Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers Paperback – 17 Apr 2014
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About the Author
WENDY N. WAGNER is the author of the Pathfinder Tales novel "Skinwalkers "and "Starspawn", and has had short fiction published in "Armored, Way of the Wizard, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, "and other markets. She is the Managing Editor for "Lightspeed "and "Nightmare" magazines, as well as an editor for the Destroy series of anthologies, including "Women Destroy Science Fiction, " "Women Destroy Fantasy, "and "Queers Destroy Science Fiction. "She's also a contributing author at the Inkpunks blog, and lives in Portland, OR.
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The book was very good, the descriptions of the locations and people as well as the battles were carefully thought out. One twist I could see coming pretty quickly, but does not affect the story - in fact it enhanced it. Overall this was a good book like Pirates honor or the V&R series and does deserve a good read.
Jendara is thrown back into her tumultuous past when a group of strange raiders attack her home and people. Can she solve the mystery behind these attacks and confront her own unhappy past?
This wasn't a bad book, but it was decidedly average. I felt like Wagner was always writing to a plan - but not in a good way - rather, chapters, incidences and twists all felt pre-decided, and that it was simply a matter of getting the characters in position for things to happen. It all felt a little rote to me.
This isn't helped by a dearth of characterisation. Jendara is fleshed out, but virtually no one else gets any flavour; they felt largely interchangeable to me. It doesn't help that, as a character, Jendara is pretty simple. Coupled with the simplistic narrative, I was left with what would have made a fine short story but really groaned under the weight of being a novel.
In addition the setting felt so homogenous - dare I say monotonous. The archipelago itself was boring to me, and unchanging, and the character's never got out of it except for a completely unnecessary diversion to an incongruous pathfinder library that seemed to exist only to pad the length.
Coupled with the grisly violence, which was gratuitous and failed to add anything, I didn't love this book.
If you are after a freezing setting in the pathfinder world, Elaine Cunningham's Winter Witch is a stronger book on all counts.