When murdered sinners fail to show up in hell, it's up to Salim Ghadafar, an atheist warrior forced to solve problems for the goddess of death, to track down the missing souls. In order to do so, Salim will need to descend into the anarchic city of Kaer Maga, following a trail that ranges from hell's iron cities to the gates of heaven itself. Along the way he'll be aided by a host of otherworldly creatures, a streetwise teenager, and two warriors of the mysterious Iridian Fold. But when the missing souls are the scum of the Earth and the victims devils themselves, can anyone really be trusted?
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"Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien
Salim, an atheist priest serving the goddess of death (oxymoron much?), must investigate an accused crime being committed by angels. When suddenly souls belonging to Hell are no longer reaching their Judgement, Salim must literally go to Hell and back to solve it.
But how could such righteous creatures; formed out of pure-hearted souls and infused with Heaven's divine values with honestly built into their very bones be responsible for such heinous acts? Are the devils in their usual way using, lying, and scheming their way to use Salim for their own wants and needs?
I found the book to be very descriptive and interesting in the complex way a mere mortal had to solve a conflict between Heaven and Hell using intelligence, charisma, and a bit of wisdom. This wasn't the most philosophical book I've come across, but was certainly more than what I expected.
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
A good read to be sure. His ideas of angels and devils is unique.
He always knows how to keep the character in the emotion of the moment . I've enjoyed almost everything I listen too of his.
No ir is far to large and too much to absorbe concidering it is a trek through both Heavens and Hells.
I also enjoyed his second book but found it somewhat predictable from the start story line wise.
It would have been easy for this story to follow predictable paths, and lean on common crutches. Alternatively, the author could have been contrarian, obviously going out of their way to avoid common plot beats. However, this story does neither. It's refreshingly novel, with twists that surprise without feeling silly or forced. Also, it takes itself seriously enough, but not so serious as to be cringeworthy.
Overall a respectful, entertaining treatment of pathfinder / D&D material that would probably be interesting to general fantasy readers with no background in the specific fantasy licences.
Great story. Inventive and engaging. Great pacing of the story and events. A great follow up to Death's Heretic, with a more engrossing experience for the reader. Great character development and world enhancing storylines. Good philosophical ideas presented and discussed intelligently.
The performance is excellent. Porter is fantastic.
Negatives - a little language, mature sexual themes though nothing graphic, idealized relationship is non-traditional. Wouldn't recommend sharing story with kids due to mature themes.
As a Pathfinder GM, I really have appreciated this book and the previous one in this series as they have given me so many ideas to work with for making adventures in the Planes feel realistic and exotic. In these books, Salim (the excellent, ethically-ambiguous protagonist) goes to many varied planes, including Hell, Axis, the Maelstrom, and Heaven to just name a few, and these all feel like wonderful environments to explore.
The narrator is also top notch, playing all his characters with unique and consistent voices as only a professional could do.
Highly recommend both books in this series and hoping to find more.
"Worth a listen"
Didn't enjoy this story as much as the first one but still worth the money and entertaining enough. The voice actor again was excellent, really helps bring the story to life.
"High fantasy for those who don't like high fantasy"
I don't like fantasy. I can just about get through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but high fantasy usually leaves me cold. James L. Sutter's Pathfinder Tales, however, are engaging, complex and fun. I love the characterisation, the action and the drama of the higher multiverse of gods and demons intruding on the mortal world. The atheist hero, Salim the Priest Hunter, is complex, simultaneously tragic and heroic, a man who has lived long enough to see the humour in the games the gods play.
Ray Porter's narration is pretty much a masterclass in how it should be done. I love the way he brings characters both human and non-human to life, giving each a unique voice. Highly recommended!
"Even Better Than the First in the Series"
Very highly - the story's twisty enough and the characterisation is brilliant. It's impossible not to like the main protagonist.
Nothing springs to mind, other than Death's Heretic.
Only for 'Deaths Heretic' and both were excellent.
Bors and Rashad were a good tag team, and who doesn't like an angel who cries tears of blood?
It blends the world of Golarion with the human story well.
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