Two things are immediately noticeable about Secrets of Magic. The first is that it is an absolutely gorgeous book. From the front cover’s beautiful bordering and flashy Wayne Reynolds painting to the interior’s ornate pages and wonderful evocative artwork, this may well be one of the best-looking books Paizo has ever published. The second thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t match the rest of the line. Secrets of Magic is part of the Pathfinder Second Edition rulebook line, which until this volume had just been books that had been published in the first edition of the game as well. The six books that were released before Secrets of Magic all have uniform covers with tan and brown trade dress, and tabs on the front cover denoting Second Edition and the back cover denoting “Rulebook.” Secrets of Magic, however, has a navy blue trade dress, and instead of tabs, the Second Edition and “Rulebook” notations are worked better into the overall trade dress to fit the feel of the book. (more…)
Cori McCreery is a two-time Eisner-winning critic who primarily writes for Women Write About Comics. She is writing the literal book on Superman.