remembered that there is resurrection magic available.


****( )

I'm not sure why shadow magic is automatically evil?


Fun, with great potential for the future

****( )

I liked a lot in this book (even though there is a continuity error with Zon-Kuthon) but felt like the best part was the setup for a few of the character's further adventures.


Through Deepest Lands and Darkest Hearts of Man

*****

This book is, simply put, beautiful. The story, just like the characters within, is a slow burning candle, picking up speed till it comes at you like a raging inferno of depth and emotional torque. There was not a single non well written character in the book, Arcil I can safely say is my favorite Tales character I have read of to date. I could see myself going along the way he did with his motivations for going about things.

Along with Plane of Shadow, which is described awesomely, large parts of this story take place in Galt, which, if you did not hate before alongside its insane moronic Citizens you will after reading this Tale.

Very much recommended.


Well worth the read

*****

This book was very enjoyable. I appreciate books that provide unexpected story developments. The characters are well thought-out and the plot is interesting from cover to cover. H.A. Jones is one of my favorite Pathfinder Tales authors. I'm currently reading the sequel, Stalking the Beast, and it is just as good (perhaps better) than the first!


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