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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant finale to a wonderful four book series!, 25 July 2011
This review is from: Sorcery! 4: The Crown of Kings (Fighting Fantasy Gamebook 15) (Paperback)
Your long trek comes to an end as you finally arrive at the Mampang Fortress to confront the Archmage and reclaim possession of THE CROWN OF KINGS.

Written for older readers and adults, the text in the SORCERY books is small, but the adventure is exciting and made all the more epic by spanning four books. The magic system works well and is a real treat (the descriptions of what all 48 spells do are listed in the back of each book) and it is nice to use magic rather than simply fighting everything you encounter. John Blanche provides an assortment of interesting illustrations to the book too.

THE CROWN OF KINGS surpasses all expectations, and is easily the best of the four gamebooks in this series. It is also the meatiest, with a whopping 800 paragraphs, and is the hardest of the books to finish successfully, although items and information carried over from the previous three books is a definite advantage here (especially if you slew all Seven Serpents in the third gamebook!)

First published in 1985, THE CROWN OF KINGS is a fine example of how to write a successful gamebook full of interesting characters, monsters galore and plenty of places to investigate inside the Fortress. It is without a doubt Steve Jackson's finest gamebook and a worthy end to a brilliant four book series!

Like the other SORCERY gamebooks, THE CROWN OF KINGS is published in a large format despite the smaller text, and contains complete rules to play. Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all that is needed to play through this brilliant finale to an excellent series of books.
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