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Pathfinder Tales: Death's Heretic
James L. Sutter
Paizo Publishing, 400 pages

Pathfinder Tales: Death's Heretic
James L. Sutter
James L. Sutter was born in 1984. He is the Fiction Editor for Paizo Publishing and a co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game campaign setting. Death's Heretic was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. He's published a wealth of gaming material for both Dungeons & Dragons and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. When not writing or editing, he has performed extensively with various bands and other musical projects in Seattle.

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A review by Sandra Scholes

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Novels based on role-playing games are a popular way of initiating potential players to the campaign characters, setting, allies and its world. Pathfinder Tales are stand-alone novels set in the Pathfinder Campaign game. They allow the reader to see whole new worlds through the eyes of exciting and enchanting warriors. Salim Ghadalfa is a warrior who has a dark past he would rather forget. He is a man who has his own religion, yet works for a church he loathes, and takes on many dangerous missions. One is where he has to accompany an aristocrat's daughter while he searches the length and breadth of Thuvia for the answers to why the man's soul was so ruthlessly captured.

Salim is the sort of man who never takes people at face value; there is too much danger involved in him trusting people, so he has to make sure he can watch their every move. He is not called the Death's Heretic for nothing.

The Pathfinder Tales are set in many different worlds, and for those who are interested in other novels in the series, here are a few titles; Prince of Wolves by Dave Grim, Winter Witch by Elaine Cunningham, Plague of Shadows by Howard Andrew Jones, The Worldwound Gambit by Robin D. Laws, Master of Devils by Dave Gross, and Song of the Serpent by Hugh Matthews.

James L. Sutter is also Paizo Publishing's Fiction Editor and a top designer of the campaign setting for Pathfinder. He has worked on many design supplements and has published more than 25 short stories which are in magazines like Apex, Black Gate, and Machine of Death, this one becoming an Amazon #1 bestseller. Before They Were Giants is the anthology where published authors get to share their talents with readers. All novels in the Pathfinder series are all stand-alone adventures penned by some of the best writers in science fiction and fantasy today.

Readers are able to journey through the worlds through the eyes of the many characters whether they are warriors or thieves. These novels have also won three top ENnie Awards for the best campaign setting. In this novel readers can immerse themselves in the pseudo Middle-Eastern setting where daunting gods exist among cruel servants of evil.

Copyright © 2012 Sandra Scholes

Sandra thinks that the sunshine is very deceptive this time of year, especially when the flowers are in full bloom, and we had snow the other day. She is a writer of short fictional stories, and in her spare time she writes for Active Anime, Love Romance Passion, The Chronicles, and Love Vampires.


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