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Dragon Roads — no. 8
Dragontales — no. 10
The Gargoyle King (reissue)
(Dragontales edition - cover)
Tanz, Freya (Dragontales edition - interior)
1985 (Dragontales edition)
June, 2010 (Dragon Pathways edition)
July, 2011 (Dragon Roads edition)
1440163758 / 9781440163753
(Dragon Pathways edition)
|User Summary:||On a dare, friends Mikel and Dar venture into the haunted ruins of the Gargoyle King's castle.|
Hall of the Gargoyle King stands out somewhat from other Dragontales books because it allows the reader to play either Mikel or Dar rather than the same character in each play session, and each has some secret that can be discovered through play. Other than that, there isn't much to separate this book from any of the others in the series.
A dare from the village bully sends the two main characters to explore the hall of the Gargoyle King in a fairly bog-standard scenario. The author tries to shake up the format a bit by offering the choice of two characters to play, however each is a standard village boy without much to distinguish them from each other. In fact, I often forgot which I was playing.
It's a pity because the idea was good, but it would have been better to choose between two distinct character classes, such as in the Wizards, Warriors & You books. Or better yet, sticking with the general theme of this series, offer a choice of playing a male or female character, as it might have been interesting to see the romance angle from either side.
And the first choice offered to each character is your standard "give up and go home" basically doubling the pointlessness (and you are offered this option again later on as well). Overall, nothing to really recommend this one, unfortunately.
Minor spoiler: The character "Dar" has the ability to speak with animals. "Dar" is also the name of the hero from the 1982 film The Beastmaster who has the same ability.
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to Fireguard for the plot summary.|
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Known EditionsDragontales edition
Dragon Pathways edition
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