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Pathfinder Tales: Firesoul

***½( ) (based on 3 ratings)
Pathfinder Tales: Firesoul
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Flames in the Night

Jiri has always been special. Found as an infant in the ashes of her village, she was taken in by a neighboring shaman and trained to be a powerful jungle druid. Yet when Aspis Consortium mercenaries release an ancient evil that burns her adopted home to the ground, Jiri must gather a group of her own to uncover the secrets of a lost nation and stop the fire spirit—and the greedy treasure hunters trying to leash it for their own ends—before it lays waste to the entire Mwangi Expanse.

From acclaimed short story author Gary Kloster comes a tale of revenge, lost cities, and unlikely alliances, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-741-3
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-742-0

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Beating the jungle drums

****( )

Not the usual elements that would interest me in a book here: jungle setting, etc. but I'd encourage similarly cautiously-minded folk to give this one a go, as I was surprised how much I enjoyed this novel. I think the web fiction, 'The Gem', is well worth reading before the novel too, as it adds significantly to understanding the main characters' interactions. Bravo Mr Kloster, and I hope to see your name again in the Pathfinder Tales line.


An ok low level adventure but not great

***( )( )

THE GOOD:
-The first 100 pages are interesting as we get see the world from the viewpoint of a teenage girl druid in the Mwangi Expanse.
-The Fighter is quite funny and deep sometimes - reminded me of Valeros in the comics.
-The magic is handled properly (Jiri is 3rd level and wants to change shape but has to wait till she becomes 4rd level).
-Mikki is a character you love to hate.
- You can read the book in one go - the author is quite good with the flow of the words.
- A new magic item: the Kindi is quite nice.
- Good use of the low level Biloko.

THE BAD:
- The main character gets on your nerves once she enters the city and that continues until the end of the book.
- The time pacing is in real-time which makes for boring reading sometimes.
- The White Witch and the paladin are absolutely steriotypical and have no distinctive character.
- If you have the Campaign Setting: "Pathfinder Chronicles Heart of the Jungle" you learn almost nothing new about the expanse - the Pyre and Loza stay very bland an non-descript.

THE UGLY:
Nothing really ugly here - the torture scene is not very hard.
If you watch the news that´s more violent.

All in all a satisfying read but not so good that i would want to read it again.


I keep changing my mind about this novel.

***( )( )

I really enjoyed the Golarion lore in this book. Quite a bit of stuff about the mwangi expanse, it's history and it's current exploitation by the Aspis consortium. There was an enjoyable plot - I found the protagonists believable and likeable and their enemies truly villainous. I desperately wanted them to get their comeuppance.

For me, the negatives came in the character development - a significant portion of the book had the main character reluctant to trust her new companions, feeling like an outsider, carrying her burden on her own, etcetera... Then it seemed like, all in a rush, everything is resolved and she's learnt to have friends. I also found myself railing at her blinkered stubbornness/stupidity a few too many times, though that's a pet hate of mine and probably isn't a big deal.

I can't decide on four stars for story or three stars for character - I'm going to round down because there was a particularly unpleasant torture scene (in my opinion it went beyond paizo's usual PG13 bounds). I don't enjoy reading that stuff without warning, so I've settled on a three out of five.


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