Synopsis: Having steeped their weapons in the ancient magic of Thassilon, Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros prepare to confront the newly risen Runelord Karzoug at the seat of his power. To do so, they must travel high into the mountains, to the fabled city of Xin-Shalast, where they are confronted by enormous giants and dragons before they can finally confront the mad wizard of greed in his mountaintop palace. Yet can defeating Runelord Karzoug stop the rise of the Runelords? Or are there more terrors yet to come?
Review: This story pretty much concludes this series of adventures, which have chronicled the rise of the runelords, but hopefully it does not conclude Big Finishes association with the Pathfinder franchise because as someone who has listened to every story that they have released. I think I’d find myself missing this family of characters that I have been introduced to in the form of Valeros, Ezren, Harsk and Merisiel.
This concluding adventure chronicles the journey into the mountains to face the runelord Karzoug, but before literally facing the biggest challenge of their lives our group have to contend with ghosts, hallucinations and poison spiders as they trudge and climb the mountain armed only with their friendship, weapons and blind faith that their fight is right.
Ezren, who is once again voiced by the fantastic Trevor Littledale has the duel role of narrator and the wise wizard, whose magic plays an important role in the final battle.
There is a lot that happens in this hour long story, but once again the story is aided by some brilliant direction, great acting and brilliant sound production.
I loved the subtle winds and sounds that were a part of the background as the group gradually ascended the mountain.
The music cues in this story are fantastic and feel very much like they should be a part of a cinematic adventure.
I sincerely hope that this is not the last that we see of Pathfinder adventures from Big Finish – because this has been an extremely enjoyable series to listen too.
Cast: Stewart Alexander (Valeros), Trevor Littledale (Ezren), Ian Brooker (Harsk), Kerry Skinner (Merisiel), Yuriri Naka (Ameiko Kaijitsu), David Dobson (Silas Vekker / Bjormundal), John Banks (Karivek Vekker), Nicholas Rowe (Karzoug), Mark Donovan, Harry Myers, and Steven Wickham (The Ghosts)
Written By: Cavan Scott
Directed By: John Ainsworth
You can obtain your own copy of ‘Pathfinder – Rise of the Runelords: Spires of Xin-Shalast’ at: www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/rise-of-the-runelords-spires-of-xin-shalast-970
- Fantastic conclusion to a great series
- The fact that it had to end
- Sound Production10