Re: Fighting Fantasy Books
Shamutanti Hills was a fun but pretty straightforward book which did a decent job of settling you into the style of the Sorcery books. The only significant issue with it from a technical standpoint is the incredibly challenging manticore at the end which makes the book nearly impossible to finish as a non wizard (although that also applies to Sorcery as a whole but I would have thought that if any of the books should work as a standalone it would be the first).
Originally Posted by Teh Real New Girl
John Blanche may be the marmite of illustrators but I think he did a fantastic job of capturing the setting in Sorcery. Some of his artwork (the illustration of Khare springs to mind) was even reused by GW later.