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The Caverns of Kalte


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The Caverns of Kalte (Sparrow edition)
(Sparrow edition)
The Caverns of Kalte (Beaver edition)
(Beaver edition)
The Caverns of Kalte (Beaver reissue)
(Beaver reissue)
The Caverns of Kalte (Red Fox cover)
(Red Fox cover)
The Caverns of Kalte (American edition)
(American edition)
Series:Lone Wolf #3
Platform:Web Browser
Contained In:The Caverns of Kalte (reissue)
Translated Into:As cavernas de Kalt (Portuguese)
As cavernas de Kalte (Portuguese)
Las Cavernas de Kalte (Spanish)
Gefahr in den Höhlen (German)
Les Grottes de Kalte (French)
Gua Kalte (Malay)
Kaltes grottor (Swedish)
Kaltské jeskyně (Czech)
Karute no doukutsu [カルトの洞窟] (Japanese)
Negli abissi di Kaltenland (Italian)
Pećine Kaltea (Serbo-Croatian)
Peshterite na Kalte [Пещерите на Калте] (Bulgarian)
I spilies tou tromou [Οι σπηλιές του τρόμου] (Greek)
Adapted Into:Hunting Wolf (Novel)
Author:Joe Dever
Illustrators:Gary Chalk (interior and original cover)
Brian Salmon (Beaver reissue cover)
Don Maitz (American cover)
Peter Andrew Jones (Red Fox cover)
Release Date:September 24, 1984
ISBNs:
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0099385309 / 9780099385301 (British editions)
0425093573 / 9780425093573 (American edition)
Length:350 sections
Number of Endings:21 (not including failure by loss of points)
Summary:Vonotar, the traitorous magician who betrayed the Kai to the Darklords, has retreated to the icy realm of Kalte and taken control of the Ice Barbarians residing there; you must capture him and bring him to justice.
Braxus's Thoughts:
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The Caverns of Kalte was obviously the third of Dever's brilliant series and it's one of my favourites.

Though the actual book is rather short, this is because there are so many options and ways to go. The thing that makes the book so good, however, is the snow setting. It's exciting and atmospheric and easy to imagine.

There are many cool ideas like Ice Barbarians with archer-children in their backpacks, and the journey through the caverns to the castle is just brilliant.

In short, one of the best of the Kai series, but they are all excellent. Highly recommended.

Demian's Thoughts:
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I have very fond memories of this book, but having replayed it, I'm not exactly sure why. It certainly doesn't strike me as a bad book by any means, but it doesn't really stand out either. It's a perfectly decent entry in the series, with all the usual characteristics that make a Lone Wolf book fun, but it doesn't strike me as being a really special book the way it did when it first made an impression on me. I think that initial reaction must have been due to the atmospheric icy setting; although I maintain that Dever's style of writing is adequate but nothing too special compared to his greater skill in game design, he does have some nice touches here that help to convey the peril and beauty of a frozen environment -- the threat of snow blindness, the interesting Cloudmaker Mountain, the constant threat of cold-adapted creatures. It all goes by rather quickly, but there are certainly some nice sights along the way.
Special Thanks:Thanks to Ed Jolley for the original Beaver edition cover scan and to Brett Easterbrook for the Red Fox cover scan.
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