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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Fabled Lands Publishing; 2nd edition (1 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956737234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956737236
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on 14 Dec 2010
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Have the original releases of all of these books and they are nothing short of phenomenal. Collect all the books and you have a fantasy world of gigantic proportions and amazing depth. There are many different classes and quests as well as huge areas to explore ships to buy and many ports to trade at. Set up a stall in Aku market or join the ranks of the nobility, kill dragons and many other monsters. Use magic, charisma and a variety of other skill to achieve your goals.

The books are written in such a way that you imagination can really take over and fill in the details of the world so the adventures will be unique for everyone. I first played these books when they were first released back in the mid nineties and over the years I have gone back and played them many times over as have my siblings. The books are well worn from use and I will be purchasing them now for a second time and all going well the full series will be published this time.

I can highly recommend these book for anyone who likes RPG games, and if you've tried games books before start here with the very pinnacle of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Builder on 15 Dec 2010
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This is not your regular single player adventure game book. It's a unique book that allows you to play multiple quests, but also trade, own a house and (if you're lucky) even a ship. You can rob or charm the characters you meet. Yet the game is still easy to understand and play. Each book in the series describes a separate section of the game world so the more books you own the larger your play world. But since each book is self-contained you don't need to buy more if you don't want to.

The Fabled Lands series is highly recommended for anyone who likes single player role playing games and is tired of PC games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gold_penguin on 15 Aug 2012
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The Plains of Howling Darkness continues on building the rich world of Harkuna, detailing the frozen northern lands. Watch out you don't go too far north, or you might fall into the gates of hell. Some very interesting quests in this book, and a large, trackless waste to explore. And don't forget to wrap up that business with the military dictatorship in Sokara!
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The fourth of the Fabled Lands instalments takes the reader to the barren steppes and vast mountain ranges of the northern continent. As such the bulk of the surface area to be explored involves a lot of traversing the eponymous plains. They aren’t as daunting as the title might suggest, especially if your ‘scouting’ attribute is high. In fact they can be a lot of fun. There are plenty of encounters and scenarios to be found scattered around, if you can find them. The central core of the area is quite considerable as it stretches the length of the northern continent. This means it can be a bit tricky to locate certain things you have been given suggestions to find but has the advantage that you are frequently encountering things you haven’t before because they are so spread about and easily missed.

There is certainly a historical Mongolian influence loosely based around the wandering nomad tribes of the Gobi before the unification under Genghis Khan. It is certainly a marked difference to the environment of the other three Fabled Lands books that take place on the northern continent, which were all set in very much a fantasy/mediaeval European mix. The writers have successfully created an authentic feel to the environment that anyone who has travelled in the Gobi should recognise.
The journeys across the plains and steppes (and you will travel across them a lot) are not the most involved or interesting areas of the book, however.

The city of Yarimura, really the only major settlement in the book, is a multicultural conglomeration. There is clearly influence from across the various other civilisations, especially from the eastern Akatsurai. It gives it an east-meets-west feel.
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