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Pathfinder Tales: The Dagger of Trust

***½( ) (based on 6 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: The Dagger of Trust
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by Chris Willrich

Fog of War

Gideon Gull leads a double life: one as a talented young bard at the Rhapsodic College, and the other as a student of the Shadow School, where Taldor’s infamous Lion Blades are trained to be master spies. When a magical fog starts turning ordinary people into murderous mobs along the border between Taldor and Andoran, it’s up to Gideon and a crew of his fellow performers to solve the mystery. But can a handful of entertainers really stop a brewing war?

From author Chris Willrich comes a new adventure of intrigue, espionage, and arcane mystery, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Cover Art by Lucas Graciano.

ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-614-0
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-615-7

Dagger of Trust is sanctioned for use in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Its Chronicle Sheet is available as a free download (359 KB zip/PDF).

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***½( ) (based on 6 ratings)

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Shaggy!!

****( )

I had a bit of a problem with my willing suspension of dis-belief while reading this book. I could not shake the feeling while reading it that it was a Scooby do episode. This was more of a personal hang-up on my part than a flaw in the writing or concept. I just kept thinking "Scooby-do meets Heart of Darkness.....never get out of the boat!" That being said, I really enjoyed the book. The characters were engaging and layered. There is a lot of Golarion color/flavor throughout the book. Other reviewers have attacked the writing style and narrative, but I have to disagree. I think the writing is pretty solid beginning to ending. I would have given a fifth star if not for seeing too many ghost pirates with fog machine cartoons in my youth.... Would love to read a sequel so I can see the main characters in a different framework.


Warrior bug women from planet Castrovel

****( )

A fun ride, and hopefully not the last we will hear of Gideon and friends.


Enjoyable bardic fantasy for Golarion fans

***( )( )

The tenth Pathfinder Tales novel I have read, The Dagger of Trust is an adventure full of bards and bardic antics. I’ve never really understood bards in fantasy RPGs so this capable portrayal was a real plus for me. I also loved the Bogstriders and the setting along the Verduran Fork and Sellen River. The plot was reasonably paced but a little linear and singular in point of view for me. Characters held my interest and there was a nice bit of romance thrown in. All in all a solid fantasy novel, but not exceptional. I’d like to see Gideon Gull in a more eclectic adventuring party facing more tangible foes next time around.


A lyrical fare that could have had more depth

***( )( )

Likes:
The lyrical story-telling style, much in keeping with the musical thrust throughout the story (though see below)
The spy school scenes
The use of a TEAM in much of the story (you know, like would be found in an rpg)
The effectiveness of a primarily bard-dominated group
I want a sequel.

Dislikes:
The lyrical story-telling style blunted much of expected emotional depth in many scenes.
The scenes on the river felt more like a bunch of half-formed scenes strung together, bad Hollyweird movie-style.


Bard Fighters

*****

Plot is pretty streamlined. The protagonist is a recovering alcoholic who studies bardery at a performers university. He is also member of a secret society of rogues within the university called the Lion Blades.

Reports of a mysterious fog that somehow enrages people on contact make it to his school. He is then thrust into a quest to investigate the fog. He is accompanied by his schoolmates.

Good pace and very interesting fight scenes with the protagonist and his bandmates using bard magic in interesting ways. I read the book in 2 days because I was enthralled by the mystery of the fog.


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