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Beneath Nightmare Castle (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) [Paperback]

Peter Darvill-Evans , Ian Livingstone , Steve Jackson
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26 Feb 1987 Puffin Adventure Gamebooks

A forgotten past hides the key to the future.

Meredith Stratton, at forty-four the owner of six elegant international inns, is about to celebrate her daughter’s engagement. At this seemingly happy time in her life she begins to suffer from a strange illness that baffles everyone. Her doctor cannot find a physical cause for her debilitating symptoms, and, desperate for answers, she seeks the help of a psychiatrist. Through therapy Meredith peels back the layers of her life to discover the truth behind her most careful creation – herself. Determined to get well, Meredith traces her roots back to another country where she learns about childhood experiences that dramatically changed her life. What she discovers is not only the key to the past but to her future happiness and fulfilment as a woman.

Moving from the Connecticut countryside, the busy streets and suites of London, Paris and New York, to the pastoral beauty of a château in the Loire, Her Own Rules is an exciting and suspenseful novel about secrets, survival, redemption and love.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1st edition edition (26 Feb 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140322388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140322385
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Barbara Taylor Bradford is a wonderful storyteller who can convey the power of love. The warmth and compassion of her tale brought tears to my jaded old eyes.’ Sunday Express

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Meredith Stratton is forty-four and a successful businesswoman

The owner of six elegant international inns, she is about to celebrate her only daughters engagement. At this seemingly happy time in her life, Meredith begins to suffer from a strange illness that baffles everyone. Her doctor cannot find a cause for her debilitating symptoms, and, desperate for answers, she seeks the help of a psychiatrist. Through therapy, Meredith peels back the layers of her life to discover the truth behind her most careful creation – herself.

Secrets, survival, redemption and love abound in this compelling story of a woman who uncovers the key to her tormented past, and finds courage to live by her own rules."Barbara Taylor Bradford is a wonderful storyteller who can convey the power of love. The warmth and compassion of her tale bought tears to my jaded old eyes."
SUNDAY EXPRESS

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid adventure with some nice touches 31 Oct 2012
By Alaran
Format:Paperback
This is a pretty standard Fighting Fantasy offering (and nothing to do with Amazon's product description). It utilises the common, but still popular, plot of infiltrating a stronghold to slay an enemy sorcerer. Although it doesn't do this as well as other books in the series it still does it quite well. The 'genetic experiments with magic' idea gives the storyline an interesting edge and the use of a WILLPOWER attribute is worked well into this.

There is a selection of well characterised allies to come across; ranging from ancient goblin market stall holders to dwarf gardeners. But your opponents sometimes get a bit repetitive and tedious, generally consisting of bits or assemblies of flesh and corpses or just mere soldiers. Some of the artwork is also a little basic and immature for these encounters. The two major villains are quite well portrayed and contrast well together. The sorceress Senyakhaz is elegant, attractive, cunning and calculating whereas her master, the socerer Xakhaz is a hideous and ravenous amalgamation of body parts. Very much a beauty and beast combination. Xakhaz, statistically anyway, is also one of the most powerful opponents to be encountered in the FF series. If you have collected the correct couple of items en route though they should negate his statistics.

The use of mirror portals, although just used in the previous book of the series 'Creature of Havoc', is still very intriguing. Although they are used to better effect in 'Black Vein Prophecy'. You will need to use them correctly to succeed but in using them wrongly you can catch glimpses of the unexplained and unknown southern land of Zagoula. It would have been interesting to see more of this land (it appears again in 'Portal of Evil' but also in a very minor way).
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By rogerus
Format:Paperback
beneath nightmare castle is a gamebook set in khul from the usual fighting fantasy genre, great book drawings ok not as good as say return to firetop mountain or deathtrap maybe because there lighter in tone but overall good book the other reveiws on this page bear no resembelence to this book or authors.
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