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The Kingdoms of Terror (Lone Wolf) [Paperback]

Joe Dever , Gary Chalk
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14 Nov 1985 Lone Wolf
One of the "Lone Wolf" series of fantasy game books in which the reader is Lone Wolf, the last Kai Master of Sommerlund. Each episode can be played separately or combined with the rest to create a role-playing epic.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; Reprinted edition edition (14 Nov 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099444607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099444602
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong story, intriguing setting, multiple paths 21 Sep 2006
By ldxar1
In this gamebook, Lone Wolf sets off into warring kingdoms reminiscent of the Balkans or medieval Italy. Travelling maybe on a barge headed to a city under siege and trying to sneak into the city is among the possible paths the reader can take. The non-player characters are interesting for this kind of story - a cruel lordling who debuts here will become a recurring character.

The first of the Magnakai gamebooks, this book introduces a new set of higher-level Kai disciplines most of which expand the earlier Kai skills to new levels. One major addition is ranged combat (with bows). A couple of annoyances about the Magnakai system are that firstly, a lot of the books require a Magnakai discipline (animal control say) when a Kai one would suffice, so a player is effectively set back to stage one in skills; secondly, the cumulative skill/endurance bonuses exacerbate the existing problem that the books are loaded against players who just play one book out of context. This said, the transition is fairly smooth and the higher disciplines follow logically from the lower ones.

The kingdoms themselves are an intriguing setting drawing on one of the best aspect of Dever's scenario creation - the character interactions in roadway and urban settings. The gamebook is somewhat multilinear, with several paths through a number of areas, though culminating in certain "bottleneck" incidents which are unavoidable. The difficulty is about right for someone following the series, though some battles will be hard for someone who doesn't have the Sommerswerd bonuses. There's also a useful new special item on offer in this book.

The main weakness I felt was the overall plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Lone Wolf adventure yet! 13 Jun 2006
By J. Stoner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Kingdoms of Terror" is the best Lone Wolf book up to this point. It is the first adventure where you get to start learning Magnakai abilities. Most of these are just like previous skills you learned in the first five books, but with more abilities and different names. You can still use the original abilities and I once fought a monster in this book that said it was immune to "psi-surge" but not to "mind blast." This is the first book where you are able to use a bow.

This book really kicks the rest of the adventures off because you start to look for the lorestones that will help you unlock the power of the Grand Master kai warrior. As you progress through the magnakai books the abilities you have become stronger for each book, so choose wisely which skills you start with. Some of the neat aspects of the first book are expanded upon in the next few books. Truly a classic!

Adventurers must be careful, as I stumbled into a fair number of instant deaths! Good luck!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UN GRAN OLVIDADO 8 Mar 2000
By Juan Gutierrez - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Me sorprende que otros lectores no encuentren a este libro al mismo nivel que el numero 2 o al 4. En mi opinion el mayor exito de Dever es la densidad del entorno y como te envuelve en el. Cosa que para mi consigue en este y en los otros dos mencionados.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the series 28 July 2011
By Tiggum - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a series, the Lone Wolf books tend to have the flaw of carrying too much baggage. The powerful items you pick up in one book carry on to the next, but at the same time each book is supposed to serve as a standalone, leading to a bizarre mix of over- and under-powered items and encounters, making some things absurdly easy and others ridiculously difficult. This book, being the first of the Magnakai adventures, doesn't really suffer from that too much.

It has its faults, and if you play the books through in order then the possession of the Sommerswerd will, as always, vastly skew the difficulty level, but taken on its own, this adventure is pretty well balanced and provides the right level of challenge.

In addition to that, the story is more interesting, involving as it does more relatable elements, such as the warring nations, none of which is all good or all evil, and the quest for a mysterious, magical object hidden away for centuries, which is a story we've all read, seen and played dozens of times.

I'm not sure whether I'd recommend a new reader start out with this book or the first one. I think this is, in every way, a better book, but on the other hand, if you like it and want to read more, you're probably going to want to play through them in order.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Adventures! 6 Jun 2013
By Andrew Wyman - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
These books are awesome! I read a few as a kid and am now trying to collect the entire series to read in sequential order and also to have them for when my son is old enough to read them.

These are the role-playing games of a bygone era prior to RPG video games. Though well written, these are easy enough reads for a younger person.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Back Cover 17 Oct 2004
By Debbie P. Moore - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Civil war rages in Helgedad where your mortal enemies the Darklords struggle for control of the Black City. you have vowed to restore the Kai to their former glory and now seek the Lorestone of Varetta, a treasure that holds the power and wisdom of your warrior ancestors. You follow the path of the first Kai Grand Master, a path that takes you deep into hostile lands. But your quest is a race against time, for the Darklords will be hot on your heels as soon as they have crushed the unrest in their city. You must make haste! Choose your skills and weapons with care, the future of your country depends on it!
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