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Series: Wizards, Warriors & You — no. 7
Translated Into: El desafío del Caballero Lobo (Spanish)
Ookami ningen wo uchitaose [狼人間を打ち倒せ!] (Japanese)
Author: Stine, R. L.
Illustrator: Norem, Earl
Date: September, 1985
ISBN: 0380899442 / 9780380899449
Length: 103 pages
Number of Endings: 21 (not counting conditional failure)
User Summary: King Henry's cousin is coming to visit, but before he does, you have been asked to make the countryside safe by investigating tales of a mysterious wolf-headed knight.
Demian's Thoughts:

It seems kind of confusing to have a book about an unrelated Wolf Knight right after an adventure featuring a character known as the Knight of the Wolves, but perhaps I'm just being nitpicky. In any case, something very surprising happened when I read this book... I finished it successfully on my first attempt! Close to pure luck, I suspect, since I'm not exceptionally skilled and this is not too different from the other books in the series, but it was a rather gratifying experience. That's not the only thing that made me appreciate the book, however; also worth mentioning is the fact that this is the first adventure to feature a new set of spells and weapons. The new spells are nothing too special, but some of the new weapons have magical powers, making the job of equipping the Warrior much more interesting than before. Unfortunately, the adventure itself is nothing too special, though it's not terrible either. Just another typical fantasy quest with a bit too much reliance on luck and the feeling that with a little more work or complexity, it could have been a much better gamebook.

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Kveto's Thoughts:

This is probably my least favourite of the series. The Wolf Knight feels very gimmicky.

I also found the new selection of the Warrior's weapons less fun as all of them are enchanted or magicked by the Wizard. The whole point of choosing the Warrior is to be physically martial. If he's just as "magic" as the Wizard, what's the point of the distinction?

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utfanatic's Thoughts:

Decent little book. 2 complaints:

1) The history of what occurred to make the Wolf Knight the "Wolf Knight" changes depending on whether you are the wizard or warrior. In one ending, the Knight became a werewolf because he was bitten by one. In the other, he became a werewolf due to the enchantment of a powerful sorceror.

2) Ok, how many times can the Wizard be knocked unconscious when you are playing the role of the Warrior? This gets pretty funny after a while, and detracts from the verisimilitude of the world for me.

Well written, with interesting encounters and foes. I've always appreciated the "less is more" style of interior artistry of these books. However, this series has the inherent issues of most decisions being centered around choice of either weapons or spells, and deciding outcomes based on... pure luck. This is annoying for me.

As of this review, I only have books 1, 2, and 7 in this series. Book 7 is the best of these three IMO.

Rating 1-10: 6

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