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Guild Wars : Ghosts of Ascalon
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2010
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Got my copy this morning, finished it by this afternoon. It was an engaging read. I think appreciation of it benefits from being an ArenaNet/Guild Wars fan, especially with the lore touches. If you've been following ArenaNet's gradual release of information about the upcoming Guild Wars 2, I think you'll really get the most out of this novel. I loved seeing this new and updated world of Tyria, along with just the right amount of touches and callbacks to the amazing lore and history of the original. The characters were well-realized and the various new races quite intriguing. I think this will mostly appeal to existing fans or those that are interested in the new game...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
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First off, the story was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I was expecting a huge epic conflict around the ruins of the long disowned Human capitol of Ascalon, but what I got was a very entertaining tale of a small band of adventurers and their journey to forget past hatreds in the light of an omnipotent threat that hold the world in fear.

The overall formula is nothing new, but it is told in a very entertaining and exciting way with some very likable characters. As a long time Guild Wars fan, I am very happy to see the tale expanded. I highly recommend this book to any GW fan and to any fan of adventure fantasy!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
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I've read through most of it and it is indeed an excellent book. It has an engaging story line yet sticks to the places you know and love from the original Guild Wars game (oh, Lion's Arch) Definitely a good read for any Guild wars fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
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Jeff Grubb has done it again. His talent in writing has poured all over this book, allowing readers to feel the full force of what fantasy can be. This book is a great fantasy book, probably the best in the past couple of years. As someone who doesn't normally read video game books, I was skeptical. People on Twitter kept saying this was such a good book, though, and so I had to at least give it a chance. I was very surprised to find myself so drawn into a story based off of a video game, I almost forgot that it took roots from one at all!

It is a must read for those who like video game books, and worth a chance for those who like fantasy or Guild Wars, but don't really know if game-to-book stories are that great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
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This book was a great adventure into the mysterious territory of not-yet-released Guild Wars 2 online game. I enjoyed reading it. I am a Guild Wars 1 game fan. The story helped acquaint the reader to the situation of the future Guild Wars (particularly Ascalon, but also other areas) in a engaging and enlightening way.

The writing was fun to read, but mediocre in places. There were a couple plot inconsistencies, possibly from re-writes in one part that left a related part skewed. Twice there were references later in the story remembering how the party had teleported via Asura gate from Destiny's Reach to EbonHawke, when actually they teleported from Lion's Arch to EbonHawke.

About Guild Wars 2 vs. this book: One of the main characters in the party was a blatant Necromancer, a profession only recently revealed (after I read the book) as a profession that will be available for Guild Wars 2 players. There were obvious elementalists and warriors. They never did tell what the profession of the main character was. He was like a theif, but I don't think that is a GW2 profession. He was good at getting past locks and traps. He favored a sword as a weapon but was only mediocre with it. It makes me wonder if he represents a new profession in GW2 that we don't know about yet. The books also had me wondering how much this matched what would be in the game. Would I be able to climb ropes, pick locks, travel sewers, summon rats, use flame throwers, etc like in the story?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2010
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This book has surpassed my expectations of what a Guild Wars book can be. The authors did a spectacular job at shaping the world of Tyria into book form.

5/5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2010
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This book is very engaging. You don't want to put the book down. You don't have to play Guild Wars to understand the book, but it does give you a better feel if you've played the game. The book takes place between Guild Wars 1 and GW 2. There will be 2 more books to follow, and I hope they are just as good, if not better than this one.

I recommend this book to any Lord of the Rings fan, Sword of Truth, Stormbreaker, sci-fi, fantasy, action fan. This book will keep you reading until the end. I couldn't put the book down.

I recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2010
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I play the video game and could not wait tell the book came out. You do not need to play the game to read the book. I enjoyed reading the book but I only gave it 4 stars because it is not award winning writing. I liked how the author was able to fill in the back history leading up to the book.

I liked the character development and would read sequel to the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book I read it b4 edge of destiny because ghosts of ascalon had not one bad review and I see y after reading it. This story is twist after twist never leaving a dull moment. It is a very interesting story any guildwars fan would love it. I personally want to see a movie based off this book that would be sick. I also believed these book are actual storyline events that guildwars 2 is based off of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
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I'm wary of fantasy novels written to promote game products, but I couldn't help pick this one up while waiting for the release of Guild Wars 2. Having just finished it, I'm glad I did.

The book is fast-paced, concise and efficient. It puts the reader right in the middle of the action, slowing down only for the necessary exposition of the background of world of Guild Wars. I wonder how someone new to the world of Tyria will take all the backstory, but as an old GW player I enjoyed the retelling of the game's history.

Not only is the story gripping, but the plot was woven by the authors very skillfully. Details are not wasted, whether as far as updating people already familiar with the setting or as objects within the story itself. Little to nothing is spent by the authors on anything unnecessary to the plot- that means that what you find in the book has a substantial part to play in the tale while being sleek and streamlined.

The ending of the book is not drawn out, cut down to the bare minimum- this book knows when to quit and it ends well. Speaking of endings, certain twists are revealed masterfully at the end that are guaranteed to make the reader chuckle and smile.

My only critique is that certain elements should have perhaps been emphasized more, such as the main character's relationship to the female lead. The action goes by so fast that you barely notice any romance being built up. Action is fast paced, but romance requires a slow dance. The speed of the book put those two elements at odds, but it's ultimately felt and not completely wasted.

Ultimately, Ghosts of Ascalon is a good book. Fans of both Guild Wars and mainstream fantasy adventure will indeed enjoy this well-crafted, detailed story. It is worth all the money and time a reader spends on it. I am glad to have read this book and glad to have it on my shelves.
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