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The Legion of Shadow: DestinyQuest Book 1 [Hardcover]

Michael J. Ward , Dominic Harman
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You have no memory of your past.

With only a sword and a backpack to your name, you must discover your destiny in an unfamiliar world full of monsters and magic.

As you guide your hero through this epic adventure, you will be choosing the danger that they face, the monsters that they fight and the treasures that they find. Every decision that you make will have an impact on the story - and, ultimately, the fate of your hero.

With hundreds of special items to discover in each book, you can completely customise your hero. You can choose their weapons, their armour, their special abilities - even the boots on their feet and the cloak on their back! No two heroes will ever be alike, which means your hero will always be unique to you.

Welcome to a new world. Welcome to Valeron. Welcome to DestinyQuest.

This revised 'special edition' of THE LEGION OF SHADOW contains almost 50,000 words of extra material and an 8 page colour section.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Hardback edition (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575118717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575118713
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheffield-born writer, Michael J. Ward, was first introduced to the fantasy genre through the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in the eighties. Now living in the Midlands, Michael divides his time between writing DestinyQuest novels, working freelance and playing - by his own admission - far too many video games.

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"An exciting, adventure-packed new series that instantly rivals the more established Fighting Fantasy line." --"SciFiNow" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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FIGHTING FANTASY meets WORLD OF WARCRAFT- a new type of adventure novel for a new generation. Complex, well-written and impossible to put down. Decide your destiny! This edition contains almost 50,000 words of exclusive new material.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Dice and Men 6 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I were a lad, Fighting Fantasy books were all the rage. They gave you a rare opportunity to be someone else. A death defying hero, in control of your destiny. As a nine year old this was an exciting prospect. But times change. Role playing games and the emergence of the home computer afforded more control, more excitement. Shallow characters ('YOU') and linear plots can only hold attention for so long in the face of creating an entire new persona and being able to go anywhere, do anything. With World of Warcraft, Warhammer and Dungeons and Dragons, do we need game books?

To be honest, I hadn't even considered the question until a rogue tweet passed across my Twitter feed. Something called Destiny Quest hoped to pull the gamebook into the twenty-first century. It promised multiple pathways, in depth character development and kick ass magical items. A self-published version of the book had garnered excellent reviews, and the Gollancz reboot looked impressive. Curiosity piqued, I recklessly placed an order.

I then discovered that 'Legion of Shadow' is written by an old school friend. Mike Ward always had a passion for storytelling and for gaming. In our gaming sessions, whilst most of us were obsessed with finding treasure and beating up monsters, Mike was concerned with character development and story progression. If something more interesting than a dungeon crawl was happening, then Mike was at the heart of it. That he was behind the Destiny Quest series was a delightful surprise yet made perfect sense.

Legion of Shadow is a book with ambition. At over 600 pages (and 900+ separate entries), it is a little daunting, but its simple game mechanic means that within ten minutes you should be up and running.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia with a modern twist... 8 Jan 2014
By Alziel
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I heard about these books from a fantasy book blog and my interest was piqued. As a teenager back in the 80s I used to love the interactive 'Fighting Fantasy' gamebooks, which were essentially very light fantasy stories in which you played the hero and for which you would need dice to resolve combat and other encounters. Ah - those were the days!

Fast-forward 30 years and these books are now seen as a bit of a relic - after all, nobody plays a game today if it's not on a computer or a games console do they? And weren't those 'choos your own adventure' books a bit childish anyway?

Well, here we have the DestinyQuest and games in book form are back with a bang - and a very modern twist!

The author (Michael J Ward) has taken the best elements of the modern computer MMORPG (mass multiplayer online role playing game) such as 'World of Warcraft' and they have seamlessly blended it with the old 80s style gamebook format. To wrap everything up in an appealing little parcel he has also given us a cracking, well-written fantasy story to boot. Yes - it's not just a game, this fella can actually write!

So I ordered the two DestinyQuest titles and off I went down memory lane - only now it had been given a new. exciting and modern refit. Now there was an air of mystery and I was able to choose the path and career in life that my hero decided to take. Would he become a Warrior Gladiator? A Rogue Swordmaster? Or a Mage Pyromancer? Or any one of more than a dozen other choice each of which would have a direct affect on the story and also on the gear and the loot that I could take with me - and the gear and the loot is king is in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and very well written 29 April 2013
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Great narrative. A promising rebirth of the gamebook genre. I hope the series have a very long life. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book. 29 Jun 2014
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Brought back memories of reading the books of Ian Livingston and Steve Jackson's books. Fun book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Good 12 Feb 2011
By Tony
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I can't claim to have finished this book as yet as I have only just received it today. It's great to see a new gamebook series that has arrived without too much fanfare but really delivers the goods within its first few sections.

It's been pretty easy to pick up, however it's also not so easy that it might as well be a 'Choose Your Own' which is is the problem with any lazily written gamebooks. The prose is engaging and the game system works well, a little more complex than fighting fantasy overall but as well plotted thus far as the better fighting fantasy books.

So far this has been a joy and I'm looking forward to this being a series that develops.

Thanks to the author for an interesting and very diverting hour or so thus far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the genre alive 15 July 2014
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A welcome book that shows the the Gamebook Genre still has legs. Closest thing to playing a video RPG in book format. Well done to the author
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As an educational books editor and ex-teacher, I'm always on the lookout for unusual, inspirational texts for young adults. Friends were raving about DestinyQuest, so I decided to find out what all the fuss was about...

DestinyQuest did not disappoint - I'm only halfway through but I'm absolutely loving it!

The book is written in a concise and lively style offering suspense, dilemmas, action and comedy, all with a hint of classic fairy tales thrown in! Although it's a chunky book, the non-linear structure lets you dive straight into the action as you dance back and forth through the text to complete the various mini-quests. Once you have mastered the rules of combat, you're away, and it is very rewarding when you (the hero) grow in ability and strength!

DestinyQuest has everything you'd expect from a quest-adventure story plus a whole lot more! I can't believe such a lovingly produced, high-quality book is so fairly priced. The cover is beautifully illustrated as are the glossy colour maps for each Act. There is even a DQ website providing free downloadable resources and a forum where you can swap hints and tips.

This fabulous book is suitable for young adults (especially reluctant readers or those less confident in numeracy), hard-core gaming enthusiasts as well as complete novices like me. I'm looking forward to the sequel and would highly recommend DestinyQuest to all would-be adventurers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Video Game in Book Form
Initially I was extremely excited about this book -- I have loved many gamebooks over the years, and witnessing the medium's revival, which DestinyQuest is clearly a significant... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your father's gamebook
I didn't grow up playing gamebooks. I find most of them to be simplistic and arbitrary, and "combat" is usually just weighted dice rolls. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Strangelander
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Achievement
A really exciting new modern gamebook for today. It's such immense fun to play and I can't wait for the next in the series.
Published on 30 Sep 2012 by cubemusic
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so useable on kindle
I presume it is a limitation of the Kindle's operating system and development toolset that prevents author's from implementing gamebooks properly on the device, and it is a shame... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2012 by B. Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
The book is a solitaire Adventure along the lines of the Tunnels and Trolls solitaire games published in the 70s. Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by J. Bethell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for those who remember Fighting Fantasy
For those of us with a certain age you'll have fond memories of Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy that started with Warlock of Firetop Mountain and with these... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive and lots of fun!
I have only had this book for 24 hours and I am addicted! It's such an innovative concept and so well written. What I really love though is that it's great for any age. Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Gamebook!!!
I am a big fan of the "old" gamebooks written in the 80s and early 90s and own nearly 150 books of the well-known series. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Adrian
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