Pathfinder Tales: The Compass Stone: The Collected Journals of Eando Kline ePub (based on
Paizo Publishing, LLC
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Edited by James L. Sutter
When Pathfinder Eando Kline, traveling scholar and adventurer extraordinaire, comes across a strange and magical ioun stone, the discovery starts him on a quest unlike any he's undertaken before. In following the stone's mysterious directions, he'll be forced to cross the dangerous frontier region of Varisia, the orc-held territories of Belkzen, and the deadly and monster-infested tunnels of the Darklands. Along the way, friends will be made—and friends will be lost. Yet when he finally reaches his journey's end, he may find himself losing the one thing that matters most to him.
Originally published over the course of three Pathfinder Adventure Paths (Rise of the Runelords, Curse of the Crimson Throne, and Second Darkness), this collaborative novel contains the collected journals of Eando Kline, telling his story in his own words. Curating his immortal prose are authors Jason Bulmahn, James Jacobs, Michael Kortes, Mike McArtor, Erik Mona, Richard Pett, Amber Scott, James L. Sutter, Jay Thompson, Greg A. Vaughan, all edited by James L. Sutter. Also includes tons of informational sidebars on the Pathfinder campaign setting, plus game statistics for Eando himself, and more!
I enjoyed this book. I haven't subscribed to the AP line since the end of the Rise of the Runelords, so was happy to get the rest of Eando's story. I felt the authors/editors did a really good job of keeping the tone of the chapters close, so that it really did feel like the journal of a single person. Overall, it was a fun read.
I liked the content of the various chapter appendices, however, as I was just sitting down and reading this as a novel, their inclusion at the end of each chapter felt a bit jarring to me. I also really like the inclusions of the line drawings.