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Dragon Roads — no. 11
Dragontales — no. 11
Legend of Green Briar (reissue)
Johnson, Julie Ann
(Dragon Roads edition)
Hallman, Tom (Dragontales edition - cover)
Tanz, Freya (Dragontales edition - interior)
1985 (Dragontales edition)
June, 2010 (Dragon Pathways edition)
January, 2012 (Dragon Roads edition)
1440163731 / 9781440163739
(Dragon Pathways edition)
|User Summary:||Young Jessica sets out to prove women can be just as strong as men by stringing her legendary ancestor's bow, but she gets a little more than she bargained for when she finds herself responsible for stopping an invading frost giant and fire demon.|
On the whole, Maiden of Greenwold manages to provide a fairly satisfying adventure. It does a good job of portraying that the heroine is more or less alone against her titanic enemies except for one or two trustworthy souls, especially among her chauvanistic neighbors. Another nice touch was that despite being aimed at adolescent girls, the book isn't as insistent that the reader's character find romance, a problem I had with a couple other Dragontales books. While not one of the stronger gamebooks overall, this is one of the stronger Dragontales books.
In this one, you play village girl Jessica (this series loves 1980s style names), who uses a trick to string the legendary bow of Greenwold (apparently a "sword in the stone" type of scenario) gaining the resentment of the males of your village and becoming the champion who must save the village.
There are two main paths to take, a fire demon and a frost giant, leading to quite a bit of replayability, and the missions seem pretty suicidal. The romance angle is downplayed, focusing more on the mission, which feels a bit more realistic. It has a few tough choices and is overall a fun read.
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to Fireguard for the plot summary.|
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Known EditionsDragontales edition
Dragon Pathways edition
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