Chasms of Malice (book)

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Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Khul, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Luke Sharp
Illustrator(s): Russ Nicholson
Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: December 10 1987
Number 30
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-032475-5
Previous Book: Midnight Rogue
Next Book: Battleblade Warrior
Wizard (Series 1)
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Chasms of Malice is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Luke Sharp, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1987 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 30th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-032475-5). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.



Gorak is under threat from the evil which haunts the dark chasms beneath it.

The great seals of Gorak have been broken and the True Shield is gone - the Malice of Orghuz has again been unleashed!

As a direct descendant of Tancred the Magnificent, it's up to YOU, a simple assistant in the underkitchens, to undertake the awesome quest for the Shield. With the Shining Sword in your hand and the cat goddess Tabasha the Bazouk at your side, YOU must enter the Chasms of Malice to seek out and destroy the evil Orghuz ...

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which paths to take, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight!

The player is sent on a quest to find the True Shield by the wizard Astragal and is given the aid of the cat goddess Tabasha the Bazouk. The adventure takes place in a series of tunnels and caverns under Gorak, a location in the continent of Khul. In addition, the seven Khuddam have to be killed.

How to Fight the Creatures in the ChasmsEdit

The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Unique RulesEdit

  • The book features several extra rules including a rules for "One-Strike Combat" which is the regular combat reduced to one round where the loser instead of being slain is knocked from whatever narrow ledge the fight takes place on and falls to their death.[2]
  • The game also features fuel, which when collected can be used for the cooking of food. This allows, when instructed, for the player to add 2 additional stamina points when eating Provisions.[3]
  • The player also has Tabasha the Bazouk who can be called on at any time except when engaged in battle (and may be called a maximum of 9 times). Tabasha can:
  • Restore a player's Initial skill or luck score, but only once during the game and only for one attribute. Also the player must decide which attribute before starting the game.
  • Add to the player's Provisions.
  • perform additional requests where indicated by the text.[4]

Equipment List[5]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Chasms of Malice (illustrations)

Interestingly, on the spine of this book, there was no Puffin Books Puffin symbol. This only occurred on one other book, Temple of Terror.


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Les Edwards.

Chasms of Malice through the years
1987 1989 1990 1993
Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£2.251 £2.502 £3.503 £?


  1. Price of 1st Impression
  2. Price of 3rd Impression
  3. Price of 5th Impression


The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson. There were 30 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 28, 42, 56, 61, 70, 84, 98, 112, 119, 126, 154, 168, 182, 196, 201, 210, 224, 238, 247, 252, 261, 294, 308, 336, 364, 378, 392 and 399.

The colour map on the inside front cover was by Steve Luxton.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

  • This book marks the first appearance of the wizard Astragal who is a recurring character in Luke Sharp's books and returns in Daggers of Darkness and Fangs of Fury.

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Chasms of Malice



Further NotesEdit


  • (331) should link to (253) instead of (99).


To those who boldly go and especially:
Colin, Joanna, Stacy, Isou, Andrew,
Sophie, Themi and Sam

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Chasms of Malice - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. Chasms of Malice - pp.11-12
  3. Chasms of Malice - p.16
  4. Chasms of Malice - p.17
  5. Chasms of Malice - pp.15-16

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