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In a village of the frozen north, a child is born possessed by a strange and alien spirit, only to be cast out by her tribe and taken in by the mysterious winter witches of Irrisen, a land locked in permanent magical winter. Farther south, a young mapmaker with a penchant for forgery discovers that his sham treasure maps have begun striking gold. This is the story of Ellasif, a barbarian shield maiden who will stop at nothing to recover her missing sister, and Decclan, the ne'er-do-well young spellcaster-turned-forger who wants only to prove himself to the woman he loves. Together they'll face monsters, magic, and the fury of Ellasif's own cold-hearted warriors in their quest to rescue the lost child. Yet when they finally reach the ice-walled city of Whitethrone, where trolls hold court and wolves roam the streets as men, will it be too late to save the girl from the forces of darkness?

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  • Kyle
  • 02-09-2017

Needs a Dramatic Organ playing.

one of the last chapters has so many twists I wanted an organ foe every new one that happened. good story.

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  • John Hirsch
  • 01-11-2015

Everything I look for in a fantasy novel

The story developed around characters that had depth without cliché. It started with a mystery that unfolded gradually and meaningfully, bringing the reader along for the ride. The author set up a story and a system that never had to deviate from the setup for convenience and was loyal to the setting which preceded the novel.

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  • noodles
  • 05-03-2016

Good stuff.

Stirring story and realistic characters. The performance treated too many voices as caricatures. Sudden climax.

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  • Eladar
  • 17-12-2015

Excellent

Great story that truly allows the reader to explore some of the most dangerous locations in Galorian

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  • Mark G.
  • 20-04-2021

Plot holes

I'd like it more if it weren't for the major plot holes that even the main character commented on. It felt like the final major conflict in the story was really shoehorned in, and left quite a bit to be desired in how abruptly it began, and ended.

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  • Julie Dillard
  • 28-11-2020

ok Pathfinder book

It spent a long time describing details of things like geography that did more to distract than build the world. I was expecting some kind of Assassin's Creed sort of scene with how thoroughly it was described in places.

The mystery around the main character's magic was neat.

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  • Hip hip
  • 04-10-2019

a good book

it was well written and great voice acting. I laughed out loud at a few places.

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  • Zach Melton
  • 22-01-2019

Great story.

This is a great read, with a few twists. I've played a campaign in Irrisen and the description in this book really made it a more vivid picture. I would say more but don't want to give away any spoilers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2018

barbarians and witches a classic combo

its a good story. a reluctant wizard and the barbarian girl that becomes his adventuring companion. fun characters and a lot of character growth.

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  • Gavin Wadsworth
  • 23-06-2018

Strong first act, disappoints from there.

Narration was fine, no complaints. It was fun to experience the locations of Corvosa and Whitethrone. The setup to the main conflict kept me engaged and interested.

However, the narrative suffers from a crippling oversight. One of the characters develops a magical ability that seemingly has no limits to what it can do and how often it can be used. It is a god-tier ability that they conveniently overlook when the plot demands it.

This had me frustrated throughout the second half of the book. It was never fully explained, and it could easily have been replaced by a more reasonable ability.

The characters were otherwise enjoyable and the writing was fun.

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