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Talisman of Death (Fighting Fantasy #11)

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Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero!

The once-peaceful world of Orb is in terrible danger. Dark forces are at work to unleash the awesome might of the Evil One –- and only YOU can stop them. YOUR mission is to destroy the Talisman of Death before the dark lord’s minions reach you. But beware! Time is running out …

Two dice, a pencil and an eras
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Wizard Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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May 06, 2014 Graham rated it liked it
One of the mid-range FIGHTING FANTASY adventures. The author is the American Steve Jackson, rather than the originator of the series. This one's set on a different world, called Orb, and the adventurer is transported there from Earth at the outset in order to fight evil.

One of the first things that becomes apparent is that the author mines the work of J. R. R. Tolkien for inspiration. Here are just a few of the similar situations:

A band of adventurers are being pursued through huge underground c
Michael Kelly
May 30, 2015 Michael Kelly rated it liked it
'Talisman of Death' is one of the best regarded Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. Although it's certainly not bad and does some things very well, it does have its faults.

It isn't set in the usual FF world of Titan, it's set in the world of Orb. But you, the reader, aren't a native of Orb, you're an Earthling who has been plonked there by the gods to carry out a task for them. You are to take the Talisman of Death and return to your own world with it, thus removing it from the reach of the Death cultis
David Sarkies
Aug 10, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gamer geeks
Recommended to David by: Primary School
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A tricky quest to protect an artifact
29 June 2012

It seems that the original creators of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks are now beginning to take a back seat and allowing other authors to contribute ideas to the genre. This is not the first one where this has happened though as the American Steve Jackson had already written a gamebook, but now we are beginning to see other authors become involved and we are also beginning to see a movement away from the fantasy setting that the previous books ha
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Dec 02, 2015 Tazio Bettin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is probably one of the easiest Fighting Fantasy books I played. I finished in one go, without ever dying or needing to restart. Sometimes that's enjoyable too.
The story is quite good, with interesting characters and situations. There is a huuuuge ripoff of Lord of the Rings. The talisman is just like the one ring, with the god of death replacing Sauron and his wraiths replacing the nazgul. But I can live with that. It's nice that if you die (I tried just to see what happens) the book "telep
Jul 21, 2014 Steveo rated it it was amazing
A Classic Fighting Fantasy book / Choose your own path.

Used to read this under the blankets with a couple of dice and pencil like a geek :D
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Jesus Ch...I died so many times in this book...however, it was fun but the ending was somehow anti-climatic and also a bit ridiculous.
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