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Pathfinder Tales: Nightblade

****½ (based on 4 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Nightblade
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by Liane Merciel

Where Demons Fear to Tread

Raised as a wizard-priest in the church of the dark god Zon-Kuthon, Isiem escaped his sadistic masters and became a rebel, leaving behind everything he knew in order to follow his conscience. Now, his unique heritage makes him perfect for a dangerous mission into an ancient dungeon said to hold a magical weapon capable of slaying demons and devils by the thousands and freeing the world of their fiendish taint. Accompanied by companions ranging from a righteous paladin to mercantile mercenaries, Isiem will lead the expedition back into shadowed lands that are all too familiar. And what the adventurers find at the dungeon’s heart will change them all forever.

From acclaimed author Liane Merciel comes a dark tale of survival, horror, and second chances, set in the award- winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-662-1

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****½ (based on 4 ratings)

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Like Aliens, with wizards

*****

There aren't very many books in the Tales line that are straight up horror stories. This one is (Skinwalkers is another.) Isiem's journey into the Umbral Basin and points beyond is a classic haunted house story beautifully executed. Definitely worth the read.


It has no identity

***( )( )

I should have liked this book, but i didn't.
I am not sure why i didn't like this book, i liked the previous one, i liked the protagonist, it has a party, high level characters, it has religious themes present (although a far cry from the previous ones), magic and spellcasting, it has a magical a magical dungeon, an uber artifact waiting at the end of the dungeon, i really should have liked it with all of that... but i didn't.
There were a few things that i noticed being annoyed by like the number of characters (too many in my opionion) but the thing that i felt annoyed me the most was that the story doesn't have a strong identity. It isn't the personal struggles of the protagonist, it isn't an action story, it isn't a rebel story, it isn't an action story, it isn't a mystery story, it tries to be all of the above in one book and that in my opinion dragged it down because not one thing was complete. It isn't about the personal struggles of Isiem because it spends very little time showing us his morality problems and his thoughts, it isn't an action story because it has very few action scenes (including battles) and those that are in; are far way from each other, it isn't a rebel story because the protagonists quickly leave the rebellous city, it isn't a mystery story because it doesn't give any real clues*.
Keep in mind that last few chapters are great, i truly enjoyed them but it was too little too late, the story has already left a poor taste in my mouth.

*spoiler:

And it really hurts the mystery part of the story when you give away the answer in the cover, from the moment we were given the first inch of a clue (the "they found something older than demons in the abyss") i managed to add two and two together and guess that there were researching qlippoth.


An underwhelming sequel

****( )

Nightglass is one of my favorite Pathfinder novels, but after reading this one I can't get rid of the feeling that the story of Isiem should have ended there and then. Don't get me wrong, it's a thrilling adventure... that reads exactly like that: an adventuring party's journal. While the previous book told a story of tragedy and redemption, Nightblade might serve as an inspiration for a great dungeon crawl. Introductory chapters that try to seam the two stories together feel totally disconnected from what happens next. I don't think we have a shortage of unlikely parties going for a desperately dangerous quests in the series, and I am disappointed to see the author using her obvious talent to make another one.


What a great sequel!

*****

Okay so no spoilers; I read this book cover to cover in about 4 hours. Like the first book, I could not put this one down! It brings back the main character from the previous novel and adds some new ones as well as the character from the connected short fiction story the author did. I cannot talk this book up enough, I thought the characters were again very well written, the story had me on edge and I'm combing through bestiaries looking up stats for some of the monsters.

I don't know what I want next: more Isiem, more Ascaros or a prequel on members of 'the family'.


"I Also Attack Butt-First"—PaizoCon 2015 and the Adventure Card Game,

Fin.,

Last day...,

Monday morning delve!,

Gaming in action!,

Paizo


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