In the devil-worshiping nation of Cheliax, crime is a strangely slippery concept, and those with money and power tend to make the rules. Yet when aristocrat detective Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded bodyguard Radovan are drawn into a series of noble murders, it quickly becomes clear that there's more afoot than simply someone settling old scores. Add in a zealous Hellknight law-keeper with a chip on his shoulder, and not even the heroes are safe from suspicion. Can the crime-solving duo delve into the city's seedy underbelly and uncover the culprit in time to stop the murders, or will their next public appearance be writhing on the executioner's tines in the Plaza of Flowers?
From fan-favorite author Dave Gross comes a gritty mystery of death and devils, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Originally published in the Council of Thieves Adventure Path, this novella can be read on its own or as a prequel to the novel Prince of Wolves and the short story "The Lost Pathfinder."
I bought this epub and converted it to .mobi using Calibre for my kindle. Worked fine with no errors.
I really enjoyed this short story from David Gross. It is all told from Radovan's perspective and is a great lead-in to "The Lost Pathfinder" novella. Theres a good amount of mystery and excitement here with an emotional ending. Highly recommended.
I picked up Hell's Pawns after reading Prince of Wolves, wanting to know more about Varian Jeggare and Radovan's backstory and what had led them from Cheliax to Ustalav. This novella delivers that knowledge coupled with murder mystery and an adventure set in the very heart of Egorian.
The author leads us through the complex society and contracts of Egorian, offers a peek at Radovan's past, a different view about the Venture-Captain amongst his peers and, of course, at how the two protagonists make their living in a city with such a close connection to Asmodeus.
Dave Gross is skillful at handling a story after its climax, a fact that is especially important when working with interlocked stories like the ventures of Jeggare and Radovan. The consequences of the protagonists' actions are carefully explored, allowing the reader a deeper look at the society and circumstances they find themselves in, and thus at the setting itself. This is doubtlessly an asset for those involved in the Pathfinder RPG and/or Society, and a closer look into the world for those new to Golarion.