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FF6: Crypt of the Sorcerer

UK £ 4.99 , Canada $9.99 , Australia $12.95 This edition not available in the United States - click here for news ISBN 1-84046-396-1 FF6 cover

Here we enter classic Fighting Fantasy; Crypt of the Sorcerer. This is the sixth book in the successful Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, this time written entirely by Ian Livingstone. It is set in the most popular medieval-style gamebook setting of Allansia, and re-introduces us to the wily wizard Yaztromo and the evil necromancer Razaak.

Book Description: An ancient evil is stirring in the bowels of the earth and the land is blighted. After being entombed for 100 years, the necromancer Razaak has been re-awoken and is poised to fulfil his promise of death and tyranny.

His army of undead are at large across Allansia, bringing death and destruction to all who resist. It is up to YOU to find the only weapon to which Razaak is vulnerable - his own magic sword! Only then might you survive the dangers that await you in his evil lair - the Crypt of the Sorcerer!

Part-story part-game, this is a book with a difference - one in which you become the hero! A pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to take, which creatures to fight and which dangers to risk.

If you're familiar with Ian Livingstone adventures then you know what to expect here. Your task is to defeat the evil sorcerer Razaak, who has risen from the dead after 100 years of lying in his sarcophagus. After a mysterious story reaches your ear, you decide to hunt out that wily old wizard Yaztromo who seems to be everywhere as soon as Allansia is threatened. It seems few of these books can work without him!

It was 100 years ago that Razaak was a huge threat to the land of Allansia before he was slain by the brave hero Kull. Many adventurers had tried and failed, but Kull came across Razaak's old sword by a twist of fate. When Razaak became a necromancer he had to relinquish this sword, but it could not be destroyed so he threw it in a river in the Moonstone Hills. A skeletal hand rose from this river clutching the sword, and Kull promptly found the one weapon that could slay the evil necromancer.

Unfortunately for Kull, once Razaak was slain, the adventurer was turned into a skeleton. He was then destined to patrol the same lake in the Moonstone Hills as a ferryman with the sword, much alike to Charon, the ferryman of the dead in Greek mythology. Of course, when he is relieved of his burden the spell will reverse, but as it's now your turn to try and slay Razaak, you need these sword and Yaztromo sends you to the Moonstone Hills for the first part of your adventure to find the sword.

Once all this has been sorted out, you'll head off to Razaak's crypt. You'll need a wide array of talismans to protect you from the necromancer's powers but Yaztromo is there to assist for a while. Always a good thing! Razaak was destined to die forever if he stayed in the tomb for 110 years. Of course, something has gone wrong. Probably treasure hunters, but 100 years was not enough to dispose of the accursed demon.

Crypt of the Sorcerer is another fine addition to Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy contribution. His books always seem to be popular and this is no exception with a good plot, tough enemies and a string of puzzles to solve along the way. A must for any collector.

About the Author: Ian Livingstone

Cover:
Les Eswards

Illustrations:
John Sibbick


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