Today I’m thrilled to welcome Howard Andrew Jones to the blog to discuss his addition to the Pathfinder Tales world! Beyond the Pool of Stars is out now, so be sure to snag your copy if you can’t wait for the giveaway ;-). This blog post definitely convinced me that I need a copy of Beyond the Pool of Stars!
Questions. I get questions.
While Beyond the Pool of Stars is part of a Pathfinder novel line, you really don’t need to have read any other Pathfinder novels to enjoy it. Every book in the Pathfinder Tales line, even ones with recurring characters, is deliberately designed to stand alone: you don’t have to be fully up to date on the land or its histories or adventures that have come before. As a matter of fact, this novel happens to be the first with these particular characters, and the first set in this area of the Pathfinder world, Golarion.
No, you don’t have to be a gamer to read the book. As a matter of fact, all of the Pathfinder novels are designed to have crossover appeal. Hopefully fantasy fans and gamers alike will find it an engaging tale of adventure. I mean, as long as you’re interested in tales of tropical treasure hunting, lost jungle cities, daring heroics, evil wizardry, and the like.
Yes, it has kick-butt female characters. That’s pretty much a standard feature of everything I’ve written for Pathfinder so far. They’re not sidekicks or love interests, and they’re not after the man to make them complete. I did my best to make the women in this tale, adventure or no, be complex, capable, and dedicated. They have their own agendas.
No, that doesn’t mean that I emasculated the men. There are some pretty cool male characters as well, even if one of them is a lizard man. I’m just trying to make sure it’s clear that the lead role goes to Mirian Raas, expert salvager and adventure veteran. She’s the one calling the shots. Oh, and she’s mixed race, which may not be that big a deal in wider Golarion, but is a problem in the tropical land where she’s from, for lighter-skinned colonials tend to look down their nose at her.
I want my daughter and young women like her to find relatable characters in my stories – although I should make clear that you don’t have to be young to read Beyond the Pool of Stars. Given that there’re some pretty scary monsters stalking the pages within, you honestly probably don’t want to be TOO young.
Really, though, I want anyone who loves a rollicking adventure tale to enjoy Beyond the Pool of Stars, man or woman. Or lizard man. I grew up reading tales of distant lands, and lost treasures, and last minute rescues. If my readers can find some of the same joy I found when I first read my old favorites, I’ll be happy!
About the Author
Howard Andrew Jones is the critically acclaimed author of The Desert of Souls, The Bones of the Old Ones, and Pathfinder novels Plague of Shadows, Stalking the Beast and the hot off the presses Beyond the Pool of Stars. A former Black Gate Editor, he also assembled and edited 8 collections of historical fiction writer Harold Lamb’s work for the University of Nebraska Press. He can be found lurking at www.howardandrewjones.com. Follow him on Twitter @howardandrewjon.
Tor was wonderful and have sponsored a giveaway for Beyond the Pool of Stars! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian followers as per Tor’s policy. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and I’ll be checking entries so please be sure to put in the correct information!
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