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4.0 out of 5 stars Wintery setting leaves reviewer feeling cold..., 26 Aug 2004
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Stuart Moses (Epsom, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Caverns of Kalte (Lone Wolf Adventures) (Paperback)
The quality of Joe Dever's writing is constantly good. However the settings change and some I like more than others. The wintery north of Kalte I found as forbidding and challenging as perhaps main character Lone Wolf did, but for different reasons.
This adventure is still fun - and there's an item in the titular caverns that accompanied me on many adventures to come - but this mission seems less crucial than the previous books. Vonotar The Traitor must be brought to justice, but this doesn't have the urgency of saving my home from malignant attack.
The story in this book seems as isolated as the country in which it takes place. It's well worth reading - you won't want to miss out on any of Lone Wolf's adventures - but it pales a little compared to the towering majesty of Fire on the Water and The Chasm of Doom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure, but lacking epic feel, 14 Aug 2006
This review is from: The Caverns of Kalte (Lone Wolf Adventures) (Paperback)
The sequel to "Fire on the Water" was almost guaranteed to be anticlimactic, since the epic events of that adventure leave so much resolved. The storyline here is basically a side-story about tying an end from "Fire" - tracking down the rogue wizard Vonotar who vanished during that adventure.

The adventure is multi-linear, with various paths to the end and more than one way to finish it successfully - though it is structured around a basically linear progression towards the end-point. Expect the unexpected - the mission (as usual) does not go to plan and there are some interesting plot twists. It's a story one wishes to finish once one starts playing, though likely to be a challenge. There's also the usual array of weird and wonderful monsters, as well as nicely suitable climatic hazards.

Its main weakness is that the cause does not seem as vital as in the previous (and later) stories; tracking down safely exiled outlaws is really a bit below the last of the Kai. I'm also concerned at the negative stereotyping of the "Ice Barbarians", who are clearly modelled on indigenous peoples.
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