The aristocratic Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard, Radovan (Pathfinder's answer to Sherlock Holmes and Watson), return for their fifth standalone novel. When Varian is bequeathed a dangerous magical book by an old colleague, he and Radovan are pulled into a mystery that will set them on the path of a powerful necromancer seeking to become the new avatar of an ancient and sinister demigod - one of the legendary Runelords. But in saving the world, will Varian and Radovan lose their souls?
Based upon the world featured in the award winning Pathfinder role-playing game.
©2015 Dave Gross (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
This is an excellent audio Introduction to Pathfinder Tales series of novels. The narrator was easy to listen to and there was no difficulty in distinguishing between characters. If there was any problems with the Novel was that at points it felt it went a little too fast, but that may be because I am used to long series of linked novels.
I would/will likely listen to this again as the Android App is currently being flakey and there are a couple of spots I missed. That said, I also enjoyed some of the subtle, "gamer" in-references, such as the Wizard Yondo using his last scroll rather than saving it and having a crisis because he "knew he should have saved it." Every RPG I've played, table or video, there's always that moment of "should I use it now or save it because I might need it later?!" There are a number of similar moments the author portrays that gave me a chuckle.
I can't give a favorite moment in the book without spoilers, but there is a moment when Radovan has to make a decision (yes, there are more than one of these scenes, but you'll recognize the main one that I'm referencing when you listen to the book) and that scene fired off a visual in my imagination that was nearly a movie. It was a well written, well narrated scene.
The narrator seems a bit 'mellow,' and the change in voice that I'm used to in other books is more subtle, so that at times I had problems following which character was speaking. That said, the differentiation between the two main characters was easily distinguishable and it didn't necessarily detract from the reading as the author's writing allows one to pick up on which character is speaking either by stating it or by referencing them in some way.
All in all, a good, solid read, especially for old gamers like myself.
I've been waiting for the audio formats for this series for years! And the wait wasn't in vain!
While it does take place as the 5th book in the series, the previous novels do get the appropriate level of history to keep new listeners informed and still allow previous readers to hear it in a new light.
I could not picture a better set of voices for Radovan and the Count.
That time with Radovan, Jeggare...and the knife! Good times.
I can only hope for more wonderful renditions of Gross' and other paizo authors work to make their way to audible.
If you are a fan of Dave Gross, this is a great tale and builds on the lore. However Steve West turns Radovan to a downtown blighted brawler who is perceived as dim and weak. While Count Jiggary seems so slow and cadenced that make him far more boring then intelligent.
I really enjoyed the majority of this story. It was a little difficult to tell the difference between the two main characters toward the beginning of the book, but by the middle the issue stopped being one. I look forward to listening to more stories in this series involving the main characters of this book.
Great voice pretrial of Characters as well as a great lead up climax to a mystery story in the setting of my Favorite Table Top RPG world of Pathfinder.
I love this series. Sadly, Steve West butchers the established character voices. Pausing should have gotten the normal voice actor.
I have re written my review after 2 things. 1 finding out that all the audiobooks for PFTales were recorded roughly at the same time, so they couldn't use the same reader for all. And once I got the reader from the previous books out of my head I think Steve West actually did a great job with this particular story.
so give it some time before moving on to this one if the reader change will throw you off. but it is well worth it.
It's a bit jarring to listen to Mr. West after the last set of books but I took a break and it made all the difference to enjoy a good listen to another great addition to the Count and his main man Radovan go through an awesome adventure with the Runelords.
I'll give it to you. This guy has a resonant, strong, British, man-voice. But, Paul Boehmer, who read the 4 previous novels, did a better job characterizing the two main protagonists. This guy just ran them together. Paul Boehmer would have been better.
"Good book, shouldn't have changed voice actor"
only problem is the change in voice actor feels weird after 4 books, Paul Boehmer brought the series to life. Out of all the characters it was mainly Radovan that didn't sound right the way Paul West voiced him
Great story and great ending to there story, but very poor audio reader, if anything l would not recommend him for anymore audio readings
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