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Item - Fire on the Water

(Original Sparrow edition)
(Beaver edition, original cover)
(Beaver edition, revised cover)
(American Pacer edition, first printing)
(American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing)
(American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing)
(American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing)
(American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing)
(American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing)
(Red Fox edition)

Combined Summary

Online Full Text: Project Aon (Project Aon edition)
Series: Lone Wolf (1984-1998) — no. 2
Lone Wolf (1984-1998)
Lone Wolf (2007-) no. 2
Platform: Web Browser (Project Aon edition)
Contained In: Fire on the Water: Software Pack (Collection)
The Lone Wolf Adventures (Collection)
Translated Into: Api di atas air (Malay)
Eld över vattnet (Swedish)
Eld över vattnet (Swedish)
Feuer über den Wassern (German)
Fogo sobre a água (Portuguese)
Fuego sobre el agua (Spanish)
Gennem ild og vand (Danish)
Mar em chamas (Portuguese)
Oheň na vodě (Czech)
Plamak nad vodata [Пламък над водата] (Bulgarian)
Suijou no honou [水上の炎] (Japanese)
Taxidi stin kolasi [Ταξίδι στην κόλαση] (Greek)
Traversata infernale (Italian)
La Traversée infernale (French)
Vatra na vodi (Serbo-Croatian)
Adapted Into: Fire on the Water (Video Game)
The Sword of the Sun (Novel)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Chalk, Gary (interior)
Jones, Peter Andrew (Red Fox edition - cover)
Salmon, Brian (Beaver edition, revised cover - cover)
Dates: June, 1984 (Original Sparrow edition)
January, 1985 (American Pacer edition, first printing)
April, 1985 (American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing)
December 6, 1990 (Red Fox edition)
ISBNs: 0099359006 / 9780099359005 (Red Fox edition, Beaver edition, revised cover, Beaver edition, original cover)
0399212183 / 9780399212185 (American Pacer edition, first printing)
042508437X / 9780425084373 (American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing, American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing)
Length: 350 sections (American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing, American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing, American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing, American Pacer edition, first printing, Beaver edition, original cover, Beaver edition, revised cover, Original Sparrow edition, Project Aon edition, Red Fox edition)
Number of Endings: 19 (not including failure by loss of points) (American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing, American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing, American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing, American Pacer edition, first printing, Beaver edition, original cover, Beaver edition, revised cover, Original Sparrow edition, Project Aon edition, Red Fox edition)
Cover Price: US$3.99 (American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing)
US$2.50 (American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing)
US$2.95 (American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing)
User Summary: You must travel overseas to Durenor to recover the Sommerswerd, a magical weapon capable of driving back the Darklord invasion.
Demian's Thoughts:

Of the books in this series that I clearly remember reading as a child, this was my least favorite. It's mostly about travel, and there aren't too many monsters to fight or atmospheric dungeons to explore. I also felt at the time that it was unfairly difficult. However, having replayed it now, I think that I was underestimating the book. Although it didn't include the traditional elements that made me enjoy fantasy adventures, it was clearly memorable -- the "whodunnit" sequence and the final sea battle were both enjoyable to revisit. As for being unfair, I think I mustn't have been observant enough when I first played. Some choices that seem random are in fact entirely strategic if you carefully examine the map and illustrations. There are better things yet to come, but this is an entirely worthy sequel to the first book.

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Florik's Thoughts:

One scene in this book, the second in the Lone Wolf series, makes it worth playing all on its own. One of your fellow travelers is trying to kill you. Whom do you accuse? This puzzle can be solved by logic, without rolling any dice.

That's a redeeming feature for me. I know I am an exception, but frankly I've never been a fan of the Lone Wolf narrative style. For example, I don't like to be told straightaway that I - as Lone Wolf - feel fear. I find that too abstract, it makes me feel detached from the story rather than cast as the hero. Instead, tell me about the sinister things, in words that make me afraid, myself, in my role.

Also, the Magnamund setting is black and white, good against evil, and I prefer worlds that are a bit more complex.

The narrative in this volume has a nice flow to it, even if I find the final sequence a bit drawn out. However, there is one bottleneck in the story where you need an item you might have missed simply by taking a left turn instead of a right turn.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Tan Hong Kiat for the Beaver reissue cover scan.
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Known Editions

American Berkley/Pacer edition, 17th printing
American Berkley/Pacer edition, second printing
American Berkley/Pacer edition, unknown printing
American Pacer edition, first printing
Beaver edition, original cover
Beaver edition, revised cover
Collector's edition (in Fire on the Water (reissue))
Lone Wolf Adventures edition (in The Lone Wolf Adventures)
Omnibus edition (in Lone Wolf Game Book Omnibus)
Original Sparrow edition
Project Aon edition
Red Fox edition

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