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Blood of the City

(Pathfinder Tales)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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Luma is a cobblestone druid, a canny fighter and spellcaster who can read the chaos of Magnimar's city streets like a scholar reads books. Together, she and her siblings in the powerful Derexhi family form one of the most infamous and effective mercenary companies in the city, solving problems for the city's wealthy elite. Yet despite being the oldest child,
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 2012 by Paizo Publishing, LLC
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Jacob Proffitt
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rpg
I worried about picking this one up. On the one hand, I really like Robin D. Laws, though that's mostly from his podcast. On the other, I have a deep suspicion of game tie-ins, even if I really like the game (in this case, Pathfinder). Fortunately for me, it turns out that Laws really is a good writer and not merely fun to listen to talking about stuff.

I picked this one up because it takes place in the city of Magnimar--which is the current location in our family game (I'm running Rise of the R
Melissa McShane
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, roleplaying
I read this mainly because my husband really liked it and because the book is set in the same area our family Pathfinder game is set in. It turns out that the same quality determined our ratings; he liked that you could see the RPG characteristics in every action, and I really didn't. I disliked being pulled out of the story thinking "oh, Laws is describing the effect, but I know that's just how the fireball spell is described in the manual; he's not being creative, someone else was creative on ...more
Chris Jackson
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Laws has come up with another winner with this new Pathfinder Tales novel. Without giving too much away, the main character goes through such a drastic evolution that it hits the reader like a thunderbolt. Character is king in this awesome story of a different kind of Druid (RPG Druid, mind you), one that is attuned not to nature, but to the living, breathing heartbeat and song of a city. His descriptions of the link between this young woman and the city, how she draws power from it, is enthrall ...more
Gary Bingham
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A solid, if not spectacular, book set in the Pathfinder world of Golarion. Laws does a great job of bringing a game 'Class', the cobblestone Druid, to life in the half-elf Luma Derexhi. You are drawn into her world of treachery and revenge however I do feel that I was not engaged as much as I should have been. I was surprised at the change in direction halfway through though I never felt the hatred burning in Luma chest for the wrongs done against her. I guess I was looking a deeper emotional in ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Te Pathfinder line is top notch. I enjoyed this book, and it's surprising ending that leaves me wanting more!
Joel Flank
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in the Pathfinder Tales series. This time around, Robin Laws tells the story of Luma, a bastard child of the Derexhi family of Magnimar. They make their fortune by providing mercenaries and guards to others, with the top crew made up of the capable scions of the house. Things take a turn for the worse for Luma when politics enter her life, and she finds her old friends and haunts at risk. She must find new allies to restore her good name...and save her life.

It's a fun read,
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the most recent of the Pathfinder Tales books. Set in the city of Magnimar, it chronicles the adventures of the half-elf Luma Derexhi in the city of Magnimar. Luma is the bastard child of Randred Derexhi and his first (obviously elven) wife. Luma works as a mercenary with a group of her brothers and sisters to fight crime and collect rewards. And to complete jobs and collect rewards. Well, she works with them until one day they turn on her and try to kill her. Then, she is forced to gath ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like gaming fantasy books BUT they have to be good. Sounds like a fairly reasonable criteria right? Yes but so many of them aren't. Good that is. This is definitely one of the good ones, in fact I would say it is one of the best. It only didn't get 5 stars not because of Robin Laws' writing, it is great. Just the right depth and description required and wonderful characters and that plot? Just when I'm liking the book and think it's going one way. WTF? There is a twist and it turns into a comp ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it liked it
A fun story of betrayal and revenge set in the city of Magnimar. Robin D Laws does interessting things here with the pathfinder archetypes.

As all these pathfinder tales this also takes place in the world of Golorian. More specific in the city of Magnimar in Varisia. The fun thing is that I have had several pc's hang around Magnimar in the last years of gaming. So it is very strange to read about places and people in a book when you already interacted with them in a roleplay game.

This is a fun b
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I adored "The Worldwound Gambit" by Laws, so I was very excited to read "Blood in the City." Unfortunately this book didn't interest me as much as TWG did, but it's still a solid book. I found it to be slower paced than TWG and the abundance of characters made it somewhat less engaging to me. Still, I thought the characters were well-drawn, especially if you're familiar with Golarion and the Pathfinder universe. The plot, especially the dramatic tragedy that befalls Luma halfway through the book ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaming
I'm usually a little leery when it comes to game fiction. This book was extremely well written for the genre, in that someone not familiar with Pathfinder could get at least some pleasure out of it, I think. I noticed only a single discrepancy with the rules of the game, otherwise, very well done. I look forward to reading more by the author.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I felt like this novel had a lot of jerky starts and stops, with dragging points and random action scenes. The book picked up more in the second half, but the end result was an average fantasy novel plot with an intriguing protagonist. The depiction of the cobblestone Druid was well done, and I hope to see more of her in future novels.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Next in the Pathfinder Tales series, this is the tale of an Urban Druid in the city of Magnimar. Interesting class in a very interesting background works out for a really good story. Plus, the plot went somewhere entirely different then where I thought it was going to go, which is unfortunately so rare that it was a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed this one quite a lot.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
A decent Pathfinder book. It was a little distracting with how clearly the classes from the game were used with most of the characters.
Tim Martin
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The writing was well done. The characters are great. I wish it was longer.
Jessie B.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun read though the number of character were at times confusing .
Scott wachter
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I dug it.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are few books that genuinely throw me with a plot twist that I did not in any way expect and don't immediately make sense to me right after they happen. This is actually the only book that I can recall off the top of my head whose plot has surprised me as much as it did the way it did. I read it in two 6-hour sessions this weekend, practically could not put it down. I doff my hat to you, Mr. Laws.
Mark Townsend
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites of the Pathfinder Tales. The story is fun, fast-paced, and a little cliche, but one thing that set it alart for me was one of the most gruesome scenes I've ever read in a book and they don't look away. Literally a jaw dropping moment for me.
Adam J.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun redemption story, well-written and with a few good twists.
Victor Sanchez
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was boring. Why was it boring? Because all the characters were flat, at least in the second half of the novel.

You see, this book is the Golarion version of Kill Bill, with our protagonist betrayed by their family (is not a spoiler, the back of the book tells you directly about it) in which our character goes from timid to the stereotypical hard woman bend on revenge and that's the problem, it's stereotypical in the worst sense of the word. You know how her personality is, what her act
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked aspects of this book but I could not finish it. I thought this book would be as thrilling a read as the other pathfinder tales book I read but it wasn't. The main character was well rounded and had potential to grow. The story was interesting and had a good deal of mystery. The magic system was inventive, the city song was a great idea. The problem I had, it was slow going and not engaging enough to keep my attention. The potential was there and I think if it would have been executed cor ...more
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Writer and game designer Robin D. Laws brought you such roleplaying games as Ashen Stars, The Esoterrorists, The Dying Earth, Heroquest and Feng Shui. He is the author of seven novels, most recently The Worldwound Gambit from Paizo. For Robin's much-praised works of gaming history and analysis, see Hamlet's Hit Points, Robin's Laws of Game Mastering and 40 Years of Gen Con.

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