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Item - The Unicorn Crown

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(Dragontales edition)

Combined Summary

Series: Dragon Roads — no. 7
Dragontales — no. 5
Alternate Title: The Crown and the Unicorn (reissue)
Author: Vilott-Salsitz, Rhondi
Illustrators: Miller, Kirk (Dragon Roads edition)
Hallman, Tom (Dragontales edition - cover)
Tanz, Freya (Dragontales edition - interior)
Dates: October, 1984 (Dragontales edition)
July, 2011 (Dragon Roads edition)
ISBN: 0451132025 / 9780451132024 (Dragontales edition)
Length: 189 pages (introductory section plus 49 "Pathways")
Number of Endings: 22
User Summary: Although your current occupation involves washing dishes, you are an ambitious weaver and hope to someday be rich. For the moment, though, you'll be happy to catch a glimpse of the unicorn that is predicted to determine a new ruler for your currently kingless land....
Demian's Thoughts:

I found this book rather more entertaining than the previous one. Although its paths are fairly diverse in length and nature, the ones I traveled down were not overly contradictory of one another. It's by no means the best of the series, though. The characterization is a little thin, with the potential romantic interests not seeming overly alluring and the player character displaying at least one emotional outburst that is more startling to the player than it is effective to the story. The adventure itself works adequately, especially along its lengthier pathways, but its effectiveness is undermined by the fact that the big dangers that threaten the reader are too easily defeated. The book doesn't conjure up the feeling of overcoming great obstacles that can be found in more challenging quests, and its characters don't do enough to fill the void left by the missing threats. The presence of enough typos and errors to suggest a certain degree of editorial indifference are a final black mark on the book. This is by no means an awful book, but it's not much more than average.

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Errata:The second choice in the introduction should lead to page 162, not page 63. The choices on page 118 list page numbers in place of pathway numbers.
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