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Pathfinder Tales: Plague of Shadows

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Pathfinder Tales: Plague of Shadows
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A Desperate Quest

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.

350-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-291-3
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-333-0

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Wow, I really loved this book. Great, party-based adventuring, moving characters, plot twists I did not see coming, and lots of excellent action scenes.

I read this last weekend and immediately hit its sequel this weekend. Elyana is a great heroine, and she had lots of company as far as engaging companions. I love how the author plays against stereotypes and 1-dimensional characters. The half-orc Drelm could so easily have been a caricature, and I appreciated his development (even more in the next book). That said, you know you've got a good writer when the ostensible "bad guy" turns out quite sympathetic. Redeemable, you might say.

Great stuff.

Stick with it!

****( )

Did not expect to love this so much from the sort of stilted (in my view) start. A lot of odd stuff happens all at once, and some (apparent) stereotypes/definitions put onto the characters that didnt make them seem very interesting. Could not have been more wrong. Its all sort of a set-up so you can see how much they grow and change, so you understand how difficult some of the choices they have to make are, lending them a great deal of force and drama.

I cant even begin to dissect the plot these characters traverse other than to say its a thrill-ride, and like most of what I call good books, it escalates and speeds up the farther you get into the book, until you are completely sucked in.

I think I saw this author has written several other works and I am going to hunt them down immediately.

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The book was an excellent read. The characters were great, and I liked the plot twist near the end. You really get drawn into the story.

Hungry for a Prequel Novel


I picked this up at my local B&N, looking for a read to satiate my never-ending desire for good fiction. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

"Plague of Shadows" does a wonderful job of establishing the identities of its characters without having to rely on overused tropes one would commonly find in swords and sorcery literature. The writing is vivid and striking, and provides me with enough details to envision what's going on. Not once did I feel overwhelmed or mired by too many details. I was never able to tell what was going to happen next, and always on the edge whenever danger showed up.

For me, the highlight of this story is the way Mister Jones weaves past and present together. When I looked at the plot description of the novel, I was momentarily confused, because at first glance, it looks like the sequel to another novel and would require purchasing that in order to fully understand the story. But I quickly discovered that I didn't need to read any sort of prequel prior novel (much to my dismay and my wallet's elation). In the most simple of terms, the backstory for Elyana and her fellow adventurers develops as their adventures in the present do, with character motivations that slowly reveal themselves through a series of "Interlude" chapters scattered throughout the narrative. They were so effective in binding past and present together that I easily enjoyed the Interludes just as much as the main meat of the novel.

10/10, would read again, create PCs based off of Mister Jones' characters, and pre-order a prequel novel the instant it shows up on Paizo's website.

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