Pathfinder Tales: Prince of Wolves

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Howls in the Dark

For half-elven Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded bodyguard Radovan, things are rarely as they seem. Yet not even the notorious crime-solving duo is prepared for what they find when a search for a missing Pathfinder takes them into the gothic and mist-shrouded mountains of Ustalav. Beset on all sides by noble intrigue, mysterious locals, and the deadly creatures of the night, Varian and Radovan must use both sword and spell to track the strange rumors to their source and uncover a secret of unimaginable proportions, aided in their quest by a pack of sinister werewolves and a mysterious mute priestess. But it'll take more than merely solving the mystery to finish this job. For shadowy figures have taken note of the pair's investigations, and the forces of darkness are set on making sure neither man gets out of Ustalav alive...

From fan-favorite author Dave Gross comes a new fantastical mystery set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

300-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-287-6
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-331-6

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Looking forward to the next installment

5/5

(I ripped into another book in the line and so thought I ought to share my positive thoughts on other Tales entries).

This easily is my favorite Pathfinder Tales book so far. Varian and Radovan and almost all the supporting characters are richly drawn. The author has a firm grasp on the setting - Gross seems to "get" Ustalav, adeptly and respectfully building on the canon information. Of all the fiction authors, I think he has the best understanding of the Pathfinder world.

Alternating viewpoints between Varian and Radovan works well, as did the gradual "filling in the gaps" nature of Varian's stay at the manor - it could have come off as a contrived murder-mystery if not for such adept handling.

I also was impressed by the way Gross managed to create a story in which the underlying game mechanics were both subtle and transparent. Prince of Wolves is quite obviously RPG-inspired (and RPG-consistent) but doesn't feel like it was based on a home game or constrained by game rules. That's tough to do, but Gross makes it look easy.


Flipflopping perspective annoying

2/5

I love pathfinder, the rules and rulebooks are awesome and amazing, but so far the fiction has fallen a little flat to me. This first in the line of books was to me a poor choice to start the fiction line, as it took the most boring characters from the pathfinder's journals from the Adventure paths to base a novel on.
But to me the absolute worst part was the flipflopping first person perspective. It is really annoying to have to reorient to a different first person at the beginning of every chapter.


Proving Fantasy Characters Needn't Be "Epic" Level

5/5

Great start to the Pathfinder fiction line, and I'll be subscribing to the line based on this book. I just hope the future books are comparable. The characters come alive and you can really get in tune with them. They aren't "epic" level, they have their little quirks and personality traits, bringing them alive; you know the actions they take are the right ones for them after taking a little time to invest in the characters. And you want to invest in the characters. You can tell Dave Gross put a lot into each of the characters, making these fantasy creations real. I can't wait for future stories with them.


Was not impressed

2/5

There was just something about this book that did not grab my interest. I don't know if it was just the first person writing style, since I am use to 3rd person, or if it was just that the characters seemed so bland. Although I could not force myself past the first couple of chapters, I may have to try and read it again to make sure it just was not my mood at the time.


Hot Damn

5/5

The only reason I gave this book 5 stars is because I could not give it 6 stars!


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Dark Archive Contributor

Thanks for the kind words, Ssalarn.

One day I'd love to write at least a story with Arnisant as the protagonist. Goblins beware!

Dark Archive Contributor

Ssalarn wrote:
I want more from Arnisant! I loved the attention and character development he got in Master of Devils and was sad to see him back in an ancillary role during Queen of Thorns.

BTW, have you seen this contest? An Arnisant entry would be very interesting.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber
Dave Gross wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, Ssalarn.

One day I'd love to write at least a story with Arnisant as the protagonist. Goblins beware!

Sounds like something for the webfiction... nudge, nudge.

Scarab Sages

Is there ever going to be a PFS chronicle for Prince of Wolves? It's the only Pathfinder Tales without one, as far as I can tell.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Deidre Tiriel wrote:
Is there ever going to be a PFS chronicle for Prince of Wolves? It's the only Pathfinder Tales without one, as far as I can tell.

It has one.

Additional Resources

On the right hand side under Pathfinder Tales.


I am rereading Prince of Wolves. Well, I'm rereading the entire Varian Jeggare/ Radovan series, and I'm currently in Prince of Wolves.

I really enjoy the way that Dave Gross writes Radovan. Some of what I like is embodied in this line that I just encountered:

"Despite their frightening appearances, not a one of [the villagers] tried to bury me alive or set me on fire. That made them my favorite villagers in all of Ustalav, so far."

-Aaron

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