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When a mysterious monster carves a path of destruction across the southern River Kingdoms, desperate townsfolk look to the famed elven ranger Elyana and her half-orc companion Drelm for salvation. For Drelm, however, the mission is about more than simple justice, as without a great victory proving his worth, a prejudiced populace will never allow him to marry the human womWhen a mysterious monster carves a path of destruction across the southern River Kingdoms, desperate townsfolk look to the famed elven ranger Elyana and her half-orc companion Drelm for salvation. For Drelm, however, the mission is about more than simple justice, as without a great victory proving his worth, a prejudiced populace will never allow him to marry the human woman he loves. Together with a fresh band of allies, including the mysterious gunslinger Lisette, the heroes must set off into the wilderness, hunting a terrifying beast that will test their abilities—and their friendships—to the breaking point and beyond.From acclaimed author Howard Andrew Jones comes a new adventure of love, death, and unnatural creatures, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game....

Title : Stalking the Beast
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ISBN : 9781601255723
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 367 Pages
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Stalking the Beast Reviews

  • Bobby Nichols
    2018-11-18 12:09

    A very engaging story -- enough so that I am going back to ready previous books by this author about the characters

  • Mrs Giggles
    2018-12-11 04:02

    Stalking The Beast brings back some familiar faces from Plague Of Shadows, but this one can stand alone very well, if you don't mind mild spoilers like - duh - the main characters surviving the events in that previous book.Elyana Sadrastis, our battle-hardened elven ranger, is currently staying awhile in the small town of Delgar, generally giving her BFF, the half-orc Drelm, her moral support and expertise. She's pleased that Drelm has finally found a woman who would love him despite his looks and him being a half-orc (look at those fangs, not pretty), and Drelm has won the support of the people and even the mayor (his fiancée's father) to become the captain of the guard. Once Drelm settles down, however, Elyana wonders what she will do with herself.Things are never boring in fantasy worlds, however, and soon, an invisible monster starts going on a rampage in the neighborhood, leaving piles of dead bodies in its wake. Elyana and Drelm, along with some of her elven buddies, begin organizing a hunting party to take down the beast. Meanwhile, a bounty hunter, Lisette Demonde, shows up in town with her impressive guns and her grouchy dwarven assistant. She soon proves to be a skilled warrior worthy of tagging along with the party, but those people have no clue that she has another motive to tag along: she is hired by Drelm's future father-in-law to kill the half-orc. Ho, ho, ho!Stalking The Beast is not a deep story, but my goodness, it is such a fast-paced non-stop action-packed adventure romp that I can't put down this book at all until I reach the last page. This is fantastic feel-good vicarious adventure material. There are many well-written scenes of combat and carnage, lots of violence and a high body count, and plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.This story is also brimming with girl power. I thought Elyana quite bland in the previous story, and well, she is still quite bland here and it's almost a punchline how every guy finds her too hot for words, but she also gets more opportunity to kick some rear ends with super bad-ass style here. Lisette is the more interesting character here - she's the anti-heroic foil to Elyana, cynical and pragmatic, but of course she soon finds herself liking her companions too much to pull the trigger. Drelm is a tough guy, but his simple and uncomplicated way of looking at things can be sometimes unexpectedly humorous, especially when contrasted with his female comrades' tendency to analyze things a little more thoroughly. They and an assorted secondary characters make a good team.The author also tosses in themes like friendship, loyalty, and what not. Nothing too deep to distract from the mayhem, of course, but enough to give the story some depths to go with the blood and guts.What you see is what you get when it comes to Stalking The Beast: these guys really are stalking some monsters, and it's all fun from start to finish. This is a great popcorn read, and I'm actually sad to reach the last chapter because the party was so entertaining while it lasted. Give me more, I want more!

  • Joel Flank
    2018-12-10 08:03

    Howard Andrew Jones delivers another great addition to the Pathfinder Tales line. Stalking the beast is another adventure of Elyana and Drelm, characters from his first Pathfinder book, Plague of Shadows. They've relocated to the River Kingdoms, and when a strange invisible monster starts killing and destroying across multiple kingdoms, they organize a posse to hunt and kill the beast.Jones does an amazing job of introducing and managing a dozen new characters for the hunting party, as well as several others that have ties to Elyana and Drelm, making them all stand out as individuals. He also breathes life into the River Kingdoms, impressively capturing the flavor of that part of Golarion from the game books, and impressing on the reader that it's a melting pot of all sorts of undesirables who have fled there to escape their pasts, as well as those looking to simply make a clean start.In Stalking the Beast, Jones has three point of view characters, which also helps show multiple facets of not only the three main characters, but their different views of the others in the posse, helping to round them out. As for the plot, he keeps the reader on edge, creating a sense of being hunted by their prey that is always one step ahead of them, and seems more than capable of turning the hunters into the hunted. Long before the end of the book, Jones has turned the reader's expectations around several times, multiplying the sense of discovery beyond what a more simply straightforward plot would have allowed.I'm looking forward to his next Pathfinder book, and also, plan to check out his original fiction as well.

  • Rick
    2018-11-28 09:01

    Here is the latest in the Pathfinder Tales series. This story stars the female elven ranger Elyana and her stuffy (read here Lawful Good, D&D nerds) half-orc companion, Drelm. The action centers around the hunt for a mysterious invisible beast that is marauding through the countryside. The city of Delgar puts together a group of experienced professional hunters, led by Elyana and Drelm, who go looking for the monster and get more than they bargained for.This was an easy read for me. The story was fairly complex, which kept my interest; there have been some novels in this series that were extremely simplistic. Characterization was somewhat predictable. Which is OK, I suppose. It was not poor characterization. Though I still do not understand the Mayor's motivation; I really thought we would find out later that he had been possessed, charmed or something of the sort. Elyana and Drelm are a pretty neat pair; the free-spirited ranger with the stoic and staid half-orc provide interesting conflict. These guys are becoming my second-favorite Pathfinder couple (right behind, as with everyone, Count Varian Jeggare and Radovan). I hope we get to see another story.

  • Peter
    2018-12-06 06:17

    This is the second (pathfinder tale) book by Howard Andrew Jones that I read, and even though I gave both of them 3 stars, this one is the better of the two. This is more than a three star book, but it lives not completely up to the standard for a 4 star book. In this story we join Elayna and Drelm who together with a whole bunch of hirelings go out to find a beast that is running rampant through the river kingdoms. In the end there seems that the story is more complicated than that. I will not go further into detail to avoid spoilers.The story has quite the pathfinder feel, which of course is excellent. When you read a pathfinder tale you want it to evoke the feeling of a pathfinder RPG campaign. The magic and the way magic works in pathfinder is very nicely incorporated in this book. I also felt that the book has a sort of western theme going on. A bunch of capable adventures set out to face a menace that threatens a frontier town. It even ends with the surviving members all leaving in the morning and meeting up one last time in the horse stables before riding of in the sunset.

  • Eric
    2018-12-10 06:56

    This might just be the best of the Pathfinder Tales novels. Well, it's the best of the six or seven I've read to date.Yeah, it's a quest to kill a beast that's been tormenting a number of villages. But it turns in to a lot more. One of the characters was a bit abrupt in her actions, and that could have used a little more exposition, but it's a minor nit. This story follows on a couple years after the end of Plague of Shadows, but they're both standalone stories.Definitely entertaining. Hoping for more from this author.

  • Ren Bedell
    2018-12-10 06:53

    Fun adventuring book about a collection of would-be heroes tracking down a savage beast rampaging their home in the Pathfinder world. The book is exciting, with plenty of action scenes. The writing is good, fast paced when it needs to be and strong in character development of the main characters. Outside of the three main characters, you barely get to know any of the others making them quite forgettable. The plot is a bit simple but was still looking forward to the big finish. A good book to get to know more about the Pathfinder world.

  • Craig
    2018-11-25 07:06

    It took about a third of the book for me to really get into it, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.The Gunslinger Lisette is a wonderful new character and I hope that we get to see more of her in the future.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-11 04:19

    Grabbed this for a beach read. Gotta say, I love these easy reading fantasy type books. Easy to jump into without knowing the intimacies of their universe. Interesting characters, fun plot twists. Great light reading.

  • Seth
    2018-12-11 05:07

    Entertaining fantasy based on the Pathfinder RPG. Books like these always make a lot of references to the game, and so I would generally only recommend this to people interested in gaming. Fun just the same.

  • Dave Walls
    2018-11-20 04:58

    An enjoyable Pathfinder novel. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it. After that, there were plenty of storylines and twists to keep me engaged and want to read the next chapter, and the next, and the next.

  • Scott Carmody
    2018-11-10 09:00

    Fun fantasy adventure set in the River Kingdoms of Pathfinder. This is the second of a series but I don't think you need to read the first. A nice fun fantasy adventure without too many complications.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-08 09:07

    The plot was decently exciting and the characters okay, but the quality of the writing felt half-baked and rushed. There were linguistic inaccuracies throughout and the occasional cliche, and when combined with good-but-not-great story, I probably won't revisit another Elyana and Drelm story.

  • Frank
    2018-12-02 12:09

    This is a very fun action filled story. I would call it a Fantasy western with a bunch of characters saddling up to take down a menace on the Riverlands.

  • Nicholas Ozment
    2018-11-14 07:18

    Read my full review of the book here at BLACK GATE Online: http://www.blackgate.com/2014/03/18/r...

  • Joe Jungers
    2018-11-10 07:13

    Adventure! Drama! Fell Sorcery!Comrades in Arms Overcoming Adversity!If you like any of these, you'll like this story.

  • Brandon
    2018-12-11 07:22

    This book very much felt like an rpg adventure.