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Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road

****½ (based on 15 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: The Crusader Road
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by Michael A. Stackpole

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.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-657-7
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-658-4

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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

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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.

Best of the Tales, IMO!


A family experiences two tragedies (loss of their father/husband and exiled from homeland) only to rise above them all as settlers of a wilderness that refuses to be tamed. Loved this book. If any of you are western fans, this book felt like a pioneer story for the fantasy setting--a rather refreshing and unusual approach in an RPG world.
Very importantly, it is very family friendly in content. I would let any of my 5 sons read it (even my 6 year old, if he could read well enough!).

Decent settler story

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This is a decent settler story tying in nicely to Thornkeep. Get in with the locals, fortify the camp, know your environment, adversity builds character, learn new skills, adapt, and so on. The reason why this is 3 stars is because the publicity and synopsis above would lead you to think that Tyressa is the main protagonist, when in fact her son fulfils this role. If the press said the son was the main protagonist I probably would not have purchased. Regardless of the setting, genre, etc I've read/watched enough adolescent coming of age scenarios to last a lifetime. The synopsis is not clear this book has a heavy dose of this, it was almost as if the author started with Tyressa in mind as the main protagonist but found the boy's story much more compelling. The big video-game ending was a bit too Disney Pixar Star Wars prequels for me, goblins as cannon fodder, people are wounded, teenagers shot with arrows and piercing wounds, there's been brutal melee fighting, but at the end everyone's well just swell.

Earn Your Happy Ending


I think this just became my favorite Tales novel. This is a story of family and friends, united under hardships and constant threats surrounding them. This is as much a coming of age story for the main characters as it is for every character within, this novel shows them all grow, together, and it does so beautifully.

I highly, highly recommend it.

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