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Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns

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by Dave Gross

In the deep forests of Kyonin, elves live among their own kind, far from the prying eyes of other races. Few of impure blood are allowed beyond the nation’s borders, and thus it’s a great honor for the half-elven Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan to be allowed inside. Yet all is not well in the elven kingdom: demons stir in its depths, and an intricate web of politics seems destined to catch the two travelers in its snares. In the course of tracking down a missing druid, Varian and a team of eccentric elven adventurers will be forced to delve into dark secrets lost for generations—including the mystery of Varian’s own past.

From fan favorite Dave Gross, author of Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils, comes a fantastical new adventure set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Download a free sample chapter by clicking here! (74 KB zip/PDF)

432-page mass market paperback

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-463-4
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-464-1

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Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced for October. The product image uses the finished cover art, but the layout may change slightly prior to publication.


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Yay! More gross goodness!

Cheliax

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

Hmmm, I need to finish up A Dance with Dragons so I can go back to the Pathfinder Tales books.


I look forward to the "team of eccentric elven adventurers"

Cheliax Contributor

Who painted that awesome cover?

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Dave Gross + Elves = win!

Osirion

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

FAWESOME!!!!


Dave Gross wrote:

Who painted that awesome cover?

It IS awesome


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber
MerrikCale wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:

Who painted that awesome cover?

It IS awesome

Indeed. I like the way the colors set a certain mood.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Hey, it's Razorhorn!

Second Darkness:
Apparently, I ran it correctly by allowing him to get away without fighting the PCs to the death.

Andoran

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

WooT! Must read!

Cheliax Contributor

Joana wrote:
Hey, it's Razorhorn! ** spoiler omitted **

It's not Razorhorn. It's much worse.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Dave Gross wrote:

Who painted that awesome cover?

Mathias Kollros.

Cheliax Contributor

Go, Mathias!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Dave Gross wrote:
Joana wrote:
Hey, it's Razorhorn! ** spoiler omitted **

It's not Razorhorn. It's much worse.

So Treerazer?


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Hooray, more Jeggare/Radovan goodness! :)

Cheliax

Dave Gross wrote:
Joana wrote:
Hey, it's Razorhorn! ** spoiler omitted **

It's not Razorhorn. It's much worse.

Razorhorn's mother? Ok, bad joke. But hey, great news! I've been waiting for the new book eagerly! This is going to be great!


I was already looking forward to another Radovan/Varian novel, and after reading the description of this and seeing the awesome cover, I can't freakin' wait! Sounds awesome! :-)


Even if this book manifests on my doorstep tomorrow, it'll be waayyy too long a wait.

Admittedly I'm a bit nervous about an elven-centric book. I don't think most D&D settings do them right (looking at you, Dragonlance), as I like to portray them somewhere between Tolkien's elves and The Name of the Wind's Bast. It would be nice to see some non-racist elves. But my favorite race in the setting of my favorite game alongside two of my favorite characters ever? Hell yes.

Cheliax Contributor

Yucale wrote:

Even if this book manifests on my doorstep tomorrow, it'll be waayyy too long a wait.

Admittedly I'm a bit nervous about an elven-centric book. I don't think most D&D settings do them right (looking at you, Dragonlance), as I like to portray them somewhere between Tolkien's elves and The Name of the Wind's Bast. It would be nice to see some non-racist elves. But my favorite race in the setting of my favorite game alongside two of my favorite characters ever? Hell yes.

I hope you will find these elves a little different from those you've seen in past. They aren't radically different, but I've always thought of elves as slightly more fey and alien than in popular presentation. I hope a little of that comes through.


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Rosgakori wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:
Joana wrote:
Hey, it's Razorhorn! ** spoiler omitted **

It's not Razorhorn. It's much worse.

Razorhorn's mother?

That'd be stealing. Although I guess the guy who wrote Beowulf won't complain anyway. Besides, bad writers plagiarise, great writers steal.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Sounds interesting!


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Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

SQUUUUUUEEEE!

Yay for more Varian and Radovan!

and elves, but mostly those first two :p


Just checking in to say that I'm a huge David Goss fan. Much squeeing will be had, especially how my birthday is in October.


Awesome! October can't come soon enough!

Contributor

Agreed: awesome cover, and really looking forward to this one... Congrats Dave! You're on a roll!


Dave Gross' last novel was a prelude to a lot of Tian Xia stuff. Could this be a prelude to a lot of Kyonin/elvish stuff?

please

Lantern Lodge

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Mr Gross,

My wife and I really enjoy the unique personalities and dynamic relationship you've managed to create between Varian Jeggare and Radovan. My wife especially likes how Jeggare can be a bit of a pretentious,pompous ass; definitely not your standard hero type. Its a nice change of pace from the standard fantasy trope, and despite of it you've still managed to keep the audience rooting for the character. We heartily look forward to your next installment.

Duane and Katheryn

Cheliax Contributor

Thanks for the kind words, Duane and Katheryn. After James Sutter's enthusiastic response to the manuscript, I'm cautiously hopeful that this one will prove to be the best yet. I can't wait for everyone to read it in October.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

You're definitely not the only one Dave :) Thanks for the awesome stuff so far, Radovan and Jeggare are some very cool characters.


My wife and I are both looking forward to this book :)

Cheliax Contributor

Sketchpad wrote:
My wife and I are both looking forward to this book :)

If you make it to PaizoCon or Gen Con, and no one stops me, I'll give you a sneak preview reading.


Dave Gross wrote:
Sketchpad wrote:
My wife and I are both looking forward to this book :)
If you make it to PaizoCon or Gen Con, and no one stops me, I'll give you a sneak preview reading.

Me and my wife will be there; and hold you to that...

Osirion

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Sounds fantastic - great to head back into Kyonin, I've missed it since Second Darkness.


Dave Gross wrote:
Sketchpad wrote:
My wife and I are both looking forward to this book :)
If you make it to PaizoCon or Gen Con, and no one stops me, I'll give you a sneak preview reading.

Ah, I only wish we could. Someday...


Pre-ordering... a nice heads-up after a bit of board hiatus. Wish we'd see you for a signing or somesuch at NYComicCon - that would be cool. Any case, I heartily second the love for Radovan & Jeggare, their hell is our pleasure.

Edit: Will there be a bridge-story to pick up the post-Devils continuity? I don't peruse the blog that often & the web tales don't get announced in the email-newsletter...

Taldor

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I hope we get to see some humble elves in this, so many unpleasant elves in SD, and elves seem to be 80% nobility at times.

I'd like to see some elves who make and sell streetfood, or some elf stevedores.

I know novels have their own character requirements but it would be nice to see some elves cut from that kind of cloth.

Cheliax Contributor

Mandisa wrote:

Pre-ordering... a nice heads-up after a bit of board hiatus. Wish we'd see you for a signing or somesuch at NYComicCon - that would be cool. Any case, I heartily second the love for Radovan & Jeggare, their hell is our pleasure.

Edit: Will there be a bridge-story to pick up the post-Devils continuity? I don't peruse the blog that often & the web tales don't get announced in the email-newsletter...

Alas, no New York for me this year, but I'm eager to return one day.

Yes, there'll be a story. I know what it is, but I need to find a few uninterrupted days to write it. I think it's a safe bet there'll be a web tale for each of the novels.

Cheliax Contributor

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GeraintElberion wrote:

I hope we get to see some humble elves in this, so many unpleasant elves in SD, and elves seem to be 80% nobility at times.

I'd like to see some elves who make and sell streetfood, or some elf stevedores.

While there's only one brief appearance by a kitchen drudge to represent the truly humble elves, of the four main "party members," only one is near-nobility (a high-ranking ranger), another is Forlorn, and the third is ... well, I don't want to spoil it, but not a noble. The fourth is not an elf at all but a gnome.

Silver Crusade

Thanks, Dave for another sure to be exciting romp with Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan. I'm especially looking forward to your gnome party member now that you've mentioned him.

See you at GC!


Dave Gross wrote:

Alas, no New York for me this year, but I'm eager to return one day.

Yes, there'll be a story. I know what it is, but I need to find a few uninterrupted days to write it. I think it's a safe bet there'll be a web tale for each of the novels.

Looking forward to both :) Will be sure to look for the story when the leaves turn *heh*

Cheliax Contributor

If you're at Gen Con and want to hear some of Queen of Thorns two months before its release, come to Room 244 at 5:00 on Friday.

My full schedule is here.

Events of particular interest to Pathfinder people include the Pathfinder Tales Author Summit, "Fantasy Tropes," "Breaking into the RPG Fiction Market," "Writing RPG Fiction," and "Passing the Torch."

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

OMG how could I find out about this book so late ? I loved the previous books... subscribed ^^


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

I really enjoyed the previous books and looking forward to this one. Question: Does Radovan make use of all the monk skills he picked up in the last book?

Cheliax Contributor

There's still time to get here and listen to the reading of Queen of Thorns tomorrow at 5:00 pm. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for October. :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

lol sorry, I won't be able to make it. I will look forward to reading it though. :)

Cheliax Contributor

blope wrote:
I really enjoyed the previous books and looking forward to this one. Question: Does Radovan make use of all the monk skills he picked up in the last book?

Chapter Two of Queen of Thorns addresses that question, although I think the final chapter of Master of Devils also did so. To say more would be spoilery.

Cheliax Contributor

Winter_Born wrote:

Thanks, Dave for another sure to be exciting romp with Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan. I'm especially looking forward to your gnome party member now that you've mentioned him.

See you at GC!

Fimbulthicket turned out to be one of my favorite characters, and the brief visit to Omesta makes me want to include gnomes in a future story.


Fimbulthicket... Long-winded with a hard to get through personality?

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