Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road

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Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road
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Taming the Wild!

When the aristocratic Vishov family is banished from Ustalav due to underhanded politics, Lady Tyressa Vishov is faced with a choice: fade slowly into obscurity, or strike out for the nearby River Kingdoms and establish a new holding on the untamed frontier. Together with her children and loyal retainers, she'll forge a new life in the infamous Echo Wood, and neither bloodthirsty monsters nor local despots will stop her from reclaiming her family honor. Yet the shadow of Ustalavic politics is long, and even in a remote and lawless territory, there may be those determined to see the Vishov family fail...

From New York Times best-selling author Michael A. Stackpole comes a new novel of frontier adventure set in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the new Pathfinder Online massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-657-7
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-658-4

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A good novel, but not what I expected

***( )( )

After being forced to go start a new city in the wilderness, Lady Tyressa Vishov... doesn't feature in this book. I mean, I guess she's in it, but she's barely a major character. Nearly everything she does is told through the perspective of the actual main character, her son, who this story is actually about.

And don't get me wrong, "Mouse" is a good character with a good fun fantasy coming of age story - but I was expecting the book to be about his mother. I was really looking forward to a book about a butt-kicking fantasy heroine, because those are so rare. Let alone with one whose motivations are the survival and benefit of her children.

But we actually get a book about a butt-kicking fantasy heroine's misfit son, and how he falls in love and discovers his magical powers and finds his father lost in the wilderness to ultimately save the day with a few low-level spells.

***( )( )

I kept expecting there to be a jump forward in time, and it never came.



I love books about building civilizations in the wilderness, making allies, and fighting off terrible enemies.

Best in the line


This is an outstanding addition to the Pathfinder Tales line. Michael Stackpole does an amazing job of having the many different personalities in the book leap from the page. I have read all of the novels in this line and this is probably my favorite of the bunch. I am eagerly hoping for a sequel to this work or at the very least another offering from this great writer.

for younger readers

***( )( )

About halfway through I finally realized this is a coming-of-age novel about a young boy who has to take on adult responsibilities a little early. Not only that, but I feel based on the tone, the vocabulary, and the really laying the plot on thick to make sure you get it, that this is for younger readers.

I only got halfway through the book and simply was not interested in the rest. But still 3 stars, it is pretty interesting. I picked it up because I had not read anything about the River Kingdoms yet, and it also featured my favorite country: Ustalav.

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