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Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns

****½ (based on 21 ratings)
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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****½ (based on 21 ratings)

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*****


classic fantasy - plot, themes, characters, surprises!

*****

A self-admitted huge fan of his works (dont forget to check out his short stories and fiction on paizo.com if you want to supplement the novels!), I decided to go into this read with an eye towards the issue of whether people new to the Radovan and Count Jeggare world would get their "moneys worth".

I was very surprised to see just how much effort, when i paid attention, Mr Gross had put into just that. The book is fantastic even as a first introduction to their wonderful world.

The plot is top notch - this is one of those books a reviewer has to be careful what he says - and the usual advancement of the friendship between Radovan and Varian gets its share of attention and nourishment. But indeed, a new reader will get plenty of chance to come to love these characters without having read any previous works.

And as happens in all of his longer works (when page count permits! I am still a sucker for some of the short mystery-focused short stories however!), we get not just a great plot, a new character, and an advancement of the relationship we have come to adore, but a bevvy of themes as well that end up both tying the characters together in interesting ways, but also acting as classic fantasy or science fiction by (non preachily... is that a word?) shedding light on perhaps our own lives as well. Race versus nationality, heritage and tradition versus change, situations where no matter what you do, youre guaranteed to upset one of your friends/allies. The quest for knowledge versus the responsibility to let dangerous secrets lie. And figuring out who you are and what you believe, without the chaos of others trying to define it for you.

I was thrilled with Queen of Thorns, even with a special eye to acting as if i were brand new to the Jeggare family of lore.


Explore Kyonin - Land of the elves with Varian and Radovan!

*****

THE GOOD:
We learn more about Kyonin and the father of Count Jeggare.
The two of them become part of a party of elves searching for an ancient secret.
You could easyly turn this book into an adventure.
Also a gnome with the bleaching is characterized - really wonderful - if you asked yourselve how they behave read this.

THE BAD:
The supperting characters are a little stereotypical.

THE UGLY:
Over too soon!

This is a must buy for fans of elves and great fantasy novels!
Until a KYONIN Campaign Setting book comes out this is the best source material for the elven nation vibe.


Another box of delights

*****

Okay I admit it, I'm a fan. This one ticks all the boxes for me. The characters develop, we explore more of the secrets of Golarion, and the plotting and pace are spot on. I really enjoyed this read, thanks Dave Gross.


Gross continues to impress

****( )

If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that it is not Master of Devils. Radovan and Jeggare continue to be Golarion's dynamic duo, I'm just not sure they are ever going to match their crazy martial arts hijinks. Still, one of the best Pathfinder Tales books, without question.


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