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Combined Summary

Online Full Text: Internet Archive (Second printing)
Series: Endless Quest — no. 6
Contained In: The Endless Quest Collectors Set #2 (Collection)
Translated Into: I draghi d'arcobaleno (Italian)
Les Dragons de l'arc-en-ciel (French)
Die Rache der Regenbogendrachen (German)
Reinboo doragon no himitsu [レインボードラゴンの秘密] (Japanese)
La venganza de los dragones del arco iris (Spanish)
A vingança dos dragões do arco-íris (Portuguese)
Author: Estes, Rose
Illustrators: Easley, Jeff (cover)
Quinn, Harry J. (interior)
Dates: January, 1983 (First printing)
April, 1983 (Second printing)
ISBN: 0880380217 / 9780880380218
Length: 157 pages
Number of Endings: 21
User Summary: In this sequel to Pillars of Pentegarn, you and Pentegarn are charged with practicing magic without a license. As a result, you must travel to Rainbow Castle and face three evil wizards.
auximenes's Thoughts:

Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons is a worthy sequel to the Pillars of Pentegarn. It trades seriousness for a more light-hearted, humorous approach. The villains of this tome, three wizards, are comical, vain, yet treacherous, as you and Pentegarn engage in a magical turf-war with them. There are many interesting adventures to be had in Rainbow Castle as you try to escape captivity, and rescue your mentor who is victim to betrayal in his duel with the dastardly trio. Your bickering friends, Fox and Owl, return to assist and advise you. This volume doesn't quite live up to the quality of Pillars, but is still a great read. Jeff Easley provides an appropriately colorful cover for his first appearance on this series. 4 out 5 stars.

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Demian's Thoughts:

This is a pretty good entry in the series, with interesting puzzles, traps, and creatures.

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Kveto's Thoughts:

This is the only sequel in the series, as far as I know, and the only returning character (other than Conan, Tarzan, etc.).

You again play Jaimie, the protagonist from Pillars of Pentegarn. It doesn't live up to the first one. (Interestingly, I noticed they never mention your gender, always calling you Pentegarn's grandCHILD, although the artwork shows you as male).

Let's see; take the words "revenge" and "dragons." You are heading for a pretty cool title. How can we wimp it up? I know, "rainbows."

Seriously, this book unfortunately doesn't include the other characters who made Pillars fun: Baltek the warrior, Lydia the rogue and the Wizard Pentegarn (who is in the book, but missing for the whole story). It sticks you with the annoying animal sidekicks Owl and Fox.

The plot involves some silly evil wizards. A tall one, a fat one and a short one. It has three main paths, all boring, even the one where you wind up in limbo.

The artwork takes a downturn. It does convey the dark atmosphere as in Pillars, but it is much more primitive than previous books.

Overall, probably the worst of the first six books, unfortunately.

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Shadeheart's Thoughts:

[Rating: 3/10]
[Recommended? NO]

The "Endless Quest" series strikes again with "Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons", the interesting, different follow-up to the enjoyable "Pillars of Pentegarn". Equal parts invigorating and frustrating, it's a little hard to know precisely what to expect heading into this title due to the somewhat unusual use of interactivity/tone, coupled with the mixed impact of the choices and overall narrative. Polarizing indeed, the numerous directions of this gamebook are daunting and interesting, faithful to the prequel's world yet not necessarily as groundbreaking as said title. Pentegarn is locked out of the quest for the majority of the book (in most paths), and the three evil wizards' schemes, threatening as they are, leave the reader wondering why, along with Fox and Owl, Lydia and Baltek didn't join self-insert protagonist Jaimie for the ride.

As the story develops, the series' significant weakness, however, is still present nevertheless: a combat system would've been superior to the gamebook interactivity and choice-making "gameplay" that commands the scenes. Meaningful as choices are, the mixed difficulty level - and unusual usage of the developing characters from both this and the previous adventure - make aspects of this story shine while other sides pale in comparison. On top of this all, the quest's dangers - and the role of Pentegarn - could've perhaps been addressed in a more straightforward manner, even if the detours seen on the paths make for more excitement. Despite my endless love for fantasy, this gamebook quest, considering my recommendation standards, simply shall not pass. ^^

(Mysteriously disappears into the shadows.)

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utfanatic's Thoughts:

Good read. Rose returns to form. This book is the direct sequel to Pillars of Pentagarn and you play the same character, Jaimie, now apprenticed to Pentagarn himself. Your old pals Fox and Owl are back as well. The choices generally point you along the path the author wants you take. There is one major choice early on -- stay in the castle or be transported to "Limbo." There are some interesting occurrences in the dungeon of the castle however. Because of the disparate outcomes from this initial choice, replayability is high.

Has a very different flavor and feel to it, which some may like, and others not.

Writing is good, characterization is better than usual in Endless Quest due to this being a sequel book, but the author does tend to push you along the path. All in all, good book though.

Rating 1-10: 7

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