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The Citadel of Chaos (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) [Paperback]

Steve Jackson , Ian Livingstone , Russ Nicholson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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31 Mar 1983 Puffin Adventure Gamebooks
In a fantasy adventure game, the reader becomes the hero on dangerous mission to the Citadel of Chaos ruled by the evil sorcerer Balthus Dire. Reprint.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (31 Mar 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140316035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140316032
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fantastic time guaranteed for all with authors Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson." -- Venue

"Bound to appeal to fans of the fantasy worlds of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings." -- PTA magazine

"Relaunched and as gripping as ever, fans of role-playing adventures will lap [these books] up." -- Funday Times

"[Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone are] the Lennon and McCartney of the adventure book world." -- Big Issue --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fighting Fantasy Returns!

Wizard Books are proud to announce the return of the children's book sensation of the 1980s: Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy.

The first ever Fighting Fantasy gamebook, Warlock of Firetop Mountain, was originally published in 1982. It became an overnight bestseller, and went on to sell 2 million copies. The series "captured the imaginations of a whole generation of teenage boys," reached 59 titles and sold in excess of 15 million books around the world

Fighting Fantasy inspired a legion of fans in the 1980s and is set to take over the world once again. Relauched with a dazzling new 21st-century look, Wizard will publish 6 titles in 2002. The first print run of each of the books published in 2002 contain very special, never-to-be-repeated collector's features so - begin your collection today! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel 4 May 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Following the phenomenal success of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain a sequel was inevitable, with this time Steve Jackson producing The Citadel of Chaos alone. Story-wise this is a disappointingly unimaginative retread of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain - once again as the hero you have to venture into the lair of a mighty sorcerer, besting monsters and traps and collecting artefacts along the way. However, looking back at the gamebooks produced, while Ian Livingstone always seemed content to churn out a small industry of vivid but standard Fighting Fantasy adventures Steve Jackson was always trying out new innovations to the format. As such, while the story is familiar here, Jackson adds some new ideas to the mix, the most important being the inclusion of a magic system, which works surprisingly well.
In The Warlock of Firetop Mountain it was quite common to win your way through to the end of the book, only to be stumped by not having found the correct keys for the Warlocks treasure chest, but The Citadel of Chaos is a much less forgiving book, with plenty of sudden death moments: if you don't find a certain item on your travels you'll never get past Balthus Dire's wife; and if you don't defeat her you'll never get the right artefact to destroy the Hydra - worst of all are the dreaded Ganjee's, which must have been responsible for defeating me on a dozen occasions. Even once you get past this lot you'll still be stumped unless you have also discovered both the combination lock for Balthus Dire's door and the method to defeat him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite game book of all time. 25 Feb 2005
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Format:Paperback
The Citadel of Chaos is the second book in the successful Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
In this medieval-style gamebook, you play the part of a wizard/warrior hero, sent to prevent an invasion, by slaying a Dark Sorcerer Warlord called 'Balthus Dire'.
In the adventure, you have to journey to Dire's citadel, explore the maze-like fortress, overcoming traps, hostile fantasy creatures and collecting certain artifacts; which you must find to complete you quest. If you manage to avoid being imprisoned or killed, you can face Balthus Dire in a fight to the death (using your weapon or/and magic).
This FF book is great. Without doubt, is an absolute FF classic. The second book in the series (the first one written by Steve on his own), Citadel of Chaos has all the fresh, enthusiasm of a first work. The traps, monsters and situations are original and exciting.
A must for all FF readers. The ending is especially satisfying, if you get that far...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're back 13 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
The Citadel Of Chaos...
It conjures up distant memories of a wasted childhood rolling dice in an attempt to reach the elusive paragraph 400.
The Citadel is for me the better of the three lauch books. The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain for those who don't know was co written by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. Each writing the book for one side of the river deep within the mountain. Sadly it showed and I always fely WOFTM was disjointed.
This on the other hand is Steve Jackson through and through and probably his best single book work. The multiple routes through the book give a real sense of exploration and adventure. Balthus Dire is your enemy but reaching him is another matter entirely. All manner of creatures inhabit the Citadel and as with all the FF books there is one golden path to follow.
My main gripe with this book is that it really is too easy. I completed it at the second attempt.
I don't want to put people off however and if you are considering buying a FF adventure book then Citadel Of Chaos is not a bad buy. It never approaches the richness of Deathtrap Dungeon but is streets ahead of Warlock.
A little on the repackaging. Its nice but I doubt that it equates to a five pound price tag. Wizard books would do well to remember that the originals are ever popular and are changing hands for just 2 pounds each. Putting dice at the bottom of the page and updating the cover is little justification for 3 extra pounds. Excluding these minor changes the books are identical to their early 80's form.
Very lazy boys...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel 4 May 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Following the phenomenal success of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain a sequel was inevitable, with this time Steve Jackson producing The Citadel of Chaos alone. Story-wise this is a disappointingly unimaginative retread of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain - once again as the hero you have to venture into the lair of a mighty sorcerer, besting monsters and traps and collecting artefacts along the way. However, looking back at the gamebooks produced, while Ian Livingstone always seemed content to churn out a small industry of vivid but standard Fighting Fantasy adventures Steve Jackson was always trying out new innovations to the format. As such, while the story is familiar here, Jackson adds some new ideas to the mix, the most important being the inclusion of a magic system, which works surprisingly well.
In The Warlock of Firetop Mountain it was quite common to win your way through to the end of the book, only to be stumped by not having found the correct keys for the Warlocks treasure chest, but The Citadel of Chaos is a much less forgiving book, with plenty of sudden death moments: if you don't find a certain item on your travels you'll never get past Balthus Dire's wife; and if you don't defeat her you'll never get the right artefact to destroy the Hydra - worst of all are the dreaded Ganjee's, which must have been responsible for defeating me on a dozen occasions. Even once you get past this lot you'll still be stumped unless you have also discovered both the combination lock for Balthus Dire's door and the method to defeat him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. Highly recommended.
Published 27 days ago by Marcelo Scarpari
4.0 out of 5 stars textual content improved, but laziness creeps into the art
I bought this book when it came out and again recently. Putting Warlock and Chaos side by side what is instantly apparent is that the gig Russ Nicholson won with Warlock-... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR Ed C PREATER
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly engaging tale of fantasy!
One of my favourite Fighting Fantasy books. You start off with a certain number of spells and you start off feeling confident that, even if you get into a perilous situation and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by George Trail
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than its predecessor
The original release of this book was notorious for possessing a terribly drawn cover (re-releases have involved several attempts to amend this), but never is the adage not to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel.
The Citadel of Chaos is the second book in the successful Fighting Fantasy game book series, written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by neo693
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent back
Loads of faults!Back. The Citadel of Chaos is hard so if you want a challenge you would better have a go! It's hard like all of Steve's books are! It is very long.
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by Helen Hiscock
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gamebook for the magically minded.
Steve Jackson's first solo Fighting Fantasy Gamebook, THE CITADEL OF CHAOS was originally published in 1983, and was the second book in the series. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by Caramon
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
another great read for kids who dont like to. just sit with apencil and dice for endless combinations of endings and fun
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by W. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first one.
What can I say about this one; I liked it really. I think that it's a good book and fun to play. It's a decent one in the whole series of these things. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2007 by Sym
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