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Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos

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Pathfinder Tales: King of Chaos
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by Dave Gross

After a century of imprisonment, demons have broken free of the wardstones surrounding the Worldwound. As fiends flood south into civilized lands, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan must search through the ruins of a fallen nation for the blasphemous text that opened the gate to the Abyss in the first place—and which might hold the key to closing it. In order to succeed, however, the heroes will need to join forces with pious crusaders, barbaric local warriors, and even one of the legendary god callers. It’s a race against time as the companions fight their way across a broken land, facing off against fiends, monsters, and a vampire intent on becoming the god of blood—but will unearthing the dangerous book save the world, or destroy it completely?

From best-selling author Dave Gross comes a new adventure set against the backdrop of the Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-558-7
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-559-4

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The pair continues to evolve


A huge fan of all the earlier novels, I thought to myself as I started reading this - how will the lads grow closer in this one? The pair always soaks up their local flavor when doing so, and I frankly wondered if the Worldwound backdrop would provide as much interest as exotic Tien Xia or gothic Ustalav had.

Wow, it did, but in a way that didn't shy away from stark terror, brutal horrors, and at times, grim, bleak, almost pessimistic futures.

Its a great read every page. The minor characters continue to get a lot of love without seeming to take away from the main story, a real treat, because the list of "lovables" keeps growing.

I cant count how many times I spoke "Yikes!" or "Sheesh" out loud as I read - the humorous situations inspired by Kung Fu movies from Master of Devils are not here. The natural beauty and courtly intrigue of Queen of Thorns are not here. The gothic mystery and old-school detective work of Price of Wolves are not here. This is exactly what a book about the Mendevian Crusade should be - a gore-drenched war at the Gates of the Abyss. Mr Gross did not shy away from taking his beloved characters into a rough scenario and writing it to be believable; the witty banter and playful tete a tete is seamlessly replaced with all-out brutal war, and it works.

If you plan to DM or play the "Wrath of the Righteous" AP read this first!


The mood of the war against the demons of the worldwound is captured perfectly. A character introduced in the novel "The Worldwound Gambit" by Robin D. Laws is used by Mr. Gross and it makes the shared world of Golarion more realistic. Also events from that book are acknowledeged.
There is a showdown with a previous villain. Also certain developments from the three previous books are continued.

Not enough time for Varian and Radovans usual detective deductions even though this is the novel with the highest page count yet.

War is always ugly. Lots of characters die.

Radovan and Jeggare go to Hell


Well, not Hell so much as the Worldwound, but the differences are academic. As ever, the adventures of everyone's favorite half elf and tiefling do not disappoint. If you read no other Pathfinder Tales books, read the David Gross ones. You will not be sorry.

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