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Vengeance – or death! Civil war wracks the Isles of the Dawn. You are a young farmer, unaffected by the turmoil until chaos strikes. A roving band of mercenaries ransacks your village, killing your father and enslaving your mother. This injustice must be righted! Arcane creatures, martial monks and battle-hardened warriors must all be overcome, as your quest for justice lead Vengeance – or death! Civil war wracks the Isles of the Dawn. You are a young farmer, unaffected by the turmoil until chaos strikes. A roving band of mercenaries ransacks your village, killing your father and enslaving your mother. This injustice must be righted! Arcane creatures, martial monks and battle-hardened warriors must all be overcome, as your quest for justice leads you from your quiet village to the very Court of the God-King! Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero! Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight. Dare YOU take up the challenge?


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Vengeance – or death! Civil war wracks the Isles of the Dawn. You are a young farmer, unaffected by the turmoil until chaos strikes. A roving band of mercenaries ransacks your village, killing your father and enslaving your mother. This injustice must be righted! Arcane creatures, martial monks and battle-hardened warriors must all be overcome, as your quest for justice lead Vengeance – or death! Civil war wracks the Isles of the Dawn. You are a young farmer, unaffected by the turmoil until chaos strikes. A roving band of mercenaries ransacks your village, killing your father and enslaving your mother. This injustice must be righted! Arcane creatures, martial monks and battle-hardened warriors must all be overcome, as your quest for justice leads you from your quiet village to the very Court of the God-King! Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero! Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight. Dare YOU take up the challenge?

30 review for The Crimson Tide

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    I didn't really like this one. It was slightly confusing (when I was younger) and its theme wasn't particularly good - vengeance/revenge. There are quite a few difficult puzzles in this one where you had to figure out what was the next entry or you can't continue (you could try to go through every single entry of course). The ending wasn't satisfying either. I didn't really like this one. It was slightly confusing (when I was younger) and its theme wasn't particularly good - vengeance/revenge. There are quite a few difficult puzzles in this one where you had to figure out what was the next entry or you can't continue (you could try to go through every single entry of course). The ending wasn't satisfying either.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Reminds me of a certain movie starring a certain barbarian 4 May 2014 I have just finished going over my commentary on The Citadel of Chaos and I noted that I had made a complaint as to how hard it was because you could not actually map the citadel as you went and explored it, and that made me realise how different the books at this end of the spectrum are to the books around the beginning. I have noticed that around this end the adventures have ceased being simple dungeon hacks and have become m Reminds me of a certain movie starring a certain barbarian 4 May 2014 I have just finished going over my commentary on The Citadel of Chaos and I noted that I had made a complaint as to how hard it was because you could not actually map the citadel as you went and explored it, and that made me realise how different the books at this end of the spectrum are to the books around the beginning. I have noticed that around this end the adventures have ceased being simple dungeon hacks and have become much grander in scale. As for this particular Fighting Fantasy Gamebook, Paul Mason has once again outdone himself because he has again significantly raised the standard of the book (and when you have 46 previously books to compete against, doing so is very difficult). In fact, as you discover later on in the adventure, this gamebook is technicality the sequel to another of his gamebooks (he has written four in total, as well as a number of other books), the Black Vein Prophecy, and the scale of this book is very much similar to this former one. I also suspect that he may have been inspired by this movie: (sorry, but I had to put a picture in here because, as they say, a picture tells a thousand words). The reason I say that is because the book opens with you living in a farming village amongst rice paddies that is attacked by a bunch of mercenaries. The the melee your father is killed and your mother is kidnapped. After the mercenaries leave you go off on a quest for vengeance. This quest ends up taking you years (the one true path is four years), and you start off as a child of thirteen, but I suspect that by the time you have completed the adventure you are probably more of an adult than the many others who are never thrust into such a situation. This story also uses an oriental setting (which means that Black Vein Prophecy also used a similar setting, but it was not as evident when I originally read it, but it is pretty evident now that I know that this is technically a sequel, though I will not tell you where the connection lies). Also this is a much harder book because, well, there is only one true path in this adventure, and if you do not follow that path then, well, you end up dying. Fortunately I have managed to discover a website where somebody has kindly put up the solutions to all of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks so I no longer have to stumble around looking for them (or even having to figure it out myself – though that sort of ends up defeating the purpose of the book – I might as well just go an read a novel written in the second person perspective).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Curran

    One of my favourites... revenge or serenity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blake Dalton

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul Gibbons

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  8. 5 out of 5

    Filipe

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  10. 5 out of 5

    James Morpurgo

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

  12. 4 out of 5

    Frouk

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Tawilis

  14. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trebek

  16. 5 out of 5

    Parv Gupta

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Carrilho

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mac Mathghamhna

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jules

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jaye

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sérgio

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andre

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joao Neto

  24. 5 out of 5

    Xeno

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sothea Chhum

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

  27. 5 out of 5

    Middayminer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruaidhri

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steven

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