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Pathfinder Tales: Reaper's Eye

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Daryus Gaunt used to be a crusader, battling to protect civilization from the demons of the Worldwound, before a battlefield mutiny forced him to flee or be executed. Pathfinder Shiera Tristane is an adventuring scholar obsessed with making the next big archaeological discovery. When a talking weasel reveals that a sinister witch is close to uncovering a long-lost temple deep within the Worldwound, the two adventurers are drawn into the demon-haunted lands in order to stop him from releasing an ancient evil. Now both fame and redemption may be at hand... if they can survive.

From New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak comes a novel of exploration, betrayal, and deadly magic, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

352-page trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-8435-5

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I had a stab of nostalgia, seeing Knaak's name, as I devoured his Dragonlance books in the early nineties as a kid. Those were fond memories, but based on this novel I fear like much of the Dragonlance canon, those books wouldn't stand up well to the test of time.

Knaak is exceedingly obvious as a writer. He tells you *absolutely* everything - the first few pages are a rare "characterisation info dump", and the book doesn't really improve much beyond this.

Everything the characters feel or think is told you as a reader. Often the same thing is told multiple times, in just one chapter. There is nowhere near as much telling and it renders the characters flat and their arcs predictable.

The attempts at mystery are disappointingly transparent. You'll see where the book is going within the first thirty pages. And this drains much of the excitement from the ensuing narrative.

Much like the previous tale, Shy Knives, I felt like Knaak wasn't really familiar with Golarion or the Pathfinder world. Another book about the Worldwound and surrounding area was not really necessary - especially when it's been done so much better before by Dave Duncan. What Knaak delivered felt... patchy, incomplete. The world only existed to move the characters from point A to point B.

For me, the top Tales writers are Liane Merciel, Chris Jackson, Tim Pratt, James Sutterand Howard Andrew Jones, Dave Duncan. Those books are insta-buys for me. This fell far, far short and I'm a little worried editorial quality is slipping a bit.

Paizo took gambles fresh writers previously which delivered very enjoyable books (though those writers haven't come back, much to my disappointment), this is a gamble that didn't pay off in my estimation.

PS also the names were terrible. "Daryus Gaunt"?! Why not call him "Max Steele" for goodness' sake!


Lost opportunity for a villain protagonist

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I hate to be so negative, but this was probably the novel with the weakest writing of the whole series so far. A better author would have needed 100 pages less to tell the same story.
The plot can be summed up as

Spoiler:
A powerful witch has crossed his demonic patron on his quest for power and tries to escape his former patron's wrath. His former familiar opposes him on his quest for a new, more powerful patron.
It's not at all about the stereotypical heroes, which the author had to introduce for some reason. Their involvement in the story makes little sense from the start and becomes more and more implausible as the story continues. The whole narrative really suffers from it. Focusing on the antagonist (the author's not-so-secret favorite and clearly the most interesting character) would have turned this into a way better story.

This is another novel that is very light on Golarion lore and flavor. I get that I cannot expect every author to become as familiar with Golarion as the people who wrote the setting, but the main reason why I'm interested in these novels is that, if done well, they make the Inner Sea region come alive. Aside from Wesley Schneider and James Sutter, authors like Dave Gross and Liane Merciel have been my favorites so far precisely for that reason. I hope that future authors take some notes.

Unless you like one-dimensional characters, longwinded combat descriptions, and an implausible storyline, stay away.


Archeological adventure in a demon plagued wasteland!

*****

I've long been a fan of Knaak's work, so I was thrilled to see him come to the Tales line. Nor was I disappointed. I read Reaper's Eye within 24 hours of purchase, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Highly recommended.


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