I wrote a longer, spoiler-free review over on my blog, but I wanted to post part of it here because I love this book. It is everything you should want in an adventure story set in a Far Eastern land.
If you love a really good story, buy this book. If you love wu xia and Hong Kong cinema, buy this book. If you are a Pathfinder player/GM and you plan to run or play in Tian Xia, buy this book. Heck, I’m going to go out and buy this book, and I got a copy for my birthday!
Some days it is good to be a geek. The day I read this, that was a great day.
Master of Devils, everyone. You’ll thank me. But thank Dave Gross first.
I have loved the characters of Radovan and Varian Jeggare since first reading about their exploits in the Council of Thieves Adventure Path installments. When I heard that there was a novel in the works featuring these two, I eagerly anticipated it's arrival.
It did not disappoint that anticipation. This is a tight, exciting novel that drops you into the action from the first page, and leads you through an exciting, intricate story. Great action and great character development. For someone like me who really wanted to explore more of these two characters, this was the ideal novel.
And if all that wasn't enough, the book is a great resource for anyone who really wants to get a feel for the world and setting of the Pathfinder game. It immerses you in a way that rulebooks can't always manage.