Fans of Pathfinder Tales have long since become acquainted with Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan, the half-elven Pathfinder venture-captain and his devil-blooded bodyguard. From novels like Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils to Pathfinder's Journals such as "Hell's Pawns," the streetwise duo has matched wits and blades with everyone from decadent Chelish nobles to the gothic horrors of Ustalav and the mystic masters of the mysterious East. Now Dave Gross brings us a glimpse of the past: one of Count Jeggare's early adventures in the Mwangi Expanse, a tale of rivalry and exploration turned deadly serious. For where courtly civilization ends, the law jungle begins....
From fan-favorite author Dave Gross, author of Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils, comes a stand-alone adventure set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
I've enjoyed everything I've read so far of Count Jeggare's exploits as a Pathfinder, and this was no exception. It's one of the shorter pieces of short fiction I've read, but satisfying nonetheless. Gross does a great job with Jeggare, portraying his aristocratic worldview in a way that seems realistic yet sympathetic.
Even though this story takes place before all of the other Pathfinder Tales involving the count to date, because of its brevity, I would suggest not reading it first and instead read a longer piece which more fully introduces the character (perhaps Prince of Wolves), then come back and enjoy!
I bought this epub and converted it to .mobi using Calibre for my kindle. Worked fine with no errors.
A short read and I really enjoyed Gross' tale of Jeggare before he met Radovan. This was about Jeggare's journey into the Mwangi Expanse with a less-than-ideal bodyguard to finish compiling his Bestiary. With his Bestiary complete, Jeggare may finally be allowed to become a Pathfinder Venture Captain.
The story developed quickly, with betrayal, friendship and excitement all fitted into a nice, small package. Nothing too deep, but enjoyable regardless.