Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Blade

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Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Blade
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Bastard and Sword

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.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-515-0
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-516-7

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From title to story end this book is simply awesome!


- Funny, witty and well written. Good banter
- Great connection/placing within the Golarion setting
- Amazingly interesting characters that evolve throughout the story
- Many sub-stories within the plot that (for once) actually works
- A real roleplaying storytale/feel that doesn't feel like someone
actually making a resume of actual roleplaying

Together with Liane Merciels Night* stories this is on my top 3 of the PF Tales, and I can highly recommend it!

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.

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