Pathfinder Tales: Blood of the City

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Pathfinder Tales: Blood of the City

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Luma is a cobblestone druid, a canny fighter and spellcaster who can read the chaos of Magnimar's city streets like a scholar reads books. Together, she and her siblings in the powerful Derexhi family form one of the most infamous and effective mercenary companies in the city, solving problems for the city's wealthy elite. Yet despite being the oldest child, Luma gets little respect—perhaps due to her half-elven heritage. When a job gone wrong lands Luma in the fearsome prison called the Hells, it's only the start of Luma's problems. For a new web of bloody power politics is growing in Magnimar, and it may be that those Luma trusts most have become her deadliest enemies...

From visionary game designer and author Robin D. Laws comes a new urban fantasy adventure of murder, betrayal, and political intrigue set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-456-6
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-457-3

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Cool story of an "urban druid" in Magnimar

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Blood of the City was the first Pathfinder novel I've read. I picked it up because the setting of the story, the Varisian city of Magnimar, is relevant to the Rise of the Runelords adventure path I'm running. The story follows the cool concept of an "urban druid" (though never called that by name) who is part of a family of semi-aristocratic trouble-shooters. There's an amazing twist about a third of the way into the book that I couldn't believe at first. Overall, the novel was fast-paced and interesting, with good character development. It also served its purpose as a good introduction to Magnimar, including its Chellish inhabitants, how Shoanti are perceived, the role of the Mayor, etc.. I would definitely read more by the author.

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Brilliant intrigue and revenge in Magnimar


Loved this. Luma is a great character and protagonist, you feel for her early on and root for her all the way. Her urban druid powers are well written. Her motley band come together and compliment each other well. The NPC-type characters are memorable and well drawn. Magnimar really comes to life, there are some nice descriptive passages of the city which enable you to visualise the characters being in a large fantasy city filled with jaw-dropping architecture and massive features.

The ending surprised me, one I thought wouldn't happen (read it and see), but I was pleased to see it did as it kept with the strong moral thread running down the spine of this book. Adult characters made some bad decisions and showed no mercy or empathy. They must reap what they sow.

One of the more mature Tales novels I have read because there are few monsters here, its about people trying to get away with murder and conspiracy and those trying to stop them.

A great read

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I enjoyed Blood of the City far more than I thought I would. Far more than The Worldwound Gambit, in fact. Luma is a more relatable character, and her story and struggles make for an engaging read. I hope we get another story about her soon!

Oh the twists!


An excellent book, a very good urban adventure and with an urban druid as the protagonist.
Also very good in order to introduce you to the city of Magnimar, if you plan to set a game or part of your game to Magnmira than this book is must-read.
The plot may seem a little slow at start but it only seems that way because it has so many characters to introduce and needs to build tension.

The only 2 things that somewhat bothered me where:
1) Sometimes there were too many characters in a scene, fortunately some were suddenly silent spectators in order not to bog down the scene.
2) The protagonist really seems like a spontaneous caster, everything she does/says/thinks when she casts spells gives you the impression that it's a spontaneous caster (where the urban druid is a prepared caster), i think that there were maybe 1 or 2 instances where it gives you the immpression that it's a prepared caster.

All in all i really enjoyed the book and i recommend it to everyone.

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