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Guild Wars: Sea of Sorrows [Kindle Edition]

Ree Soesbee
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Death Sails the Seas . . .

The lost kingdom of Orr lies beneath the ocean waves, an entire civilization swallowed by an ancient cataclysm. For centuries, it has lain dormant in the depths, its ancient secrets lost.

Until now.

The Elder Dragon Zhaitan has risen. In its wake, the drowned kingdom of Orr is reborn—and another is destroyed. The city of Lion’s Arch, for generations a cornerstone of civilization in Tyria, is brutally swept beneath the waves, leaving nothing but ruins. Among the survivors is Cobiah Marriner, a human sailor shipwrecked by the tsunami and stranded at sea. When he is rescued by a ferocious charr, Cobiah knows that he’s been plunged into a world forever changed.

Now, Zhaitan’s undead servants dominate the sea, destroying port after port and slaughtering anything in their path. In the midst of ruin, Cobiah vows to see Lion’s Arch rebuilt. Amid the storm of the dragon’s rising, Cobiah must become a hero to his crew and an admiral to the pirate fleet, and face the ghosts of his past. Only then will he master the Sea of Sorrows and crush the armada of Orr.

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About the Author

Ree Soesbee is a writer, game designer, and lore editor for massively multiplayer online games. She has authored more than sixteen novels in a wide variety of fantastic worlds ranging from the popular Legend of the Five Rings setting to Star Trek, Dragonlance, Deadlands, and Vampire: the Masquerade.

© 2012 ArenaNet, Inc. All Rights Reserved. NCSoft, the interlocking NC logo, ArenaNet, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Sea of Sorrows, and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCSoft Corporation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416589627
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MU6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second good Guild Wars book. June 27, 2013
By J. Star
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all of the Guild Wars books to date. Ghosts of Ascalon was surprisingly good, and - just like most video game based novels - Edge of Destiny was just awful. I only ordered this one because it wasn't written by the same author as Edge of Destiny. I know this author, Ree Soesbee, was involved in writing for the actual game and has published fantasy novels before, so I figured I would give her a shot.

Sea of Sorrows, like Ghosts of Ascalon, is a good Guild Wars book. It tells the story of Cobiah Marriner, one of the founders of the city of Lion's Arch as we know it in Guild Wars 2. The story, characters, and the writing are all good. Make no mistake, this is not epic fantasy literature in the same league as Game of Thrones or The Wheel of Time, but it is a good book. I think the best way to tell if an author is any good is to answer this question: "Would I buy another book written by this author?" And the answer in this case is "Yes."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing June 28, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm really unsure how anyone could question the quality of the writing in this novel. The character development is spot on and the ship battles alone are enough to keep the pages turning WELL beyond when one should go to sleep (insomnia is just another word for 'one more page!' where this book is concerned). Ree Soesbee manages to transform this epic history of 'how we got to where we are' with respect to the Guild Wars 2 setting into a novel that stands alone on its own merit.

Everyone with even the vaguest sense of interest in fantasy should grab this book, asap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Tyria you will like this book July 14, 2013
By Merrik
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Sea of Sorrows is the tale of Cobiah Marriner, the founder of Lion's Arch. This book is perfectly serviceable and pretty entertaining. If you like GW2 and want more lore, more Tyria references, and more information on the timeline between GW1 and GW2, you will not be disappointed in this book. There are plenty of interesting characters, quite a few interesting places, and a good story. This book is miles better than Edge of Destiny in basically every category.

As someone who reads a lot of fantasy, I do have a few problems with this book. For one, the characters are overall good, but some are very shallow; there's a deliberate effort to get each race and class into the book and I think that was unnecessary and makes some interactions feel forced (perhaps it could have been done in a better way). Some circumstances feel forced - for example, Cobiah's romance.

The structure of the book is really a series of interconnected short stories about Cobiah, with some having gaps of years and years. I think this wide lens view of Cobiah causes the book to wind up with "collection of short stories"-like pacing where each sequence will have a classic story arc, but I am not sure I feel the book as a whole having an arc. This made the book easy for me to put down and forget about because in many cases I was going to be starting a new story anyway and there wasn't really anything continuing to pull me forward through the book. This may be a plus for some, however it's just not my preferred cup of tea.

The book is a solid effort. To a Guild Wars outsider it's probably a 3 star book because they wouldn't get so many of the references, however for someone who plays GW2 and/or has played GW1 this is an interesting and fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 12, 2013
By Bart
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ree Soesbee appears to be a very talented writer. This book is so much more complex than the first two. Usually books based on games are rather mediocre, but this one definitely stands out and I might actually buy some other books from this author.

Ghosts of Ascalon was a good book, however it was very straight forward and the reader could feel to be simply dragged through the story at some points. I'd give the book 4/5

Edge of Destiny is definitely the worst book in the series. It still is entertaining enough for the reader to keep reading, but the dialogues just feel silly, the story feels generic and forced, there are really no real story breaking events and the reader can pretty much guess what will happen next. The book is 2,5-3/5

Now Sea of Sorrows is not plagued by these things. The dialogues feel just right, and the story is varied and rich, divided in four complex acts. I recommend this book to everyone, especially the Guild Wars fans of course, and yet I think that even people who don't play GW could find this book entertaining. 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea of Sorrows March 20, 2014
By SEvans
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This book is a 10 . If you play the games or not excellent read very captivating . The lore the happiness the sorrows of a new day a new dawn in Th Guild Wars 1 and Guild Wars 2 era. If you enjoy a heart w warming story this is it. Excellently written a great way to finish from the first book. READ AND ENJOY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the three so far. February 11, 2014
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This one gives you a little more insight on what's happening in the game itself, much like the first book. You're able to recognize why parts of the world are important and why they're the way they are in game.

Don't get too attached to Lion's Arch, guys. Not even now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! February 6, 2014
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Gamers will of course get the most of it but for sure fantasians out there will also enjoy it as a piece of nice fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! January 2, 2014
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The story was excellent in explaining Lion's Arch as it is in game currently and how all came to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's very good. Just as good as ghosts of ascalon
Published 14 days ago by Alex Chung
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, amazing, couldn't stop reading
The story was intense always keeping me on the edge waiting to see what came next. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jacob peters
3.0 out of 5 stars A good basic story with some big gaps.
OK easy read that holds your attention.
Published 20 days ago by Steve L Harrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoy the book, very well written.
Published 1 month ago by faizaun craighead
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Guild Wars books so far
Out of the Guild Wars 2 books released thus far, Sea of Sorrows was by far my favorite. While the book itself covers decades of history concerning Cobiah Marriner and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dad x3
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Three
Fantastic story! Characters were extremely well drawn, the plot was riveting, and the history & lore were a special treat for Guild Wars fans. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars way better than edge
i found this way more engaging than Edge of destiny. I mean its just a whirlwind of fun. It doesn't even matter of you played guild wars. Read more
Published 4 months ago by tacticness
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A truly wonderful read-very engaging from start to finish.
Highly recommended. A must read for fans of the Guild Wars saga
Published 5 months ago by Diane Chierus
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The 1st one was amazing. The 2rd one was ok. But this one is just boring as hell. Arena net quality is declining everyday whit the current adm. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bannghyss Ferreira
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