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Shadow on the Sand (Lone Wolf) Paperback – 14 Nov 1985
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One of the "Lone Wolf" series of fantasy game books in which the reader is Lone Wolf, the last Kai Master of Sommerlund. Each episode can be played separately or combined with the rest to create a role-playing epic.
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The (vaguely Arabesque) desert setting of Vassagonia is divided into a range of varied landscapes through which the player travels, ranging from the massive city sewer system to the opulent royal palace and the desert wilderness itself, and featuring such unusual settings as the interior of a volcano and the king's private botanical garden. As in several other books, the environment is entirely hostile - Lone Wolf is running or hiding from adversaries for most of the duration. There are many items to find - some with unexpected uses. And it is not at all predictable - the eventual goal of the quest is not that mentioned in the introduction, and only appears at all halfway through.
On the monsters and NPCs, expect a vicious secret police/assassin force, undead warriors mounted on giant birds, a flying ship manned by dwarfs... not to mention such nasty traps as disease-inducing rusty armour and biting spiders hiding in handy escape-routes.
A word of warning though - the book should be read as part of the series; I would imagine it is very difficult played as a solo adventure, with 3 fewer Kai disciplines and no Sommerswerd.
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He said it did not take that long.
But for the price I cannot complain, Practically free, and only a few bucks for shipping.
I ordered 1st 5 Books So ratings may be identical.
My only complaint about this book is the advertised "Super Edition: Including Two Adventures" on the cover of the book. There are "two adventures" in this book, but they are both considerably short. I remember getting to the end of the first adventure and thinking, "that's it? That's the end of the first adventure? How disappointing, I barely did anything." Up until now, every Lone Wolf book has had 350 numbered sections. This book has 400, and each adventure has 200 numbered sections. Therefore, each adventure is 150 numbered sections shorter than all the other adventures. It is noticeable, too, because each adventure is short and there is not a lot of freedom and choices to make.
While this book may be a "Super Edition," I think that had this been a "Super Edition: One 400 sections adventure!" would've been much better. This book still is fun, and necessary to read to finish off the first series. After this book is the Magnakai series, which is unbelievably fun!
Finally, Joe Dever has authorized the free distribution and licensing of his Lone Wolf series which are available online. This resource has the unabridged editions which makes it great. I will not give out the URL as part of the reviewers agreement but with a little searching you should be able to find it. However, I still prefer to read the paperback versions instead of an online version.