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  • Series: StarCraft: Dark Templar, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; 1ST edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471251
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft and the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a division of Activision Blizzard, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players. Visit Blizzard.com.

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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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If you like video game books or the other starcraft books.
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The story slowly begins to unfold a mystery, the characters are described well, and the pacing was nice for me.
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The characters have unique personalities and their background history is presented quite realistically.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jared Dicioccio on November 5, 2010
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First, I'm a StarCraft gamer. I have been since SC1. I play SC2 fanatically now. I go to tournaments, can recite the lore surrounding any character or unit. I write on Wikis and generally just love StarCraft. So I write this for anyone who's wondering "Is this a REAL StarCraft book or just some spinoff and will I learn anything?" This is also more a review of the entire trilogy than any one book. If you're thinking of buying this book, just go ahead and buy them all.

*** I will not include any major spoilers, but there may be some minor ones. ***

I bought these books to learn more about the SC world. Many things in the games are not fully explained and I was hoping these novels would shed light on them. I was not disappointed. It was obviously written as a bridge between Brood War and SC2 and will explain a lot about the history of the Protoss and the Dark Templar. You'll learn a bit about the Xel'Naga (not that anyone really knows much about them) and be introduced to Valerian Mensk who will prove to be a major character in SC2: Wings of Liberty. Also, if you haven't played SC2 yet, a major theme of the game will be introduced.

Many characters from the games (mostly Protoss) are prominent figures and it is absolutely delightful to see them fleshed out as real people. The new characters are also wonderfully written and fit in well with the overall feel of the SC universe. A familiar villain from Brood War is back (no not just Kerrigan) but I will not say who. But it is great that you get to learn of his origins.

There is a very natural progression to each story. When I finished the trilogy it was almost amazing how far from the opening pages I had traveled. Yet it is very organic and smooth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua D. Prange on July 24, 2010
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First and foremost, if your thinking about reading this book just go ahead and buy all 3 books in the saga. I ended up reading them as they were released, and I blew through them as soon as I got them. This series is one of the best I have EVER read. Shortly after beginning this book I was hoooked. The story is excellent and pulls you in and hold you there. I thought the balance between action & background was expertly done, I can honestly say that I never lost interest at any point of the saga. If you are a fan of the Starcraft universe like me you'll really like this saga. I especially liked the fact that there were backgound stories involving the terrans, protoss, & the zerg. Also, if your one of the people who just found out about the Starcraft universe via the new game Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, these books are a great place to start if you want to get to know more about the races that make up the awesome world of Starcraft.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Bennett VINE VOICE on April 24, 2009
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This is not the typical kind of book I read. It is the typical book for my son. He always reads books based off of video games. I made a bet with him trying to broaden his horizons. I told him that I would read one of his books if he read one of mine. So he gave me this one. I was VERY reluctant to start it but once I did, I found it was not so bad. I actually was able to read the whole book and enjoy it while doing so. I personally would of gave it 3 stars since I liked it but did not love it. My son on the other hand said he would give it 5 stars because he did love it. So I compromised and gave it 4. If you are into science fiction or books based off of video games, I am sure you'll probably like this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Cortes Cosmetics on September 18, 2011
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A review of StarCraft First Born
By: Armando Bedenbaugh-Cortes
The story StarCraft first born is based on a very popular computer game with a very interesting background story. However, the characters and species are not explored sufficiently. This book goes even deeper into the StarCraft universe. If you have not played StarCraft the game tells of humans who have left earth to colonize on different planets. The book takes place well after the humans have already colonized. The colonized planets are ruled by an emperor by the name of Mengsk. Mengsk's son hires the main character named Jake Jefferson Ramsey to investigate an ancient temple of unknown origin. Jake is an archeologist with an experienced team behind him. But Jake makes a discovery in the temple that changes his life and takes him on an amazing adventure.
The book is especially interesting because it tells of an alien race called the Protoss. In the game StarCraft, not much is really revealed about the Protoss other than how they are extremely advanced and they are descendants of another alien race called the Xel'Naga. The book tells the story of the Protoss in extreme detail while at the same time exciting the reader with the adventures of Jake. I could not wait to see what was going to happen to both Jake and what happens in the early stages of Protoss history. If you have played StarCraft and want to learn more about the history behind the story this is the book for you.
The way the Author (Christie Golden) writes is sublime. The author never fails to make me laugh at her clever sense of humor. The characters have unique personalities and their background history is presented quite realistically. It's so well written the reader feels like the characters are real human beings.
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