Pathfinder Tales: Master of Devils by Dave Gross
I’m really enjoying this series by Dave Gross, which started with “Prince of Wolves” and continues with “Queen of Thorns“.
In “Master of Devils“, Count Varian Jeggare, his bodyguard Radovan and Arnisant, their faithful hound, are plunged into the mysterious land of Tian Xia.
While Gross reminds us adnausium of Radovan’s “condition”, the story moves along at a good pace. The inclusion of Arnisant’s perspective is refreshing, while the glimpse into Tian Xia was informative, especially if you’re a Pathfinder Society Player or GM. I would have loved to see the grandure of real world wonders, however, such as China’s Great Wall and Forbidden City, depicted in the story. That said, if you enjoyed movies such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” or “House of Flying Daggers“, then this is the book for you. And if the Asian setting is not your thing, pick this book up for the characters, who never fail to entertain.
I reviewed “Prince of Wolves” a little while ago too, read it here.
Hands down the best of the three Pathfinder Tales I’ve read so far. Gross presents two memorable characters, Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his bodyguard, Radovan, in an exciting and engrossing adventure through ominous Ustlav.
Written in a style reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, the story draws you in, and, despite several errors, provides a thrilling read with a good mix of horror and humour.
Highly recommended, not just for Pathfinder and RPG fans.
Recently we had a major snowstorm in Japan, which meant I was stuck on trains for more than 11 hours. Hours in which I felt like I was slogging through the muddy writing of Ed Greenwood’s “The Wizard’s Mask“.
There are many great pieces in this novel, during which the light of Ed’s writing talent really shines. The problem is that most of the book feels forced and rammed together, leaving those “great pieces” to suffer.
I’d love to see what Mr Greenwood could do if he gave this another pass or two with his writers pen, but right now “The Wizards Mask” is a poorly told, bland story that often makes for unwieldy reading.