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The Legion of Shadow: DestinyQuest Book 1 Hardcover – 17 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Hardback edition (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575118717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575118713
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,400 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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"They blow my fragile little mind...get them now." "--"Revolution Science Fiction on the "Destiny Quest "series --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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alziel on 8 Jan. 2014
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mariano Rico Castillo on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 12 Feb. 2011
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fabia Lewis on 20 Mar. 2011
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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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