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Return to Firetop Mountain (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) Paperback – 30 Jul 1992


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (30 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140360085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140360080
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
For those of you who have defeated Zagor the wizard in Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Ian Livingstone's and Steve Jackson's initial foray into Fighting Fantasy, you would believe that he is dead. After all, dead is dead, right? Well, guess again for Zagor is alive and kicking, although his left arm is a stump. And guess whose left arm he wants to graft onto his body?
Knowing what a nasty wizard Zagor is, your quest is to enter Firetop Mountain and defeat Zagor, for good. Personally, I would have loved it if you were the same adventurer as the one who bested Zagor in Warlock of Firetop Mountain, only older and with more experience. Also, it would have been excellent if Russ Nicholson, illustrator of the first game book, was the artist for Return of Firetop Mountain. But, what do you want, egg in your beer!
In addition, the references to its predecessor provide glimpses into our past. The dragon's skull, the rest bench and the padlocks on the doors are three examples that cause you to recall Warlock of Firetop Mountain in a way that you never did before.
Also, I'm not sure why you are no longer able to swim across in the river, as you were in the first book. Lastly, as you progress through Return to Firetop Mountain, the references to Warlock are fewer and farther between.

But, hey, I'm being picky. If you love Ian Livingstone's style of writing, this book is right up your alley. So, instead of collecting gems, as in Deathtrap Dungeon, you're collecting gold teeth. And, if you are new to his style of writing, you know that if you have an opportunity to gather objects, you should do so.
What I love most about his books is that they are a quick read, and once you pick them up, you won't put them down. And if that isn't the mark of a great book, I don't know what is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 14 Dec 2012
Format: Paperback
`Return to Firetop Mountain' was originally published as the fiftieth Fighting Fantasy gamebook (the original cover reflecting this). What better way to celebrate the fiftieth release than returning to where it all began. As such this book serves as a sequel to `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' and revitalised the readership of the series.

There are of course good and bad points to being a sequel. The plot leaves a little to be desired - Zagor is resurrected from the dead and someone must journey into Firetop Mountain and exterminate him. It is a bit of an excuse to revisit/ repeat `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' and there isn't a great deal of difference between the general plots, but provided with the chance to revisit and explore the same scenario in the same environment, Ian Livingstone improves on his earlier creations. By this time Zagor had grown much more in the mindsof the fans than his quite basic appearance in `Warlock of Firetop Mountain'. The warlock of this book is given a much deeper and developed character, making him much more menacing. The Zagor of this adventure is clearly a dangerous, evil threat to Allansia whereas in `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' he always felt to me a bit more like a sorcerer hiding away from the world, minding his own business and not particularly threatening. I feel more morally comfortable in destroying Zagor to avert his evil schemes than slaying him merely to steal his treasure. The final confrontation with Zagor is also much more involved and complex (even though the reader might sometimes wish for that red gem). It is more on a par with the magical clash against Balthous Dire.

The quality of writing and the detail in scenarios and environments is of a much higher quality.
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I remember borrowing this at the library when I was a kid after reading the warlock of firetop mountain back when FF was in the "mainstream." However, I never got to finish it; so was delighted to hear that it was being re-published by the unknown Wizard books.

The cost of this book was slightly higher than the RRP (including posting), though that is to be expected as this book (along with other Wizard books) are very difficult to find due to Wizard being a terrible publisher.
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`Return to Firetop Mountain' was originally published as the fiftieth Fighting Fantasy gamebook (the original cover reflecting this). What better way to celebrate the fiftieth release than returning to where it all began. As such this book serves as a sequel to `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' and revitalised the readership of the series.

There are of course good and bad points to being a sequel. The plot leaves a little to be desired - Zagor is resurrected from the dead and someone must journey into Firetop Mountain and exterminate him. It is a bit of an excuse to revisit/ repeat `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' and there isn't a great deal of difference between the general plots, but provided with the chance to revisit and explore the same scenario in the same environment, Ian Livingstone improves on his earlier creations. By this time Zagor had grown much more in the mindsof the fans than his quite basic appearance in `Warlock of Firetop Mountain'. The warlock of this book is given a much deeper and developed character, making him much more menacing. The Zagor of this adventure is clearly a dangerous, evil threat to Allansia whereas in `Warlock of Firetop Mountain' he always felt to me a bit more like a sorcerer hiding away from the world, minding his own business and not particularly threatening. I feel more morally comfortable in destroying Zagor to avert his evil schemes than slaying him merely to steal his treasure. The final confrontation with Zagor is also much more involved and complex (even though the reader might sometimes wish for that red gem). It is more on a par with the magical clash against Balthous Dire.

The quality of writing and the detail in scenarios and environments is of a much higher quality.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Return to Firetop Mountain 13 Oct 2005
By Yeo Aik Khoon - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating book in which you are the hero! This choose your own adventure offers a wide selection of options from which to choose, and varied and imaginative monsters to battle. I personally feel that this book is an extremly fun filled and action packed story, with amillion different endings, but only in one can you emerge victorious, and be the champion of firetop mountain.
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