Monday, July 6, 2015
Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan are no strangers to the occult. Yet when Varian is bequeathed a dangerous magical book by an old colleague, the infamous investigators find themselves on the trail of a necromancer bent on becoming the new avatar of a strange and sinister demigod-one of the legendary runelords. Along with a team of mercenaries and adventurers, the crime-solving duo will need to delve into a secret world of dark magic and the legacy of a lost empire. But in saving the world, will Varian and Radovan lose their souls?
From bestselling author Dave Gross comes a fantastical tale of mystery, monsters, and mayhem in PATHFINDER TALES: LORD OF RUNES, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
I recently had the pleasure of reading Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes by Dave Gross. The story was great, I easily could imagine something like it playing out in the gaming groups I play with on occasion. I especially enjoyed the viewpoints swapping back and forth from the ‘boss’, Varian, and the ‘bodyguard’ Radovan. I get the feeling that there is an overarching storyline somewhere in the past, mostly because of all of the references made by the two characters. However, I am not left feeling lost. This book could easily be a standalone if it isn’t already.
Okay, so I got the niceties out of the way. Let’s get down to brass tacks. The way I understand it, the copy I received was not an advanced reader copy like I am accustomed to reading. It is a fully published and released copy. Having said that, I find the spelling mistakes inside of the book to be slightly aggravating. A simple spell check probably could have caught them. There aren’t many of them, but there are enough to make the back of my brain itch in irritation.
Anyways, aside from the mechanical errors in the book, it is a decidedly good read. In between my job and playing Minecraft I made quite a bit of time to read this book as quickly as I could. Were it not for the afore mentioned errors, I would be giving this book a half point higher on my grading scale.
Seth gives Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.