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The Shamutanti Hills

(Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  442 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
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! series, you embark on a quest in the turmoil of Kakhabad, progressing through four books in order to achieve your ultimate goal - the Crown of Kings. Your fi ...more
Published July 1984 by Puffin Books (first published October 27th 1983)
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Leo .
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man these books were popular when I was a youngster. If you like a book/role playing game where you are a wizard I recommend these books. Before Harry Potter but equally as good.🐯👍
Michael Kelly
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I remember finding this first volume of the fopur part 'Sorcery!' series on the shelf of a small local bookshop more than two decades ago. 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,
Paul Christensen
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was an old man in a tree
Whose plight was distressing to see;
For the Elvins who stowed
Him up over the road
Couldn't find their remarkable key.

If the Minimite friends you, beware.
He won't go, you'll be filled with despair.
Maybe helping the Svinns
Could relieve you of him?
Or Black Lotuses, quelling the air?

Greybeard by Paul Christensen
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember thinking these books were just so darn cool when I was growing up - I had purchased the second and third off the shelf on a whim from a used bookstore. I sold them and regretted the decision almost instantly, so I was excited to be able to request the first book in the series through our library's new Outerlibrary Loan service.

I "played" a full game through and remembered why I liked the books more as a concept than in practice: I'm terrible! I always get the plague or run over by a b
Olivier Delaye
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first of a series of 4 gamebooks called Sorcery!, and by far the best in the genre. Great magic system with 48 different spells at your disposal. Great plot and subplots, good writing, pretty hard to finish but that's also part of the fun!

Author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series
The Forgotten Goddess (Sebasten of Atlantis, #1) by Olivier Delaye
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!
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Round up all minimites and ship them to camps, it's the only way. Avoid Jan and the game becomes much easier.

I also thought very unamusing Mr. Jackson's fondness for fake magic codes only one letter off from the real configurations. I did not submit to the rules in these cases. You can't make me attempt to memorize 20+ spells and then pretend it's fair to place as a choice YAB instead of YOB. Memorization is fine as a game element, but the challenge should be in remembering what each spell does,
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a nice diversion from the standard Fighting Fantasy scheme, in which the player has to memorise three-letter codes for magic spells and is then asked which of them he knows: but there are nonsense codes mixed in that lead to certain doom. For instance: “Will you cast a spell: SUS, HUF, DIP, FOF, SUD” where DIP and SUD don't exist, and HUF cannot be cast in the present situation. This creates a strangely effective atmosphere, as the player learns more spells and becomes more confident in ...more
Dies Irae
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gamebook
Capitolo introduttivo breve e piuttosto semplice. Raro riscontrare particolari problemi, ad eccezione del segmento con i cacciatori di teste e dell'impennata di difficoltà finale dovuta alla manticora con annesso piccolo labirinto; perfetto esempio dei rigidi vincoli jacksoniani. Ambientazione nella media, arricchita dalla presenza di diversi villaggi ben caratterizzati. Bestiario sottotono. Gameplay ottimo, a patto di affrontare l'avventura nei panni del mago. Ho giocato con le seguenti stats:
Nicolas Ronvel
Un petit coup de nostalgie avec la lecture de ce premier tome de la série Sorcellerie !

J'ai joué le jeu de la mémorisation des sorts, et m'en suis pas trop mal sorti. J'ai (bien sûr) triché sur les combats aux dés, et je ne me suis raté qu'une seule fois (satané champ de lotus).

Au niveau de l'histoire, c'est assez plaisant car on avance bien, le monde est assez intéressant, et il n'y a pas de gros blocages ni de labyrinthes de remplissage.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The shortest and least challenging of the 4 Sorcery books but still very entertaining. I haven't played any of these games for so many years I'd almost forgotten how enjoyable they are, a perfect change for when my brain gets too overwhelmed with French and Japanese learning.

I went through this 4 times, picking different ways each time and I'm sure I've figured out the 'best' path. Excellent fun :-)
Paul Gibbons
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great spell system. I love it. Defiantly a step up from early fighting fantasy. I like the way you have to struggle to remember the spells much like a wizard should lol. Remembering what ingredient works with which spell as well. If you like the idea of been a wandering wizard with spells for every situation then this is highly recommended.
Dr Zoule
Aug 04, 2009 added it
Shelves: milestones
I remember being offered a tattered old copy of this oddity by a troubled kid at school. I remember voraciously reading it from cover to cover, again and again, year after year. I remember reading it lying on my stomach in a hotel room in Singapore. I remember having goose bumps from the air conditioning and the wickedness of Alianna.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
awesome jeid knight like monk with some like psionix?
project aon has em free online
other like it:
which way books
choose your own adventure
lone wolf
Caleb M.
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
read/played this on google play. enjoyed it a lot. the story was surprisingly well done. I didn't expect a whole lot from a choose your own adventure book from the 80's but it was well worth the read and my time. I will get back to the others at some point.
Bernard O'Leary
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
James Oliver
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: final-fantasy
Short enjoyable adventure from childhood very easy, it's not too improbable that you can die in selecting your choices it contains items which can be used in the later books in the series
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Curios as to what this is like now to my aged self, with respect to how much i enjoyed the quadrilogy when they first came out. The application you can download is very good.
John somers
Have this as part of the Sorcery! boxed set.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this series as a teenager, loved the fighting fantasy series. Happy memories.
Sorcery!: Shamutanti Hills v.1 (Fighting Fantasy) (Vol 1) by Steve Jackson (2003)
Adam Cleaver
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
I loved these books as a kid. Must go back and re-read them to make a proper review. But just look at that art work too... amazing!
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a big fan of the pictures in this new edition. I think John Blanche (former illustrator) created part of the world with his excellent pictures. This is the plainest book of the saga but started one of the most exciting jouneys i have ever made. A must read if you like fantasy or interactive fiction. I would really love have 12 again and start the Journey one more time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Chris Baker
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Read it in the app recently, which is really nicely done. Well worth a look. Story is definitely adventure for younger readers, but very much a classic text-based adverture. Translates well into a game.
Phil Nicolle
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Better than i remember from when i read this as a kid!
Cupof Tea
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I led a test run of this book earlier this week choosing the most reckless path each time and ending up with the plague and no sword, dying at the hands of an ASSASSIN in the woods.

Second time through C kept my risks in mind and made it through to the cityport (book 2). We have about half the spellbook memorized now. On to the next issue.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
SAt down and finished within a couple hours
R.M.F Brown
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Car boot sales have been much maligned over the years for the criminal elements running them, and the cheap and shoddy goods they churn out.

Occasionally, though, amongst the scuttles of coal, a gem emerges.

Tattered and dog eared, and a snip at 10 pence, this was my first foray into the Sorcery series.

Being a fan of the fighting fantasy books, I was aware of Sorcery as an advanced version of the game, a position that initially made me nervous at the difficulty.

Fear not, though. With two dice
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British game designer, often confused with the American game designer of the same name.

Along with Ian Livingstone, creator of the Fighting Fantasy books.

Other books in the series

Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! (4 books)
  • Kharé - Cityport of Traps (Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery! #2)
  • The Seven Serpents (Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery!, #3)
  • The Crown of Kings (Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery!, #4)