Friday, March 20, 2015

Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes

Pathfinder Tales: Lord of Runes

By Dave Gross

Tor Books
Pub Date   Jun 16 2015

3/5 Stars


         This is the first of the Pathfinder Tales books that I’ve been able to get my hands on.  The book starts rather slowly but as it moves forward it gets very interesting and considering there is a cliffhanger ending it only makes that ending even more maddening.  I’m not sure if this was the author’s intent; but it was certainly a little annoying.  The main characters are well written, but for the most part this book seems like a 1990s Dungeons and Dragons novel and not a particularly good one.  The best thing about series like Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance is that for the most part they can be appreciated without knowing a lot about what is going on in the book’s greater series.  In this case however, not so much.  I haven’t read any of the other Pathfinder books but I’m guessing they are similarly weaved together with demons and dragons.  They, I suppose are also tenuously tied together by what they call in the book; Pathfinder Chronicles. Which is interesting, but ultimately not enough to get me THAT interested in the book’s greater series.  However, I would like to know what happens…  Hopefully, these novels are not spaced very far apart.



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