I read this in one day, couldn't put it down. Nidal has fascinated me since I first got the old Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting hardcover, and when I started my first PFRPG campaign the only info I could find about it was the Zon-Kuthon article from Skeletons of Scarwall and the great Nisroch chapter from Cities of Golarion, so I started the campaign out in Nisroch and went from there.
The author's interpretation of the Joyful Things was the only thing that didn't really match up with what I had imagined, but no less the great for that. I don't want to spoil anything, but just want to say that this novel exceeded any expectations I had about a story set in Nidal, and also gave surprisingly awesome and intriguing life to the ecology and society of the winged Strix of Cheliax.
Just finished Winter Witch, and I loved the entire thing. I would highly recommend both of the published Pathfinder Tales novels to any fan of fantasy in a hearbeat, and can't wait until the next one comes out!
This first novel of the Pathfinder tales line is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I've never read any of the other stories about Varian or Radovan before, but after reading this book I'm tempted to get the AP's just for David Gross's stories in them.
I just finished this book 3 days ago, having picked it up from Borders a week ago, and it was an act of discipline to make myself complete the novel before shouting from the rooftops (electronically, I guess, although that would probably be writing all in caps and rather annoying) with a review about how great it is.
The really neat thing is that I've known for a while that I could order this book from Paizo, and was planning on it when I could afford it, but going to Borders and seeing this right along with the FR and DL and SW books was exciting because it was an actualization that the whole Pathfinder thing had come full circle, from adventures to campaign setting to role-playing game and now a fiction line!
I am a huge fan of anything by Steven Brust, and also love the Drizzt books by R.A. Salvatore, and a recent review in KQ stated that if you like these things you will like this book, but in my opinion even if you've never read or even don't like these things you will still most likely love Prince of Wolves.
It reads like an epistolary novel, as if you have found a strange journal by serendipity and are now reading something meant for someone else, which draws you into the story and keeps you grappled there at least until the end of a chapter. The change of perspective and pacing were actually something that I have only seen done well in very few novels, and the great thing about the way Prince of Wolves does it is that you want to continue reading, however once you get to the end of a chapter if you have to take a break or stretch or real life intrudes you know you're going to come back to something new and exciting. I usually read a book of this size in about 1-2 days, but I enjoyed taking my time with this one.
It has everything in it that makes the Golarion campaign setting such a great thing, and brings to life many things that before had seemed like only concepts or conceits. Paizo has picked the perfect vessel for the maiden voyage of their fiction line, and I am definitely picking up the next novel and subscribing as soon as I can fit it into my budget.