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Legend of the Shadow Warriors (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) [Paperback]

Stephen Hand
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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18 Mar 1991 Puffin Adventure Gamebooks
The village of Karnstein in southern Gallantaria is under attack, but no-one will believe what the villagers say. Their attackers are the Apocalypse Warriors, creatures of legend, existing only in fairy tales. You are the only person to believe the villagers in their desperate plea for help.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (18 Mar 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140342729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140342727
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 10 May 2009
Even as a 12-year-old I could tell that "Legend of the Shadow Warriors" was head and shoulders above the majority of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. That is coming from one of the most dedicated readers of FF. I enjoyed the whole series, but I knew quality when I saw it, and Stephen Hand had a knack for writing stories that were atmospheric, intelligent, challenging and memorable. "Legend" showcases his remarkable skills.

If you loved this as a child/teen; if you have a young (or young at heart) relative who is discovering or re-discovering FF; or if you just want a good Gothic fantasy where you the reader guide the story, "Legend of the Shadow Warriors" is a must-buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a legend, but deserving of it. 7 Oct 2012
By Alaran
'Legend of the Shadow Warriors' is one of the more underrated Fighting Fantasy gamebooks; sadly not receiving a re-issue as many others have. It is a strong engrossing adventure, however, and as such definitely deserves being republished.

Like many FF books published around it time it has more of a dark Gothic feel than out and out Dungeons and Dragons fantasy. There is also a considerable Celtic/Gaelic mythological influence, such as the horned god Cerunnos. The author generates an eerie and mysterious atmosphere for the destinations you travel through once you leave the capital of Royal Lendle. There is a heavy sense of menace and things are not always what they seem. The mandrake sub-plot is an excellent example of this (check out pages 158 and 364 for a great use of illustrations).

The adventure isn't too challenging but the difficulty is high enough to keep the reader engrossed. It is an equipment light adventure and you will only really need two items, both easily obtained. Stephen Hand has attempted to create some additional rules around armour. Armour isn't particularly important in this adventure though and thus this addition feels superfluous. The climax is also not too difficult, but you will need to apply the brain and there is a nice twist to what you must do that is sufficiently different from other FF adventures.

This is far from the rarest of FF books and if you make the effort to track it down you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Shadow Warriors Review 3 July 2003
The versatility of this book is astounding. Dozens of sub-plots weave through the story, Urrtha and the Hagworts, The Horned God, mutant plant creatures. Definitely a good buy.
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