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On a mysterious errand for the Pathfinder Society, Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard, Radovan, journey to the distant land of Tian Xia, on the far side of the world. When disaster forces him to take shelter in a warrior monastery, "Brother" Jeggare finds himself competing with the disciples of Dragon Temple as he unravels a royal mystery. Meanwhile Radovan - trapped in the body of a devil and held hostage by the legendary Quivering Palm attack - must serve a twisted master by defeating the land's deadliest champions and learning the secret of slaying an immortal foe. Together with an unlikely army of beasts and spirits, the two companions must take the lead in an ancient conflict that will carry them through an exotic land, all the way to the Gates of Heaven and Hell and a final confrontation with the nefarious Master of Devils!

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Skip it anyway

The book is the origin of a bunch of little things that will come up in the next few books, but nothing you can't cope with not knowing. Most of what comes about in the book is forgotten, or retconned instantly.

It's not that I don't like wuxia and badly dubbed shaolin kung fu films, it's that this book sucks. The dog's part ends up being the best part and that's because it seems more like a Disney ripoff.

The series is good, and you'll get far more enjoyment out of the next book along.

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This book is very good.<br />

I loved this book. It is part of a series in the Pathfinder adventures. I am really enjoying
following these character's stories.

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&quot;Varian is my master, Radovan is my friend&quot;

if you liked the last Gross book, you'll be happy with this one.

what you need to know is that a whole plot line of this book is devoted to Arnisant going on a sort of kung-fu-inspired solo adventure and it is kind of outrageously amazing. I mean, you might find it corny, since it is after-all from the perspective of a devoted dog who loves his master, but holy heck if arnisant and the kami don't fill your heart with joy then you probably need to spend more time getting in touch with your inner child, and less time, I dunno, making horcruxes and drinking unicorn blood or something.

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Well done.

Well written. Great story. I enjoyed the many twists. Loved the ending and the wrap-up.

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Enjoyable to the last page.

These two really grow on you! I hope Mr. Gross won't stop coming up with new & wondrous mysteries for the Count to solve.

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Listen/read in ORDER

This is a fantastic story and off-beat fantasy adventure. I've loved the characters since "Prince of Wolves," this story particularly needs the previous tales background. Give those a listen first!

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Good with switches of narration & 3 stories in 1.

Great narration of a good set of linked stories. Liked the dog's perspective as a nice twist.

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Tied for my favorite

Great story. The dog gets a voice too! This book showcases Paul's Boehmer's true talent. I wish he recorded the last book.

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More from this author

love it, need the rest of the series, David Gross was a good choice for an author and the Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator.

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Not as enjoyable as Prince of Wolves

I'm not sure if it was the Asian setting and wuxia style fight scenes or the submissive roles of the main characters through out the novel, but I had a difficult time maintaining interest.

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