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Kharé - Cityport of Traps

(Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Khare, where every doorway and alley may conceal sudden danger - or unexpected help! As a warrior relying on force of arms, or a wizard trained in magic, you must brave the terror of a city built to trap the unwary. You will need all your wits about you to survive the unimaginable horrors ahead and to make sense of the clues which may lead to your success - or to your doom ...more
Published April 7th 2003 by Wizard Books (first published August 30th 1984)
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Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1984, I think it was, when I picked this book up at a store called "The Book Professor" in Papillion, NE. Truth be told, Mom bought it for me as a consolation for JC Penny not having the Star Wars jersey I wanted in stock. If you haven't figured it out yet, I was a bit of a nerd. But I was a nerd going into regression. The metalhead/punk was, instead, coming out. So this book, being an easily-hideable nerd manual, was perfect. Part solo role playing module (think Tunnels & Trolls), part choose-y ...more
Paul Christensen
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kharé ensorcells through the chaos of John Blanche.
Somewhere in its twisted streets are four parts of a spell.

Against the fearsome Red-Eyes, you don’t stand a chance;
You’d be better off staying in the smelly guardroom cell,

Or even in the streets where the Living Corpse drifts,
Or even in the sewers where the Slime Eater feeds.

But wherever you go, and however you grift,
Just, please, don’t ever try the Smoking Weed.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A step up in difficulty and enjoyment from the first of the series, this was where you needed to 'pick the right path' - far more so than in the first. Khare was a wonderful city to explore though, so even if you took a few tries it didn't matter.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an innovative combo of choose your own adventure and RPGs in a cohesive fantasy series. Really loved it as a kid, to the point of contorting my body to roll dice on the floor of the plane in economy on my my way to Wisconsin for Christmas one year. Good fun!
Michael Kelly
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many respects, Khare - the second instalment in Steve Jackson's mammoth 'Sorcery!' epic - is deserving of five stars. It has real atmosphere and the vast, sprawling city with its weird and dangerous denizens is utterly enthralling.

But I have to deduct a star because it just that little bit too frustrating and difficult to discover all of the information you need in order to open the gate on the far side of the city in order to continue your journey in the next book in the series. This real di
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't finish this successfully! No matter how hard I tried!!

I always got killed on a statue 2/3 through.

I loved this series.

Other good ones:
lone wolf free project aon
fighting fantasy by steev jackson here
which way books
choose own adventure

so many goodies!
Dies Irae
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gamebook
Siamo giunti a Kharé, luogo in cui è interamente ambientato il secondo volume della serie. Lo scopo del gioco consiste nell'uscire dall'insidiosa città, ricettacolo della peggiore feccia di Kakhabad. Per farlo dovremo però entrare in possesso dei quattro versi che compongono una formula magica. Ogni quartina è conosciuta da un diverso cittadino di prestigio ma non ci è dato sapere quale. Path-true rigidissimo; basta deviare accidentalmente o non prestare attenzione ai particolari per perdere un ...more
Juho Pohjalainen
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is where the difficulty ramps up. There are far more death traps than previously, tricky encounters, traps, and more to the point, the most-maligned plot coupons make their return. And even at the end, the city honestly loses in charm and novelty to the more appealing and memorable Port Blacksand.

But there are also several points where things from the first book come back up, several notes should have been taken, and your previous paths can make a difference. Props for good continuity - the
Jeff Miller
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Having a break from the computer screen during Coronavirus Lockdown I am revisiting this epic series of Fighting Fantasy books from my youth...

Lovely adventure - really nice winding streets filled with all forms of traps and trickery...I remember being in all sorts of bother here as a kid, but this one was more plain sailing as I worked my way around, greeting friends from Book 1 and obtaining the required spell parts to unlock the gate at the end. Just the one workback as I made a mess of kissi
John Somers
Have this as part of the Sorcery! boxed set.
Bernard O'Leary
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Puzzle upon puzzle.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The series gets even better, i really enjoyed this one!
R.M.F Brown
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The hardest Fighting Fantasy gamebook I've ever came across.

Anybody who has ever played an FF gamebook, will be familiar with the urge to cheat, to skip ahead a few pages and see if your choice was the correct one (your character using suffering a gruesome death in the process)

The benefit this 'hindsight' brought, was a smooth progression through even the toughest dungeon.

With Cityport, such an option is not available. Almost impossible to solve without cheating, and even then it's no guarant
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Steve Jackson (born 20 May 1951) is a British game designer, writer, and game reviewer, who is often confused with the American game designer of the same name.

Along with Ian Livingstone, he is the creator of the Fighting Fantasy books. The US Jackson also wrote three books in the Fighting Fantasy series, which adds to the confusion, especially as these books were simply credited to "Steve Jackson

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