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Pathfinder Tales: Nightglass

****½ (based on 20 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
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-441-2

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Couldn't put this down


Nidal has always held a fascination for me and this book knocked it out of the park in terms of capturing the feel of the country. I thought all the characters were really well fleshed out and the main character especially was well-written. The story jumped through time but it all flowed really well and wasn't choppy at all. The ending left enough questions unanswered that I have eagerly anticipated the sequel book.

I've probably re-read this book 4x now and I find something new that I like about it each time I pick it up.

Well written, however...

***( )( )

the society as a whole in this story is extremely degenerate. The depraved behavior of characters in this novel really alienated me. I did not finish reading it because I was uncomfortable in doing so.
I am one who does not enjoy R-rated movies, so that may further your understanding of this review.
Love the whole idea of shadowcasters and find Nidal an interesting foe, however, I could not stomach what was going on in this novel.

Nidalese horror and strix heights


I have to say - this is one of my favorites. Well written, first part full of mean suspense and darkness. Some criticize this, I find it one of the books strengths. Second part a bit more traditional fantasy, but nevertheless a strong plot (spoiler) with the negotiations between two (or more) fractions is a unique story.

I particular like the person descriptions of the main character Isiem, and his constant alignment struggles...

Of course also spell descriptions, components etc - very nice.

One single thing I miss: Not all of the sub-stories of some of the characters introduced in the first part of the book are finished. One can only hope that their stories will be part of the next book with Isiem as main character?

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 !


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