The Tasks of Tantalon (book)

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PuzzleQuest Books
Location Gallantaria, Titan
Publication details
Author(s) Steve Jackson
Illustrator Steven Lavis
Oxford University Press / Puffin
Cover illustrator Steven Lavis
First published Oxford University Press:
July 18 1985
Puffin Books: March 27 1986
ISBN Oxford University Press: ISBN 0-19-279792-1
Puffin Books:
ISBN 0-14-031969-7
No Wizard Reprint

For other uses of The Tasks of Tantalon, see The Tasks of Tantalon

The Tasks of Tantalon is a PuzzleQuest Book written by Steve Jackson (UK), illustrated by Steven Lavis and originally published in 1985 as a hardback (ISBN 0-19-279792-1) by Oxford University Press. It was reprinted by Puffin Books in 1986 as a softcover (ISBN 0-14-031969-7) as part of their Fantasy Questbook range. There are currently no announced plans to republish this book on the part of Puffin or Wizard Books.



Can YOU solve The Sorcerer's Grand Puzzlequest?

The land of Gallantaria is reeling from the aftermath of a long and costly war. Tantalon, wizard of the court, rules the kingdom over an Inner Council of scheming knights, jealously vying for power. But Tantalon's years are drawing to a close ...

In order to seek out the kingdom's sharpest minds, Tantalon has devised an epic adventure quest. One which will test the wits of its contestants to the full. From near and far, contenders come to Royal Lendle to take up the challenge.

You are a competitor in the ageing sorcerer's puzzlequest. Can you steal the Brimstone Dragon's treasure hoard? Will you find a way to free Sir Dunstable from imprisonment in the Stinn dungeon? And how will you catch the Demon Fish?

Do you have the courage and a mind sharp enough to complete:

The Tasks of Tantalon?

Covers and IllustrationsEdit

The Tasks of Tantalon through the years
1985 1986
TasksOfTantalonHard TasksOfTantalonSoft
OUP Hardback Puffin Softcover
£x1 £X.xx
  1. No RRP price given on the hardback edition.

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Further NotesEdit

"The Solution" PamphletEdit

Main article: Tantalon's Secret

A pamphlet was produced in 1987, two years after The Tasks of Tantalon had been published, that provided the solution to the book.

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External LinksEdit


  1. The Tasks of Tantalon - Back Cover (Hardback PuzzleQuest Book Edition)

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