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So, I am reading King of Chaos for the second time and its great!

A quick search did not provide much cor advice on other Pathfinder novel's, so I'm here asking for info.

Id like to know:
1. Name of the book and what you thought of it.
2. Where the book mainly takes place.
3. If it is associated with any AP.
4. Bonus points if it has a paladin as one ofthe main characters!

Thank you!


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The paladin character in King of Chaos was first introduced in Queen of Thorns. This book takes place in Kyonin.

The novel Hellknight takes place in Cheliax, and its main characters are a tiefling Hellknight, a noble human paladin, and a diabolist wizard from House Thrune.

I loved both of these books.

Lord of Runes is the sequel to King of Chaos and is set in Ustalav, but I don't recall whether the paladin from Queen of Thorns and King of Chaos is in it or not (I think she had gone her own way at this point.). All I can say is that it retains the quality of the rest of the Varian and Radovan series.

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Thanks for the info! Any other reviews guys? Keep them coming!

Scarab Sages

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Location of every Tales story here

I really enjoyed the Galt short fiction that starts with The Secret of Rose and Glove, as well as the full Journal of Eando Kline. A lot of the novels are very strong, but if I had to pick my absolute favorite, it would be Master of Devils (kung-fu high fantasy with an adventuring dog hero side story!)

Stories with paladins:
the aforementioned Hellknight (as well as the web fiction Certainty)
Stalking the Beast (featuring a paladin of Abadar)
King of Chaos and Queen of Thorns
those are all that I can think of at the moment.


Thank you, I plan to pick all of those up!


Master of Devils 5+/5 (truly superb)
Liar's Blade 5/5
City of the Fallen Sky 4/5
Queen of Thorns 4/5
King of Chaos 4/5
Prince of Wolves 4/5
Plague of Shadows 3/5
Crusader Road 2.5/5
Pirate's Honor 1.5/5


@mudfoot of your 5/5 list, what did you love so much?


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My wife loves Beyond The Pool Of Stars and Through The Gate In The Sea. And anything and everything written by Tim Pratt (Liar's Blade, Liar's Island, and Liar's Bargain especially).

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Mudfoot wrote:

Master of Devils 5+/5 (truly superb)

Liar's Blade 5/5
City of the Fallen Sky 4/5
Queen of Thorns 4/5
King of Chaos 4/5
Prince of Wolves 4/5
Plague of Shadows 3/5
Crusader Road 2.5/5
Pirate's Honor 1.5/5

I enjoyed all of those books, and am surprised to find the Pirate book rated so low.

I forgot to mention, Nightglass is tremendous!


Master of Devils is incredibly evocative of wuxia films. It goes massively over the top but it works perfectly. Very well written, very strong characterisation.

Liar's Blade is very funny, has an excellent story and great characters.

I couldn't finish Pirate's Honor. The plot just makes so little sense (why would the main character ever do that??). It also has some odd continuity errors and thin characterisation. The author knows his boats, though. Maybe the second half is better.

Crusader Road is too trite. The main character is too perfect and always comes out smelling of roses in every situation, and the ending is repellently saccharine and telegraphed from page 1. There's a mystic forest which forms the backdrop of the whole story, but it gets no description at all. But it has some good bits, and moves along OK.

Nightglass is next on my list.


I appreciate all the info! Keep it coming all! I think Hellknight will be my next choice. Anything with a paladin draws my attention fast.

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I've only really finished two - Nightglass and Nightblade (the sequel, essentially) by Liane Merciel. And I adored both of themmm. I've read Nightglass twice actually, and I rarely do that.

I'm currently working my way through Hellknight and intent to read Pirate's Prophecy after that.

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Lincoln Cross wrote:
I appreciate all the info! Keep it coming all! I think Hellknight will be my next choice. Anything with a paladin draws my attention fast.

Just finished Hellknight last night and can confirm it's a great choice!

I accidentally got distracted from Pirate's Prophecy by Light of a Distant Star and Skinwalkers - mostly due to two of my characters being from Riddleport and Halgrim. XD Pirate's Prophecy is still on my list though!

As for Hellknight, I actually really enjoyed the character dynamics. Particularly between the paladin and...well. You'll see.


Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider is my favorite. Good characters and a great climax. It deftly avoids the usual PF book problem of a low-level character somehow beating a high level character.

Stalking the Beast is a fun D&D-style adventure with a good cast of characters. I went in not knowing it was a sequel but still enjoyed it.

The Crusader Road may be "Kingmaker: the book" but it's a fun coming-of-age story set in an interesting fantasy pioneer backdrop. It's got magic and goblins and a great cast of characters.

Firesoul has some of the best setting detail and some interesting characters but the plot is overly complicated. For those who want the Mwangi Expanse to be more than "Bunga Bunga Land," this book is great.

Nightglass also has good setting detail but its huge shift in plot and character after the first part of the book hurts the book. You have to really like Iseim to enjoy this book and I only kinda liked him.

Nightblade, the sequel to Nightglass, is less disjointed in story but totally divorced from the first book. It's a dungeon crawl with a fairly interesting plot set up but the characters can't hold everything up. The dungeon is fun and creepy but it ultimately ends up not meaning anything.


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I haven't read as many PFT as I would like, but I really enjoyed the Numeria based adventures of Alaeron the alchemist in City of the Fallen Sky and Reign of Stars, respectively.

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I encourage all of you to write reviews on the book product pages. The authors really appreciate it.

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I write them on Goodreads. I could easily copy-paste those over to Amazon. I'm also doing reviews on my tumblr - or will be soon.

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Belabras wrote:
I encourage all of you to write reviews on the book product pages. The authors really appreciate it.

I would really encourage everyone to also copy their reviews to Amazon. Whether you like Amazon or not, they are a huge market, and there is a tipping point of positive reviews where product visibility is greatly increased. I have seen titles that languished for more than a year, broke 20 positive reviews, then went ballistic.

Reviews help!!! And thank you to everyone who writes them!

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I shall be sure to do so! :3 I'll even go check to see if I've done it for the ones I've already reviewed on Goodreads.


I'm probably going to get flak for this, but IMO the best novel in the Pathfinder line by far is The Worldwound Gambit. It's the tightly told story of a caper involving demons that doesn't want to be anything else.


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I'm probably going to get flak for this, but IMO the best novel in the Pathfinder line by far is The Worldwound Gambit. It's the tightly told story of a caper involving demons that doesn't want to be anything else.

The Worldwound Gambit also introduces one of the characters that shows up on Lord of Runes.

I also really enjoyed The Worldwound Gambit. It's one of the Tales line that I've reread more than once.


The worldwound Gambit was great, but I have to give props to the Varian and Radovan series as well. Blood of the City was great also, but was a bit paced weirdly to me

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I like the characters in gambit, but the point of view choice felt clunky in places, moreso than some other books in the tales line.

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I have liked most of and loved many of these stories. I have run out of new ones to read and have started on the ones that didn't interest me much at first.

My most recent and most favorite are Death's Heretic and the Redemption Engine.

They take place in various locations, both on Golarion and the Planes, but notables are:
Rahadoum
Thuvia
The River of Souls
The Boneyard
Kaer Maga (!!!)
Hell
Heaven

Salim is a wonderful protagonist, as he is deeply involved with one of Golarion's most popular religions, and at the same time possibly the least popular.

These aren't perfect books, but I was delighted to explore Golarion with a flawed hero on his indentured inquisition.


My personal favourite are the Alaeron and Rodrick books, I really love the authors writing style. The Torius Vin novels run a close second after that. My favourite stand alone is probably Winter Witch, which I'd always hopes would get a sequel.


fatmanspencer wrote:
The worldwound Gambit was great, but I have to give props to the Varian and Radovan series as well. Blood of the City was great also, but was a bit paced weirdly to me

I loved that Blood of the City brought back the Fire-blooded sorcerer from The Worldwound Gambit. I can't for the life of me remember his name and it's not important enough to me to look it up.

I also liked that there was a passing callback to Gad in Lord of Runes, but he was busy elsewhere doing something and would not have been able to help out.

Scarab Sages

Reign of Stars mentions him as well.


I have read many, but my all time favorite is Crusader Road. If you expected anything other than a character trying to do what is right/good, then you weren't paying attention to the title--Crusader. It is almost "Little House on the Prairie" meets Pathfinder--and that is a GOOD thing. It's a pioneer story of a struggle to establish a home in the Golarion frontier! (Near Thornkeep) Stackpole did an excellent job. Hope to see a sequel sometime.
Gross' various Count and Radovan stories are good, the Liar's series is pretty good.


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Dave Gross's run is absolutely amazing! I bug him on twitter every now and then to make more.

Tim Pratt's Liar's series is a really clever and fun series full of wit. I highly recommend.

I've seen some comments about Pirate's Honor I have to disagree with. The blend of high fantasy and pirate adventure is phenomenal! It's a great revenge scheme story with a dash of romance. I'm currently reading the second book and i"m loving it! I also met the author, Chris Jackson, at Gen Con this year. A swell guy!


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The Worldwound Gambit is Ocean's 11 in the Worldwound. It's amazing.


Fourshadow wrote:

I have read many, but my all time favorite is Crusader Road. If you expected anything other than a character trying to do what is right/good, then you weren't paying attention to the title--Crusader. It is almost "Little House on the Prairie" meets Pathfinder--and that is a GOOD thing. It's a pioneer story of a struggle to establish a home in the Golarion frontier! (Near Thornkeep) Stackpole did an excellent job. Hope to see a sequel sometime.

Gross' various Count and Radovan stories are good, the Liar's series is pretty good.

I haven't read anything by Stackpole since he stopped writing Star Wars books. Maybe I should pick it up.

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joshua neeley wrote:
I also met the author, Chris Jackson, at Gen Con this year. A swell guy!

Great to meet you, too, Josh! Glad you're enjoying the stories! With luck, next year GenCon there will be more PFTs...

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Chris A Jackson wrote:
joshua neeley wrote:
I also met the author, Chris Jackson, at Gen Con this year. A swell guy!
Great to meet you, too, Josh! Glad you're enjoying the stories! With luck, next year GenCon there will be more PFTs...

Yesssssssssss.


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Chris A Jackson wrote:
joshua neeley wrote:
I also met the author, Chris Jackson, at Gen Con this year. A swell guy!
Great to meet you, too, Josh! Glad you're enjoying the stories! With luck, next year GenCon there will be more PFTs...

I really hope i can make it next year! Either way i really need more PFTs from you, Dave Gross, and Tim Pratt!

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