Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Isle of Despair, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Keith Martin

Illustrator(s): Russ Nicholson
Cover illustrator: David Gallagher
First published: July 28 1988
Number 34
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-032658-8
Previous Book: Sky Lord
Next Book: Daggers of Darkness
Wizard (Series 1)
Wizard (Series 2)

Stealer of Souls is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Keith Martin, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1988 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 34th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-032658-8). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.



Sheer terror awaits you on the Isle of Despair!

The name Mordraneth strikes fear into the hearts of all who dwell in Titan.

Now he has found a way to unleash a magical army of fear upon the land. The wizard Alsander has been kidnapped and you must rescue him from the Isle of Despair. But will you also enter the Empire of Illusion, confront Mordraneth and save Titan?

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

In this book the player accepts a quest from Vanestin of Pollua, a mage, who wishes the player to rescue the wizard Alsander. To do this the player must travel to the Isle of Despair, a small island just off the eastern coast of the Island of Scars, which itself is located somewhat to the east of the continent of Allansia.


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

Equipment List[2]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Stealer of Souls (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by David Gallagher.

Stealer of Souls through the years
1988 1989 1990 1993
Figfan34 Ff34
Dragon Format Dragon No No. No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£2.251 £? £? £?


  1. Price of 1st Impression; £2.50 for 2nd 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, 10, 25, 52, 61, 75, 93, 102, 112, 128, 147, 169, 183, 191, 208, 216, 239, 248, 261, 274, 289, 296, 307, 331, 343, 354, 365, 379, 392, and 400.

The colour map on the inside front cover was by Leo Hartas.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Stealer of Souls



Further NotesEdit


  • (287) asks if you want to go "west" or "west", with the choice leading to (106) being east.



See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Stealer of Souls - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. Stealer of Souls - pp.13-14

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