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Forge of Ashes

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Hearts of Stone

Years ago, the dwarven warrior Akina left her home in the Five Kings Mountains to fight in the Goblinblood Wars. Now at long last she's returning home, accompanied by Ondorum, her silent companion of living stone. What she finds there is far from what she remembers: a disgraced brother, an obsessive suitor, and a missing mother presumed dead. Yet the damage
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Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 27th 2015 by Paizo Inc.
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Rick
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another Pathfinder Tales novel set in the world of Golarion, where magic rules and strong men run countries. This is the story of the dwarven warrior Akina, who returns home with her monk companion Ondorum, who has taken a vow of silence. They return after years of working as mercenaries to find that Akina's mother has died and the former apprentice, Gromir (who used to be Akina's significant other and still holds a flame for her) has taken over the stoneworking business. To make matters ...more
MB
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Here's what you need to know about me reading this book: when I picked it up, I didn't realize it was set in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. I was at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Josh said, in a rather dazed voice, "I only have one book left," so I bought it.

What a pleasant surprise. You don't have to be familiar with this game (or any other) to enjoy this book.

First of all, thank you, Josh, for writing a female main character as a believable warrior. I felt like Akina and O
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Frank
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave this 4 stars because it is the best Fantasy novel with a Dwarven Heroine that I have ever read. Plus I got to meet the author at Origins when he signed a book for my son.

If you like Dwarves or RPG fantasy then this is a Goodread
Josh
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great debut novel for freelance writer Josh Vogt. Slow at times, but carries a strong theme and well-written narrative throughout.
Kathleen
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a gift.

Set in the world of the Pathfinder role playing game, it's a lot of mazes and monsters. One is often tempted to dismiss that particular sub-genre as an excuse to write sweet fight scenes and prosaic descriptions of favorite monsters. One can shove that attitude down the Long Walk in the Darklands.

Listen: this book is the story of a dwarven berserker struggling with her control issues and spirituality. Her monk boyfriend has also taken a vow of silence, which isn't helping a
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M.M.S
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this book because dwarves are my favorite fantasy race and I wanted to read a new story about a dwarf. I was not disappointed. This was pretty much what I expected out of a licensed Pathfinder novel about a dwarven mercenary/adventurer. There were monster fights, an underground dungeon-crawl, and an ancient evil to oppose. There was also relationship stuff between the main character and her partner that added some emotional complexity to the narrative. I was not familiar with Pathfinder ...more
Peter
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is Josh Vogt debut novel and it is a worthy one. Nice characters and a classical old school D&D plot makes this a nice read. Also bonuspoints for including a rustmonster and driving the story forwards with it.
Some of the fight scenes seem a bit muddled though but that is the only small complaint I have about this book. I hope to read a follow up book with the same characters.
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Christian
It's refreshing to read a book that features Dwarves and other denizens of the Darklands. It doesn't hurt that the main character is a kick-ass female warrior
Craig Jr.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun read, and a fun listen, as I checked out the audiobook. The book was full of action, full of fighting. However, the plot seemed a little thin as well as the emotions. I do think this is a trend of the "Role-Playing" books, as I've noticed Dungeons and Dragons to often be the same way. It may be the publisher telling the author to have a battle every x amount of pages, since most gamers love the battles. Overall, though, it was a really enjoying read.
Joel Flank
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it
When the dwarven warrior Akina returns home after years fighting as a mercenary, she quickly learns that all has not been good for her family in her absence. Her mother has died, and her brother has become an alcoholic and is disgraced from the priesthood of the chief dwarven god Torag. When her old boyfriend kidnaps her brother in a desperate attempt to re-win Akina's affections, she pursues him along with her Oread (human infused with earth elemental ancestry) friend and lover, Ondorum, into t ...more
Matthew
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although I did not care for the endings *style*, this is a very strong book, and definitely worth 4 stars.

The writintg style is very fluid and easy going, and is just a pleasure to read. You will look up at the clock and wonder where the time has gone.

The characters are very interesting right off the bat and drag you in, and the action also gets you sucked in right off the bat! Mysteries are presented early, and yet the author has done such agood job of making you like the characters so quickly
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Steve
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
An action-packed book with some great supporting characters. The main character is difficult to get behind, but I did enjoy the monsters. The talking stalactite was the best and quite inventive. The final battle gets a bit jumbled and the living forges were very confusing. I wish Izthuri's tribe was featured in the final battle, she basically was written out 2/3's of the way in to the book.
Shannon Clark
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exploration of parts of Golarion I hadn't read about before and some good characters and moments. Feels a bit like the start of a series which is a good thing but at times feels rushed. As a gamer it is a good novelization of game elements many treated in ways I haven't thought about before (but which may inspire me to try in my own games). Overall a good satisfying read.
Brandon
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
An okay Pathfinder book.
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Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book. I like the heroine a lot.
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Author Josh Vogt’s work covers fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, pulp, and more. His debut fantasy novel is Pathfinder Tales: Forge of Ashes, alongside the launch of his urban fantasy series, The Cleaners, with Enter the Janitor, The Maids of Wrath, and The Dustpan Cometh. He’s a freelance writer and editor, a Scribe Award and Compton Crook Award nominee, and a member of both SFWA and the I ...more

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