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Item - The Caverns of Kalte

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Series: Lone Wolf (1984-1998) — no. 3
Platform: Web Browser
Contained In: The Caverns of Kalte (reissue) (Collection)
Translated Into: As cavernas de Kalt (Portuguese)
As cavernas de Kalte (Portuguese)
Las Cavernas de Kalte (Spanish)
Gefahr in den Höhlen (German)
Les Grottes de Kalte (French)
Gua Kalte (Malay)
Kaltes grottor (Swedish)
Kaltes grottor (Swedish)
Kaltské jeskyně (Czech)
Karute no doukutsu [カルトの洞窟] (Japanese)
Negli abissi di Kaltenland (Italian)
Pećine Kaltea (Serbo-Croatian)
Peshterite na Kalte [Пещерите на Калте] (Bulgarian)
I spilies tou tromou [Οι σπηλιές του τρόμου] (Greek)
Adapted Into: Hunting Wolf (Novel)
Lone Wolf and the Ice Halls of Terror (Video Game)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Chalk, Gary (interior and original cover)
Salmon, Brian (Beaver reissue cover)
Maitz, Don (American cover)
Jones, Peter Andrew (Red Fox cover)
Date: September 24, 1984
ISBNs: 0099385309 / 9780099385301 (British editions)
0425093573 / 9780425093573 (American edition)
Length: 350 sections
Number of Endings: 21 (not including failure by loss of points)
User Summary: Vonotar, the traitorous magician who betrayed the Kai to the Darklords, has retreated to the icy realm of Kalte and taken control of the Ice Barbarians residing there; you must capture him and bring him to justice.
Braxus's Thoughts: The Caverns of Kalte was obviously the third of Dever's brilliant series and it's one of my favourites.

Though the actual book is rather short, this is because there are so many options and ways to go. The thing that makes the book so good, however, is the snow setting. It's exciting and atmospheric and easy to imagine.

There are many cool ideas like Ice Barbarians with archer-children in their backpacks, and the journey through the caverns to the castle is just brilliant.

In short, one of the best of the Kai series, but they are all excellent. Highly recommended.

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Demian's Thoughts: I have very fond memories of this book, but having replayed it, I'm not exactly sure why. It certainly doesn't strike me as a bad book by any means, but it doesn't really stand out either. It's a perfectly decent entry in the series, with all the usual characteristics that make a Lone Wolf book fun, but it doesn't strike me as being a really special book the way it did when it first made an impression on me. I think that initial reaction must have been due to the atmospheric icy setting; although I maintain that Dever's style of writing is adequate but nothing too special compared to his greater skill in game design, he does have some nice touches here that help to convey the peril and beauty of a frozen environment -- the threat of snow blindness, the interesting Cloudmaker Mountain, the constant threat of cold-adapted creatures. It all goes by rather quickly, but there are certainly some nice sights along the way.

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Dtar's Thoughts: As someone who enjoys Nordic skiing and most winter activities, I loved the ice barbarians on skis, with their backpack baby archers!

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ed Jolley for the original Beaver edition cover scan, to Brett Easterbrook for the Red Fox cover scan, and to Jeremy Welker for the variant American cover images ($2.25 and $4.50 cover prices)..
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Users with Extra Copies: andyr - US Berkeley
DeKoovenWolf - American edition
Ed - Sparrow edition, missing half of colour map.
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