Pathfinder Tales: Forge of Ashes

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Hearts of Stone

Years ago, the dwarven warrior Akina left her home in the Five Kings Mountains to fight in the Goblinblood Wars. Now at long last she's returning home, accompanied by Ondorum, her silent companion of living stone. What she finds there is far from what she remembers: a disgraced brother, an obsessive suitor, and a missing mother presumed dead. Yet the damage runs deeper than anyone knows, and when Akina's brother is kidnapped by ancient enemies from the legendary Darklands, she and Ondorum must venture below the surface—and into danger as old as the stones themselves.

From debut novelist Josh Vogt comes a tale of love, redemption, and subterranean battle, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-743-7
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-744-4

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The Descent

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This was pretty enjoyable. The 2 main characters were both unusual--a dwarven barbarian and an oread monk--and their relationship an interesting one. Maybe opposites attract? As I've seen in some of the other Tales novels, their antagonists run the range of sympathetic to irredeemable evil. Well-done. Battle scenes are great, especially when Akina goes into a rage, and there were quite a bit of fun interactions w/ the denizens of the Darklands.

My favorite scene involved a malevolent but surprisingly loquacious, downright philosophical Roper. Trying to induce a conversation w/ a monk who's taken a vow of silence. Brilliantly twisted.


Great book, and best first 50 pages of any book I can recall!

****( )

Although I did not care for the endings *style*, this is a very strong book, and definitely worth 4 stars.

The writintg style is very fluid and easy going, and is just a pleasure to read. You will look up at the clock and wonder where the time has gone.

The characters are very interesting right off the bat and drag you in, and the action also gets you sucked in right off the bat! Mysteries are presented early, and yet the author has done such agood job of making you like the characters so quickly, youre hooked, and nothing feels forced. The first 50 pages of this work are really a study in outstanding writing and involving the reader extremely quickly without anything feeling forced. Very impressive.

The rest of the book is just solid and very good. Id normally go into more detail, but will just say for any Pathfinder folks out there, its a wonderful journey involving the Darklands, and you'll thank me for not commenting additionally!

This is hard to explain, but I liked the ending, but not its style. I can't really describe it any better than that without spoiling.

Do I like this book, ending and all, enough to reccommend it? Absolutely. It's a fine addition to the Tales series.


Great Adventure and Intriguing Characters

****( )

I'm always interested in Darklands adventures, something we don't get much of in the Tales line. More than that though, Akina and Ondorum are such an interesting pair that they really bring the story to life. Looking forward to more from Josh Vogt.


*****

I really enjoyed this book! The storyline was immersive, with interesting characters and a few surprises along the way. Looking forward to more tales with Akina and Ondorum in the future.


Great Novel!

*****

Really loved this one. I had a very hard time putting it down. The memorable layered characters really get you invested in the pulse pounding story.


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Can't wait for this one. Yay, Dwarves!

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Having read the outline and the first few chapters, I assure you this one is a winner.


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Sounds interesting!

I'm excited for the possibilities of an exploration of dwarven culture.


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A book where the main character is a dwarf? I'm all for this!


Dwarf adventure?
Sounds very interesting.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

I am pretty excited for this book. Both Hunter's Folly and The Weeping Blade were excellent. I enjoyed that they were somewhat different from your classic fantasy story. Especially The Weeping Blade: a tale of disabled adventurers saving the local beggar population? Awesome.

I'm looking forward to learning more about dwarf culture through this book.

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Yes. YES. I am buying this. This will be mine.

No pressure but Josh Vogt is setting the bar for contemporary dwarven representation in Golarion. No pressure.

Editor

No pressure at all, Robert. :) I greatly enjoyed writing this story and I certainly hope folks have fun with these characters once they're unleashed on the world.

And thanks to all for the kind and encouraging words!

Dark Archive

Dave Gross wrote:

Having read the outline and the first few chapters, I assure you this one is a winner.

If Dave Gross says this is good it will be. Dave, when will the next Varian and Radovan novel come out (they are my favorites!)?

It should be the next one in june or the one after that in august... ;-)

Will it tie into Hell´s Rebels because of the chelish heritage of the characters or will it be something else?

I have a suscribtion at my local store and i read every novel - the good ones more than once.

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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:

Having read the outline and the first few chapters, I assure you this one is a winner.

If Dave Gross says this is good it will be. Dave, when will the next Varian and Radovan novel come out (they are my favorites!)?

Thanks! I'm not at liberty to say when a new Radovan and the Count novel may appear, but I'm sure James Sutter will answer this question the moment that he can.

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It should be the next one in june or the one after that in august... ;-)

Will it tie into Hell´s Rebels because of the chelish heritage of the characters or will it be something else?

I think it's safe to say that it won't tie in to Hell's Rebels, at least not intentionally. (Novels are outlined and even written long before APs.) However, any novel involving Varian Jeggare is likely to have a few threads tying him back to Cheliax, so it's entirely possible you'll find some entirely coincidental connections to Hell's Rebels.

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I have a suscribtion at my local store and i read every novel - the good ones more than once.

That's fantastic! You should jump in on the Pathfinder Tales Book Club discussion. (Search on PTBC to find the existing threads.) They're currently discussing Death's Heretic and have already covered Crusader Road, both of which I imagine you've read more than once.

And thanks for the splendid reviews of Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils. I'm eager to read what you thought of Queen and King.

Dark Archive Contributor

Marco Massoudi wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:

Having read the outline and the first few chapters, I assure you this one is a winner.

If Dave Gross says this is good it will be. Dave, when will the next Varian and Radovan novel come out (they are my favorites!)?

It should be the next one in june or the one after that in august... ;-)

Will it tie into Hell´s Rebels because of the chelish heritage of the characters or will it be something else?

I have a suscribtion at my local store and i read every novel - the good ones more than once.

Now that I'm at liberty, I can answer you properly. I think you already know the title and release date already. No, Lord of Runes has nothing to do with Hell's Rebels. It starts about two years after the end of King of Chaos in the city of Korvosa. Most of the novel takes place in Varisia.

And that's all the teaser I'll offer for now. However, you might be interested in the Pathfinder Trivia I've been dropping at my website. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of other Radovan & the Count content there, as well as my favorite feature, "Creative Colleagues," which are short interviews with other writers, artists, and, well, as the title indicates.

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FINALLY! A novel set in the Five Kings Mountains! I've waited a long time for this. Now, I'm going to SAVOR IT! :D


Does anyone know when the e-versions will go on sale? Really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

May 29.


Thank you Vic.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

This is the last book from Paizo before the switchover to Tor, right? If so, then why aren't there ebook downloads for it in this months shipment?


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber

There was in mine, so you should probably poke customer service about it.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Thanks, I will do that.


Just wrapped this one up, and absolutely loved it. I'll be posting my full review shortly. All I'll say for now is well done Josh on a superb debut novel.


Review posted, both here and on The Grassy Gnoll!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

@Josh!

Great to meet you face-to-face at ConnectiCon. I really do hope there's another novel in the works from you - it's always great to have another skilled writer in the fold.

-burt

Hear that James!? More from Josh!

:)

Editor

Thanks so much! A pleasure to meet you as well. This con has been awesome and it's great to see such a dedicated Pathfinder community in town.

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