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Item - The Magic of the Unicorn

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(ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
(ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
(ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)

Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 51
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) — no. 43
Translated Into: La màgia de l'unicorn (Catalan)
La magia del unicornio (Spanish)
Det magiske enhjørningehorn (Danish)
Author: Goodman, Deborah Lerme
Illustrators: Cannella, Marco (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing - cover)
Nugent, Suzanne (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing - interior)
Wing, Ron (Original edition; Troll edition; Special school edition)
Dates: December, 1985 (Original edition)
May 1, 2017 (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
ISBNs: 0553166778 / 9780553166774 (Troll edition)
0553252429 / 9780553252422 (Original edition, Special school edition)
1937133257 / 9781937133252 (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
Length: 114 pages (Original edition, Troll edition, Special school edition)
119 pages (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
Number of Endings: 27
Cover Price: US$2.25 (Original edition, Troll edition, Special school edition)
US$6.99 (ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing)
User Summary: It is 1507, and your village's water supply has become tainted. You must find a way to purify it, perhaps with the help of a unicorn, before it is too late!
Demian's Thoughts:

The fantasy adventures in this series always tend to feel a bit flat when compared to the more interesting competition (like the Endless Quest or Forgotten Forest books). This book is no exception, though it certainly isn't the worst of its kind. It's just a bit bland, and its unremarkable story isn't helped much by its disappointing gameplay -- victory is far too easy (it's amazing just how many different ways you can find to purify the water), and when death comes, it tends to come at random, without warning. As a result, the decision-making doesn't feel particularly meaningful, and the whole book is rather unsatisfying.

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Kveto's Thoughts:

This book is a bit better and more serious than I expected. Rather than set in a fantasy world, it takes place in Flanders of 1507AD. I tend to enjoy fantasy stories set in the "real world". You play a young blonde girl (according to the artwork which is pretty good) who is trying to purify the tainted drinking water of her village by finding a unicorn.

It contains a relatively high number of paths and darker elements, like leprosy and corrupt rulership. Overall, a better read than I had expected.

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Waluigi Freak 99's Thoughts:

Well, this book certainly went against my expectations! Rather than being a light, fluffy tale, this fantasy adventure contains several dark elements. I normally love things like this, however, it's far too easy for its own good, and a lot of the outcomes of your choices are incredibly random. These two flaws hinder the book as a whole and keep it from being the great gamebook it could've been. Oh well.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to kleme for the special school edition cover image.
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Users with Extra Copies: bigcobra
Lambchop - Nice copy, some yellowing, but tight spine. Pics available.
shancyg - I actually have the box set of #48-52 with box in very good shape.

Known Editions

Original edition
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Special school edition
ChooseCo reissue edition, first printing

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