Pathfinder Tales: A Passage to Absalom ePub

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by Dave Gross

Someone on board the good ship Sea Lion is a thief--and perhaps a murderer. On their way to Absalom to deliver a priceless and dangerous artifact to the Pathfinder Society, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan are robbed, the artifact stolen. With the ship far out to sea, the culprit is clearly one of their eclectic fellow passengers. But can the two experienced investigators decipher the mystery before they reach port--or the thief puts an end to their adventures for good?

From fan favorite author Dave Gross comes a new tale of mystery on the high seas, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

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Enjoyable Interlude


I've started filling in the gaps in my Dave Gross reading list. This tale follows Prince of Wolves (check for a useful reading order)and is a very enjoyable interlude involving a mystery on board ship. I love the contrasting and engaging characters of Radovan and Jeggare and the seamless integration of the Pathfinder World Setting. In this short story Jeggare becomes Poirot as a detective mystery unfolds aboard ship.

Back to the Basics


***Warning!: This review contains minor spoilers from preceding Tales!
I remember hearing an interview where Dave Gross described his elevator pitch for Hell’s Pawns as, “A fantasy Sherlock Holmes story where Holmes is a half-elven noble and Watson is a Teifling.” This story brings the boys back to their roots.

While travelling from Ustalav back to Absalom to bring the Lacuna Codex back to the Decemvirate, the Codex is stolen. While Radovan and the Count investigate, murder strikes on the boat. Everyone has motive and Count Jeggare and Radovan must sort through the clues.

The mystery is fun, the clues and misdirections are believeable and not transparent. Count Jeggare’s explanation of all the loose ends is very entertaining. Overall, this is a highly entertaining mystery story.

Where does this story fit chronologically among the other tales of Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan?


Samort7 wrote:
Where does this story fit chronologically among the other tales of Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan?

Immediately after Prince of Wolves, and before Husks/Master of Devils.

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