Fighting Fantasy Gamebook
Location: Old World, Titan
References: 450
Publication Details
Author(s): Jonathan Green

Illustrator(s): Martin McKenna
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Cover illustrator: Martin McKenna
First published: April 1 2010
Number 8
ISBN: ISBN 1-84831-118-4
Previous Book: Bloodbones
Next Book: House of Hell

For other uses of Night of the Necromancer, see Night of the Necromancer

Night of the Necromancer is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Jonathan Green, illustrated by Martin McKenna and published in 2010 by Wizard Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is 8th in the modern Wizard "Series 2" (ISBN 1-84831-118-4). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.



Main article: Night of the Necromancer Competition

A competition was run which would result in the winner having their likeness included in one of the illustrations (see below). The winner was announced on January 14th, 2010 as being Nicki Gray.[1]

Dead Reckoning[]

The book you hold in your hands is a gateway to a world in which YOU are the HERO! You decide which route to take, which dangers to risk, and which creatures to fight. But be warned – it will also be YOU who has to live or die by the consequences of your actions.

Returning to your castle home, Valsinore, after three years away crusading against the forces of darkness, it seems as though evil has been laid to rest. But then, out of nowhere, you are cut down in the final stages of your journey.

Caught between the living world and the Lands of the Dead, your ghostly form must battle to uncover the most malignant evil of all that has taken root in the heart of Valsinore. Before the night is out you must have your revenge or face a fate even worse than death itself.

Night of the Necromancer - Back Cover


  • The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).
  • Instead of rolling the stats for a character as per tradition in Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, the player has the option of choosing a pregenerated character from three choices (see "Further Notes" below for choices).

Unique Rules[]

  • The player starts the game with a WILL score of 6, which can never drop below 1.[2]
  • The player starts the game as a ghost and if "killed" in combat (STAMINA reduced to Zero) is able to continue the adventure in the Lands of the Dead, from where it is possible to return to the physical world, though still as a ghost.[3]

Equipment List[4][]

Cover and Illustrations[]

Main article: Night of the Necromancer (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Martin McKenna.

Night of the Necromancer Cover Variants
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The interior illustrations were by Martin McKenna. There were 25 full page illustrations and six minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 3, 22, 42, 61, 81, 101, 121, 140, 160, 178, 196, 214, 232, 250, 268, 286, 304, 322, 340, 358, 376, 394, 412, 430 and 448. Competition winner Nicki Gray's likeness appears as the lady in the far left of the illustration for paragraph 81.

Intertextual References[]

Other Media[]

Main Characters[]

YOU - Hero of Night of the Necromancer



Further Notes[]


  • (416) should lead to (182) and not (53).


For Martin McKenna - thank you[5]

See Also[]


External Links[]


  1. Night of the Necromancer - competition winner - Retrieved 2019-10-27
  2. Night of the Necromancer - pg.353
  3. Night of the Necromancer - pg.358
  4. Night of the Necromancer - pg.359
  5. Night of the Necromancer - pg.5