This is the fourth chapter (of six) in the second Pathfinder series that have been produced as full-cast audio adventures by Big Finish, with Paizo Inc. who manage the Pathfinder stories and games.
Valeros, Ezren, Harsk and Merisiel must now try and find the Sightless Sphinx; but there are those who would stop them at all costs. While the cult of the Pharaoh Hakotep I fight against the cult of the demon lord Areshkagal, our heroes are desperate to stop a catastrophe which could affect all the Osirians.
This is another great episode in this story. Full to the brim with strange and wondrous creatures, possessed cultists, demons and Pharaohs, action-packed fights, greed, and adventure, the story races along from beginning to end. The environment evoked by the music, the characters, the sound effects and the writing makes you feel like you’re really there. The cast are excellent, and the performances top notch, by both the core cast, and the guest cast, who must play many and varied characters.
I think part of the reason these stories are so fantastic is the quality of the writing. Obviously the characters are already established as part of the role-playing game world, but the writing of these stories so far, by both Cavan Scott and Mark Wright has proved to me that they are incredibly talented writers of audio stories. Certainly, their BF audio stories, including the Forge stories, are at the top of my favourites of BF audio stories. The ability to evoke scenes, characters, contexts and entire situations in an audio environment is, I should imagine, very difficult, but these quality writers have nailed it.
The chapter runs for 120 minutes over two discs, and at the end of the second disc there is a great suite of music (written by Simon Power), which continues to be one of the highlight features in these stories; very evocative and atmospheric. Really fantastic, and I’m looking forward to the next episode, The Slave Trenches of Hakotep. Can’t wait to find out where this story goes next.