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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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June 20? That's even worse! 20 days passed that I haven't read this book! Blasphemy!


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ThatEvilGuy wrote:
June 20? That's even worse! 20 days passed that I haven't read this book! Blasphemy!

You could always subscribe :)

Not only would you get the book faster, you'd have an electronic version available instantly.

(e-books have grown on me, but only for books I have an actual, physical copy of. When I'm stuck somewhere, I can read them on my iPhone, yet when I'm home, I can enjoy the much more pleasurable feeling of reading an actual book)

Taldor

I am heavily disappointed that Barnes and Nobles has yet to get it in my area. Now if I want to drive 50 miles I can get it. Stupid.

Don't want to subscribe as there are writers at Paizo I cannot stand to read (World wound gambit)

Not to mention I'd rather not have to pay a heavy shipping on a book that will get read and shoved on a shelf afterwards.

Paizo Employee Developer

IceniQueen wrote:
I am heavily disappointed that Barnes and Nobles has yet to get it in my area. Now if I want to drive 50 miles I can get it. Stupid.

Did you ask if they could order it for you? The amount you'd spend on gas would far outweigh the cost of getting it shipped, but I imagine B&N (or any other bookseller) can order you anything their distributor has (and book distributors should have this book now).

Paizo Employee Managing Editor

Glad to see folks are enjoying this one so much! Liane's currently working on an outline for another novel, so hopefully you'll see more of her before too long. :)

Apologies for the two errors noted--they'll be fixed in subsequent printings.


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James Sutter wrote:

Glad to see folks are enjoying this one so much! Liane's currently working on an outline for another novel, so hopefully you'll see more of her before too long. :)

Apologies for the two errors noted--they'll be fixed in subsequent printings.

Great to hear that she will be writing another. This girl can write.


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James Sutter wrote:

Glad to see folks are enjoying this one so much! Liane's currently working on an outline for another novel, so hopefully you'll see more of her before too long. :)

Awesome news! Can't wait to hear what it is about!

Cheliax

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Please let it be a book about either Mendev/Worldwound or Cheliax (possibly Isiem's "adventures" there?)!

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Ravenmantle wrote:
Please let it be a book about either Mendev/Worldwound or Cheliax (possibly Isiem's "adventures" there?)!

Alas, no. The scope's likely to be a little more claustrophobic.

It is possible that someday I may try to do something set in one of those two regions, however, because I would like to bring about a convergence between certain characters from Nightglass and certain character(s) from "Certainty." And either Mendev or Cheliax would be the most logical place to do that.

But that's not this story, yet.

Cheliax

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Oh well, I'm a patient man. When I read Nightglass (which was a stellar read, by the way), I was very intrigued by the references to Isiem's time in Westcrown, which is why I mentioned Cheliax as a project I'd like to see with your name on it. That and Cheliax is a damn cool place. :D


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Finally finished it, I love my 4 minute bus commute, but it is really killing my bus reading. I looked over the reviews and Karameikos hit exactly what I was thinking. I loved reading about the environment. I loved the insight into Nidal, but never really cared for Isiem.

Additionally, after some of the comments mentioned her online Pathfinder story, I clicked on it and was reminded of something I have wondered about.

Why, after a story is finished, are the stories left in a backward chapter order?


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I started reading this yesterday. I had suspended my subscription due to financial concerns, and so missed three books (Song of the Serpent, City of the Fallen Sky, and Nightglass). I picked up the ePubs that I missed with the Christmas Discount.

I am sad that I did not start with this book when I began reading my backlog. This book grabbed me in a way that Song of the Serpent and City of the Fallen Sky did not. I'll reserve final judgment until I am done with the book, but this is shaping up to be one of the better books in the Tales Line.

-Aaron

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Just finished reading this after too long a wait. These aren't my full thoughts, but:

I really want more Isiem now. And more of a look inside his headspace.

Spoiler:
I really liked how his rebellion was a slow burn(that "slow slip into apostasy") and that he really was part of the system, not coming out of Nidal as relatively clean and untouched as Drizzt. Even his big heroic moment in Nidal is morally compromising, though he does the best he can with what he's given.

I do wish we got a bit more time inside Isiem's head and, honestly, kind of wish he angsted a bit more openly... But, I suppose that's the Nidalese stoicism in him. I have to say that I absolutely loved that he actually broke down and wept when he thought he was going to die and worrying over the fate of his soul. (really curious if he's going to learn he has other options in Nightblade, and if that stoicism might be further eroded along the way...)

Also, I really worried Honey was going to have to be eaten before it was over. That probably would have wrecked him a bit.

Do have to wonder though...what happened to Isiem's scrysphere? Surely it's not still in the Dusk Hall...is it? D:

Really happy that this book shows the people in Nidal as victims of their own culture too.

And hot damn, that moth pile and what lead to it...

Also, all the behavioral, anatomical, and cultural details on the strix were great. I loved how they have some potentially horrifying(to us) customs that reflect some of what we see of Nidal, yet the character of what they do and why is entirely different. To anyone interested in the strix, this is a must-read. I also loved how, certain activities the protagonist is involved in "offscreen" aside, Cheliax truly comes across as far less horrifying and oppressive than Nidal. To the point that once it gets there, the reader can honestly say "Oh thank God, he's in Cheliax now".

Fair warning to readers, child endangerment is certainly a thing here. Let's put it this way: If Korvosa's Acadamae is Hogwarts if Voldemort took over, then Dusk Hall is that with Pinhead in charge.

Eagerly awaiting Nightblade. :)

Spoiler:
goes hunting for Isiem/paladin-of-Shelyn slashfic

he could have more jewelry to play around with and everything YES I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO PUT THEM ON FOR A MOMENT

Silver Crusade

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Also...:
...have to wonder just what that flying creature/construct of bone and feathers was...


Liane Merciel wrote:

Alas, no. The scope's likely to be a little more claustrophobic.

I hope you can keep the same kind of mood and atmosphere as Nightglass, though the short description of Nightblade hints at something more traditional as a fantasy novel (but I pray you'll surprise just as you did with Nightglass).

Here's the review I just wrote, it's an almost first-timer for me:

Moonbird wrote:

Great mood and atmosphere

***** Moonbird — 1 hour, 28 minutes ago

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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