Friday, 21 February 2014

Book review - Queen of Thorns by Dave Gross


Queen of Thorns 

Written by Dave Gross

Published by Paizo Publishing LLC

'In the deep forests of Kyonin, elves live secretively among their own kind, far from the prying eyes of other races. Few of impure blood are allowed beyond the nation's borders, and thus it's a great honor for the half-elven Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radovan to be allowed inside. Yet all is not well in the elven kingdom: demons stir in its depths, and an intricate web of politics seems destined to catch the two travelers in its snares. In the course of tracking down a missing druid, Varian and a team of eccentric elven adventurers will be forced to delve into dark secrets lost for generations - including the mystery of Varian's own past!'

This Pathfinder Tales novel from Dave Gross is the third novel of the characters Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan. Dave Gross' previous novels with these two individuals have taken us through plenty of ups and downs but this time it's much more personal as a missing person drags the two men into a pit of danger and adventure. Although the banter between them is what we've come to expect from these books it's still well written and can be very funny.

The story itself moves along at a nice pace and doesn't feel like it's dragging at any point - I read the novel over three days and at no point did I feel like I didn't want to go back to it. In fact, I was quite eager to go back to the story as finishing each chapter makes you want more, and that's a sign of a well-written, involving book.

Compared to the two previous books in this series, "Prince of Wolves" and "Master of Devils", this is by far the best one and I can heartily recommended it.