rknop wrote:I disagree about Wizard's Mask -- one of my (many) complaints about the novel was that it turned both Molthune and Nirmathas into caricatures that would have fit better in a Gilbert & Sullivan musical, or even a Benny Hill routine, than in Golarion. You can do humor in Golarion without turning the setting into a cardboard-cutout joke fodder. (Cf: the Lair's series.) (And I'm not even sure Wizard's Mask was trying to do it for comedic purposes; the comedy didn't work on me, if it was.) (Wizard's Mask is the only Pathfinder Tales novel that I found outright bad.)I didn't mean to express a view on the quality (it was one of my least favorite PF Tales books too), but I think that novel is a good source if Samy is looking for more canonical information about that region. I can't think of many other places.
I don't mean to beat a dead horse here, but I would be careful about recommending Wizard's Mask as well. I loved the idea of Nirmathas and Molthune until I read that book, which completely turned me off to the regions and their conflict. It pretty much made both regions--and the people in them--out to be pathetic. I saw no redeemable qualities in the book. I remember being quite sad that it was considered canon for the conflict.
The fact it's canon is why it's a good source for Samy to learn more about the region. Whether any of us like it or not isn't really relevant (I also didn't particularly like it, but it does provide information on both nations).
I'm not trying to persuade him it's a great region, just providing a source he can go to beyond the ISWG. I suspect he'll be even less enamored with them if he does read Wizard's Mask.
With luck, that will save you from reading the book. :)
There are so many good books in the Pathfinder Tales series to read instead. Most of them, in fact. My favorite is "Liar's Blade", but I'm very fond of the whole Dave Gross "Varian and Radovan" series, the Chris Jackson "Pirates" series, the two Salim books, and, well, lots of others.
Oh, dear, I just read the reviews for Wizard's Mask.
I think they're generally fair, unfortunately. It had some things I liked, but not a lot.