My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very well written piece with an interesting POV perspective; first person from two different protagonists. This is especially entertaining here, in a very “Holmes Watson” way, as one of the characters is a rather haughty, womanizing, wine-loving “ambassador” and member of the Pathfinders, a group of knowledge seeking adventurers in the Paizo gaming world of Golarion. Please don’t let the fact that this is a game oriented novel dissuade you from picking it up. The writing and characterization are tight, and the plot twists are well done.
The only down side I have to lay down about this wonderful tale, and the only reason I didn’t give it the full five stars, is the author’s propensity to start a chapter in the middle, then backfill a page or two to catch up to where he started. It works, but I feel that it is a tool too often used in this single novel. That said, I have the highest recommendations for the book, and will be picking up the sequel, Master of Demons, as soon as I can get my hands on a copy…
Disclaimer: I met Dave Gross at Gencon 2011, and the fact that he is a great guy may have influenced this review… 😉