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Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Blade

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Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Blade
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By Tim Pratt

With strength, wit, rakish charm, and a talking sword named Hrym, Rodrick has all the makings of a classic hero—except for the conscience. Instead, he and Hrym live a high life as scoundrels, pulling cons and parting the weak from their gold. When a mysterious woman invites them along on a quest into the frozen north in pursuit of a legendary artifact, it seems like a prime opportunity to make some easy coin—especially if there’s a chance for a double-cross. Along with a hooded priest and a half-elven tracker, the team sets forth into a land of monsters, bandits, and ancient magic. As the miles wear on, however, Rodrick’s companions begin acting steadily stranger, leading both man and sword to wonder what exactly they’ve gotten themselves into...

From Hugo Award-winner Tim Pratt, author of City of the Fallen Sky, comes a bold new tale of ice, magic, and questionable morality set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-515-0
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-516-7

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Be Wary My Friend, of Talking Swords and Psychotic Tavern Wenches

*****

First let me start off by saying that while the story is awesome it is the dialogue where this novels rises heads and shoulders above others, similar to Pratt's equally good City of the Fallen Sky. Hrym is hands down my favorite Tales character that I've had the joy of reading. I'll come right out and say it, I keep a little notebook where I write down my favorite pages and lines in it. Liar's Blades and City of the Fallen Sky each have more pages to themselves than the rest of the Tales novels combined. The dialogue is just that good.

Also this novel contains the absolute best way to kill a Final Boss. Period.

I can't recomend this novel enough.


*****


Tim Pratt is on fire!

*****

While I enjoyed City of Fallen Stars, it just does not hold a candle to Liar's Blade. Incredibly sharp dialogue, loveable scoundrels, and crazy adventure combine to make this one of the best Pathfinder Tales books.

As an added bonus, there is a special treat for any fans of the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories.


Great buddy story with wit and adventure

*****

It has been 25 years (at least) since I read Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the gray mouser books so I can't really say if Tim Pratt executed this homage well or not. What I can say is that he did a fantastic job crafting a solid buddy story about two ostensible scoundrels who care deeply about each other and work as a team to take on the world together (even if one is "only" a sword). That sense of trust and shared knowledge infuses the story and gives it life.

And Pratt does a good job with the other characters as well. Each of the secondary characters has believable motivations and depth enough to both understand and, to an extent, even sympathize with their actions—even when you don't like what they do and know that they will eventually harm the characters we're most invested in. I'm talking mostly of Zaqen, of course, whose devotion to the mysterious jerk Obed is achingly raw at times, but even Cilian the deluded ranger has more to him than you might first assume (that both helps and hinders Rodrick and Hrym).

Add a great deal of wit and enough humor to spice it up a bit and you have people you don't mind spending some time with, even if they weren't doing much interesting. Set this all into a great adventure story and a plot that holds together even under scrutiny and you have a fast-paced tale that ramps up nicely to a great dénouement and even a touching (and only slightly forced) coda at the end.


Reliable fun

****( )

Tim Pratt returns to the Pathfinder Tales franchise with this Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser homage which is a rollicking adventure that retains Pratt's gift for sneaking in unexpected originality and characterisation.

Rodrick is a swindler more than a thief. With his enchanted sword Hrym, the two are conning their way over Golarion. When a squishy priest and his nice-yet-creepy sidekick hire them to help find a religious artifact, it seems like easy money. But nothing is ever easy...

This was a pretty good one. The debt to Lieber is clear and Pratt has a lot of fun with it. His banter is reasonable, but I found his situational comedy the most amusing. A pleasant bonus - as was the case with Pratt's previous Pathfinder book - is his efforts to render all the characters three dimensional, with their own struggles and goals etc. It lends the party and their interactions a depth that wouldn't be present otherwise, and it really elevates the book.

This would count for little, of course, if it wasn't for Pratt's deft - almost seamless - sense of pace and structure. These are well built book's and the conclusion is very satisfying.

It's hard to rate the Pathfinder books - I mean, no one would confuse this as high literature, but they are really good at delivering what they promise. On that metric, they are very successful indeed


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