• Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives

  • By: Sam Sykes
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives

By: Sam Sykes
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
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Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives is based on the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. With more than a million players worldwide, Pathfidner is the world's most popular tabletop RPG.

Shaia "Shy" Ratani is a clever rogue who makes her living outside of strictly legal methods. While hiding out in the frontier city of Yanmass, she accepts a job solving a nobleman's murder, only to find herself sucked into a plot involving an invading centaur army that could see the whole city burned to the ground. Shy could stop that from happening, but doing so would involve revealing herself to the former friends who now want her dead. Add in an aristocratic partner with the literal blood of angels in her veins, and Shy quickly remembers why she swore off doing good deeds in the first place.

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who was a good solid story perhaps not entirely inspired but I enjoyed it very much

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fun

Interesting MC w good narration. Enough twists to keep interest. First story I've had by this author. Glad to have found him.

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This story was very enjoyable and the narrator did a great job of making the characters come to life.

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What a Combo

This has now become one of if not the best Pathfinder Tales I have listened to on Audible. The narrator character combo was perfect. The way the main characters inner monologue was written followed by the first smart ass voice the Narrator gave her along with great timing in delivering the little quips made this audiobook amazing. Rare is it that a Female can do male voices and not pull me out of the story. (and Males do female voices to the same end)

Not once was I pulled out of the story when she changed character voices, and the voices we're distinct. All in all this was a great and fun audiobook. Granted, I love rogueish antiheroes. so there is that.

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a solid good time

This felt like a good intro to the Pathfinder universe. Some of the major factions and countries and creatures are featured. The story and characters are interesting. The main character is a "rogue who wants to do right in spite of herself" but having said that the trope was well handled and who she is as a character comes across in a substantive way to the point where I hope to see her show up again in other books. There were unexpected twists that kept things interesting and enough action and drama to keep things moving. It's an easy listen and easy to like.
Khristine Hvam did well with the voices. She brought everyone to life and nobody's character voice was too much or painful to listen to, I would feel confident to try her as a narrator again.

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  • Peter R Jones
  • 07-12-19

Top notch entertainment

I didn't know much about the world of Pathfinder (other than it's beginnings as an adaptation of the D&D game) so I was intrigued to discover the Pathfinder Tales series. I chose Shy Knives as my starting point because I've been following Sam Sykes on Twitter for a while but had not yet read any of his books. It has been a long time since I last read D&D-based fiction--or any Fantasy at all--but I had a vague idea of what to expect: swords & sorcery, monsters & mayhem, heroes & villains and probably a quest.

Turns out Fantasy has changed since I last delved into the genre. Sure, most of the elements were there, but Shy Knives is closer to a murder-mystery thriller than the road-trip quest tale I'm used to. A nobleman has been murdered, and Shaia "Shy" Ratani is hired by the widow to find out who was responsible, and why.

I loved the characterization of Shy: her humour, her snarkiness, her drive. She has to investigate the murder, follow the clues, all while keeping one step ahead of her own past. Oh, and there may be owlbears. Certainly the story had plenty going on. "Save the world, get the girl" ... or something like that. It would be great to have more adventures of Shy, and I am definitely keen to read more by Sam Sykes, and more of the Pathfinder Tales.

Khristine Hvam did a wonderful job of bringing Shy's first-person narrative to life. I'm actually seeking out more books narrated by her.

A poor narrator can bring down a great story; a poor story can be helped along by a great narrator. In Shy Knives, all the elements were top notch, and came together to create a thoroughly entertaining audio book.