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Butler to the Dark Lord

(The first book in the Grim Choices series)
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In this comedic fantasy gamebook for adults, YOU play the conniving butler to the dark lord, and the choices you make shape the story. With multiple pathways and 9 different endings to discover (not to mention plenty of ways to meet an untimely demise), you're going to have your work cut out for you ensuring the castle runs smoothly. This is Downton Abbey meets Mordor - will you serve-vive?

- Navigate a cast of treacherous nobility and unwelcome relatives
- Help the household werewolves make it through 'that time of the month'
- Manage a kitchen staff of stupid goblins
- Teach the castle harpies the merits of personal hygiene
- 'Accidentally' sleep with a virgin due to be sacrificed to the Shadow God
- Sample too much booze in the wine cellar
- Serve a feast of live balfrog tadpoles
- And much more!

Butler to the Dark Lord is interactive fiction at its funniest, written by stand-up comedian and fantasy author Sam Bowring.

Note: The 'Look Inside' sample does not work as intended as it only comprises 10% of the text, and gamebooks jump around all over the place.

"It's amazing that Bowring has taken this form of story-telling and used it to tell a fantasy story to an adult audience. It works very well in e-book format because all the choices are hyperlinked to the relevant page - no endlessly flipping back and forth! ... There are ribald jokes and double entendres throughout ... Malacandros is also a terrifying boss (but sometimes he's really nice!), and the atmosphere of the book is danger-filled and darkly humorous."
- Speculating on SpecFic


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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : Paperback

Title: Butler to the Dark Lord: A Grim Choices gamebook
Author(s): Sam Bowring
ISBN: 1-5123-4104-5 / 978-1-5123-4104-1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Butler to the Dark Lord: A Grim Choices Gamebook
Author(s): Sam Bowring
Publisher: Sam Bowring
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA