Post a comment. Home News What is Fighting Fantasy? Gamebooks Features Events Contact the Warlock. Friday, 9 February Blast from the Past! The Shamutanti Hills. So it seemed timely today to revisit this classic gamebook title - The Shamutanti Hills!
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Far away in the land of Kakhabad, chaos is brewing The evil Archimage has stolen the precious Crown of Kings, intending to use its power to further his tyrannous ends.
In this first book of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Your fi Far away in the land of Kakhabad, chaos is brewing Your first task is to traverse the dangerous Shamutanti Hills!
Unique in the Fighting Fantasy series, the Sorcery! Can you master the demands of the sorcerer's craft, casting spells with the Sorcery! Be careful, for nothing in Kahkabad is quite as it seems Get A Copy.
Published July by Puffin Books first published October 27th More Details Original Title. Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. You already know the place: Mountains of yellowing paperbacks. Jumbles of jigsaw puzzles with missing pieces. Stepladders leaning against walls to reach the higher shelves. And saturating the scene always that intoxicating used book smell. It was magic. It was a place where a kid who pocketed the daily quarter he was supposed to buy cafeteria milk with could go at week's end with a buck-twenty-five and come out with a portal to another world.
They went out of business, with great fanfare and community grief, the year I got my driver's license. What a way to hammer home childhood's end. The main floor couldn't have been more than square feet, but towering blockades of bookshelves created a crazy honeycombing maze of seemingly infinite size. Tapestries and curtains were hung strategically to offer privacy for browsing.
Closets were enlisted for overflow stock, their doors removed to allow access to rummagers. Even a former bathroom was tastefully redone, stocked floor to ceiling with books, the water having of course been shut off first and the dry commode converted into a centerpiece holding plastic flowers.
Step inside, turn left. Make your way to one corner, find the nonfiction. Make your way to another and find romance. Walk past the cashier's counter and see the rare books collection: first editions, signed copies, misprints and oddities—the only merchandise kept under surveillance, though never under lock and key.
Pass the horror, pass the plays, pass the college textbooks. There is only one room you really ever come to browse: science fiction. Three-fourths space exploration and a quarter fantasy. An Asimov pile. An entire pile dedicated solely to TSR. And one fateful day, perkily propped in a featured items display, this guy right here: What the?
There's more? Flip to the front - this is how much? Two bucks? What a find. I must have played through this gamebook hundreds of times. I played it solo. I read it aloud on walks to and from school with a 5th grade friend so he could play, I the DM to his PC. This is how I spent New Year's Eve, This is how I fell in love with Final Fantasy, with Dungeons and Dragons, with sidequests and character sheets and many-sided dice.
This is magic. I later found, in a stroke of wildly good fortune, books 2, 3, and 4 of the series priced only a quarter each! Part of me wants to be buried with these books. Part of me wants to will them to my children. View all 5 comments. Oct 11, Leo. Man these books were popular when I was a youngster. Before Harry Potter but equally as good. May 03, Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing. I remember finding this first volume of the fopur part 'Sorcery!
It was in a cardboard slipcase together with the 'Sorcery! Spell Book'. This was the big twist, this gamebook series allowed the reader to play as a sorcerer. The snag was that the spells had to be memorised from the book, and each had a cost to cast. It added a whole new dimension. Wizardry wasn't the only innovation with this series. Penned by Steve Jackson, I remember finding this first volume of the fopur part 'Sorcery! Penned by Steve Jackson, one of the co-creators of the Fighting Fantasy series, it was intended to be read by older readers.
The four books in the series were larger than the other gamebooks of the time and grew positively huge by volume 4 and they were all linked. Decisions and items carried on from one book to the next, and all manner of moral questions faced the reader with no necessarily right or wrong answer.
Resources such as rations have to be carefully husbanded. If the reader doesn't eat, he will weaken. And money is required to sleep in the safety of an inn. The ultimate quest is to recover the stolen Crown of Kings from the Archmage, but at this stage of the adventure such considerations are far distant. The first book is a surprisingly gentle introduction as the reader leaves the safety of his home and travels through the poisoned lands of the Shamutanti Hills, heading for the great port city of Khare, the gateway to the even worse lands beyond.
A very good job is made of describing the journey and the passage through the hills and woods, encountering all manner of creatures and poverty stricken villages. One refreshing thing was that I found very many encounters could be avoided with a little thought, and some of the creatures didn't necessarily attack unless provoked.
Knowing when to fight and when not was a useful skill to acquire. It was atmospheric, interesting, and there were a large number of alternate paths through the countryside and choices to be made, increasing replay value enormously.
I had little difficulty until I met the manticore pictured on the cover. This shredded me twice before I finally laid it to rest.
Shortly thereafter, I found myself outside the gates of Khare, ready to begin book Jun 20, Paul Christensen rated it it was amazing.
The Shamutanti Hills
Originally published by Penguin Books between and , the titles are part of the Fighting Fantasy canon, but were not allocated numbers within the original book series. The Sorcery! Each title could be played as an individual adventure or as part of the overall story arc. The series was supported by the Sorcery! Spellbook , published in , which was eventually incorporated as an appendix into the four titles in later printings. A boxed set titled Sorcery! The series was reissued by Wizard Books in
The Shamutanti Hills (book)
Good luck with the rest of the saga. Back in the s I did the 'always go back to book 1 after failing' thing with Lone Wolf books Never again While I'm pretty sure Steve Jackson's Sorcery!
Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! The Shamutanti Hills