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Hunters of the Dead!

Larsa is a dhampir—half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted peaks of Ustalav, she's an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital's secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Meanwhile, in the cathedral of Maiden's Choir, Jadain is a young priestess of the death goddess, in trouble with her superiors
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Tor Books
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Bob
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I must admit, I cracked the spine on Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound with no little trepidation. It was to be my first exposure to the Pathfinder universe, and I had no idea what to expect. While I have fond memories of cutting my genre teeth on the old TSR novels, Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms haven't stood up well over time. That said, I find I actually appreciate their Ravenloft horror/fantasy world more now than I did back then, so entering into the Pathfinder world with vampires and clerics ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I had high hopes going into this because I like Wes Schneider from listening to interviews about the Pathfinder RPG (he's a managing editor at Paizo, I think). He's a dynamic speaker and is obviously enthusiastic about the world and product. Also, Ustalav deserves some mind-space and has excellent potential for horror-tinged fantasy goodness.

And the story is serviceable and the characters are interesting and the plot didn't suck. And yeah, all of that is mild praise, I know. The thing is, while
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Hilmi Isa
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: game-based
Pathfinder Tales merupakan siri novel yang mengandungi tajuk-tajuk cerita yang berdasar atau berlatarbelakangkan dunia permainan board game bergenre fantasi iaitu Pathfinder RPG (Role-Playing Game). Siri novel ini bertindak sebagai fluff atau gambaran mengenai dunia fantasi Pathfinder melalui cerita-cerita pengembaraan watak-watak protagonis di dalamnya.

Di dalam Bloodbound,setting ceritanya adalah di Ustalav,sebuah negara di dalam wilayah yang dipanggil Inner Sea Region. Larsa,seorang dhampir
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Wendy
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
In "Bloodbound" which I won through Goodreads/First Reads F. Wesley Schneider takes the reader into the chillingly dark cesspool of Caliphas where Larsa a dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) and accuser (royal agent) has been sent to investigate a vampiric massacre at Thorenly Manor. Attacked by rogue vampires which she quickly annihilates, Larsa haunted by her sketchy past discovers a painting with her likeness that links her to Lady Ellishan Thorenly, the only survivor of the butchery.

After an
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Maria Haskins
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
‘Bloodbound’ is a terrific and very entertaining fantasy and adventure story with strong shades of gothic horror. There are vampires aplenty, and one of the main characters – the gutsy and gloriously ornery Larsa – is the offspring of a human and a vampire: alive, but endowed with some vampire powers. The other main character is the young priestess Jadain who serves Pharasma. Pharasma is the goddess of death and rebirth, and pretty much the nemesis of any and all undead, including vampires, ...more
Peter
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This book started off quite good but than I somehow lost touch with it along the way. This is a gothic novel set in Golarion and I feel the gothic and the heroic clashes at times. Very interesting characters though.
David Sharp
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Review from Horrorunderground.org

Bloodbound
Pathfinder Tales
Tor Books
Author: F. Wesley Schneider

Bloodbound follows the story of Larsa, a dhampir—half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted moors of gothic Ustalav, she’s an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital’s secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Yet when a noblewoman’s entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, Larsa is drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will reveal
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Todd
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won my copy of Bloodbound through a giveaway at Tor.com.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Bloodbound. This was a book I very likely never would have read if not for winning the giveaway. It’s a Pathfinder Tales book, which is a series of fantasy books set in the world of the Pathfinder role playing game. I’ve never played Pathfinder, though I have played Dungeons & Dragons in the past. I have read (or attempted) several books based in game worlds (Dungeons & Dragons,
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Cory Gilman
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this novel. I encountered at least one reference to the typical fantasy RPG paradigm that was fun to see but not so intrusive as to confuse someone unfamiliar with the trope. Overall an enjoyable read.
Nick Orvis
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
F. Wesley Schneider's Bloodbound is a decent gothic horror story and a good mass-market branded paperback (at least from my limited experience). Set in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (though I suspect it'd be at least broadly accessible, if less enticing, to unfamiliar readers), the novel tells the story of Larsa, a half-vampire woman living in the gloomy city of Caliphas, where the ruling class has an unspoken truce with the vampires lurking the warrens below their city. As a ...more
Kurt Springs
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.

Synopsis:

Larsa is a royal accuser: an agent for the royal spymaster who keeps the peace between the capital’s secret vampire population and humanity. She is also a dhampir, born of a union between vampire and human. Jadain is a young priestess of the Maiden’s Choir and servant to the death goddess. Her more fanatical superiors harass her for being too soft on the worshipers. The unlikely pair come together when vampiric invaders massacre almost
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Kirakazumi
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's my first pathfinder book and I have to say that I quite enjoyed it.

Cons:
- Overtly descriptive of throwaway locations
- The two leads could've used more bonding time to strengthen their friendship
- Perspective jumps are jarring sometimes

Pros:
- Expansive world bulding and multiple locations
- Relatable and endearing leads
- Action scenes are concise and fast, just rightly paced
Neil McGarry
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always wary of RPG books, and particulary of the half-vampire trope, but Bloodbound allayed all my fears. Author F. Wesley Schneider combines solid prose with non-sexualized female leads to create an engaging tale of vampiric intrigue. Recommended.
J.  W. Hood
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good vampire novel.

interesting heroines and the plot was more complex than an average hack and slash adventure.
I was surprised by the ending.
Julie
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
A journey by a half vampire to find and kill her father. On the way she discovers who she really is and enemies become friends.
Matthew
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have held off a few days on writing this review. Maybe a little context will help. I consider myself a very good "reviewer", but this book has really stretched me in some very interesting ways. By no means is this review flowing smoothly.

For one, it took me much longer than normal to read this work. Now yes part of that is because it is fairly large (about 50% longer than your average Pathfinder or standard fantasy fare), but it probably took me three or maybe four times longer to read than a
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Michael Cantwell
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before the actual review a note on a pet peeve of mine around reviews and that's holding back a five star rating for 'perfection'. Given that you only have five stars to cover the entire spectrum between 'My god, that was awful! I don't understand how this even made it into print... Why?!' and a literally perfect literary effort, I really don't agree with the 'I never give five stars!' brigade.

So what's my criteria for star ratings? Broadly speaking: one is 'Oh god, no!' two is 'Well, it's not
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Jes Jones
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
[Summary from Amazon]: Larsa is a dhampir-half vampire, half human. In the gritty streets and haunted moors of Gothic Ustalav, she's an agent for the royal spymaster, keeping peace between the capital's secret vampire population and its huddled human masses. Yet when a noblewoman's entire house is massacred by vampiric invaders, Larsa is drawn into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will reveal far more about her own heritage than she ever wanted to know.

My boyfriend has a few of the Pathfinder
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Brannigan
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Published on TheQwillery.com

F. Wesley Schneider’s story in the Pathfinder universe is centered around Caliphas, a dark dangerous city that has made a truce with the undead, in particular, vampires. So when there is a vampire attack at the Thorenly Manor, there is an investigation to determine if this was a deliberate attack against the peace treaty or something else. Larsa is a half-vampire and accuser working as a royal agent. Jadain Losritter is a priestess struggling to understand her own
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Joel Flank
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bloodbound is the first novel by F Wesley Schneider, the editor in chief at Paizo, and resident expert on the gothic horror country of Ustalav. Based on this, I was thrilled to see what he did with the setting in his debut (excluding the myriad of gaming products he has written.) He doesn't disappoint, introducing the vampire hunter, Larsa, who struggles with her upbringing as a Dhampir, a half vampire, beholden to the vampire rulers of the capital's underworld, as well as Jadain, an unusually ...more
Tellatale
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I have read some of the other in the same series and although I know nothing about the RolePlaying game, I have liked reading the adventures in these books better than some other mainstream fantasy books. That said, I did not enjoy this as much as the others that I have read before. The first one was Tim Pratt's 'Lair's Island' that I thoroughly enjoyed and that started me off on finding more books in this series.
This one was a lot darker in setting and storyline but darkness done well can be
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Steve
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bloodbound is Wes Schneider's freshman novel, picking up some characters from his previous short-stories. Set in Pathfinder's fantasy world of Golarion—specifically in the Gothic land of Ustalav—Bloodbound is a fantasy noir tale featuring characters making hard choices and confronting hard truths about themselves. It features some potent imagery and fun twists and turns along with vivid characters, focusing on the vampire hunter Larsa and the death-priestess Jadain (I'm inordinately fond of the ...more
Richard Moore
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 5-star rating here is admittedly skewed by my love of the setting in which this novel takes place. I've not spent nearly as much time playing the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game in any part of its signature campaign world as the fog-shrouded gothic nation of Ustalav, so getting to see its portrayal as envisioned by this country's creator is a real treat. Wes Schneider does not disappoint those of us who bought the book for "gamer porn", drawing the reader into his world of decadent vampires, ...more
Daniel
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
In reality, I only got this book because I saw it was about Pathfinder. I play that game. Overall, the dark plot didn't draw me in enough. I stopped reading it because one of the characters could not stop swearing. The plot was also a little dark for my taste. All I got about the plot is that it was about a half vampire, or dhampir, who has to team up with a young priestess of the death goddess to solve a mystery of a murder. Overall, the swearing and plot make it not worth it to read.
TheoVonG
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good story featuring strong, well-developed characters on an interesting journey.

Full review (with spoilers) on my blog.
Anthonia
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully well-written dark fantasy novel about a dhampir named Larsa. It is told in first person point of view. I love the story of Larsa the hunter and the duty she fulfills in this story. A must read
Robert
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Solid story with enjoyable protagonists. I enjoyed it.
Leliel Mitsukai
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I know I'm a sucker for a good Pathfinder Tale, but this was even better than most. Well-written and engaging, I had trouble putting this one down.
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Editor-in-chief at Paizo Inc. and co-creator of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, F. Wesley Schneider is the author of dozens of Pathfinder and Dungeons & Dragons adventures as well as several dark fantasy and sci-fi tales.

His first novel, Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound, debuted from Tor and Paizo Inc. in December 2015. Watch for his story, "Stray Thoughts," in Eclipse Phase: After the Fall - The
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