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Pathfinder Tales: City of the Fallen Sky

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Pathfinder Tales: City of the Fallen Sky

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by Tim Pratt

Once an alchemical researcher with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown function. Now in hiding in a distant city, he’s happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders—at least until the back-alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord. In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn’t forgotten Alaeron’s betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail...

From Hugo Award–winner Tim Pratt comes a new fantastical adventure set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

384-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-418-4
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-419-1

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Great characters,fast paced and funny.

Thanks to Jeff Baylor for pointing out the order you should read these stories in.

I also recommend reading the web fiction by Tim Pratt. If you like to read stories in their in-world chronology, I would read them in this order:

1) A Tomb of Winter's Plunder (WF)
2) Bastard, Sword (WF)
3) City of the Fallen Sky (N)
4) Liar's Blade (N)
5) Reign of Stars (N)

I didn't like this one

***( )( )

I have read a few pathfinder tales and this is the second one i didn't like (the other was song of a serpent).

The protagonist has a very interesting past but although supposedly a genius acts like the village's idiot most of the times.
The rest of the characters (both allies and enemies) are quite stereotypical (except one), i don't have a problem with that but some people might have. In addition nearly nobody (allies, enemies, extras) has any faith or religion whatsoever.

The story story starts as very interesting (go explore a formerly flying city of the Shory empire) but the way it unfolds leaves a lot to be desired. First of all the characters spend only a small portion of the book in the ancient city since they spend most of the book traveling there. Secondly we don't get to know nothing more about the Shory empire. Thirdly the book teases you about a lot of locales and cultures but doesn't stay enough at one place in order to really give you stuff about it.

My biggest issue with this book is that the writer took A LOT of liberties with the mechanics of the pathfinder RPG, i can understand that sometimes you have to deviate from the rules of the game a little but this time things went too far.

Take me to the sky!

****( )

A brief review from a non-native english speaker: I liked it a lot :-)
Well written, easy read. Funny and creative cast of characters, good insight into what an Alchemist might be wondering about.

Very well placed within the Golarion setting - which is something that means a lot to me running a long term TT campaign there ;-)

Minor things a did not fancy so much:

The city map wasn't really used in the book. Perhaps it would've been better with a traveling map showing the journey instead.

And also the love-story: I think I guessed the outcome very early.

But aside from these minor things, a great read! More of that... plz.

:-) Rgs from overseas

Most enjoyable

****( )

athfinder Tales have been shockingly reliable for an RPG fantasy franchise. They regularly recruit high quality writers, and have done so again with Tim Pratt's City of the Fallen Sky.

An alchemist on the run, an ancient ruin, a greasy cutthroat and a beautiful rogue. Sound fun? It is.

Pratt does a very good job in this book of incorporating his (and Paizo's) world-building into the narrative in a very smooth and natural way. I never felt like the narrative was pausing to unleash an avalanche of information on me for the sake of context. It all slots into the plot and characterisation very deftly.

And the characterisation is good. Pratt is smart enough to not give up everything about his characters (except the main one), and I was really happy to see a gay character, where the... gaiety was just another aspect of the character rather than a Big Deal - which is often the case when books like this attempt it, and really end up with a wan kind of tokenism.

The action (of which there is plenty) is also well-written. It's very clear what's going on and doesn't descend into action move pyrotechnics.

On the whole, this was one of my favourite Pathfinder books so far, and I do hope Pratt is up for a sequel.

For those who like to play the more subtle characters


This is fun read about an alchemist, thief and roguish archer on a fairly epic adventure in search of relics in a lost city. As a guy who loves to play the characters who do not charge into every battle, I found it very enjoyable to read a book with a protagonist who thinks and does not even carry a sword.

I also recommend reading the web fiction by Tim Pratt. If you like to read stories in their in-world chronology, I would read them in this order:

1) A Tomb of Winter's Plunder (WF)
2) Bastard, Sword (WF)
3) City of the Fallen Sky (N)
4) Liar's Blade (N)

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