I once heard someone say that playing a full-progression spellcaster in Pathfinder is like opening a long-term stock portfolio; you’re taking a number of risks over a period of time in hopes of generating great returns. In this case, those returns are the 9th-level spells you get, allowing you to unleash some of the strongest effects in the game. It’s in that spirit that Rite Publishing brings the conclusion to its 101 Spells series: 101 9th Level Spells.
Forty pages long, the PDF has full nested bookmarks and allows for copy-and-pasting. The pages have very ornate borders on all sides (standard for Rite Publishing) and there are several black and white illustrations scattered throughout, meaning that this may be tough to print.
The book opens immediately to the spell lists. Unfortunately, the APG classes aren’t given lists here (nor are they in the individual spell level listings) which is hopefully something we’ll see in an update. Having said that, the spells themselves are what you’d expect for the top of the line in spellcasting power.
While it’s impossible to review all of the spells in here, most of what I saw impressed me. Spells like Behind the Curtain basically let the GM tell you a major plot point…but if you tell anyone else you’re instantly destroyed and reality changes to make the revelation untrue. Psychic Clone basically inserts a mental avatar of yourself into someone else’s mind, prodding them and guiding them with various effects and powers in accordance with your wishes. Ultimate Insight lets you know virtually all knowledge for a few seconds, and in that time you can accomplish almost anything. It’s like that for one hundred and one spells.
If you’re about to hit that level where you can cast the strongest spells in the game, you owe it to yourself to pick up 101 9th Level Spells and let the rest of the party know just who’s the archmage now.
[5 of 5 Stars!]