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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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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.

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.

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