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Pathfinder Tales: The Dagger of Trust

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Pathfinder Tales: The Dagger of Trust
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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.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-614-0
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-615-7

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Scooby Doo episode

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Ha I just saw Darkrist said same thing. Here is the review i wrote for goodreads and amazon before coming here and reading his:

Just all around not good. I was rooting for this book, because it covered a lot of crucial lore territory in the Pathfinder world - Taldor, Andoran, and the druids of the forests in between. Add in the very secretive Lion's blade organization and I read every page, hoping it would get better.

The plot is a Scooby Doo episode
The Lions blades comes off very cartoony as well.
The character interactions are DeGrassi High or some other teenage tv show.

It is not good.

I hate writing bad reviews - and its rare if you check mine - so let's focus on the positive for a moment.

- you have a character who is into puppetry as a serious artform, which is just awesome.
- a relatively strong case is made for non-democratic governments - the Taldor loyalists are believable in their discourse, not played off as simple crazies or power freaks.
- the poetry and song, especially the Andoran patriotic ones, are just fantastic. I wish i had a book with all of them collected in one place! Fantastic stuff.

If you are a Pathfinder junkie, fight your way through it and you will be grateful for the content you can glean from it. If you are just looking for a decent yarn, move on to something else.

I don't think Bards do that...

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So, throughout the book Mr. Wilrich refers to Gideon 'preparing' his spells in the morning, but Bards are spontaneous casters that don't prepare spells. I would hope that if someone wanted to write a story set in an established, specific world, that they would at least try to understand the basics of the classes they are writing about.
That glitch aside, the story is fine and helps illuminate the secret life of bards fairly well. As others have mentioned, the metaphors get severely strained at some points, and there are more than just a few major cliches.
However, I am easy to please, and this book filled my want for a fantasy book to read while I am sitting on the toilet.


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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

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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.

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