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on 10 April 2013
First of all, let's clarify that this book has two main editions: one was printed during the "heroic" years of Fighting Fantasy (Eighties) and one has been re-rinted recently by Arion Games. The differences between the two editions are just cosmetic (page sizes, font sizes, etc.), but the content is EXACTLY the same (i.e. the new edition is a re-print).
This book provides quite a lot of background information (geography, history, pantheons, items or personalities of particular interest, etc.) and glues together the stories of *most* Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.
It is good and explains a lot of mysteries and things otherwise impossible to understand (for example why the Riddling Reaver is behaving that way, giving away to his enemies hints about where they can find him? Why Khul is so underdeveloped while the Old World is better settled? Where some of the ancient ruins that are found come from? etc.).
This book can be of some interest for Fighting Fantasy fans, but most of all is absolutely necessary for all Advanced Fighting Fantasy role play game Directors that want to set their adventires on the world of Titan (I'd say that also the players could / should read this). I can't think about anybody else (for example somebody that knows nothing about Fighting Fantasy gamebooks or Advanced Fighting Fantasy role play game...) who could be genuinely be interested and entertained by this book and this means that this is fundamentally fan material (so, if you are a fan you'll enjoy it, if you are not a fan you'll find it confusing, as if somebody tried to explain you the background of a story that you don't know).
In general, this book is nice and enjoyable for a fan, but it lacks an underlying sense of greatness and purpose, while there are several oddities and a bit shallow points. However, it captures fairly well the atmosphere and soul of early Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, that may sound a bit odd, disjointed and irrational to many newcomers in role play games, but is still very unique and difficult to reproduce.