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The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (Fighting Fantasy) Paperback – September 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Fighting Fantasy
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310759
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Mirams on October 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Women in my life complain "boys are hard to buy presents for" - well, here is an idea (and it is non-electronic).
This series is recommended for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld / Harry Porter/ Perry Jackson / Lord of the Rings / Diana Wynne Jones books, but particularly boys. Content is not too gory, but these are titled "fighting fantasy" books for a reason. Similarly, the reading age is probably 8+ years, but I am no expert.
The random element of encounters throughout the books is what stands out for me - "re-playability". You choose if the protagonist goes left or right, etc. However, even if you pick the same options twice, you probably will not get exactly the same result if you are unlucky.
I am tried of giving kids electronics and want them to learn that reading can be fun (yes - I am my becoming my grandparents), so I will be trying these books out on them - it worked for me.

NOTE FOR PUBLISHERS/DISTRIBUTORS: The new version of these books have a preview of the next book in the back. Why don't you make these half-dozen pages available in the Amazon "look inside" function for the matching book? That is clearly what they were written for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A Grant on January 29, 2013
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Need a little D&D fix but no one to play with? This book will help.
The best thing is it's small and easy to carry with no parts to lose. Bring it to Grandma's, or on that stupid camping trip.
You can use an already made character or make your own.
Battle monsters, figure out traps, and find the warlock's therasure.
Try it it's fun!
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Still one of the classics amongst the Fighting Fantasy series, it's lovely to see this reprinted for modern readers (or us older readers who couldn't afford the books as kids!).

Warlock of Firetop Mountain is still a fun and interesting read (or play?) and boy does it bring back the memories. Whether it makes you nostalgic for the original books, or just all those times spent playing tabletop RPGs as a kid, the experience is quite warm and fuzzy.

The writing is not going to win any literary prizes, but it's a classic plot and the gameplay remains simple and fun. There's loads of variety in monsters and NPC interactions, the map is interesting without being too simplistic, and it's challenging without causing your character to just die over and over again. I actually completed the book on my second run through, which for some reason just felt really good (I think it let me explore the majority of the map, but without it getting repetitive).

You can have a great time with this book, or introduce it to your kids to share the experience. The only downside is it doesn't have much to offer if you're an adult who is completely uninterested in RPGs.
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My friend recently recommended this book to me and I thought it looked cool but didn't really know what it was. After a little research I found out it was a Choose Your Path book and ordered it right after. The shipping was fast and the quality of the book was perfect, I got started right away, learning the rules and starting. The book can get a little repetitive and confusing. I found myself not doing the right things at battles and I had to restart multiple times. Once I started to get the hang of it, I was having fun. If you like Dungeons & Dragons you'll probably like this.
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By Genesis on January 7, 2014
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All things considered, the idea of these types of play style "be your own hero" books is a good idea. But I'm not reviewing the idea of the book series, but rather this particular story. Frankly, this story is lacking a LOT. It is very linear and doesn't give you many options to explore and get lost... it often just says "Here's a room with XXX inside, interact with XXX or leave." Never really any indepth adventure. Seems this was written in haste and many details were overlooked and not well thought out. Other books of this series are much better.
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