Pathfinder Tales: Liar's Island

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A Thief and His Sword

Rodrick is a con man as charming as he is cunning. Hrym is a talking sword of magical ice, with the soul and spells of an ancient dragon. Together, the two travel the world, parting the gullible from their gold and freezing their enemies in their tracks. But when the two get summoned to the mysterious island of Jalmeray by a king with genies and elementals at his command, they'll need all their wits and charm if they're going to escape with the greatest prize of all—their lives.

From Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt comes a tale of magic, assassination, and cheerful larceny, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

304-page trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-7452-3

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Not quite as enjoyable as Liar's Blade, but that's a very high bar to reach. Roderick & Hrym are an enjoyable duo, and the supporting cast of characters is large and mostly interesting as well. I appreciate the effort to deal w/ the ramifications of the last book's ending, and that by the end of this book, there seemed to be indications of another at least modest change in store for our pair of (anti-) heroes.

Editing wasn't bad (for all none of you interested in what I mean by that...fewer than 10 noticeable typos, I'd guess).

The Jalmeray setting was pretty cool.


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Treachery on Jalmaray

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I’m sorry to say I was disappointed with this Pathfinder Tale. The storyline is linear, poorly paced and hardly engaging up until the final 3 or 4 chapters. The novel struggles to evoke the depth of the Inner Sea setting – it feels like generic fantasy. It is hard to identify and sympathise with a character who cheats and lies, runs crooked schemes (some of which fail, many of which leave victims), has an arrogant attitude to women, and whose only motivation is money. (I’m talking about Roderick, not a Presidential Candidate). The final few chapters gain pace with more interesting characters such as the garuda. Ultimately though it is too little, too late and Liar’s Island fails to satisfy in the way some of the best Pathfinder Tales have.


A sword and his man

*****

Roderick and Hrym are back, and this time it's for 1001 Nights style adventure on the island of Jalmeray. It's got death cultist, more djinn than you can shake a lamp at, and the witter banter between man and sentient dragon-sword that you have come to know and love.

Pratt does not disappoint. Highly recommended.


Sequel does a good job continuing development

****( )

I like this sequel - after the events of Liar's Blade, Rodrick and Hrym try to get back into the swing of thievery, but they're dealing with the fallout from the last book.

Brief tour of Jalmeray from the Inner Sea perspective. One thing I've always liked about Golarion and its high proportion of adventurers means a lot of magic is available, if expensive, and it's the reality the characters live in.

Fun scheming, but the protagonists sort of lose the initiative in the second half, even if there's lots of good action, with stops me from granting five stars, but I recommend the book to fans of the line.


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Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

Yay! More Rodrick and Hrym!

It looks like this is the finalized cover?

Managing Editor

Yup! This is the real cover. Looking at this was the first time I really appreciated how beautiful the new trade paperback format is going to be. :)

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

Awesome! Can't wait. After their brief reference in Reign of Stars, I'd love to see a novel teaming them up with Alaeron and Skiver.

For that matter, a novel that teams up characters from different Pathfinder Tales authors could be pretty cool, similar to the Avengers movie bringing together all of the heroes from their independent movies.

Contributor

Gotta say, I'm loving these new covers! Very cool to see another by Tim, too!


Huh, I was just saying to a friend last night that Rodrick and Hrym were the next Pathfinder Tales characters I'd like to get another book. Jump on this morning and see this...

Since you've apparently been reading my mind, I look forward to seeing a sequel to Skinwalkers announced shortly as well.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber

I would LOVE to see this one made up as a Wallpaper with or without the text (preferably without, but I'm not too picky).


sweet


Really hope Skiver shows up in this, he is HANDS DOWN my favorite character.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

What are the dimensions of this book? Is it 6.7” x 4.2” like most in the past novels or 8.2” x 5.4” like the recent Lord of Runes? Personally I like the larger sizes for my books BUT now Lord of Runes does not match all the other Pathfinder books on my shelf. I know, 1st world problem. Liar’s Island is in my side cart regardless of the size. I really liked Pratt’s previous novel; my favorite Pathfinder author and that’s saying something.

Dark Archive

Starfinder Superscriber

Yea! These two are
By far my favorite pathfinder characters.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

AWESOME cover!


looks like I am going to have to scrounge up another $15 this month

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

We have a release date for the Audio Book yet? I have 2 credits on Audible.com ready to be used!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
FattyLumpkin wrote:
What are the dimensions of this book? Is it 6.7” x 4.2” like most in the past novels or 8.2” x 5.4” like the recent Lord of Runes? Personally I like the larger sizes for my books BUT now Lord of Runes does not match all the other Pathfinder books on my shelf. I know, 1st world problem. Liar’s Island is in my side cart regardless of the size. I really liked Pratt’s previous novel; my favorite Pathfinder author and that’s saying something.

All books going forward (i.e. all those published by Tor) will be in the larger trade paperback size.

You can read the press release here.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The Audio Book is out by the way.

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