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Sandpoint used to be such a safe place to live – until the scarecrows started to walk. A series of grisly murders points to an undead killer. With Merisiel missing, Valeros, Harsk and Ezren must track the mysterious Skinsaw Man back to his haunted lair. Can they survive vengeful spirits, necrotic guardians and assassin cults to discover the secrets of the ancient rune carve Sandpoint used to be such a safe place to live – until the scarecrows started to walk. A series of grisly murders points to an undead killer. With Merisiel missing, Valeros, Harsk and Ezren must track the mysterious Skinsaw Man back to his haunted lair. Can they survive vengeful spirits, necrotic guardians and assassin cults to discover the secrets of the ancient rune carved into each of the corpses? Or will death find them as they explore the dangerousstreets of Magnimar?


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Sandpoint used to be such a safe place to live – until the scarecrows started to walk. A series of grisly murders points to an undead killer. With Merisiel missing, Valeros, Harsk and Ezren must track the mysterious Skinsaw Man back to his haunted lair. Can they survive vengeful spirits, necrotic guardians and assassin cults to discover the secrets of the ancient rune carve Sandpoint used to be such a safe place to live – until the scarecrows started to walk. A series of grisly murders points to an undead killer. With Merisiel missing, Valeros, Harsk and Ezren must track the mysterious Skinsaw Man back to his haunted lair. Can they survive vengeful spirits, necrotic guardians and assassin cults to discover the secrets of the ancient rune carved into each of the corpses? Or will death find them as they explore the dangerousstreets of Magnimar?

30 review for Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords: The Skinsaw Murders

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    To be honest, while the first release in this series wasn't bad, it didn't inspire me to listen to any more. As it happens, though, I bought the set of six together at a discount, and it seems a waste not to try the other five. And it turns out that this is rather better than its predecessor. Without having read the original on which this is based, I'd guess that the reason for the improvement is that the adaptation is freer with the plot. (The Goodreads entry currently states it has the same scr To be honest, while the first release in this series wasn't bad, it didn't inspire me to listen to any more. As it happens, though, I bought the set of six together at a discount, and it seems a waste not to try the other five. And it turns out that this is rather better than its predecessor. Without having read the original on which this is based, I'd guess that the reason for the improvement is that the adaptation is freer with the plot. (The Goodreads entry currently states it has the same scriptwriter but the credits say it doesn't; it's by Cavan Scott, not Mark Wright). This time around, the party's rogue, Merisiel, is the main viewpoint character, and we don't have the narration by the wizard. For much of the story, she's separated from the rest of the party, making the story rather more personal, with the kind of emotional drama that audio is better suited for. There's also some decent characterisation of her companions, although the fighter really doesn't come across as very likeable. Having said which, some of the problems of the basic concept are still on display. None of the central characters have a backstory here, so that we know more about the villains than the heroes, and the fight scenes still tend to be difficult to follow. Even so, the more character-based story that forms the core of this would have inclined me to give it a higher rating... were it not for the final segment. The problem here is that the main plot - the investigation titular murders - is basically resolved about three-quarters of the way through with what should have been the story's big climactic scene. But the original scenario, which presumably wasn't as much based around the travails of one particular PC, continues on after that, with the heroes following a clue to find and fight the level boss who's behind it. This part reads much more like a typical D&D encounter, moving on to a more powerful villain (one assumes the PCs are supposed to have gone up a level and need something tougher to fight). That would work in the context of the original, but here it feels tacked on, an extra bit after the real story has concluded.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Born

    Following their triumph in Burnt Offerings, our heroes are reveling in their victory while a new sinister evil lurks in the shadows. They are soon thrust into a murder mystery that they must solve in order to save one of their own. There was a predictable yet still enjoyable twist towards the end; but the story still clings to the cliches of the genre. The production quality remains as good as the first; at times the noise makes it hard to hear the dialogue but aside from that it's definitely on Following their triumph in Burnt Offerings, our heroes are reveling in their victory while a new sinister evil lurks in the shadows. They are soon thrust into a murder mystery that they must solve in order to save one of their own. There was a predictable yet still enjoyable twist towards the end; but the story still clings to the cliches of the genre. The production quality remains as good as the first; at times the noise makes it hard to hear the dialogue but aside from that it's definitely one of the better full cast fantasy audio dramas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Taylor

    I've played this campaign a few times, so I was familiar with this story, but I enjoyed the audiobook of this a great deal. It reminded me of listing to a radio-drama with the way it is performed in the audio. I've played this campaign a few times, so I was familiar with this story, but I enjoyed the audiobook of this a great deal. It reminded me of listing to a radio-drama with the way it is performed in the audio.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Weasley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gargathe Oro

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  7. 5 out of 5

    N.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janel

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mac Mathghamhna

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erik Gulbrandsen

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jake

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christer Eriksson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bartosz Rokitowski

  15. 5 out of 5

    Micael

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bridgid

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tony Smith

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula Lett

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cesar Lozano

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elford Stephens

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Preiman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Johnson

  26. 4 out of 5

    jiga wa

  27. 5 out of 5

    SewIRead

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vinny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tri Guy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jorgen Nordahl

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