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Microsoft Reader (Microsoft Reader edition)
El secreto del tesoro real (Spanish)
Skrivnost kraljičinega zaklada (Slovenian)
August, 1986 (First printing)
2001 (Microsoft Reader edition)
September 17, 2013 (Kindle edition)
May 1, 2017 (ibooks reissue)
0553257293 / 9780553257298
1596876247 / 9781596876248 (ibooks reissue)
ibooks reissue: Bantam -- United States
126 pages (plus data bank and data file) (First printing, Microsoft Reader edition, Kindle edition)
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US$2.50 (First printing)
|User Summary:||You must travel back in time to find out the source (and ultimate fate) of a gold and sapphire ring worn by Queen Elizabeth I on her deathbed.|
I thought this book was pretty well-written, although at time a little too aimed at the kids. There were also some pretty good time machine mechanics story-wise. Loops almost always move you forward, so it's easy to reach the end, but the book also rewards re-reading more than the average book in this series. There is one choice that leads you way forward, skipping much of the last half of the book! There's also one weird moment where you change history a little. You can see my map of the book here.
This is Carol Gaskin's first entry in this series (and her first gamebook to follow the Forgotten Forest books). It shows the same love of rhyme and wordplay displayed in some of those books, though the context of Elizabethan England makes these tendencies feel considerably less jarring. The book is also notable since it rather unambiguously suggests that the reader's character's gender is male (though at one point you can successfully impersonate the voice of a female ghost). This lack of gender neutrality is particularly interesting considering the book's female author. On a whole, the book isn't exceptional, but it is good, and its final revelations are definitely satisfying and, to a degree, thought-provoking; Queen Elizabeth's life certainly wasn't simple....
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to Ryan Lynch for the cover images.|
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Known EditionsFirst printing
Microsoft Reader edition