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Temple of Terror (Puffin Adventure Gamebooks) [Paperback]

Ian Livingstone , Bill Houston
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; paperback / softback edition (25 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140318321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140318326
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool game book! 25 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Temple of Terror was written by Ian Livingstone and illustrated by Bill Houston. This book follows in the vein of the classic FF books; set in medieval Allansia. You 're a battle-hardened adventurer, seeking your fame and fortune.
It seems that a evil sorcerer is on the loose, threatening to take over the world and destroy it. Before you know it, you've volunteered for the mission!
Yaztromo takes you back to his tower and explains that this sorcerer's power has almost reached it's zenith! All he needs are some ancient artifacts to make him all powerful.
The dragon artifacts are believed to be secreted in a ancient deserted city, lost in the wastes of the Desert of Skulls. The city is also home to loads of vicious creatures and dangers!
Your mission is to find the place, retrieve and destroy the artifacts, before the evil sorcerer gets his hands on them, thereby saving Allansia from certain doom and destruction.
I liked this book quite a lot. It's well written, well planned, stocked with first class traps and creatures. I especially like the 'Messenger of Death'.
The only thing that I didn't like that much was the main bad guy. I felt his character could of been developed more. However, it's a good book, no major weaknesses. well worth buying to read...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong adventure from Ian livingstone 2 Dec 2012
By Alaran
Format:Paperback
In the original Fighting Fantasy series this book came directly after Ian Livingstone's most disappointing effort, `Freeway Fighter'. `Temple of Terror' was thankfully, therefore, a return to form for one of the series' founders.

Most of the author's tricks and trademarks are present. Although this adventure is not as good or developed as some of his previous ones it is an accumulation of their influences. This is good in that it provides fan related references to places and people that the regular reader will be familiar with. It is a nod to earlier adventures the reader might have enjoyed. Of course this only benefits the regular reader. Having a brief stop in Port Blacksand and visiting the Black Lobster will delight those who have read `City of Thieves' but are meaningless and not so interesting to those who haven't. Likewise, being lent the warhammer by the dwarves of Stonebridge means a big deal to those who have played `Forest of Doom' but nothing to anyone else. The other disadvantage to too many fan indulgent references is that the adventure becomes a little incestuous which risks alienating new readers and possibly boring regular ones.

The re-introduction of Yaztromo is thoroughly enjoyable though. One of the greatest creations of Ian Livingstone (which became a stalwart of Fighting Fantasy), Yaztromo's character is developed further from `Forest of Doom' and establishes him as a re-occurring regular.

The main villain, however, is lacking in character. Malbordus is given a quite developed background/history but his actual appearance in the book is minimal. If you complete the book you also have to question what he has been doing whilst you've journeyed to the temple and explored it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defect copy sent 25 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Defect copy sent, had several printing errors, repeated paragraphs. Sending it back would of been too much hassle for what I paid for it. Never mind
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong adventure from Ian livingstone 2 Dec 2012
By Alaran
Format:Paperback
In the original Fighting Fantasy series this book came directly after Ian Livingstone's most disappointing effort, `Freeway Fighter'. `Temple of Terror' was thankfully, therefore, a return to form for one of the series' founders.

Most of the author's tricks and trademarks are present. Although this adventure is not as good or developed as some of his previous ones it is an accumulation of their influences. This is good in that it provides fan related references to places and people that the regular reader will be familiar with. It is a nod to earlier adventures the reader might have enjoyed. Of course this only benefits the regular reader. Having a brief stop in Port Blacksand and visiting the Black Lobster will delight those who have read `City of Thieves' but are meaningless and not so interesting to those who haven't. Likewise, being lent the warhammer by the dwarves of Stonebridge means a big deal to those who have played `Forest of Doom' but nothing to anyone else. The other disadvantage to too many fan indulgent references is that the adventure becomes a little incestuous which risks alienating new readers and possibly boring regular ones.

The re-introduction of Yaztromo is thoroughly enjoyable though. One of the greatest creations of Ian Livingstone (which became a stalwart of Fighting Fantasy), Yaztromo's character is developed further from `Forest of Doom' and establishes him as a re-occurring regular.

The main villain, however, is lacking in character. Malbordus is given a quite developed background/history but his actual appearance in the book is minimal. If you complete the book you also have to question what he has been doing whilst you've journeyed to the temple and explored it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift 6 Jun 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this publication for a family member as he collects them and havn't heard any problems with it. Was grateful for the gift.
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