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The Crown of Kings (Steve Jackson's Sorcery, Sorcery! 4) [Paperback]

Steve Jackson

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Jun 1985 Steve Jackson's Sorcery, Sorcery! 4
Final book in the 4 part series. Each sorcery book is a complete adventure - you don't need to have read a previous book to move on to the next. Play as either a warrior or a wizard. If you choosee wizardry, your survival will depend onyourknowledge of the sorcery. Age 9+.
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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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Based on the best-selling Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks system, Sorcery! is a four-part epic adventure.

The legendary Crown of Kings has been stolen and must be recovered at all costs. It is the power of this Crown that unites the kingdoms of the Femphrey Alliance; without it, the long-established peace of these lands will fail and the nations will once again revert to war. But worse, the Crown has been stolen by the Archmage of Mampang who intends to use it to unite the evil creatures of Kakhabad against the Alliance and bring darkness to the land. Only a lone traveller can hope to penetrate the grim towers of Mampang and restore the Crown.

In this gargantuan quest, you must journey from the Shamutanti Hills (Book 1), through the dangerous streets of Kharé (Book 2), across the wilderness of the Baklands (Book 3) and finally (Book 4) to the terrifying Mampang Fortress itself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure choice! But you must get the other books . 25 Aug 2004
By P.W. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
The fourth and final volume of Steve Jackson's "Sorcery" adventures is by far the best, save for one minor gripe I have.

I love the way this book is written in simple language with minor puzzles to solve and highly entertaining adventures. This is, possibly, the most advanced of the "Choose Your Way" type books I've seen. The plot is very interesting and the rules easy to follow. One VERY nice touch is the little dice markers they include on the bottom of every page, so if you ever find yourself without dice (as if any gamer would find themselves in such a position, ha!), you can still play by doing a random "flip-through" to get a result.

Now for my one gripe about this book. It CANNOT stand on its own...you need to do the others first. While the start of the adventure still makes a certain amount of sense if you haven't read the first three, there are at least 40 entries out of 800 that reference the adventures from one of the first three books. And if you haven't read the first three, you won't be able to make the proper choices...and if you cheat and do, they won't make sense anyway. Some of these entries will even direct you to go back and start over from somewhere back in one of the previous three books!

So...as good a read and play as this is, don't START with this one. Make sure you manage to find the other three before reading this volume.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finest gamebook ever written 1 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Quite simply, Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series is the finest the gamebook genre ever produced. With 800 entries, stylized artwork and exquisite writing, it put the entire Choose Your Own Adventure series to shame with its elequence and quality.
I feel fortunate to have collected the set, and if you have interest in fantasy gaming, I encourage you to find these books also.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written fantasy role-playing adventure 2 Mar 1998
By LitaLede@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
The last of a quintet of books under the series title "Sorcery", "The Crown of Kings" is well-crafted finale to a highly entertaining fantasy role-playing series."Sorcery" takes the fun of D&D type role-playing and combines it with a "Choose Your Own Adventure" style game, allowing the player to select from a multitude of possible scenarios, twists, and endings. Unlike the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, highly simplistic and meant for young children, "Sorcery" is very complex and thoroughly entertaining for children AND adults. This series is also especially convenient to play; it does not require other people, and needs only a pair of six-sided dice, a pen, and a sheet of paper. Additionally, though this book is the last of five, a player can start from any book in the series.Written in the second person, you travel through the land of Kakhabad, fighting monsters and ruffians, encountering curious folk, sometimes helpful, sometimes lethal. As your inventory of magical items and special weapons grows, your challenges increase. Building your skill and strength is imperative should you live to face the evil Archmage of Mampang.The realm in which the RPing takes place an enthralling one, and with the illustrations of John Blanche, you are eased into an enchantment not easily broken.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta catch 'em all! 30 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I warn you now i'm pretty biased: I virtually leant to read with the fighting fantasy books! The books in the Sorcery series have proved to be infuriatingly rare, I got the second and third books first, then a year later I managed to find and buy the one and only copy I have ever seen of the first and eventually found the last on at my local library. Then someone stole it! I haven't seen a copy of it since but have managed to order one now and will soon have the whole lot, yay!
It's not great literature in the normal sense, but it really captures your attention and draws you in; especially if you can start from the start and go right the way through! It's good enough for me and a lot better than some supposedly 'great' dross i've come across!
5.0 out of 5 stars A SEARCH FOR MY FAVORITE BOOK 3 May 2001
By Chris Kennison - Published on Amazon.com
Years ago when I was still in high school, I bought the entire four book set, including the magic spells book. . . It was the best game book, I have ever enjoyed.
Yet, at one point I lent the first book to a friend and I never saw it again. BUT I HAVE THE OTHER BOOKS STILL . . . I only need the first. I have been on a dire search ever since!! If anyone reads this, and can help in any way . . . please tell me!!
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