Crimson Crystal Adventure 1: Riddle of the Griffon

Riddle of the Griffon

Series Crimson Crystal Adventures (Endless Quest)
Illustrator Keith Parkinson (cover), Mario D. Macari, Gary Williams
Author Susan Lawson
Year 1985
Publisher TSR
ISBN 394-73979-5 / 0-88038-210-4

From the Producers of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Game
PICK A PATH TO ADVENTURE™
RIDDLE OF THE GRIFFON

Forbidden to use your conjuring abilities, you now have the opportunity to rid your homeland of its oppressive ruler, Parthon. But to do so, you must leave the security of your father’s farm to face the gauntlet of the griffon and solve its riddle. Do you have the courage to pass this ultimate test of your new powers?

To help you on your quest, an old magic-user has given you a magical ruby, one of three powerful magic crystals. This special gem allows you to translate ancient messages, find hidden doorways, see through magical deception, and much more. It can show you many things, but take care or you might not see the truth that the stone reveals to you and find yourself in very real danger! Continue reading

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The Demon Hand

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Series Greyhawk Adventures
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell (cover), John and Laura Lakey
Author Rose Estes
Year 1988 (first published 1987)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011277-4

See empires toppled and demons destroyed in the thrilling final volume of the Mika Trilogy…

Return to the magical world of Greyhawk, where strange and terrifying creatures haunt the land – and your dreams. Watch as the evil demon Maelfesh works his latest wickedness and as the Wolf Nomad Mika prepares to battle once more against sinister supernatural forces – the deep-dwelling cavernquatch, the granite moles, the rock beasties and more…

Will Mika win through and free the enchanted princess from Maelfesh’s clutches? Will TamTur and the faithful companions survive? Rose Estes’s spell-binding novel will grip you as only Greyhawk can.

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Master Wolf

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Series Greyhawk Adventures
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell (cover), Bart Sears
Author Rose Estes
Year 1988 (first published 1987)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011139-5

‘A Wolf Nomad does not know the meaning of defeat as long as he is still alive! We are born for a life of fighting.’

But Mika, the brave and handsome Master Wolf, has little interest in war or the mystical chants of his ancestors – until he is compelled to do battle with the warlike kobolds. The terrifying tribe has brought tragedy to the noble Mika and, with the fearful demi-demon Juz, is out to destroy him and reduce the Wolf Nomads to savages…

Mika has no choice but to gather all his strength and summon up his family legacy of magic to save his tribe, his companion Tam Tur – and his own soul – from the hideous evil that stalks him.

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Ironhelm

Series Maztica Trilogy
Illustrator
Fred Fields
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1990
Publisher TSR
ISBN 0-88038-903-6

MAZTICA!

In a corner of the world far removed from the known Forgotten Realms stands the exotic continent of Maztica. There Erix the slave girl learns of a great destiny laid upon her by the gods themselves. At the same time, across the sea, a fateful mission of exploration embarks.

The explorers, a legion of seasoned mercenaries, sail westward to discover a land of primitive savagery mixed with high culture, of brutal, bloodthirsty gods and lavish treasures. Under the banner of their vigilant god, Helm, the legion claims these lands for their own.

Only as Erix sees her land invaded by these strangers, when her world itself starts to collapse around her, is her startling destiny revealed…. Continue reading

Azure Bonds

Series Finder’s Stone Trilogy
Illustrator
Clyde Caldwell
Author Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb
Year 1988
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012130-7

Her name is Alias, and she is in big trouble. She is sell-sword, a warrior-for-hire, and an adventuress. She awoke with a series of twisting, magical blue sigils inscribed on her arms and no memory of where she got them.

Determined to learn the nature of the mysterious tattoos, Alias joins forces with an unlikely group of companions: the halfling bard, Ruskettle, the southern mage, Akabar, and the oddly silent lizard-man, Dragonbait. With their help, she discovers that the symbols hold the key to her very existence.

But those responsible for the sigils aren’t keen on Alias’s continued good health. And if the five evil masters find her first, she may discover all too soon their hideous secret.

Azure Bonds is based on the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ setting, TSR’s most extensive fantasy campaign.

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Also available The Wyvern’s Spur (1990) Song of the Saurials (1991)

Black Wizards

Illustrator Keith Parkinson
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1988
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-011138-7

Book two of the Moonshae trilogy

Yet again the Moonshae Isles come under the threat of sinister and supernatural forces.

A council of dark sorcerers has usurped the will of the High King. An army of ogres and zombies guided by Bhaal, the super-deity of death and destruction, threatens the gentle Ffolk while the puppet king acquiesces.

Meanwhile the young druid Robyn grapples with her new powers, and Prince Tristan Kendrick struggles to earn his birthright. They must join forces with the children of the Goddess for a showdown with the dreaded Black Wizards that will seal the fate of the Moonshae Isles.

Fantastical new creatures, dire occurrences and wondrous events abound in this new FORGOTTEN REALMS™ adventure.

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Also available
Darkwalker on Moonshae (Book One) and Darkwell (Book Three)

Waterdeep

Illustrator Clyde Caldwell
Author Richard Awlinson
Year 1989 (Penguin edition 1990)
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012630-9

The Avatar Trilogy: Book Three

Who’ll be the new gods?

The god of strife is dead, destroyed in his attack on Tantras, and Midnight and her allies have recovered the first Tablet of Fate – one of a pair of artifacts that will return the gods to their former glory and save the Realms from the fallen deities’ wrath.

To complete their quest, though, the heroes must travel across the world to Waterdeep, the City of Splendours, and even pass into the Realm of the Dead. But both Cyric and Myrkul, God of Death, want the Tablets of Fate for their own dark ends, and they will stop at nothing to capture Midnight – even if it means the destruction of the Realms.

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Also available
Shadowdale (Book One) and Tantras (Book Two)

Darkwell

Illustrator Jeff Easley
Author Douglas Niles
Year 1989
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012635-X

Book Three: The Moonshae Trilogy

The ultimate struggle of good and evil…At stake, the survival of the Moonshae Isles.

Tristan Kendrick, newly crowned High King of the Ffolk, must forge a lasting alliance between the divergent peoples of the Isles. The druid Robyn must confront an evil that has infested the land itself. And together they must decide if they will face the future as king and queen – or as enemies, forever separated by failure and mistrust.

Filled with bizarre creatures and cast against a landscape such as the Isles have never seen, Darkwell is the tumultuous conclusion to the epic begun in Douglas Niles’s best-selling Darkwalker on Moonshae and Black Wizards. The Moonshae Trilogy is part of the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ adventures, TSR’s most extensive fantasy campaign.

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Also available
Darkwalker on Moonshae (Book One) and Black Wizards (Book Two)

Streams of Silver

Illustrator Clyde Caldwell
Author R. A. Salvatore
Year 1989
Publisher TSR/Penguin
ISBN 0-14-012363-6

Book Two: The Icewind Dale Trilogy

“Yer eyes’ll shine when ye see the rivers runnin’ silver in Mithril Hall!”

Bruenor the dwarf, Wulfgar the barbarian, Regis the halfling and Drizzt the dark elf fight monsters and magic on their way to Mithril Hall, centuries-old birthplace of Bruenor and his dwarven ancestors.

Faced with racism, Drizzt contemplates returning to the lightless underworld city and murderous lifestyle he abandoned. Wulfgar begins to overcome his tribe’s aversion for magic. And Regis runs from a deadly assassin, who, allied with evil wizards, is bent on the companions’ destruction. All of Bruenor’s dreams, and the survival of his party, hinge upon the actions of one brave young woman.

Streams of Silver is R. A. Salvatore’s second book in the Icewind Dale Trilogy, based on the FORGOTTEN REALMS™ fantasy setting.

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Also available
The Crystal Shard (Book One) and The Halfling’s Gem (Book Three)

Bimbos of the Death Sun

Illustrator Jeff Easley
Author Sharyn McCrumb
Year 1987
Publisher TSR/Windwalker
ISBN 0-88038-455-7

“Young Man, That is an Out-of-Period Weapon!”

Only one person could vouch for Appin Dungannon’s famous last words and that was his killer. The great chronicler of the fantasy adventures of the noble Viking warrior Tratyn Runewind was suddenly no more. He looked much the same as usual: bulging piggy eyes, gargoyle face, a boozy pallor. But he was dead–a bullet through his heart and a spilled bottle of scotch at his side. The printer continued to spit out the final chapter of his last best-seller.

But who hated him enough to kill him? The answer: Practically everybody. Continue reading