Nobody cheats death. A warrior haunted by his past, Salim Ghadafar serves as a problem-solver for a church he hates, bound by the goddess of death to hunt down those who would rob her of her due. Such is the case in the desert nation of Thuvia, where a powerful merchant on the verge of achieving eternal youth via a magical elixir is mysteriously murdered, his soul kidnapped somewhere along its path to the afterlife. The only clue is a magical ransom note, offering to trade the merchant's successful resurrection for his dose of the fabled potion. But who would have the power to steal a soul from the boneyard of Death herself?
Enter Salim, whose keen mind and contacts throughout the multiverse should make solving this mystery a cinch. There's only one problem: The investigation is being financed by Neila Anvanory, the dead merchant's stubborn and aristocratic daughter. And she wants to go with him. Along with his uninvited passenger, Salim must unravel a web of intrigue that will lead them far from the blistering sands of Thuvia on a grand tour of the Outer Planes, where devils and angels rub shoulders with fey lords and mechanical men, and nothing is as it seems....
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On the surface, we've seen this story a million times before. A person strikes a desperate bargain that swears them into the reluctant service of a powerful being. The things that makes this story interesting is the nature of the being that holds his oath, and the use that Pharasma makes of Salim.
The pace of the story is usually desperate, and the locations are fantastic. It really does a great job mixing Mystery with Adventure, keeping the mind whirling to solve the problem, while also feeling that you're going on a journey. It seemed that my commute always ended right when they were about to do a big reveal in the story and I wanted to see what was going to happen when I got back in the car.
My issues with this story come largely from the writing style itself. The profanity conflicts so drastically with the tone the rest of the book that it jars you loose from the immersion. Additionally, every now and again, we get a chapter that could have been omitted with no loss to the story (the First World tangent being a really good example). I feel like the story very easily could have demonstrated those within the bounds of the conflict that already existed, rather than creating a new appendage to the story. The fight choreography gets pretty silly at times as well, with a single fighter making three to four moves to another fighter's one.
On the whole, the story is very engaging and fascinating. The performance of Ray Porter is very impressive, lending gravity to the story and personality to the characters. It reminded me of the voice acting in the first Assassin's Creed game, which (at least from my perspective) was a pretty impressive cultural work. I'd recommend this to any fans of casual mystery or the world of Golarian. For fans of swashbuckling action or hard boiled detective novels, this probably isn't a good fit, as the fights are pretty brief and one sided and the mystery is kind of obvious and let out of the bag comparatively early.
Arabian nights meets forgotten realms with gods satyrs magic swords romance potions and more. All the elements of a fantasy story. Part of a much larger series though it's the only
One I've read so far. Enjoyable
If a bit short on the action for long stretches. Good narration. Nicely developed characters.
The only flaw is that there's too much world creation for this to simply be just one tale. Salim truly needs his own actual series. Imagine if there was only one Harry Dresden book ever written, but with all the other characters mentioned. There's so much backdrop and potential characters to easily create a 10 or even 15-part story. Amazing characters could easily have their own short stories and spin offs.
I don't normally review things online. If I end up liking something I think that the money I spent on the product is payment enough. But I'd like to say that this book was fantastic, the performance was brilliant, and everyone should know it! If you love to be fully immersed in a fantasy world, then get this book. I do think that you do yourself a disservice if you don't continue on with "The Redemption Engine" once you're done, because I may have liked the followup even more. There were times when even my cold black nerd heart (which crumbles as it beats) felt genuine emotion. I hope that the author plans on bringing Salim back for another installation.
I'm listening Les this story a lot, the lead character had a great background and interesting plot. The narrator was one of the best I've heard, he really made every sentence a joy.
this was a great story. loved every minute of it. the reader was superb. he had a new voice for every character. I like that a lot. thank you for a great experience.
tried this because paizo offered it for free and I've enjoyed the books. This reader was fabulous, all different voices made it easy to tell who was speaking and to follow the action. I'll definitely be looking up more that he has read. as for the Pathfinder tales, they are a fun way to experience the world when you don't have a game going.
I love a good story and excellent plot. Put them in a magical place or far off world; even better. Books are the gateway to another world
excellent book. narration top notch. story somewhat predictable but very entertaining.
Never has an afterlife been so entertaining and interesting. Very Pathfinder oriented and if you game in the world it will help you with background.
On the book: Now without giving away spoilers I have to admit that this is probably the best book I've read in a while or rather heard. The story of Salim Ghadafar is engaging entertaining and thought-provoking. As someone who plays Pathfinder and D&D in my free time I absolutely loved hearing more about the region, the planes, the gods, and the lore of Pathfinder. Even if I were to pay for this book I would gladly purchase it again and recommend it to any friends of mine.
On the reading: The performance by the reader was nothing short of mesmerizing. I would highly recommend this gentleman be called upon to read more books especially any that involve The Pathfinder Tales. He has a way with voices, tone, and pacing that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat and ever waiting for the next breath to reveal more.
"Give pathfinder the benefit of the doubt."
Giving a pathfinder novel the benefit of doubt was probably a great thing to do. I cannot comment on any other novels from the series, however, this being my first pathfinder novel I was really impressed. The story was well woven on various facets, and the plot bounced around between characters which was good writing, the story shines through as the adventurers actually travel in the imagination of the writer and everything in the narration is well paced, clear and engaging to the ears.
So yes, although I am a D&D and forgotten realms fan, the pathfinder novels, thanks to James L.Sutter and Ray Porter have definitely pricked my ears.
It was okay, nothing awful but it very much was two people bouncing from location to new location seemingly randomly. Wouldn't again
"Good story, amazing voice actor"
Interesting story, with likeable protagonists. but the voice actor was IMHO simply phenomenal. A huge range of voices and it really enabled the whole story . Just bought the next book by this pair.
"1st audible story I have listened to"
This is the first audible story I have listened to and I thought the narrator did an excellent job in telling the story and projecting the voices of the different characters.
You need a good imagination to see these creatures spoke about in the book and I don't think I could have read the book myself being dyslexic but enjoyed the story so thank you audible.
"Not bad at all"
Picked this up for free and finally got round to listening having gone through everything else in the library.
The story is essentially a murder-mystery with a twist - the twist being a kidnapped soul in a fantasy world. Having listened/read a number of fantasy stories in my time I was able to keep up with the ever changing surroundings - the alternate realms, variety of creatures and magical encounters. The story fails to build the world as well as many others and if spending a credit I'd point to the likes of Brandon Sanderson to get a better bang for your buck.
Having said that the story is entertaining enough and the performance is genuinely excellent. If you see if on a Daily Deal or for free then grab it.
For a free boom you really can't complain, read well and a interesting story what's not to like.
"Suprisingly Great Listen"
The narrator, Ray Porter, is absolutely outstanding. He brings a myriad of characters to life with an impressive range of voices.
Quite similar to some Warhammer stories. Understandable given both of their gaming roots.
As I mentioned an excellent narrator ranging from neutral exposition to energetic side characters.
Death comes to us all.
Great story, Great reading. Highly recommended
Better than I thought. Very enjoyable. The story takes us across the plains and the portrayal of magi and magical abilities was great.
"Better Than Expected"
As this book was free and I work by myself for days on end I couldn't resist. Was not expecting it to be particularly good because it was free but how wrong was I. Starts well, then you expect it to be some sword welding knight flavour but it isn't. Good characters, will performed by the narrator and will paced. Hope there is a follow on
Garbage can see why it was free! Turned it off after the first 4 hours.
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