- Title: Nightblade
- Author: Liane Merciel
- ISBN: 9781601256621
- Page: 352
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Where Demons Fear to TreadRaised as a wizard priest in the church of the dark god Zon Kuthon, Isiem escaped his sadistic masters and became a rebel, leaving behind everything he knew in order to follow his conscience Now, his unique heritage makes him perfect for a dangerous mission into an ancient dungeon said to hold a magical weapon capable of slaying demons and devilsWhere Demons Fear to TreadRaised as a wizard priest in the church of the dark god Zon Kuthon, Isiem escaped his sadistic masters and became a rebel, leaving behind everything he knew in order to follow his conscience Now, his unique heritage makes him perfect for a dangerous mission into an ancient dungeon said to hold a magical weapon capable of slaying demons and devils by the thousands and freeing the world of their fiendish taint Accompanied by companions ranging from a righteous paladin to mercantile mercenaries, Isiem will lead the expedition back into shadowed lands that are all too familiar And what the adventurers find at the dungeon s heart will change them all forever.From acclaimed author Liane Merciel comes a dark tale of survival, horror, and second chances, set in the award winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Recent Comments "Nightblade"
A good adventure story with pacing, characters, and plot all pulling for it. I had a hard time engaging with Isiem for most of the book. He's a bit passive for my taste—competent at his job but deeply uncertain of his place in the world and kind of drifting along as a result. And the rest of the party reads like just that: an adventuring party. You don't feel the RPG behind the story, really, Merciel is a better author than that. But they don't really gel very organically and I couldn't help f [...]
Full disclosure: I'm a Pathfinder Tales author, so my assessment of this volume is biased. I'm also a beta reader for Liane Merciel, and she is a beta reader for my Pathfinder tales novels.So, biased opinion: I love Liane's dark interpretations of Nidal, and Golarion. She's a fine writer, and I'm looking forward to her upcoming works in the world.That is all I will saynce I'm biased
After a mood-setting introductory novel, Merciel's follow-up look at the character of Isiem hews much more closely to the series' roots in a roleplaying game: her conflicted renegade wizard finds a party and goes on a quest.In broad strokes, much of what happens here will be familiar to people who've read Merciel's original fantasy novel, "Heaven's Needle": a talented but morally diverse group of adventurers band together to fight a greater evil, trying to stay alive while maintaining their sani [...]
Another in the Pathfinder Tales series set on the fantasy world of Golarion, Nightblade focuses on the adventures of Isiem, a heretic wizard from the country of Nidal, where they worship the dark god Zon-Kuthon and serve to please the Dark Council. Isiem has turned away from the egocentric, Machiavellian culture of Nidal and works to promote good in the world. At the beginning of the tale, he is working as a rebel in the demon-worshiping country of Cheliax. But, he and his colleagues--Teglias, a [...]
Once again Liane Merciel returns to the tale of Isiem, formerly of the dark land of Nidal. He has left the service of his homeland and the dark god Zon-Kuthon, but hasn't yet found his way for a new life. After making some contacts among the rebels of devil haunted Cheliax, he is recruited by them to help recover a weapon useful against fiends.In addition to his wizardly skills, he provides them contact with a former friend of his who has remained serving his dark lord, drawing Isiem back into t [...]
This book was given to me by a friend who runs Pathfinder games every now and then. Having never played the tabletop game I really didn't know what to expect, except that it's a fantasy novel. I was pleasantly surprised. While the main character isn't super-relatable, the story was engaging and really kept me guessing. Apparently there is a lot of lore that I am unfamiliar with in the Pathfinder world. The author did a great job with the pacing of the story and I found that there was a good bala [...]
In my review of Liane Merciel's previous pathfinder book Nightglass I mentioned that I really like her descriptions and mood settings within the pathfinder framework. In this book that is even more evident. In this book an expedition is set up into the secret lab of some ancient wizard/ sorceress. What follows is a tale of horror and desperation where her good descriptions and great setting design really pays off.
Love a good Pathfinder Tale. I was glad to see Isiem got a followup-hope he continues to be a recurring character. Overall, enjoyed the story, but there was one glaring error toward the end that irked me a bit (view spoiler)[The two Nidalese, when spying on the cleric, use the fact he mentioned multiple nightblades as evidence he was possessed since he "wouldn't have known that otherwise." Except that he was *right there* when they told everyone, and even has a comment about not summoning monste [...]
A solid tale of friendship & evilThe story takes on enough twists & jitters into good versus evil & betrayal, doubting, & tested loyalties to keep the reader entertained throughout. Isiam is a character who is easy enough to comprehend & every character has a through-line within the high fantasy. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories of rebellion, magic, loyalty, & especially twisted evils. Also, those who enjoy constant questioning of whether all c [...]
Really a very good book, it has a slightly slower pace than what I am used to from Merciel. But the amazing characters, and a lot of them, and a wonderful satisfying ending are all there! Recommend this!
Another book of the evil Nidalese. While I feel this one is less graphic than the first story of Isiem, I just cannot get into the character. I don't care what happens to him. And that just makes the book less enjoyable.
Good Fantasy story
I really enjoyed this book. It managed to continue where the first book left off and keeping the story interesting. I just hope there will be more, though the ending does imply there will be.
Another decent pathfinder novel.
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