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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

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Master of Devils is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet and additional are a free download (229 KB zip/PDF).

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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.

Fantasy setting comes alive

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I, as many others, like the writing style of Dave Gross. Although being a non-native english reader/speaker I do sometimes have to look up a word or 3/page.

The story is, as always, in place and is an exiting follow up to the e-novel Husk.

What however makes it 4 stars is the authors unmatched ability to make the Golarion Pathfinder setting come alive. I find these books, this one in particular, amazingly good at describing and using facets of the Pathfinder Golarion "universe" - kudos to that and thanks for a modern writing style in a _traditional_ yet renewed asian fantasy novel :D

A Monk, a Devil, and a Dog


Let me start by saying I enjoy the multiple perspectives Gross employs in writing these novels, especially with the addition of Arnisant.

With Varian's storyline he finds himself trapped in a strict monastery in a land surrounded by dangerous, and quite often magical, beasts. For someone looking for a good portable of how an intellectual and skilled fighter performs rather than just one relying on brute strength, this is an interesting read.

With Radavon he finds himself trapped in his "super" mode and under contract with the rather eccentric and enigmatic Master of Devils as they travel around the country looking for challengers in order to increase his strength and skill so that he might "avenge" his boss (Readers of Prince of Wolves will get a kick out of this nice throwback).

And my personal favorite the Story of Arnisant the Wolfhound finds the poor dog cut off from both his master and Radovan, and so with an ever increasing army of Spirits and magical beasts he sets off on an epic quest that rivals if not outright surpasses the other two storylines.

If you were to compare Varian's tale would be that of a movie, Radovan's would be that of a video game, and Arnisant's would be that of an Epic from mythology. If you enjoy good storytelling, folklore, interesting characters, and badassery I cannot recommend this novel enough.

Jeggare & Radovan go "wu-shu"


Here's part of what I said when I reviewed "King of Chaos": About page 33 of the new Dave Gross Novel "King of Chaos" I realized it was part of a series. About page 44 I went ahead and ordered the other three books in the series, but since I was already hooked, I kept reading....

I like reading fantasy novels, sometimes including those set in a gaming universe. The problem with those is sometimes the authors are third tier , hired to crank out some hack books just to support the game side. Not so with Pathfinder Tales. James Sutter, the Editor, has taken great care to get some solid authors for his line of Pathfinder Tales fiction.

Now, sometimes the authors come out with a fantasy tale, which other than the setting, is not particularly `set" in that gaming universe. The characters don't have "classes', don't use a lot of easily recognizable spells, and magic items are few and far between, unless they are a macguffin. This works as it gets in readers who don't play that particular fantasy roleplaying game.

But as one of my friends was complaining, they don't read as if they are set in one of those High Fantasy High Magic universes. I mean sure- the locations are there, but where's the magic?

Well, this one does. There are scads of spells being tossed around here, not to mention magic items. Characters use scrolls, quaff healing potions, and fire spells which are clearly from the pages of the Player Handbook. Most of the characters (other than those with a mysterious secret background, of course!) are clearly identifiable as to their class, and those who track the spells, etc used can even get a fair guess as to level. Summoners summon their eidolons, wizards burn thru scrolls like it's my Friday nite game, Paladins lay on hands, etc.

This is cool, fun & refreshing. And the combats! Ah here, Dave Gross excels! "

So, after ordering the prior three books, of course I am now reading them and finding them just as enjoyable as I thought. Here in "Master of Devils" we continue the fantastic adventures of the enigmatic Pathfinder Count Varian Jeggare and his strange & uncanny assistant Radovan.

Again early on Jeggare & Radovan are separated, but this time they spend most of the book apart, along with their faithful hound Arnisant . All three are thrust into a path of personal growth, training and adventure in what passes for ancient China in Golarion.

Be prepared for some fabulous “wu-shu” action and combat, straight out of the most fantastic and martial arts heavy Chinese cinema. Think “Crouching Tiger/ Hidden Dragon” meets “Big Trouble in Little China” with a dash of a few of your favorite fantasy movies thrown in.

Radovan is trapped in his devil form, Venture-Captain Jeggare is trapped training in a Monastery and our faithful hound is out raising an army of phantasmagorical Oni and other creatures to rescue them.

Ghosts, devils, demi-gods, wizards, celestial dragons, oriental goblins, and a host of other populate the action packed pages.

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