Sep 222016

The tale of a clever rogue and her angelic partner pit against a centaur army



By Sam Sykes

Tor Books and Paizo are pleased to announce a new and original novel set in the Pathfinder universe: PATHFINDER TALES: Shy Knives (A Tor Trade Paperback; $14.99; On-sale October 18, 2016) by Sam Sykes.


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.

Since its launch in 2008, the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has topped RPG sales charts for several years running, and has grown to become one of the most important and best-loved tabletop RPGs in the world. In 2010, the Pathfinder Tales novel line was launched by the game’s publisher, Paizo, and has included more than 20 exciting fantasy novels by Tim Pratt, Michael A. Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, James L. Sutter, Howard Andrew Jones, Liane Merciel, among others. Since then, Pathfinder has been translated into five languages, has released a wildly popular card game, and has inspired computer games, comic books, audio dramas, gaming figurines, and toys.


Tabletop gamers as well as fans of adventure fantasy and epic fantasy will discover much to love in this brand new installment set in the highly acclaimed and beloved world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.



SAM SYKES is the author of the Aeons’ Gate trilogy for Pyr, and the new release The City Stained Red for Orbit. He’s a popular humorous online personality with a dedicated fanbase. Learn more about Sam Sykes at or follow him on Twitter at SamSykesSwears.



PATHFINDER TALES: SHY KNIVES                                                                   CONTACT

By Sam Sykes                                                                                                             Diana Griffin

A Tor Trade Paperback                                                                                   

ISBN 978-0-7653-8435-5 | $14.99 | 320 pages                                                                    P: 646-307-5402

eBook ISBN 978-0-7653-8434-8| $9.99                                                                    F: 212-982-2862

Digital Audio ISBN 978-1-4272-8146-3                                                          

On sale October 18, 2016


Coming December 2016, the next Pathfinder Tales novel: Reaper’s Eye by Richard A. Knaack

A crusader and a Pathfinder team up to stop a magical threat in the demon-haunted Worldwound



About Tor Books

Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, was founded in 1980 and committed to quality speculative literature. Between an extensive hardcover, trade softcover and mass market paperback line, a growing middle grade and YA list, and robust backlist program, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, including Best Publisher in the Locus Poll for 29 years in a row. Tor became the first of the “Big Six” publishers to allow their eBooks to go DRM-free in 2012.



About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is publisher of the world’s best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the wildly popular Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, as well as Pathfinder Tales novels, board games, and gaming accessories. is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the twelve years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 60 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry. For more information, visit

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