Fiction Finder: Novels

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Continuing our series looking back on Pathfinder fiction, including free web fiction and short fiction, we now turn to novels!

Pathfinder Tales Novels

Draw your sword and charge forth into a world of adventure with Pathfinder Tales, official novels that further explore the fascinating world of the Pathfinder and the Lost Omens setting. Within these pages, the fantastical world of Golarion comes to life as never before, exploding with wild tales of sword and sorcery from the genre's master storytellers.

Pathfinder Tales novels are standalone adventures written by some of fantasy's bestselling authors, all set in the lovingly detailed world of Golarion. Here are the same nations, characters, and monsters that have inspired gamers around the world to new heights of imagination. Now journey through Golarion as you never have before, through the eyes of canny warriors and flippant scoundrels, and see firsthand why the Pathfinder world has twice earned the prestigious ENnie Award for Best Campaign Setting.

Thirty-eight titles are available in print and 42 are in ePub format and all are on sale now! Additionally, some are also available as a digital eBook Edition at Kindle, B&N Nook, iBooks, eBooks.com, Google Play, Kobo, and Audiobook Edition at Audible and iTunes!

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From New York Times best seller Elaine Cunningham comes Pathfinder Tales: Winter Witch, a fantastic new adventure of swords and sorcery!

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From New York Times bestselling author and legendary game designer Ed Greenwood comes Pathfinder Tales: The Wizard's Mask, a new adventure of magic, monsters, and unlikely friendships.

From Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt comes Pathfinder Tales: Reign of Stars, City of the Fallen Sky, and the trilogy Liar's Blade, Liar's Island, and Liar's Bargain!

And there are so many more. At these prices, you can read them all!

Adventures Ahead!

Aaron Shanks
Marketing and Media Manager

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Give us new ones!

Dark Archive

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Beyond the Pool of Stars is one of my favorite books, period. It's a pulpy, crackerjack adventure with compelling heroes and a rollicking story that rockets right out of the starting gate. I don't often reread books, but I've read this one three times!

(Also, I agree—I, too, would love more Pathfinder Tales!)


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I was -just- about to curl up with a Pathfinder book. With the sale, I binged on them. My massive box came in today. I came to the Paizo site to see if I should read them in any particular order!


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Only books by a particular author should be read in any particular order, as many authors reuse the same characters and generally write their adventures in chronological order.

I am not aware of any such links between books by different authors.


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Hoping for the continuing adventures of Keren Rhinn, Zae, and Appleslayer. :D


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Starfinder....? Please?


So many great memories from these books!


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Here is a list of all the novels available as Kindle ebooks and also on Audible, except for the last 2. I tend to listen to novels these days, so it saddens me that I can't do that with all the novels.

I'm still hoping that one day we will get some new novels, and some Starfinder ones as well. With Amazon having direct publishing programs, such as KDP for Kindle and print, and ACX for audiobooks maybe it will become viable for Paizo to do so.

1. Prince of Wolves
2. Winter Witch
3. Plague of Shadows
4. Worldwound Gambit, The
5. Master of Devils
6. Death's Heretic
7. Song of the Serpent
8. City of the Fallen Sky
9. Nightglass
10. Blood of the City
11. Queen of Thorns
12. Called to Darkness
13. Liar's Blade
14. Pirate's Honor
15. Wizard's Mask, The
16. King of Chaos
17. Stalking the Beast
18. Dagger of Trust, The
19. Skinwalkers
20. Redemption Engine, The
21. Crusader Road, The
22. Reign of Stars
23. Nightblade
24. Pirate's Promise
25. Firesoul
26. Forge of Ashes
27. Lord of Runes
28. Liar's Island
29. Beyond the Pool of Stars
30. Bloodbound
31. Pirate's Prophecy
32. Hellknight
33. Liar's Bargain
34. Starspawn
35. Shy Knives
36. Reaper's Eye
37. Through the Gate in the Sea [No Audible]
38. Gears of Faith [No Audible]

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Viability of future novels is big question and beyond my area of expertise. My sister is a book buyer for one of the biggest library systems the US. She said these days, franchise fiction is very reduced. And she said some of these direct publishing programs are rather exclusive. They lock you into their system. I don't think we see the oldest roleplaying game publisher coming out with much of anything new, do we? And if they can't make it work...

But we love fiction and hear your pleas, so that is why we are keeping the free flash fiction alive. And Org Play introduced their new scenarios using fiction, which was so cool. Fiction will be sprinkled into what we do for now.

But I don't want to kill the dream! Haha, so feel free to envision what you would like to see. That's what the forums are for.

Vigilant Seal

Are there any Goblin(oid) centric novels?

Liberty's Edge

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Aaron Shanks wrote:

Viability of future novels is big question and beyond my area of expertise. My sister is a book buyer for one of the biggest library systems the US. She said these days, franchise fiction is very reduced. And she said some of these direct publishing programs are rather exclusive. They lock you into their system. I don't think we see the oldest roleplaying game publisher coming out with much of anything new, do we? And if they can't make it work...

But we love fiction and hear your pleas, so that is why we are keeping the free flash fiction alive. And Org Play introduced their new scenarios using fiction, which was so cool. Fiction will be sprinkled into what we do for now.

But I don't want to kill the dream! Haha, so feel free to envision what you would like to see. That's what the forums are for.

You should reach out to http://annetrubek.com/ Ann Trubek of Belt Publishing. Maybe she would have some ideas? I know that for her own book, I paid her directly via Preorder. Is that an option? Paizo makes the books themselves based on the amount of presales? Because if it is, I would sign up to a subscription! I know it is probably complicated by Author and Work For Hire legal stuff.

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

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There are a number of new distribution methods that have appeared in the fiction marketplace since we started doing novels a decade ago--crowdfunding, audiobook/ebook exclusivity, patronage services, etc.--that we simply have no experience with. What might work for a self-published author may not work for us, and we have a lot of things to consider before relaunching a line that was, for the most part, not profitable for us under the previous business model(s).

Just know that we very much want to share our settings and characters with the world through fiction, even if we are slow to do so. When we have more substantial news than "keep waiting" to share, believe me, we will.

Grand Lodge

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I wanted to use this sale to fill some gaps in my collection.
Sadly, the shipping costs triple the cost of the order.
And there is always the risk of further add-ons by customs and Canada Post (if they open a parcel to examine it, there may be a minor tax charge (<$1), but they have a $10 service charge on top).

All told, it is still cheaper for me to get e-pub versions or order hardcopies elsewhere.

This is all beyond Paizo's control, but illustrates some of the hidden problems they run into with this product line.

Silver Crusade

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Yay, Winter Witch up top, it’s one of my favourites!

Silver Crusade

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Mark Moreland wrote:

There are a number of new distribution methods that have appeared in the fiction marketplace since we started doing novels a decade ago--crowdfunding, audiobook/ebook exclusivity, patronage services, etc.--that we simply have no experience with. What might work for a self-published author may not work for us, and we have a lot of things to consider before relaunching a line that was, for the most part, not profitable for us under the previous business model(s).

Just know that we very much want to share our settings and characters with the world through fiction, even if we are slow to do so. When we have more substantial news than "keep waiting" to share, believe me, we will.

Deadass you do a Kickstarter for Pathfinder Tales my monies is down.

Silver Crusade

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Also that there Dynamite Publishing now has a fiction distribution.

... unless the Pathfinder comics didn’t sell well enough? :(


Rysky wrote:
... unless the Pathfinder comics didn’t sell well enough? :(

While they were always sold out at my local comic shop, I must assume it either didn't sell well or didn't make enough money, otherwise they wouldn't have let the line drop what...2 years ago?

Silver Crusade

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*nods*

Paizo Employee Director of Brand Strategy

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Kelseus wrote:
Rysky wrote:
... unless the Pathfinder comics didn’t sell well enough? :(
While they were always sold out at my local comic shop, I must assume it either didn't sell well or didn't make enough money, otherwise they wouldn't have let the line drop what...2 years ago?

Just as the book trade has been in a state of flux for the last decade or so, the comic book industry is also really struggling to find a workable business plan balancing physical media with digital distribution and the slow demise of the FLCS. Any delays in new Pathfinder comics are the result of larger issues than the sales numbers of Pathfinder titles specifically. We have some plans in the works with Dynamite, but have nothing to announce at this time.


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Thanks Mark, this is really encouraging news.

Liberty's Edge

I've loved all the ones I've gotten - mostly via Audible. Hard to go wrong with this bundle of books, and I'd LOVE both another Liars book and a Count and Radovan book!


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David knott 242 wrote:


Only books by a particular author should be read in any particular order, as many authors reuse the same characters and generally write their adventures in chronological order.

I am not aware of any such links between books by different authors.

Reign of Stars makes reference to the main character of The Worldwound Gambit.

Silver Crusade

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C. Richard Davies wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


Only books by a particular author should be read in any particular order, as many authors reuse the same characters and generally write their adventures in chronological order.

I am not aware of any such links between books by different authors.

Reign of Stars makes reference to the main character of The Worldwound Gambit.

It’s just that though, a shout out. You don’t have to read The Worldwound Gambit before you read Reign of Stars :3

Scarab Sages

Just popping in to give a shout out to the novels. Love the Pathfinder fiction line, and I hope they find a way to make it work in the future.

Definitely check out the Liars series, Tim Pratt is a great writer!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

In the comics world, Marvel has really fallen below the radar and is coming out with title after title that retcons and changes past characters while introducing some truly awful new characters and lackluster writing.

They need to get the price of the comic back down ($1.50?) and sell it at the bigger stores like Wal-Mart, as well as getting it back into the drug stores like before (CVS, Walgreens).

DC has not been immune, though, with some truly lackluster titles that are instantly forgettable.

Diamond going belly up is putting a spotlight on just how bad the comic industry has been doing for the last decade.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:

Viability of future novels is big question and beyond my area of expertise. My sister is a book buyer for one of the biggest library systems the US. She said these days, franchise fiction is very reduced. And she said some of these direct publishing programs are rather exclusive. They lock you into their system. I don't think we see the oldest roleplaying game publisher coming out with much of anything new, do we? And if they can't make it work...

But we love fiction and hear your pleas, so that is why we are keeping the free flash fiction alive. And Org Play introduced their new scenarios using fiction, which was so cool. Fiction will be sprinkled into what we do for now.

But I don't want to kill the dream! Haha, so feel free to envision what you would like to see. That's what the forums are for.

I will keep dreaming my Starfinder Tales dream! :)


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If Paizo continues the novels, I'd love to see more diverse casts of varied classes (Champions, Wizards, Clerics, Sorcerers, etc etc) and less of a focus on Rogues and Scoundrels.

Silver Crusade

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They’re were pretty even in what “classes” were used I believe. Most of the characters also were Good or leaned Good.


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Rysky wrote:
They’re were pretty even in what “classes” were used I believe. Most of the characters also were Good or leaned Good.

Eh, I feel there was a minor focus on rogues, thieves, scoundrels, and swashbucklers but that's just me. I can understand a Rogue being the most interestingly possible character though. Still, a little variety never hurts which is why I loved Gears of Faith. :D

Scarab Sages

What's a good app for reading ePuB?


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NECR0G1ANT wrote:
What's a good app for reading ePuB?

What device are you using? I typically use the Books app on my iPad or iPhone. For a laptop/computer, I'd use Calibre.

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

I use "FBReader" on my android tablet.

Scarab Sages

AJCarrington wrote:
NECR0G1ANT wrote:
What's a good app for reading ePuB?
What device are you using? I typically use the Books app on my iPad or iPhone. For a laptop/computer, I'd use Calibre.

Samsung Galaxy S7


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I've read and own nearly every pathfinder novel.
The best ones bar none, are J. L sutter two novels absolutely great.

after that, I would go with Nightglass.

Silver Crusade

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Said it on the board before: I*d be down for new Pathfinder Tales, but at most 2 per year. I would not be able to keep up to date with more than that.
They don't need to be in "dead tree" Print, digital is fine (and saves me on shipping to EU).

Liberty's Edge

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I thought a lot of them were quite good. Sutter's were great, Nightglass was great... but the Jackson pirate ones were great, the Varian/Radovan ones were great, lots of others. I think "Liar's Blade" remains my favorite. There were really only a couple of them that I found disappointing.


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Mark Moreland wrote:

There are a number of new distribution methods that have appeared in the fiction marketplace since we started doing novels a decade ago--crowdfunding, audiobook/ebook exclusivity, patronage services, etc.--that we simply have no experience with. What might work for a self-published author may not work for us, and we have a lot of things to consider before relaunching a line that was, for the most part, not profitable for us under the previous business model(s).

Just know that we very much want to share our settings and characters with the world through fiction, even if we are slow to do so. When we have more substantial news than "keep waiting" to share, believe me, we will.

I really hope you can find a way. Crowdfunding freelance editors/authors to minimise the strain on company staff seems like it’d have to be worth a shot. Some of us would pay a fiscally unjustifiable amount for PFTales and SFTales. If there’s enough of us, then there’s the profit (even if a significant number of units are technically sold at a loss). A platform like Kickstarter would mitigate the risk of insufficient demand).


Hmmm.. main character classes.. let's see what I can remember (some of these are just guesses, some a bit more informed)!

1. Prince of Wolves - Wizard/Fighter/Aristocrat and Rogue
2. Winter Witch - Wizard and.. Wizard ?
3. Plague of Shadows - Ranger and Cleric?
4. Worldwound Gambit, The - Lots of rogues, abyssal sorcerer
5. Master of Devils - Wizard/Fighter/Monk and Rogue/Monk
6. Death's Heretic - Inquisitor
7. Song of the Serpent - Rogue?
8. City of the Fallen Sky - Alchemist
9. Nightglass - Mystic Theurge
10. Blood of the City - Druid
11. Queen of Thorns - Sorcerer/Fighter and Rogue/Monk/not-a-Summoner
12. Called to Darkness - Barbarian
13. Liar's Blade - Rogue
14. Pirate's Honor - Wizard and Pirate (Rogue/Ranger?)
15. Wizard's Mask, The - Long-Distance Runner
16. King of Chaos - Sorcerer and Rogue/not-a-Summoner
17. Stalking the Beast - Ranger
18. Dagger of Trust, The - Bards!
19. Skinwalkers - Barbarian?
20. Redemption Engine, The - Inquisitor
21. Crusader Road, The - All I can think of is Keren Rhinn.. Oh child illusionist and child..?
22. Reign of Stars - Alchemist
23. Nightblade - Mystic Theurge, Paladin, others
24. Pirate's Promise - Wizard and Pirate and Bard?
25. Firesoul - Druid
26. Forge of Ashes - Barbarian
27. Lord of Runes - Arcanist and Rogueish and others
28. Liar's Island - Rogue
29. Beyond the Pool of Stars - Pathfinder... ranger? I loved them but I forget if there was identifiable class.
30. Bloodbound - great book... class?
31. Pirate's Prophecy - Wizard and Pirate and Bard?
32. Hellknight - Hellknight and... blank
33. Liar's Bargain - Rogue
34. Starspawn - Barbarian?
35. Shy Knives - rogue
36. Reaper's Eye - so enjoyable - ensemble of classes
37. Through the Gate in the Sea - Pathfinder ranger?
38. Gears of Faith - Paladin and Cleric and Ranger (favored enemy plants(apple))

Most of the repeats have roguey characters, but a pretty good mix. All the core classes have at least two examples.


Celsest in the Pirate books is a sorcerer.

Liberty's Edge

Starfinder Superscriber

I think Varian turns into an Arcanist eventually. He's a Wizard... then he's a Sorcerer... then he's an Arcanist. Poor guy has identity problems.

Wasn't there a paladin in Hellknight? Maybe I'm thinking of something else. There's one of them where there's a guy who's clearly a Paladin, and he hooks up with a woman who's a pretty hardcore Cheliax devil-summoner or some such type.

Silver Crusade

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rknop wrote:

I think Varian turns into an Arcanist eventually. He's a Wizard... then he's a Sorcerer... then he's an Arcanist. Poor guy has identity problems.

Wasn't there a paladin in Hellknight? Maybe I'm thinking of something else. There's one of them where there's a guy who's clearly a Paladin, and he hooks up with a woman who's a pretty hardcore Cheliax devil-summoner or some such type.

You are indeed thinking of Hellknight, he's the secondary main character of the book.

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