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Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound

****½ (based on 5 ratings)

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Hunters of the Dead!

Larsa is a dhampir—half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted peaks of Ustalav, she's an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital's secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Meanwhile, in the cathedral of Maiden's Choir, Jadain is a young priestess of the death goddess, in trouble with her superiors for being too soft on the living. When a noblewoman's entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, the unlikely pair is drawn into a deadly mystery that will reveal far more about both of them than they ever wanted to know.

From Pathfinder co-creator and veteran game designer F. Wesley Schneider comes a new adventure of revenge, faith, and gothic horror, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

480-page trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-76537-546-9

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Product Reviews (5)

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****½ (based on 5 ratings)

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Kept me hooked from start to finish.

*****

Having been a steadfast fan of Ustalav and Carrion Crown, I felt compelled to pick up this book, and I'm glad I did. I don't do a whole lot of reading, and I couldn't put this book down. Since the first pages it kept me interested and darkly excited. Suspense is laden in every page, and the grim setting and conflicts placed trap your attention tighter than a vampire's dominate ability. I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of gothic horror, Pathfinder, but preferably both.


****( )

I quite liked this novel. I encountered at least one reference to the typical fantasy RPG paradigm that was fun to see but not so intrusive as to confuse someone unfamiliar with the trope. Overall an enjoyable read.


Gets the Blood Pumping

****( )

Journey to the haunted land of Ustalav, where the unquiet dead walk in the shadows of the living, cults and sects practice heresies in the night, and Golarion's most prominent novelist makes her home in the moldering former capital.

Join Larsa, dhampir agent of two crowns, and Jadain, untested priestess of Pharasma, as they are caught in the machinations of vampire politics.

A solid tale of adventure and suspense that offers a rare window into secrets of Ustalav.


If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!

*****

Very well written, and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and characters. And the randomly baroque prose. :P


100% not sparkling

****( )

In a time where the myth of vampires is part of mainstream media, it has become increasingly difficult to write a compelling and thrilling gothic horror story focusing on these iconic bloodsucking monsters. Fortunately, Mr. Schneider succeeded in his task! This is not for the faint-hearted. The protagonists have to face true nightmares and they don't get away unscathed, neither physically nor emotionally.

Personally, I was a bit disappointed that Bloodbound only offers so little information on Ustalavian politics (both living and undead). Maybe my expectations were a bit high, considering that the author is THE expert on Ustalav at Paizo.

Occasionally, the author went a bit overboard with baroque prose.

Spoiler:
"Gravelly whispers threatened pleasures" p. 11;
"I picked out the slightly deeper twilight of Jadain's robes amid the wine stain of the roadside lavender fields" p. 143;
"The house seemed desperate for company, so much so that our steps echoed tenaciously, dancing up empty stairs and reverberating through unseen halls." p. 258.

I found that somewhat distracting, since neither of the two protagonists, from whose perspective the story is told, seemed to have an overly poetic streak. Maybe I missed something?

Despite these minor quibbles, I enjoyed Bloodbound immensely. It had several passages where I wanted to put the book away, shuddering, but was too thrilled to stop reading. Recommended without reservation to all Pathfinder fans.


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