This is an outstanding addition to the Pathfinder Tales line. Michael Stackpole does an amazing job of having the many different personalities in the book leap from the page. I have read all of the novels in this line and this is probably my favorite of the bunch. I am eagerly hoping for a sequel to this work or at the very least another offering from this great writer.
I'm an avid reader. Once I begin something I finish it. I honestly cannot think of another book that was as tortuous to get through as this one was. A long time fan of the Forgotten Realms I remembered thinking what a coup to have Ed Greenwood as a contributing author to Pathfinder Tales. When I reached the last page, breathing a silent prayer of thanks, I actually wrestled with cancelling my subscription. I have enjoyed the books thus far but I highly recommend you completely avoid this one.
I'm only now about 60% finished with this book and I can already say that is my favorite of all the Pathfinder Tales entries to this point. I had some trepidation about the protagonist being an alchemist but the story hooks you from the very beginning. I can only hope that Paizo commissions Mr. Pratt to write further adventures involving Alaeron.