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Shadow on the Sand

(Beaver edition)
(Beaver reissue)
(Beaver reissue)
(American edition)
(Red Fox cover)
Series: Lone Wolf #5
Platform: Web Browser
Contained In: Shadow on the Sand (reissue) (Collection)
Translated Into: Bayangan gurun (Malay)
Das Buch der Magnakai (German)
El desierto de las sombras (Spanish)
Ombre sulla sabbia (Italian)
Sajou no kage [砂上の影] (Japanese)
Senka na pesku (Serbo-Croatian)
Skies stin ammo [Σκίες στην άμμο] (Greek)
Skuggor i sanden (Swedish)
Stín na písku (Czech)
Le Tyran du désert (French)
Adapted Into: The Birthplace (Novel)
The Book of the Magnakai (Novel)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Chalk, Gary (interior and original cover)
Corben, Richard (American cover)
Jones, Peter Andrew (Red Fox cover)
Release Dates: November 14, 1985 (original)
September 28, 2000 (Project Aon release)
ISBNs: 0099424908 / 9780099424901 (British editions)
042508440X / 9780425084403 (American edition)
Length:400 sections
Number of Endings:13 (3 in part one, 10 in part two; not including failure by loss of points)
User Summary: You are sent on a peace mission to the desert empire of Vassagonia. Unfortunately, things don't remain peaceful for long....
Braxus's Thoughts: The final part of the Kai series, and if it isn't the best!

As Demian points out, the book is split into 2 sections which basically has no point at all, but then I think that the Caverns of the Snow Witch needed something like that... it's not fun to kill the "final" boss then slog around for another half a book.

The first half of the book, anyway, is amazing. As usual with Lone Wolf, the speed of the adventure is high and my course involved a high-paced escape through a town, running through sewers, buildings and the sort. The Middle-Eastern/North African theme is really well captured (Barrakeesh - Marrakesh, anyone?)

The second part of the adventure, however, is where the book really shines through. The escape continues, and a reunion with someone who you met in book #1 was a great idea. I won't spoil it anymore!

Obviously one of my favourite gamebooks, and you can play it online at Project Aon, so you don't even need to buy a printed copy.

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Demian's Thoughts: This book seems to be something of an experiment; rather than having the usual 350 sections, it is instead divided into two 200-section parts. There doesn't really seem to be much point to this; although the American edition claims the book is a "super edition including two adventures," the two parts really aren't distinct adventures. Although both parts are the same length, the first part just feels like a comparatively trivial (but highly replayable) prologue to the action-packed second part. In any case, since this format was never used again, it can be assumed that the experiment was not a great success. The book itself, though, is a great success. As I said, the second half is genuinely exciting, with aerial battles, the return of an old friend and a final battle that could have been a little more detailed but which is nonetheless a genuinely satisfying close to the Kai portion of the series.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Tan Hong Kiat for the Beaver reissue cover scan and Ben Nelson for the Red Fox cover scan.
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