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Howl of the Werewolf (Fighting Fantasy S.) Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone are the creators of the Fighting Fantasy series which has sold many millions of books throughout the world. They also founded the Games Workshop chain and have since risen to prominent positions in the British computer games industry, at Lionhead and Eidos respectively. Ian Livingstone was recently made an OBE.
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The story and plot are good - always a good sign, but some Fighting Fantasy books have barely any plot at all (not necessarily a criticism) - and it is well written. Jon Green (the author; this wasn't written by Jackson and Livingstone) does a good job, as always, of evoking the atmosphere of the gothic fantasy world in which this is set.
The combat is fair - you won't face a load of puny goblins to start off with and then have to face a completely unbeatable boss at the end. Although each combat itself can be dangerous, they are all well matched to your abilities.
There are many different ways through the book, increasing the re-playability (is that a word?). There are many different side-quests that you can do as you progress through the adventure. Also, the book doesn't rely on you having found a lot of items in order to finish. Certainly, there are some helpful items to be found, but they are not essential. To accommodate the wider scope the book is a lot bigger than most other Fighting Fantasy titles - 515 rather than 400 (this probably explains the higher cost).
Overall, I would rate this as good as Legend of Zagor and Deathtrap Dungeon.
In this book a lot of the normal FF rules apply; you use skill, stamina and luck scores to determine how you fare in various situations and in combat with other people or various creatures. Other factors determine how you fare too, and not just possessions you pick up. You can also pick up certain codewords through being in specific situations or gaining facets of knowledge. This can affect what route you take further on through the book. There is also the fact you are carrying the eponymous curse and your Change score determines how lycanthropic you are. How this affects things is quite complex, but pick up the book and you'll see!
Most of the action takes place in a land called Lupravia, which is much like the Transylvannia of Universal and Hammer horror movies, with a fantastical spin on it. There are other werewolves there, along with other were-creatures, vampires, ghosts, mutated versions of various animals and magical creatures. You will certainly have some fun spotting nods to various other stories; The Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Take particular routes and there are even times you might be tempted to think of Van Helsing, or Metz's Judderman commercial!
Punctuating the text are brilliant illustrations, as always. Some of them are bound to bring shudders - the illustration for paragraph 172 is positively stomach-churning. Going back to references, the illustration for paragraph 442 will give Dr Who fans a laugh.
What's best about this book is that you can complete your quest successfully (as I have) and then play the quest all over again and find a whole new route to take. A must for any gaming or horror nuts.
You take on the form of a werewolf and the dark eery atmosphere is another reality of this book, much like Vault of the Vampire and Night of the Necromancer.
Very gruesome and longer too, it goes over 500 paragraphs this one, it is by the most adventurous Fighting Fantasy book written yet I would say.
Jonathan Green writes and illustrations are done by Martin McKenna who is known for Vault of the Vampire, Spell breaker.
As anyone knows Jonathan Green always writes great Fighting Fantasy books and Martin K does the best illustrations...so you can't go wrong with this one.
Looking forward to more additions to the series without a doubt.
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