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Pathfinder Tales: Master of Devils

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Journey to the East

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.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-357-6
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-358-3

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Good Characters in a Fun Setting

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NO SPOILERS

Count Jeggare and Radovan, the stars of the first Pathfinder novel (Prince of Wolves) return in Master of Devils. This time, instead of the gothic-inspired land of Ustalav, they're in the Asian-themed land of Tian Xia. The new setting lends a *very* different feel to the story, as traditional Western fantasy tropes are replaced with even more fantastical elements drawn from Chinese and Japanese legend. Despite the unfamiliarity of the setting, the story was easy to get into and featured some laugh-out loud humour. The story is told from three points of view and drags a touch in spots, but there are some really clever action scenes to keep things interesting. For fans of Jeggare and Radovan, Master of Devils offers some real character development. Tian Xia could as well be a whole new Pathfinder campaign setting considering how different it is to the norm, making this novel a memorable entry in the line.

SPOILERS

As in their first novel, Jeggare and Radovan get separated early on and stay that way for most of the book--something that could prove frustrating to some readers. Jeggare finds himself effectively trapped as a new student at a martial monastery and has to learn a more physical way of life; the development here is done well and the reader gets a good sense that proficiency in anything takes time and work. The incorporation of Vancian magic into fiction is often quite clunky, but actually serves an important plot point here. Radovan, trapped in demon form, is forced to become the personal warrior for a powerful monk who wants him to kill a dragon! Radovan has to travel the land and defeat various local heroes, and there's a fantastic encounter with a "drunken master." The weirdest element is that some of the chapters are told from the point of view of Jeggare's dog! It's an idea that is unique and funny at first, but perhaps overdone.

The colorful, eastern-themed fantasy is less "grounded in reality" than western-themed fantasy is in Pathfinder, so the feel of Tian Xia is very different and may seem a bit goofy to some. I liked it, but it can take some time to get used to it. Overall, Master of Devils was a fun novel and (to my mind) better than Prince of Wolves.


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builds to amazing crescendo

*****

Another amazing installment in the Radovan and Count Jeggare body of work!

(paraphrasing)

"I thought you knew these people?"
"I do. Thats why i dont trust them."

we are off the the eastern lands of Tien Xia, and a world of asian mysteries. Mr. Gross wonderfully writs in a way wher ethe characters points of view slowly are saturated with the culture, so things that they seem as odd or impossible (like ki powers, massive leaps, kung fu movie kind of stuff) seem bizarre at first, but as they are assimilated into the culture, their point-of-view stlye narratives begin to shift to it being par for the course - as usual one of Dave Gross' best attributes is his ability to allow the reader to see changes, patterns, and even flaws in the lead characters that they themselves cannot see.

and thats just my praise for the writing style. The plot and evocative setting is just wonderful. It starts out as a great fanciful yarn with an exotic locale, and begins to spin faster and faster as different plot threads build momentum into an inevitable grand collision - youll find yourself reading faster and faster the closer you get to the end! In many ways it reminds me of gabriel garcia marquez' 100 years of solitude with its ability to suck the reader in with an ever-quickening pace.


The 36 chambers of the shaolin!

*****

THE GOOD:
This 2nd novel of Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan Virholt is great again, even better than the first one - because it adds a 3rd hero - the dog Arnisant!

So far the only novel to take place in Tian Xia (asia), Dave Gross captures the mood perfectly and there are great homages to martial arts movies.

THE BAD:
The things the characters do are not possible with the Pathfinder rules so far - this is later changed (Inner Sea Magic/Riffle scrolls) and explained (King of Chaos/Count Jeggares spellcasting and Radovans transformation) - but i am still waiting for the double quivering palm attack rules. ;-)

THE UGLY:
Arni can´t talk anymore. ;-)
Just kidding - nothing ugly here.


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


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