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Pathfinder Tales: Nightglass

****½ (based on 17 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Nightglass

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by Liane Merciel

In the grim nation of Nidal, carefully chosen children are trained to practice dark magic, summoning forth creatures of horror and shadow for the greater glory of the Midnight Lord. Isiem is one such student, a promising young shadowcaller whose budding powers are the envy of his peers. Upon coming of age, he’s dispatched on a diplomatic mission to the mountains of Devil’s Perch, where he’s meant to assist the armies of devil-worshiping Cheliax in clearing out a tribe of monstrous winged humanoids. Yet as the body count rises and Isiem comes face to face with the people he’s exterminating, lines begin to blur, and the shadowcaller must ask himself who the real monsters are...

From Liane Merciel, critically acclaimed author of The River King's Road and Heaven's Needle, comes a fantastical tale of darkness and redemption set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

384-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-440-5.

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****½ (based on 17 ratings)

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From creepy shadows to western plains

****( )

First, I found this a quick read, and I'm normally a slow reader so that's good. I was never bored with it, the chapters flowed through the story well.

The first part of the book gives a look in to the dark shadowy area of Nidal, which I haven't heard much about yet, so nice to have a some more details on the customs of the shadow people.
They main character, Isiem, gets taken off to shadow wizard school with some friends, so it's like a dark, evil version of Hogwart's which makes it an interesting contrast to the popular version of wizard schools. It definitely gave me an overall creepy feeling of fear and doom, and the sense of knowing that if you didn't do well in school, very bad nightmarish things happened to you. Suffice to say, I did not rest easy after reading these chapters at night.

I really liked how the girl Hellis developed. I'd love to have more continuing stories on her. I just liked her morbid attitude.

Sadly, the book then skips from graduation to several years later, so we don't learn anything more about Nidal. I would have loved continuing to learn more dark secrets of the shadow world of Nidal.
Instead, it goes on to the valley of the Strix, which is another rarely used race that is brought to life by the author, Liane Merciel. So it suddenly turns into a western style cowboys and indians setting, but the story brings you so strongly into the plight of the Strix, you quickly forget the previous Nidal setting, as you're wondering what's going to happen next.

It's a very thought provoking, what would you do in this situation, very similiar to what the native american indians had to face. So what makes this book strong for me, is how it tries to find alternatives to
a problem that doesn't seem to have many solutions.

Though you're only seeing things through the main character's opinion, it would have benefited a bit from being presented the different perspectives of the Strix people.


Great mood and atmosphere

*****

I really enjoyed this book, it stands out of the crowd of usual hack and slash or adventure type stories set in fantasy settings. Here, no group of super heroes plowing through obstacles and getting rid of them usually by brawn (or magic super powers) and witty end lines.

What you'll find is closer to (dark) mood and emotions, the heavy atmosphere of a nation using torture as means for its ends, and the path one of it's shadowcaller follows through his apprenticeship. I'd really like more of this kind of books, they're so rare. The first part of the book reminded me very much of the Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K Le Guin (2nd book of the Earthsea series). The second part is a bit more conventional as a plot, but using a different point of view for the main character, who comes to understand and embrace a very different culture.

The novel is of a very high quality. Enjoy it !

Moonbird


Nidal is TOO depressing

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Nightglass was my second read in the Pathfinder Tales Series. I would like to start out by saying that the imagery in this novel was some of the best I have ever read. I could really feel the tension that both of the major settings created and it was very easy for me to picture nearly everything described.

Sadly, I feel that the character interactions did not match up. Isiem was one of the least relatable characters I have read about to date. It seemed that every action of his was overly contemplated and that his exchanges with his classmates were uninspired. I know that Nidal is supposed to be dark and depressing and it was represented really well, however it also sucked out any semblance of life the characters may have had. I was even less crazy about the second book, the Strix were well represented but once again, Isiem felt dull through the whole event. This is probably my least favorite Pathfinder novel to date.


One of the best in the series

****( )

I enjoyed this book, in large part because of two very interesting settings, and a memorable main character that underwent an internal journey as much as in external one.

Raised in the horrific dark land of Nidal, Isiem is a gifted spellcaster uncomfortable with the torture his life is built on. But will he be able to extricate himself from it, before it extricates his various organs?

There are two clear parts to this novel, but they never feel disjointed under Merciel's accomplished hand. She covers a lot of chronology in a way that feels efficient and aerodynamic.

The world of Nidal and the wild west Chelaxian outpost Isiems ends up in are both rendered well, but more impressive is how Merciel conveys Isiem's outsider status in both locations without descending to cliche.

He is an easy character to root for and it gives the book an emotional centre which is satisfying. In some ways, I was reminded of Hobb's Forest Mage trilogy with this novel, which shares many of the same ingredients, but thankfully skips the hundreds of pages of filler and teenage angst.

Inventive in the right ways, but also textbook where it counts - novel construction. I was impressed by this book and will definitely read more of Merciel's work.


Superb!

*****

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up for the Nidalese content, I don't know much about the region and wanted to fill in some blanks. It did not disappoint! I didn't expect, but thoroughly enjoyed, the way spellcasting was dealt with, especially Isiem's own spells. The author paid a lot of attention to the spell components, really brought home the RPG setting without ruining the immersion.

Very well done!


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