Hero's Challenge: Sagard the Barbarian
McCaig, Iain (interior)
|User Summary:||You journey to a jungle region south of Hitaxia in search of a lost city where immense power and wealth await you. Meanwhile, two powerful enemies are plotting to destroy you.|
When the time came to review this book, a thought I never before considered myself capable of crossed my mind: "what a drag, I have to read another gamebook." Indeed, my worst fears were confirmed: whereas books 2 and 3 introduced some flexibility which made them bearable, this book has none of it. There is little to say here that hasn't been said in my previous reviews: once again the book is filled with battles – both individual and mass combat – which are heavily stacked in the player's favour. While there are several paths through the book, the encounters and the story are for the most part so unimaginative it seems like a rush job (there is one exception, at most). As in the previous book, it's possible to defeat the final enemy with just one lucky die roll, an author trademark that does little to increase interest. The only enjoyable aspect of this book is that some of Ian McCaig's illustrations (on about the only occasion when a British artist did work for an American gamebook) are great, and that's about it.
Overall, the series feels unfinished, especially because it's possible for the player character to become separated from his main love interest in the third book, and while a future reunion is hinted at, it doesn't ever happen. In this book the authors hint at subsequent books, but fortunately they didn't publish any. As a reader, you would do well to spend your time somewhere else.
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to Guillermo Paredes for the plot summary.|
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