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Castle Death

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Series: Lone Wolf #7
Platform: Web Browser
Contained In: Castle Death (reissue) (Collection)
Translated Into: Il castello della morte (Italian)
Dödens slott (Swedish)
La Forteresse maudite (French)
Hrad smrti (Czech)
Mahligai maut (Malay)
Muerte en el castillo (Spanish)
Das Schloß des Todes (German)
Shi no jousai [死の城塞] (Japanese)
Adapted Into: The Secret of Kazan-oud (Novel)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Chalk, Gary (interior)
Lyon, Peter (Beaver cover)
Elson, Peter (Beaver reissue cover)
Jones, Peter Andrew (Red Fox cover)
Release Dates: June 19, 1986 (original)
March 24, 2001 (Project Aon release)
ISBNs: 0099476207 / 9780099476207 (British editions)
0425100146 / 9780425100141 (American edition)
Length:350 sections
Number of Endings:19 (not including failure by loss of points)
User Summary: The search for the next Lorestone leads you to the dreaded castle of Kazan-Oud, inhabited by an evil sorcerer and isolated from the rest of the world by a magical shield.
Demian's Thoughts: If ever a Lone Wolf book felt more like a Fighting Fantasy adventure, this is the one. It's not as brutally unfair as most of the entries in that other series, but it's a dungeon crawl full of tricks and traps, so it feels a little different from the usual more story-oriented adventures in this series. I suppose it isn't a bad adventure, but I didn't find it very enjoyable. Lone Wolf is at its best when you have a clear sense of mission, and there's just too much aimless wandering here for my taste. I also found that the increased difficulty level of the combat served to slow things down rather than increase my enjoyment, and the fact that it's possible to win the book but lose the Sommerswerd is absolutely devastating. I can also see why there were discussions of Joe Dever's possible racism on various mailing lists; while I suspect no harm was intended, a little too much is made of how Lone Wolf's white skin dazzles his dark-skinned enemies. For a variety of reasons, I finished this adventure not with a sense of accomplishment but rather with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Errata:Some printings of this book are missing monster stats in section 233; according to Project Aon, it should be "Oudagorg - Combat Skill 17, Endurance 17."
Special Thanks:Thanks to Tan Hong Kiat for the original Beaver cover scan, Brett Easterbrook for the Beaver reissue scan, Johan Rehn for identifying the Beaver reissue cover illustrator through the artist's website, and Marcus Pearse for the Red Fox cover scan.
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