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The Legion of Shadow

(DestinyQuest #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  5 reviews
You have no memory of your past. With only a sword and a backpack to your name, you must discover your destiny in an unfamiliar world full of monsters and magic. As you guide your hero through this epic adventure, you will be choosing the danger that they face, the monsters that they fight and the treasures that they find. Every decision that you make will have an impact o ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published May 17th 2012 by Gollancz (first published February 1st 2011)
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Robin Carter
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book is a great idea, but for me it failed to rekindle the experiences of youth with the fighting fantasy books.
Maybe I just don't have that inner geek in me any more?
The books though are well written, the plot is tight and the characters engaging, if not totally lifelike.
What does strike me is just how complex it is to write something like this, multiple interconnecting lines that must connect and support each other. The more I looked at the writing style the more impressed I was by it.

If
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David
I had mixed feelings regarding this lengthy gamebook. Generally-speaking, it's like a traditional gamebook done in Fabled Lands style, with an obvious influence of CRPGs. It features an epic-length story where you get to choose which quest to do first, no perma-deaths, lots of gear, secret items, and even combat achievements.

I enjoyed the story and the writing, but I really disliked how it integrated with the gamebook part of it. The main problem was pacing. Once the book enters act 2, there's a
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Charles Revello
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gamebooks
In terms of gamebooks, DestinyQuest is a behemoth, both in its physical size and what the author is able to pack into the game's mechanics. The first thing that jumps out (after the initial shock of unpacking this tome) is its layout. Typical choose-your-own fare start you at #1 and send you on your merry way, not so here. After an engaging prologue, you, the reader, are sent to one of the book's three beautiful maps where you pick the next leg of your adventure. You are free to complete them in ...more
Dave Cronin
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great concept will be fun to undertake the sequels. The story was a bit slow at times to make room for game play.
Rameen
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline was Ok but I don't really like books in which you choose what the hero does. If you like those books and book in which you kind of play a game too, you might like this.
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