Sorcery! Gamebooks
Location: Kakhabad, Old World, Titan
References: 800
Publication Details
Author(s): Steve Jackson
Illustrator(s): John Blanche
Cover illustrator: John Blanche
First published: 1985
Number 4 (in Sorcery! series)
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-007209-8
Previous Book: The Seven Serpents
Next Book: Last in series
Wizard (Series 1)
Cover illustrator: Mel Grant
First published: 2003
Number 15 (in main series)
ISBN: ISBN 1-84-046438-0
Previous Book: Armies of Death
Next Book: Return to Firetop Mountain

For other uses of The Crown of Kings, see The Crown of Kings

The Crown of Kings is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Steve Jackson, illustrated by John Blanche, originally published in 1985 by Puffin Books, and is the fourth and final book in the Sorcery! epic. It chronicles the player's passage through Mampang Fortress and final confrontation with the Archmage. The Crown of Kings most closely adheres to the traditional Fighting Fantasy formula established by early books like The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, though it is longer and more difficult than any previously published gamebook in the series. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It was unnumbered in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-007209-8), but is 15th in the Wizard "Series 1" (ISBN 1-84-046438-0).




Unique RulesEdit

Equipment ListEdit

Covers and IllustrationsEdit


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by John Blanche.

When the book was republished by Wizard a new cover was designed and illustrated by Mel Grant.

The Crown of Kings through the years
1985 1987 1993 2003 2003
Sor04AdvBanner Sor04DragonFoil Sor04DragonNoFoil Sor04WizSLE Sor04Wiz
Zig-Zag Banner Dragon No Bronze-Foil Wizard "Special
Limited Edition"
£2.501 £4.992 £? £5.99 £5.99
  1. Price of 1st Impression (incorporating The Sorcery Spell Book); £2.95 for 4th Impression
  2. Price of 10th Impression


The interior illustrations were by John Blanche.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Sorcery!



Further NotesEdit

  • This book was the longest of all the gamebooks with 800 references.
  • If you had to renounce Libra in the Seven Serpents you have lost this book before you even read the first paragraph.


  • In the Wizard edition the "Libra - Goddess of Justice" section of the rules (page 18) are copied from The Seven Serpents and thus assumes that the player has not yet reached Mampang Fortress.
  • (152) gives you an option to use a Yellowfruit skin against the Sleepless Ram, but no such object can be acquired at any point in the Sorcery! series.
  • (455) lists some of the reptiles that you will be phobic to, but "giant frogs" are included - these are in fact amphibians!
  • (545) When arriving at the She-Satyr village, two She-Satyrs (sentries) step forwards and your escort waves "her" away. Two sentences later, we are told "the guard lets you pass". So it would seem that "two She Satyrs" in the earlier sentence is an error.
  • The Black Elves (144) are described as literally black as night, but the illustration gives them light skin tones.
  • (568) asks whether to trust the Sightmasters and wear the tunic they offer. However, the illustration shows them with their swords already drawn and the tunic thrown to the ground.


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