Dale C McCoy Jr of Jon Brazer Enterprises again graces The Alfred Effect with another addition to the Pathfinder library. Today we are looking at Book of Beasts: Monsters of the Shadow Plane, the first rules release in his Shadowsfall lineup. Check out Shadowsfall Legends: Pawn, Deception, and Sacrifice – Valdia’s Tale by Mur Lafferty for an excellent short story set in the Plane of Shadows.
As with all of JBE’s releases, Monsters of the Shadow Plane is jammed pack with solid content. This bad boy weighs in at 46 pages of content, not counting the very well designed front/back covers, title page, and an ad. Most of that is dedicated to the 26 new monsters (several with variants) presented here. In addition, Dale offers a new template, Darkened, as well as numerous stat blocks for skeletons, zombies, and shadows, all staples of any Plane of Shadows adventure.
Each monster gets it’s own 1-2 page spread with beautiful black and white artwork. No guessing what the monster looks like here. Dale even finds space to include in-character quotes and bits of dialogue to almost every entry. It is this attention to detail that really makes these creatures stand out in my mind and it will help any GM add them to a campaign.
One of the hallmarks of any JBE product I have seen has always been the organization and supplemental material provided. This work is no different. Dale includes a full listing of monsters from Bestiary 1, 2, and 3 which are confirmed residents of Shadowsfall and even gives an explanation of how other creatures not listed could reasonably make an appearance as well saving the GM plenty of effort. To wrap things up are a number of appendices including the shadow, skeleton, zombies, and darkened stat blocks I mentioned above as well as universal monster rules, feats, a new creature subtype (shadow) and a listing of creatures by CR.
Dale and Jon Brazer Enterprises put together an excellent product every time and this is no exception. Monsters of the Shadow Plane is a great first step into the world of Shadowsfall or just the Plane of Shadows itself. The monsters here are balanced and represent a wide range of CR’s so any GM will find a good use for this book. If you are interested in running your players through a Plane of Shadows adventure or maybe just mixing up the standard bestiary line-up, this is the book for you.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge by the publisher.