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The Cauldron of Fear

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Series: Lone Wolf #9
Platform: Web Browser
Contained In: The Cauldron of Fear (reissue) (Collection)
Translated Into: L'antro della paura (Italian)
El caldero del miedo (Spanish)
Der Dämonenkessel (German)
Fruktans kittel (Swedish)
Kawah gentar (Malay)
Kotel strachu (Czech)
La Métropole de la peur (French)
Author: Dever, Joe
Illustrators: Williams, Brian (interior)
Gambino, Fred (Beaver cover)
McPheeters, Neal (American cover)
Jones, Peter Andrew (Red Fox cover)
Release Dates: April 2, 1987 (original)
May 4, 2002 (Project Aon release)
ISBNs: 0099512106 / 9780099512103 (British editions)
0425108481 / 9780425108482 (American edition)
Length:350 sections
Number of Endings:11 (not including failure by loss of points)
User Summary: The next Lorestone that you seek can be found in an ancient city located beneath the town of Tahou; unfortunately, the spreading Darklord armies threaten to complicate your visit to this region....
Demian's Thoughts: This book marks a major change in the series: the replacement of illustrator Gary Chalk with Brian Williams. Williams' work isn't as distinctive as Chalk's, but it is often a bit more polished-looking. In all, it's a fair trade, with each artist having different talents. Art aside, though, this is a good adventure with a fairly decent amount of variety; there's some dungeon crawling, some epic fighting and even a wee bit of political intrigue. It's a bit more text-heavy and linear than average, with a lot of sections ending simply in "turn to x" rather than a choice; still, I never felt that my options were needlessly limited. My only major complaint deals with the final confrontation that closes the book. If you bring the Sommerswerd along, you're actually at a serious disadvantage, being forced into a fight that is nearly impossible to win. If for some strange reason you leave your best weapon behind, you have a shot at victory, but it relies mainly on dumb luck. Due to its unreasonable difficulty and general senselessness, this is one of the most disappointing major fights in the series so far, and it detracts somewhat from an otherwise fun book.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Marcus Pearse for the Red Fox cover scan.
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