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Gears of Faith

(Pathfinder Tales)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Battle for the Bloodstone

Keren is a sworn knight of Iomedae, proper and disciplined in every way. Her partner, Zae, is the opposite—a curious gnome priestess of the clockwork goddess, who loves nothing more than the chaos of her makeshift hospitals. When a powerful evil artifact is stolen from a crusader stronghold, both knight and gnome are sent to the great city of Absal
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Tor Books
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Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This just had everything I was looking for in a book right now. It's high fantasy with magic and action, but not sprawling. And that suits me because more and more, I'm looking for standalone fantasy instead of series.

I really enjoyed the two main characters, Zae and Keren. Zae is a gnome and a cleric of Brigh, so she works on clockwork mechanisms and cool things like that. She's also optimistic and friendly, which I love. Keren is a human knight, follower of Iomedae (I think?). She's more broo
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Gears of Faith is a flawed book. It does what a lot of Pathfinder Tales do well—which is wrap likeable characters into a tight Sword & Sorcery package—but it's brought down by structural, plotting, and pacing issues. Dissecting these issues would delve far into spoiler territory, so I'll avoid it here, but they begin at the novel's core concept, and extend through character motivations, too many coincidences, and the plot happening *to* the protagonists, rather than being drive forward by Zae an ...more
Billy Rodriguez
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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First of all, I received a free copy (Advanced Uncorrected Proof) for free, through Goodreads Giveaways, for an honest review.

Going in to this, I didn't know what to expect. I've read a lot of the Forgotten Realms novels (particularly those of R.A. Salvatore), but I had no knowledge of the Pathfinder world, aside from it being another Pen & Paper RPG. I was interested to see that the main characters were a lesbian couple. I cannot think of any alternative sexuality in Forgotten Realms, so it's n
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, rpgs, ff, lgbt, medieval
The knight, the gnome, and the slayer of apples

The story of a Paladin and her Gnome companion, this novel explores a nice range of character challenges and growth as well as a fantasy setting that are all expertly woven into a potentially earth-shattering plot. The author does a great job of inserting characters with some but limited expertise (but not overblown power) into a potentially epic tale. It all flows into a fantasy plot that makes sense while also presenting twists and turns challengi
Joel Flank
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Gears of Faith feels like Harry Potter in the Pathfinder world. For many readers, this is probably a recommendation for the book, but personally, I prefer my fiction to be more targeted at adults, not the teen audience. The story splits its focus between the two equal protagonists, Keren, a knight of Iomedae, the crusader goddess, and Zae, a cleric of the clockwork goddess of invention. They get transferred to the largest city in the world for advanced training and study. Unfortunately, they're ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reading "Bloodbound" set a precedent for Pathfinder books in me that this book sadly did not surpass. It's biggest flaw was that it was too busy trying to explain every little detail in regards to everything, and I mean literal THINGS, that it forgot to make me care about the characters. The "mystery" also was not set up properly and due to the over-explanation problem I mentioned, the amount of data that you have been bombarded with ultimately deterred you from enjoying the "reveal", which was ...more
Shannon Clark
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book set in the Pathfinder setting of Golarion in the major city of Absalom. If you are a fan of Pathfinder and Golarion this is a great book for the world descriptions. And it is refreshing to read a female to female love story done very well (and true to the world and setting it causes no particular surprise)

That said the end of the book while logical felt rushed. And while the core idea of students running around as major forces in the world battled and plotted was exciting in the end it
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
A sort of lesbian-lit take on Harry Potter ported to the Pathfinder setting. The pacing is rather brutal: Over the first ~150 pages a gnome cleric and her crusader lover move to the big city of Absalom to enroll in magic college and are vaguely affected by a possible MacGuffin while making friends with a transgender halfling and discovering a new local bar and new friends. Things pick up toward the end from there, and there are some interesting bits and ideas along the way, but those looking mor ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, when I go to world-building fantasy I'm not really expecting a whole lot. However Gears of Faith was SUCH a good book. It had a great story, engaging characters and (shockingly) a really good discussion of consent. The book also featured queer protagonists in the right way. They were in love, it was part of the story, but it wasn't put forth as a "look at me I'm being so radical" kind of performative queerness we see out of so many books. Plus there was an amazing dog as a main ...more
Leader of the Pack
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant story. I find novels based on tabletop games sometimes come across as more of a commercial for the game than an entertaining read. Not so with Gears of Faith. This is a mystery story packed with solid characters and a cozy romance. This brought depth and warmth to the Pathfinders Tales world.
Bart Vervaet
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
really loved this one (as shown by the fact it only took me three days to finish it). As far as pathfinder tales go, this one is up there with the best of them.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Another decent Pathfinder novel. Worked at actual way things work in the game into the book better than many.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Gabrielle Harbowy’s Gears of Faith, while enjoyable, often fails to fulfill its promises. We follow two main characters, Keren Rhinn, a human, and Zae, a gnome, who are lovers and who both have a strong religious faith. Keren, as a Holy Knight, is more comfortable using her sword to accomplish her god’s missions, while Zae, a tinkerer, uses her faith in healing and creating. Together they are given a mission to find a thief of a holy relic while also seekin
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Gears of Faith by Gabrielle Harbowy

This is a fantasy featuring Keren, a knight of Iomedae and her partner Zae, a gnome priestess of the clockwork goddess Brigh along with their war dog Appleslayer.
The two lovers are thrust into a highly dangerous adventure with minimal information.

The story is a coming of age of Keren who struggles to find her relationship with her goddess. Appleslayer is a war dog and mount for the diminutive Zae.

The author does nice character development with a very tastefu
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