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Pathfinder Tales: Master of Devils

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Pathfinder Tales: Master of Devils
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by Dave Gross

On a mysterious errand for the Pathfinder Society, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan journey to the distant land of Tian Xia, on the far side of the world. When disaster forces him to take shelter in a warrior monastery, “Brother” Jeggare finds himself competing with the disciples of Dragon Temple as he unravels a royal mystery. Meanwhile, Radovan—trapped in the body of a devil and held hostage by the legendary Quivering Palm attack—must serve a twisted master by defeating the land’s deadliest champions and learning the secret of slaying an immortal foe. Together with an unlikely army of beasts and spirits, the two companions must take the lead in an ancient conflict that will carry them through an exotic land, all the way to the Gates of Heaven and Hell and a final confrontation with the nefarious Master of Devils!

From fan-favorite author Dave Gross comes a new fantastical adventure set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

416-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-357-6
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-358-3

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Power level is way off (somehow Radovan becomes a 15th level monk and Varian Jeggare becomes a magus?)



Probably my favorite of the Radovan and Jeggare stories - epic wushu adventures in the Far East! Politcal Drama! Martial Arts action! An entire side story about a heroic dog (best part!)

If you like fantasy novels and kung fu movies, this is the book for you.

Schemes and Sorcery in the Far East!


A very, very fun story starring once again Varian Jeggare and his companion/bodyguard/partner Radovan, and promoted to full cast member for the first time Jeggare's wolfhound pet Arnisant, whose surprising role as a central, narrating character caught me pleasantly off-guard.

As the three are separated during a bandit attack that goes horribly wrong when a pack of tigers shows up, all three suddenly find themselves being propelled in unexpected directions through the landscape of Golarion's Far East.

Jeggare becomes an unwitting student at a monastery, where he must overcome the distaste of his fellow students for a "foreign devil" and his own Chelish pride while investigating the mysteries surrounding a beautiful princess, a mysterious bodyguard, and one of his elite fellow students.

Radovan finds himself prisoner to Burning Cloud Devil, the titular Master of Devils, a vengeful sorcerer and self-proclaimed King of Heroes who is on a mission of destruction with Radovan as his weapon of choice, on pain of a very unpleasant death. Bonus points to Dave for the frequent inclusion of the amusing phrase "my g~$!~$ned little brother".

And Arnisant, separated from his master and his best friend, seeks out the aid of the kami Judge Fang, who leads him on a quest to gather spirits, beasts, and other mysterious entities for an impending conflict, and along the way proves himself as much a hero as his two humanoid companions.

The three viewpoints are far improved and much more balanced than in Prince of Wolves, where it seemed all the entertaining or action-packed chapters tended to be in Radovan's narration and Jeggare's chapters tended to be slower-paced. Watching the three separate storylines interweave and move steadily and inexorably toward their inevitable collision was a fun ride, and leaves me eager for more of Gross's work and excellent characters.

And here's hoping this isn't the last we see of Arnisant's narration. The first few of his chapters had me rolling in laughter, especially with Gust and the Goblin-who-Swallowed-the-Wind, the unnamed spider woman (I presume intended to be a Jorogumo), and the Great Turtle.

On to Queen of Thorns!


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I'm loving this series, and this story was no disappointment, although I didn't enjoy it as much as Prince of Thieves or Queen of Thorns, which I'm reading now.

I just wish Paizo editors had a sharper eye for grammar.

Read the full review on my blog.

Terrific sequel builds off original

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ave Gross continues the adventures of Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard, Radovan in this charming - and surprisingly sweet - wuxia tribute.

Sent to far off lands, Varian finds himself in training at a monastery whilst Radovan - supposed dead - is in fact terrorising the land as a fearsome devil. Can the friends reunite before the kingdom falls?

I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than its predecessor - Gross seems more confident with his characters and less inclined to hammer home their character traits.

The pace is fast, and the alternating chapters work well - both perspectives are interesting. The world itself, like most Pathfinder constructions, feels real. It's comfortable, but with enough unique flair to make it interesting. In this case, the similarities to Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds are readily apparent (and welcome).

Perhaps the most surprising part of the book was Gross' willingness to give his characters a sense of pathos, if not tragedy. Of course, this is not out of place in a Wuxia novel, but such... emotional landscapes are rare in adapted fantasy, let alone sword and sorcery novels. I really, really appreciated it, and the fact that you can have a bit of light and dark without thousands of pages of melodrama. Pathfinder Tales continues to impress me.

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