I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Pathfinder #13
Published by Paizo on March 12, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
With strength, wit, rakish charm, and a talking sword named Hrym, Rodrick has all the makings of a classic hero — except for the conscience. Instead, he and Hrym live a high life as scoundrels, pulling cons and parting the weak from their gold. When a mysterious woman invites them along on a quest into the frozen north in pursuit of a legendary artifact, it seems like a prime opportunity to make some easy coin — especially if there's a chance for a double-cross. Along with a hooded priest and a half-elven tracker, the team sets forth into a land of witches, yetis, and ancient magic. As the miles wear on, however, Rodrick's companions begin acting steadily stranger, leading man and sword to wonder what exactly they've gotten themselves into...
This book took me a while to get through, not because it was bad, but it started off very slow for me and life kept taking me away from it. However, once I got past the first few chapters the adventure started to pick up. How long did it take to read I can hear you asking, sadly far too long as this was handed to me by the publisher at BEA some time ago.
The main characters are the rouge Rodrick and his sword, Hrym. How can a sword be a character, well when it talks, schemes with his human counterpart, and desires a bed of cold coins to sleep on, I’d definitely call him a character. I don’t want to spoil the adventure, but these characters are not as shallow as they may first appear. There is great depth to be found in them, and of course the world of Pathfinder is wide and open to so many creatures, gods, adventures, and mysteries.
This book was no exception, lies within lies, within schemes, within more lies leave the reader guessing at everyone’s true motive, except Rodrick and Hrym’s, they tell you straight forward that they just want the money from the very start. But even with that, they discover more about themselves then even they knew of this little quest to retrieve a sacred artifact.
I would recommend this book to most fans of D&D style writing, and so I feel it earns it’s 4 star rating. The slow start for me is what keeps this from earning a 5 star sadly, but it’s still a good read, and I recommend picking it up.