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Island of the Undead (Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks) [Paperback]

Steve Jackson , Ian Livingstone , Ian Livingston
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

26 Nov 1992 Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Across the Strait of Knives a secret and reclusive group of wizards has come to an arrangement with the fisherfolk of the mainland coast. As elementalists they can control the winds and storms that disrupt life on the coast, in return they are supplied with supplies and food.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (26 Nov 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140362576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140362572
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 11.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely atmospheric and immersive 9 Dec 2012
By Alaran
`Island of the Undead' is a fabulously constructed adventure where the pacing between action and mystery is perfectly balanced. The reader begins with no knowledge of the events that have transpired on Solani Island, just the awareness that something is very wrong. The background manages to poignantly capture the atmosphere without giving anything away. It is the ideal beginning to such an adventure. Therefore, much of this adventure is of an investigative nature. Unlike many that contain a strong investigation element, the discoveries and reveals are accurately paced to keep the storyline moving on whilst utterly intriguing the reader. Even the first paragraph thrusts the reader into the action with a shipwreck and a combat before choices can be made. It is a bold start and the whole concept of the adventure is skilfully handled by the author.

This is also one of the best written gamebooks. There is a lot of depth to the various environments which are heavily detailed and rich in atmosphere whether they are sub-tropical marshes or dank, haunted underground complexes and ruined buildings. The author creates a keen sense in the reader that they are exploring a semi-paradise which has fallen victim to a dreadful disaster. Events themselves are given an odd, almost modern twist in that the disaster that has struck the island is basically some type of genetic experimenting that has gone horribly wrong (albeit experiments with magic rather than science). It is a similar plot to various zombie movies but it is done here in a fantasy world to great effect. There is a nice irony to the plot in that the major antagonists have brought things upon themselves through their own pride.

Despite there being a huge amount of undead beings to face there are some great characters within the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Solani Island, home to four elemental wizards, who used to live peacfully with the mainland dwellers. But now somthing has changed, storms are killing the fishermen, and you have to find out why?
Within this adventure you have a whole island to explore with its diffrent areas, the marsh, the woodlands, the cliffs and more, while trying to discover what has happened on this island.
But of course you are not alone, the bodies of the dead have risen and are intent on stopping you.
With a great storyline and many puzzels to work through Island of the undead is one of the BEST fighting fantasy books out there and a must have for any fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Island of the Undead 25 Jan 2001
This is a really good adventure gamebook where you choose your own adventure, one of the best in the Fighting Fantasy series. This time the adventure is set on a remote island where you have to find out what has gone on with the four wizards who live there. All you need is a dice, pencil and rubber to begin!
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