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Product Details

  • Series: Guild Wars
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416589627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416589624
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I found the story to be very exciting.
Christopher
While running around Lion's Arch, there was reference to a new statue to the primary character in the new book.
Karen M. Tully
This book is great for guild wars lore fans.
Harprabh Sangha

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Star on June 27, 2013
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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 By V. Cross on June 28, 2013
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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 By Merrik on July 14, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Rogers on 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 By Henrik Johansson on 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 By Mandisash on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2013
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Of the three GuildWars books, this one is my favorite. When I stand in Lion's Arch and look around, it is all much more meaningful now that I've read this book. I'm giving several Kindle copies as Christmas gifts this year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart on October 12, 2013
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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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