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Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes

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Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes
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Some Secrets Should Stay Buried

Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan are no strangers to the occult. Yet when Varian is bequeathed a dangerous magical book by an old colleague, the infamous investigators find themselves on the trail of a necromancer bent on becoming the new avatar of an ancient and sinister demigod—one of the legendary runelords. Along with a team of mercenaries and adventurers, the crime-solving duo will need to delve into a secret world of dark magic and the legacy of a lost empire. But in saving the world, will Varian and Radovan lose their souls?

From best-selling author Dave Gross comes a fantastical tale of mystery, monsters, and mayhem set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

384-page trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-7451-6

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This might be tied w/ Queen of Thorns for my favorite of the 5 novels. Though maybe it's a 3-way tie w/ Master of Devils, I don't know.

I'm getting worried the author will run out of variations on his titles, though ;-) So far we've had Prince, Master, Queen, King, and Lord.

Anyway, I loved the latest adventures of the dynamic duo, and am happy to see Jeggare finally moving beyond riffle scrolls to something more interesting.

I am just slightly concerned about how the novel ended up. Without spoilers, I'm trying to figure out how future adventures will continue in the same vein, now that the friends are...well, no spoilers. But their relationship has changed in a quite meaningful way by the end.



Book 5 of a series, but can be read on it's own. Incredibly good fantasy tale with very likeable characters and unexpectable twists and turns.

Get it while you can.



What an outstanding book! Can I nominate Dave Gross for a major award from somewhere? All of his characters are amazing! I used to have the itch to write some fantasy fiction, but as I marvel at his work here, I realize again that I could never come up with his skill of description, of dialog, of character conceptualization or sheer artistry of prose. I count myself lucky to have the chance to read his stories.

By all means, though, read the four predecessor tales of Count Jeggare and Radovan. This is exemplary work!

How to reach 5 stars ... again!


This is very simple: This is another book full of interesting characters, story depth and to my liking: A strong Golarion historic connection.

I was skeptic at start, because this sounded like a book written by request and with many "bound" subjects - which might have led me to believe that it wasn't a fantastic new story.

I was wrong. This is another fantastic new story of heroes in Golarion.
I'm impressed on how Mr. Dave Gross can keep on making these stories come alive!

I am, BTW using much from this book in my own storyline as sidetrecks in my regular RotR campaign.

Everything, but everything you could want in a Pathfinder Tale!


Lord of Runes is simply marvelous, especially for anyone who fell in love with Varisia, or played or ran any of the first three adventure paths.

Runelord, check! Korvosa and Kaer Maga, check! A certain Pathfinder known to roam the area, check!

Action, Magic, Character struggles and triumphs, check check check! A terrible last joke, check!

Could not put this one down!

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