Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound

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Hunters of the Dead!

Larsa is a dhampir—half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted peaks of Ustalav, she's an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital's secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Meanwhile, in the cathedral of Maiden's Choir, Jadain is a young priestess of the death goddess, in trouble with her superiors for being too soft on the living. When a noblewoman's entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, the unlikely pair is drawn into a deadly mystery that will reveal far more about both of them than they ever wanted to know.

From Pathfinder co-creator and veteran game designer F. Wesley Schneider comes a new adventure of revenge, faith, and gothic horror, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

480-page trade paperback
ISBN-13: 978-0-76537-546-9

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****( )

This was pretty good. The study in contrasts between the aggressive dhampir Larsa and the more reserved Pharasmin priestess, Jadain, made for a good tension between the allies. Ustalav got a nice overview, not surprising given the author. Considine might have been my favorite character. The Pharasma factions and tensions was a nice, unexpected twist to the book.

Editing was not good, however. It started out ok and got worse in the latter parts of the book.


Kept me hooked from start to finish.

*****

Having been a steadfast fan of Ustalav and Carrion Crown, I felt compelled to pick up this book, and I'm glad I did. I don't do a whole lot of reading, and I couldn't put this book down. Since the first pages it kept me interested and darkly excited. Suspense is laden in every page, and the grim setting and conflicts placed trap your attention tighter than a vampire's dominate ability. I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of gothic horror, Pathfinder, but preferably both.


****( )

I quite liked this novel. I encountered at least one reference to the typical fantasy RPG paradigm that was fun to see but not so intrusive as to confuse someone unfamiliar with the trope. Overall an enjoyable read.


Gets the Blood Pumping

****( )

Journey to the haunted land of Ustalav, where the unquiet dead walk in the shadows of the living, cults and sects practice heresies in the night, and Golarion's most prominent novelist makes her home in the moldering former capital.

Join Larsa, dhampir agent of two crowns, and Jadain, untested priestess of Pharasma, as they are caught in the machinations of vampire politics.

A solid tale of adventure and suspense that offers a rare window into secrets of Ustalav.


If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!

*****

Very well written, and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and characters. And the randomly baroque prose. :P


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Announced! Cover image is not necessarily final.

...Waitaminute, I know this author!


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"We're Blood Bound - Collecting the stars
We hold a power that is greater than all"


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The NPC wrote:

"We're Blood Bound - Collecting the stars

We hold a power that is greater than all"

My first thoughts as well!

Contributor

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Wicked! I was so waiting for someone to pop the vamp bubble, and Wes is the perfect guy to do it!

Can't wait for this one.


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Looking forward to this one.

Contributor

I'm sold!

Sovereign Court

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I read it as Bloodhound at first. I was like cool a bounty hunter... This will be just as cool. Much love for Ustalav!

--Vrocky Horror


Yessss!

Dark Archive

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- Ustalav.
- Politics in Ustalav
- Wes as the author.

Welp, I can add something to my Christmas list now! :D


Oh, a first novel. This should be interesting, hope it turns out well.


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Yeah I am really interested in this novel. It seems to explore more of the of what we got a taste of in AP #47 Carrion Crown:Ashes At Dawn.

I am hoping the cover art gets changed...something just seems off to me.


I think it's been mentioned (maybe by Mr Schneider himself?) that the cover art itself is final.


I think it is how she is holding her sword, makes it look a mite awkward.


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Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!

Executive Editor

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Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

Silver Crusade

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Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!

Are they going to glitter? And will one of them be named Tum Cirry?


Actually pretty sure none of the ones that glitter are queer. Outside of fan fiction that is.

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Great news - I'm always excited when someone with such a deep knowledge of Golarion becomes a Tales writer.


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David Neilson wrote:
Actually pretty sure none of the ones that glitter are queer. Outside of fan fiction that is.

Yeah, I think the queer ones are mostly the ones in New Orleans and mearby areas.

Dark Archive

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Gorbacz wrote:
Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!
And will one of them be named Tum Cirry?

"Don't dream it, drink it!"

RPG Superstar 2009, Contributor

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James Sutter wrote:
And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

I've been eagerly awaiting this one. And, with commentary like that, now even moreso. :)


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James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

Not a big deal it is just the cover. I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by it's cover after all. Still looking forward to it.


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Yeah, you can't really be a long-time SFF fan without getting a few books with horrible covers in your collection.

Dark Archive

James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

Will this novel only take place in Caliphas or other places in Ustalav?

If so - which ones?
Thx James.


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David Neilson wrote:
I think it is how she is holding her sword, makes it look a mite awkward.

Actually I think it has more to do with the fact that the main character looks more like a man to me. Now that could be just a bad art...or it could be that the character is transgender.

So now I am curious as to which it is. The first can be ignored...the second would be interesting.


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This is going on my Christmas list now. Just gotta find other books that are taking place in ustaluv now. Back to searching.

Sovereign Court

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Redneckdevil wrote:
This is going on my Christmas list now. Just gotta find other books that are taking place in ustaluv now. Back to searching.

You'll want to check out Prince of Wolves - that's the only one I'm aware of. Guilty Blood, the fiction from the Carrion Crown AP, is also good. ^_^


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Kalindlara wrote:
Redneckdevil wrote:
This is going on my Christmas list now. Just gotta find other books that are taking place in ustaluv now. Back to searching.
You'll want to check out Prince of Wolves - that's the only one I'm aware of. Guilty Blood, the fiction from the Carrion Crown AP, is also good. ^_^

Tyvm. And I do agree, I loved that story in the AP :-)

Editor-in-Chief

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Gorbacz wrote:
Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!
Are they going to glitter? And will one of them be named Tum Cirry?

Thank you for your years of devoted service, Gorbacz. We're sorry we need to part ways on these terms. -_-

Editor-in-Chief

Marco Massoudi wrote:
James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

Will this novel only take place in Caliphas or other places in Ustalav?

If so - which ones?
Thx James.

Many places—lots of Caliphas, lots of Ardis, lots of in-between.

A GIANT spoiler on all these details will release in December (and will look like and weigh exactly that same as the novel). ;)

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John Kretzer wrote:
David Neilson wrote:
I think it is how she is holding her sword, makes it look a mite awkward.

Actually I think it has more to do with the fact that the main character looks more like a man to me. Now that could be just a bad art...or it could be that the character is transgender.

So now I am curious as to which it is. The first can be ignored...the second would be interesting.

Absolutely love this cover. This is the second time Lucas Graciano has made one of my books look good and I couldn't be happier!

Editor-in-Chief

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Redneckdevil wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Redneckdevil wrote:
This is going on my Christmas list now. Just gotta find other books that are taking place in ustaluv now. Back to searching.
You'll want to check out Prince of Wolves - that's the only one I'm aware of. Guilty Blood, the fiction from the Carrion Crown AP, is also good. ^_^
Tyvm. And I do agree, I loved that story in the AP :-)

Yay! Glad you guys liked Guilty Blood!

I wouldn't say the novella's a prequel, but...

Editor-in-Chief

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James Sutter wrote:

Cover art is final but text treatment on it is not.

And for folks wondering, this is one of the best novels we've published in the line. And I'm not just saying that because Wes works here—he really busted his ass making this book the best it can be, and it shows. As editor, I'm really proud of it, and can't wait for everyone to get their Ustalav and vampire fix. :)

By contrast, Editrix Sutter is an absolute nightmare. The paper-cut lashes and bitter taste of writer medicine will forever scar.

I will never write the way I once did.

(/compliment)

Editor-in-Chief

Albatoonoe wrote:
Also, for anyone that doesn't follow Wes on tumblr, he mentioned queer vampires. WOOO!

Just added a link for anyone interested.


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So, wait, is Larsa a Kinslayer? Or are we getting yet ANOTHER Rogue-type character?

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Berselius wrote:
So, wait, is Larsa a Kinslayer? Or are we getting yet ANOTHER Rogue-type character?

I never thought of Larsa as either a rogue or as having an archetype.

I'd watch for more details and thoughts on how folks might stat her up closer to the novel's release.


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Are you not allowed to comment on her official class / stats?

Editor-in-Chief

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Berselius wrote:
Are you not allowed to comment on her official class / stats?

I could, but I'd rather hype this product closer to its release.

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I am excite.


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Looking forward to it!

Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

Updated with final product description and image!


Squee! Guilty Blood was rad, this is going to be good

Editor-in-Chief

Tirisfal wrote:
Squee! Guilty Blood was rad, this is going to be good

Aww, thanks! I hope folks dig it!

Dark Archive

Street date is december 16th yet i will get it 16 days later on january 1st if i order it from amazon. Is that a normal delay time span?

Liberty's Edge

Amazon is notorious, in my experience, for RPG books releasing well after street date.


Just picked this up at the bookstore. The larger TPB format threw me off a bit. Looking forward to it. Just a couple weeks ago I was pondering rolling up a dhamphir to run through Carrion Crown...


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Love the Vampire Hunter D hat on the cover. Might just give this one a whirl on my next flight.

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Kamicosmos wrote:
Just picked this up at the bookstore. The larger TPB format threw me off a bit. Looking forward to it. Just a couple weeks ago I was pondering rolling up a dhamphir to run through Carrion Crown...

Nice! Hope you dig it!

Editor-in-Chief

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Yakman wrote:
Love the Vampire Hunter D hat on the cover. Might just give this one a whirl on my next flight.

Kane, D, Alucard. Everyone knows a hat is a vampire hunter's most important equipment!

Silver Crusade

i can't find blood bound in iBooks.

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