- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (1984)
- ISBN-10: 0140316450
- ISBN-13: 978-0140316452
- ASIN: B002JJ44GG
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fighting Fantasy 5 City of Thieves Paperback – 1984
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There is no doubt that Port Blacksand is one of Ian Livingstone's most successful creations in the Fighting Fantasy range. The cultural and historical aspects of the city work well. It is highly atmospheric and has a sense that this is a living, working community (albeit of many dubious practices). It's problem is that it is a little too linear. There is no chance to backtrack or revisit areas you have previously visited and what you do in one area has little bearing or effect on another. These issues can make the adventure frustrating as it means vital items and information are easily missed by opting to turn left instead of right (the sun tattoo is a good example of this). Some of these flaws have been addressed by later Fighting Fantasy adventures that have contained a strong urban element, the best examples being 'Master of Chaos' and 'Moonrunner'.
The black tower of Zanbar Bone works as an excellent contrast to the city. It is eerie and claustrophobic with a real sense of dread. Whereas much of the city , despite the dangers, has the illusion of being somewhat pleasant as you walk around shopping and interacting with various characters.Read more ›
You start the book in the medieval world of Titan, on the west coast of the Allansian continent, in the small, prosperous town of Silverton. You're the usual Sword-for-hire, adventurer type; a loner, tough, smart and honest (snigger). Travelling from town to town, living by your sword, saving whole communities by slaying nasty monsters and kissing babies (hey, when this book was written, this kind of hero was original)!
Anyway, while you're in Silverton, the merchants, recognising your vastly superior greatness, plead with you to help them in their hour of need! You're told that the infamous Zanbar Bone (a sorcerer/warlord type world conqueror bloke, who lives in a tower near to Blacksand; the City of Thieves) is holding the poor town of Silverton to ransom! To back up his threats to the townsfolk, each night he sends his bloodthirsty Moon Dogs, in an attempt to terrorise the town into submission!
Are you prepared to just stand by and let this tyrannical Zanbar Bone bloke give these poor, innocent peasants a damn good grinding under his armoured boot? No, god damn it! Even if he is a great and powerful sorcerer warlord.. Even if he can't be killed by normal weapons... Even if he does own a bloody great fortified tower, with a personal army of nasty monsters to back him up.... Gulp! Brushing your fears aside, you promise the good folk of Silverton that you'll rid them of this curse once and for all.Read more ›
Great fun and cheap immersive entertainment for the proto-geeks in your life.
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City of thieves is another great story by ian Livingstone where the reader decides the ending by picking hich page to turn to, it is a bit like a computer game i a book but much... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by lauren1011