Pathfinder Tales: Nightblade

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Where Demons Fear to Tread

Raised as a wizard-priest in the church of the dark god Zon-Kuthon, Isiem escaped his sadistic masters and became a rebel, leaving behind everything he knew in order to follow his conscience. Now, his unique heritage makes him perfect for a dangerous mission into an ancient dungeon said to hold a magical weapon capable of slaying demons and devils by the thousands and freeing the world of their fiendish taint. Accompanied by companions ranging from a righteous paladin to mercantile mercenaries, Isiem will lead the expedition back into shadowed lands that are all too familiar. And what the adventurers find at the dungeon's heart will change them all forever.

From acclaimed author Liane Merciel comes a dark tale of survival, horror, and second chances, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

400-page mass market paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-662-1
ePub ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-663-8

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An underwhelming sequel

4/5

Nightglass is one of my favorite Pathfinder novels, but after reading this one I can't get rid of the feeling that the story of Isiem should have ended there and then. Don't get me wrong, it's a thrilling adventure... that reads exactly like that: an adventuring party's journal. While the previous book told a story of tragedy and redemption, Nightblade might serve as an inspiration for a great dungeon crawl. Introductory chapters that try to seam the two stories together feel totally disconnected from what happens next. I don't think we have a shortage of unlikely parties going for a desperately dangerous quests in the series, and I am disappointed to see the author using her obvious talent to make another one.


What a great sequel!

5/5

Okay so no spoilers; I read this book cover to cover in about 4 hours. Like the first book, I could not put this one down! It brings back the main character from the previous novel and adds some new ones as well as the character from the connected short fiction story the author did. I cannot talk this book up enough, I thought the characters were again very well written, the story had me on edge and I'm combing through bestiaries looking up stats for some of the monsters.

I don't know what I want next: more Isiem, more Ascaros or a prequel on members of 'the family'.


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Webstore Gninja Minion

Announced! Cover image is a mockup and subject to change.


Woohoo! Nightglass sequel! Been waiting for this!

First more Salim, now more Isiem. You're spoiling me :)

Silver Crusade

YES


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carry on my wayward son


Very excited for this! Really enjoyed the character development in Nightglass and I am looking forward to the continued adventures of Isiem.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Will this feel like a natural progression from Nightglass, or will be set some time after and be a standalone story?

Managing Editor

I'm working on this right now, and I have to say, Liane's better than ever. This book is both very different from many in the line, and yet perhaps one of the *most* Pathfinder-feeling adventures we've published. Can't wait for people to see it!

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Justin Sluder wrote:
Will this feel like a natural progression from Nightglass, or will be set some time after and be a standalone story?

Little bit of both, I think.

It is a standalone story and there are a number of new characters, but how Isiem finds himself in that situation and why he does what he does over the course of the book makes more sense if you've read the preceding materials (both Nightglass and Misery's Mirror, because Ascaros has a fairly significant role in the story too).

Dark Archive

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Liane Merciel wrote:
Justin Sluder wrote:
Will this feel like a natural progression from Nightglass, or will be set some time after and be a standalone story?

Little bit of both, I think.

It is a standalone story and there are a number of new characters, but how Isiem finds himself in that situation and why he does what he does over the course of the book makes more sense if you've read the preceding materials (both Nightglass and Misery's Mirror, because Ascaros has a fairly significant role in the story too).

Cool cool. I look forward to seeing the developments.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yes! I couldn't put Nightglass down once I started it. It's wonderful to see more Pathfinder fiction coming from Liane.


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Apologies to Ms. Merciel, but with the title, all I can think of is the campy show-within-a-show Nyte Blayde from the Saints Row video games. :P


Nighglass was great. Really glad to see another Isiem book. More creepy Zon-Kuthon dudes please.


Agreed. So far Nightglass has been in my Pathfinder Tales Top-3, and I look forward to the next Isiem installment. :)

Grand Lodge

Nightglass is easily my favorite Pathfinder Tales book. I cannot wait for more Nidalese Theurge action.

Silver Crusade

Can't help but wonder if that paladin is going to wind up being

Spoiler:

:)

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Didn't Ederras make a cameo in other Pathfinder Tales already? (Maybe the beginning of Kings of Chaos? I don't remember.)

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

Ross Byers wrote:
Didn't Ederras make a cameo in other Pathfinder Tales already? (Maybe the beginning of Kings of Chaos? I don't remember.)

Yes. Early discussion between Oparal and Ederras on her way into the Worldwound.


Great news, Nightglass is one of my top 5 pathfinder tales and i really wanted to see a sequel.

Didn't Ederras died in King of Chaos?


leo1925 wrote:

Great news, Nightglass is one of my top 5 pathfinder tales and i really wanted to see a sequel.

Didn't Ederras died in King of Chaos?

I did not especially like Nightglass. However, I read the book almost entirely in the middle of the night while giving my (then) infant daughter her bottle, so I wasn't in the most lucid of times while reading it. I'll probably find time to reread it before reading Nightblade.

I don't think we saw Ederras die. I believe that the last time we saw him he was riding off towards [insert city where Wrath of the Rightous AP starts]. Mendev?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

Kenabres is the city. Mendev is the country.

Dark Archive Contributor

King of Chaos spoiler:
Ederras was alive and well at the end of the book.


King of Chaos:
Was he present in the scene when the maiden elf paladin (whose name i can't remember now) got back her sword? I didn't remember that, anyway it's truly amazing that he got to survive the slaughter of Kenabres.

Itchy wrote:
leo1925 wrote:

Great news, Nightglass is one of my top 5 pathfinder tales and i really wanted to see a sequel.

Didn't Ederras died in King of Chaos?

I did not especially like Nightglass. However, I read the book almost entirely in the middle of the night while giving my (then) infant daughter her bottle, so I wasn't in the most lucid of times while reading it. I'll probably find time to reread it before reading Nightblade.

I don't think we saw Ederras die. I believe that the last time we saw him he was riding off towards [insert city where Wrath of the Rightous AP starts]. Mendev?

To tell you the truth the majority of the second half of the book wasn't to my liking but it wasn't that bad and the first half of the book was GREAT in my opinion.


Ross Byers wrote:
Kenabres is the city. Mendev is the country.

Thank you! That's what I get for not doing due diligence and checking the Pathfinder Wiki before posting from memory like that.

I do need to make time to reread the Pathfinder Tales books that I read in that foggy time when I was up every night to bottlefeed my daughter. That would be:

-Song of the Serpent
-City of the Fallen Sky
-Nightglass
-King of Chaos
-Pirate's Honor?

I'm not sure on that last one. See above about that being a foggy period of time...

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Itchy wrote:


-Pirate's Honor?

I'm not sure on that last one. See above about that being a foggy period of time...

Well, if you're still fuzzy on that one, catch up quickly. Pirate's Promise will be out in December!

;-)

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Mikaze wrote:

Can't help but wonder if that paladin is going to wind up being ** spoiler omitted **

:)

Spoiler:
Nope! Good guess, though.

Ederras does come back for the book after Nightblade, but that's probably getting a wee bit ahead of myself. It's hard not to want to cackle about it right now though because I'm having a major spasm of lulz with my paladin-tormenting at the moment.

But aaanyway he gets to skip a round of suffering before we head back to see what he's been up to.


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I'm hoping the paladin is Keren (along with Zae and Appleslayer). ^_^

Also, a blade that can KILL THOUSANDS of DEVILS? Holy hell, that's one hell of a major artifact!

Wait a minute...I smell the hints of a Adventure Path brewing here. I am right or wrong on that?

Webstore Gninja Minion

Updated product image and description to final.

Contributor

Love the cover!


New cover! Shiny! I like it.

Dark Archive

What a great read! I cannot decide if I like it or the previous novel the best!


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

They're both excellent. And Liane's already mentioned a next book. So where is it? :-)

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Ed Reppert wrote:
They're both excellent. And Liane's already mentioned a next book. So where is it? :-)

It's in editing. :)

It is not, however, about Isiem.

I took a hiatus from following his story and switched scope to Cheliax, where we'll see all the stripes of lawful: LG (this is a character I've used before), LN (new character), and LE (old character).


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber
Liane Merciel wrote:
It is not, however, about Isiem.

That's okay, I'll read it anyway. :-)

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