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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Elves Cool Again, 6 Nov 2012
This review is from: Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns (Paperback)
This book is amazing, go read it now!

Now that's out of the way, on with the review. I've been subscribing to the Pathfinder Tales line since it's inception. Overall it's been a pretty good line. Always providing a solid fantasy adventure with a twist or two and relate-able characters who do some cool stuff.

This book is the best of the lot.

Written by Dave Gross, this is the third novel starring Count Varian Jeggare and his bodyguard Radovan. As always the heart of the novel is a mystery, a missing person's case with a deeply personal connection to Count Varian. Unlike previous novels Dave has kept the dynamic duo together for the majority of the adventure, allowing the pair to interact and bounce off each other. The chemistry between the two main characters absolutely drives the book, and I found myself laughing out loud at the pair's witty repartee. Balancing the humour is a great deal of pathos, these characters have been steadily evolving since their first appearance and even over the course of this novel the characters grow further still.

Each of the Varian/Radovan novels has a unique hook, and in this one it's elves and classic adventuring parties. Joined by agents of Kyonin's various factions you'll grow to know and like each of the characters Gross introduces. He has an economy of language, and mastery of voice. Furthermore he manages to introduce the complexities of elven politics in the best way possible, through the lens of characters who each are sympathetic in their own way.

It's a wonderful novel, and I devoured it in a day. So if you're interested in the ongoing saga of Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan, elves, dragons, adventures, magic, mystery, humour, pathos or fun. Read this book.

Even if you weren't previously interested. Read this book anyway. You'll be glad you did.
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Pathfinder Tales: Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross (Paperback - 13 Nov 2012)
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