City of the Fallen Sky

By: Tim Pratt
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Once a student of alchemy with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown function. Now in hiding in a distant city, he's happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders - at least until the back-alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord. In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn't forgotten Alaeron's betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail....

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Two stories in one

Loved the story and the back story all in one. All the lands traveled each unique and Pathfinder true. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Good adventure

I wasn't familiar with the Pathfinder universe before this and found "City of the Fallen Sky" a good jumping on point. I liked that the main character wasn't some overpowered hero. It's a pretty standard story of unlikely companions going on a journey, facing challenges and danger, and becoming friends (sort of) along the way. The magic and world and characters are interesting. It's all basic fantasy genre tropes but they're done well enough not to feel cliche. Some aspects are genuinely intriguing and made me want to know more. I got more invested than I expected to be and was satisfied with how it all played out.

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Great Story

A nerdy alchemist on a long journey. Loved the characters as well as the story.

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Great book in the Pathfinder tales series

I really enjoy Victor Bevine's reading of this. I don't have time to read often so audio books are the only way I'm able to enjoy great books. I recommend City of the Fallen Sky to any fantasy reader.

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A wonderful Journey

It was an amazing journey starting with a scene setting first few chapters that evolve into slow revelations of the characters true merits as you listen/read. On par, in my opinion, with the Liars series

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a wonderful adventure with complex characters.

for any lover of pathfinder or dungeons and dragons this is a great adventure story.

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Classic and fun

A good story. Good characters, good narrative.
I loved how it ended. Only the political correct aspects kept this book from 5 stars.

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Great start to a great series

Developed characters, and a engrossing story that is above your basic fantasy tropes. pathfinder tales delivers again!

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Fun and awesome.

I wish Victor Bevine narrated all books. He always portrays the characters smoothly and gives their dialogue a natural flowing essence.

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running a campaign based off this

this help give me a lot of ideas to run one of my own campaigns like this one

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  • 09-21-17

Great addition to the Pathfinder Tales line

This story leans heavily on the Pathfinder rules, so it will feel very familiar to players. As a story, it is absolutely made by one character: Skiver. I won't give anything away, but from beginning to end he is a standout member of the cast.

Also, Tim Pratt used leukodaemons, which is a low blow. They're one of my favourite Pathfinder monsters, and putting one on the cover was an irresistible lure for me.

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  • 09-26-16

A tiresome tale of Alchemist 'teh worst'.

Alchemist: I'm so smart. why won't the okay looking girl i saved love me?

The main char gets tiresome within the first chapter, and the story doesn't make up for that until the conclusion.