Pathfinder Tales: The Worldwound Gambit

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In the foreboding north, the demonic hordes of the magic-twisted hellscape known as the Worldwound encroach upon the southern kingdoms of Golarion. Their latest escalation embroils a preternaturally handsome and coolly charismatic swindler named Gad, who decides to assemble a team of thieves, cutthroats, and con-men to take the fight into the demon lands and strike directly at the fiendish leader responsible for the latest raids—the demon Yath, the Shimmering Putrescence. Can Gad hold his team together long enough to pull off the ultimate con, or will trouble from within his own organization lead to an untimely end for them all?

From gaming legend and popular author Robin D. Laws comes a fantastic new adventure of swords and sorcery, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

415-page mass market paperback
ISBN–13: 978-1-60125-327-9
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-334-7

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Convoluted plot, mediocre character development

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While I didn't HATE the book, or the use of the present tense, there was little I loved or liked about it. Few of the characters called to me in any way. Gad was okay, the rest were either bland, cliche, or unrealistically extreme. The whole plot was a bit of a reach, too. On the plus side, there were a few scenes that did work for me. I thought the whole first chapter was great. And (I'll try to be spoiler free) the scene late in the book with the halfling and the trap was really interesting. Unfortunately, the few scenes I enjoyed couldn't save the novel as a whole. While I finished the book, I can't say I was very satisfied after doing so.


Too Much Hate for a Fun Read

****( )

This is an enjoyable tale that just doesn't deserve the hate it's getting. I frankly am amazed that the non-traditional choice of tense (this is happening in other novels, people. Get out more often.) is alone to blame. To say that the characters are shallow is just misleading. Shallow compared to Henry James, sure, but not shallow for the genre at all. While I'm tempted to give it 5 stars just to undo some of the extreme (and in at least one case, clearly unfair) reviews, I will give it an honest four. Which, I hope I don't need to remind people, is a good rating. Give Laws' Gambit a chance, reader, and set off on a rompy heist that stays abyssal incursion.


I can't get past the writing style.

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The present tense writing style is like reading stage directions. The characters are two dimensional at best, and the overall plot is corney, but it really was the writing style that kept pulling me out of the story. I made it through about half of the book before I finally gave up.


Second best in the line so far

*****

This is my second favourite after the Prince of Wolves. After a rather standard fare of Plague of Shadows and Winter Witch that had their brighter moments and duller ones as well the Worldwound Gambit is a fantasy Great Heist. The characters are rather likeable (Hendregan is after some time a first really fun magician to have around), but the book isn't as much about them as about the action. The book has a more cinematic feeling than the previous ones and makes you want to see the action yourself and the grotesque landscapes of Worldwound and...


Just bad...

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As has been said already by some other people, this book just isn't good.
The characters lack any depth, the most faceted being a fighter who doesn't want to harm anyone.
The use of the present tense is annoying, but the lack of any linking of phrases is just bad style and forbids a tension arc from forming.
So, if you want to read a book of some hundred pages, written altogether in main clauses packed one after the other, without any tension and character depth, here's the one for you!


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Dark Archive

Love the location of this books story.

Dark Archive

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I love me some Worldwound action! Sounds like a pretty solid plotline and I get some Mendev/Worldwound background material, so I'm happy. :D


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"In the foreboding north, the demonic hordes of the magic-twisted hellscape known as the Worldwound encroach upon the southern/northern kingdoms of Golarion." (?)

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Steve Geddes wrote:

"In the foreboding north, the demonic hordes of the magic-twisted hellscape known as the Worldwound encroach upon the southern/northern kingdoms of Golarion." (?)

Southern as in the nations south of it... from the Worldwound, most of Avistan is to the south.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Oceans Eleven + Worldwound = Sold!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I assume this cover is a mock up? Because I’m really wondering what an osyluth is doing hanging about the Worldwound!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
James Sutter wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

"In the foreboding north, the demonic hordes of the magic-twisted hellscape known as the Worldwound encroach upon the southern/northern kingdoms of Golarion." (?)

Southern as in the nations south of it... from the Worldwound, most of Avistan is to the south.

Ah - my illiteracy strikes again.


Pathfinder Modules, Tales Subscriber
Mothman wrote:
I assume this cover is a mock up? Because I’m really wondering what an osyluth is doing hanging about the Worldwound!

It's trying to stop the Abyssal Plague. But unfortunately, no one explained the notion of intellectual property rights too him


DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
Oceans Eleven + Worldwound = Sold!

that does sound cool


I am not very keen on the book series, but this sounds really interesting. Could also be a nice hollywood movie. :)

Especially because the book is from RD Laws, a great writer and rpg designer. ("Feng Shui" and the bible for the serious roleplayer "Robins Laws of Good Gamemastering")


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Isn't 978-1-60125-287-6 the ISBN for Prince of Wolves?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

tbug wrote:
Isn't 978-1-60125-287-6 the ISBN for Prince of Wolves?

You are correct. Fixing now...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

When will we get a book set in Cheliax?


This looks interesting; I'll have to see if my local store is planning to take in the Pathfinder Tales :)

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

Mothman wrote:
I assume this cover is a mock up? Because I’m really wondering what an osyluth is doing hanging about the Worldwound!

Correct. We will replace it with the real cover once said cover has been painted and is in our clutches.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Chris Ballard wrote:
When will we get a book set in Cheliax?

We've already had Varian Jeggare and Radovan's first story set in Cheliax, plus an entire AP there, plus support articles, plus a companion, plus connections to it in other APs and stories, plus it's impact upon Varian and Radovan in the first Pathfinder Tales novel...

I'm a little worn out with Cheliax stuff by now, I feel that I know more about Cheliax than I do about any other part of Golarion except Varisia.

I would rather hear about somewhere that gets less coverage. Absalom, Galt, Geb, Brevoy, Numeria, Osirion, Molthune, Isger...

What I'd really like to see is a book set in Taldor.

Dark Archive

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GeraintElberion wrote:
Chris Ballard wrote:
When will we get a book set in Cheliax?

We've already had Varian Jeggare and Radovan's first story set in Cheliax, plus an entire AP there, plus support articles, plus a companion, plus connections to it in other APs and stories, plus it's impact upon Varian and Radovan in the first Pathfinder Tales novel...

I'm a little worn out with Cheliax stuff by now, I feel that I know more about Cheliax than I do about any other part of Golarion except Varisia.

I would rather hear about somewhere that gets less coverage. Absalom, Galt, Geb, Brevoy, Numeria, Osirion, Molthune, Isger...

What I'd really like to see is a book set in Taldor.

You might want to look at the product description for the previous book...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the cover image, which now uses the finished artwork. (There might be some additional tweaking of the layout before it goes to press, so while it uses the final *artwork*, it may or may not be the actual final cover.)

Sovereign Court

I'm not normally fan of this kind of products, but that still looks like a really good buy.


I've got a quick question for the guys in charge: have you already sold the translation rights for the Tales line, somewhere in the world? What about Italy?

thanks,
S

PS OK I'll admit it... I'm a (micro) publisher and I'm thinking about it

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

We are working on the framework of licensing translated versions of the Pathfinder Tales novels presently. Serious parties should inquire with Jeff Alvarez, who coordinates our foreign language licenses. You can email him at jeff.alvarez@paizo.com.

Silver Crusade

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Love the location of this books story.

Me too. Waiting with anticipation. Books based in the Golarion setting, love it!

Bel. :)

Dark Archive

Well I am about half way through the book so far. I like it all and all, but something about it just seemed... different. It took me awhile to realize what that is. Now I think I know. It reads a lot like a campaign, on how they are played out. The pacing changes speed from time to time and different things fade to black and jump forward. Not a bad style just different is all.

I do really like that it is a party aspect though. I do hope we see more such books from paizo in the future.


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Dark_Mistress wrote:

Well I am about half way through the book so far. I like it all and all, but something about it just seemed... different. It took me awhile to realize what that is. Now I think I know. It reads a lot like a campaign, on how they are played out. The pacing changes speed from time to time and different things fade to black and jump forward. Not a bad style just different is all.

I do really like that it is a party aspect though. I do hope we see more such books from paizo in the future.

I had the same issue with the previous book. Like Dark Mistress said, not a bad style, but different. I'm working through the current Silverburg Planet Stories book (as if my real work was that easy) and looking forward to reading this new offering.


Dark_Mistress wrote:

Well I am about half way through the book so far. I like it all and all, but something about it just seemed... different. It took me awhile to realize what that is. Now I think I know. It reads a lot like a campaign, on how they are played out. The pacing changes speed from time to time and different things fade to black and jump forward. Not a bad style just different is all.

I do really like that it is a party aspect though. I do hope we see more such books from paizo in the future.

+1.

The Exchange

Enpeze wrote:

Could also be a nice hollywood movie. :)

I was thinking that as I read it. Great book.

Shadow Lodge

I'll definitely be giving this one a look, though I'll admit to being somewhat put off by what I've been hearing about it being written in present tense. I'm sure the story is great, but that particular style (if the current web fiction by the same author is any indication) is rather jarring to me.


I have started reading this book and I have to say that I don't know how it got past an editors desk. It reads like it was written by a junior high student.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

AmISh wrote:
I have started reading this book and I have to say that I don't know how it got past an editors desk. It reads like it was written by a junior high student.

Really? Care to elaborate?

Dark Archive Contributor

When I saw that James Sutter had allowed Robin D. Laws to write The Worldwound Gambit in present tense, I did a dance of joy.

Robin expresses why freedom of style makes a difference in an excellent guest post at my blog. Please take a look post your thoughts there, here, or anywhere.

Don't forget to check out the links to Robin's various upcoming projects and his regular blog. A more erudite and useful site on gaming and narrative you will rarely find.

Dark Archive Contributor

Dave Gross wrote:
When I saw that James Sutter had allowed Robin D. Laws to write The Worldwound Gambit in present tense, I did a dance of joy.

I should have written, "When I saw Robin had written the book in present tense." I knew James was open to all kinds of stylistic choices from the very start. "Hell's Pawns" is in present tense, and I briefly considered that for Prince of Wolves but soon realized what worked for Radovan's voice wasn't so good for Varian's.

What's important is that you choose the style for the story and the characters.

Shadow Lodge

Dave Gross wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:
When I saw that James Sutter had allowed Robin D. Laws to write The Worldwound Gambit in present tense, I did a dance of joy.

I should have written, "When I saw Robin had written the book in present tense." I knew James was open to all kinds of stylistic choices from the very start. "Hell's Pawns" is in present tense, and I briefly considered that for Prince of Wolves but soon realized what worked for Radovan's voice wasn't so good for Varian's.

What's important is that you choose the style for the story and the characters.

Huh...I strangely don't remember noticing that Hell's Pawns was written in present tense when I read it, so I guess the style isn't as jarring as I thought it would be. Especially since Hells Pawns is my favorite Pathfinder AP serial to date :)

Sovereign Court

I finished the book about a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Robin Laws and Paizo!


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

I have finished the book!! Okay, I finished it a couple weeks ago. Once I got into the flow of it I really enjoyed it! Now I need to get my butt in gear and write a review for it...

and for Plague of Shadows...

and for Winter Witch...

Many thanks for a great story!!

Liberty's Edge Contributor

This was a great read. I've posted my review here, at amazon.com, and on my blog.

Dark Archive Contributor

Paris Crenshaw wrote:
This was a great read. I've posted my review here, at amazon.com, and on my blog.

Nice review, man.


Dave Gross wrote:
Paris Crenshaw wrote:
This was a great read. I've posted my review here, at amazon.com, and on my blog.
Nice review, man.

I concur with Dave. I appreciate the time and talent Paris put into that review.

Liberty's Edge Contributor

Iron-Dice wrote:
Dave Gross wrote:
Paris Crenshaw wrote:
This was a great read. I've posted my review here, at amazon.com, and on my blog.
Nice review, man.
I concur with Dave. I appreciate the time and talent Paris put into that review.

Wow. Thanks, guys!

Dave, I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to reviewing Prince of Wolves. At this point, my intention is to review both it and Master of Devils in sequential posts. Thanks to your readings at PaizoCon, I've already got a head start on the first 5 chapters, so I'll probably make quick work of Master of Devils once it hits my subscription downloads. ;-)

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

I finished this earlier today, and had not trouble with the writing style.

Excellent story full of interesting characters.

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