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World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King [Kindle Edition]

Christie Golden
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Frostmourne.

It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword's shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade -- it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy. He'd thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal'Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.

The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. "Turn away, before it is too late," it intoned.

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His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice -- his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft.

But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.

When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.


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"This book is an overdosed cocktail of lore and continuity that will numb your senses....I can only say one thing about this. I (beep) love this book!!!" -- Blizzplanet.com

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, and Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War). She has also written the StarCraft Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and Twilight, as well as the most recent hardcover, Devils’ Due. Golden is also the writer of three books in the major nine-book Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi (in collaboration with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning). Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Place to Start April 23, 2009
Format:Hardcover
If you're a player of World of Warcraft, but not into the old RTS games or the books that have come before, this novel is the place to jump and see some of the story behind the game you've been playing.

Christie Golden has crafted a strong character-centric tale following the life of Arthas Menethil. It shows him growing into a young man, joining the ranks of the paladins, and his eventual fall from grace in a way that is quick, concise, and yet still meaningful. Arthas is portrayed as neither a spoiled brat or an arrogant upstart, but as a well-meaning person with a good soul and a few very human and realistic character flaws that gets twisted into something horrible, party by outside forces, but also by the lack of control he has over himself. As I read it, I found myself comparing it to the fall of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars Saga, and I hate to say it, Golden did a superior job with her take on how a hero becomes the villain.

If this book has any weakness, is that its a little too short. The first two volumes take place at a good pace, always moving but taking the time to really show us all that's transpiring. As the book moves through its third act, those familiar with Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne will note at how briefly the events of the undead campaign are covered. In contrast to the first two thirds of the book, the last third skips over large chunks of the storyline to make sure the crucial points get the time needed, which is good.

The main story in no way feels slighted.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good "Bad Guy" story May 3, 2009
By Niz
Format:Hardcover
First let me say, if you are a player of the game and want to expand a little on the mythos behind it, then this would be a good book for you. If you are like me and have read pretty much all the WoW books, then "Arthas" is a must read. For those of you that neither play the game, nor have read any other WoW book, you won't feel slighted. This is a good fantasy novel about a prince who follows the road paved with good intentions to hell.

Christie Golden seems to be a fan of writing the "bad guy" story. She's written both Rise of the Horde and Lord of the Clan (though the argument could be made that the leader of the orcs is not a bad guy in the true sense). With Arthas: Rise of the Lich King she gets the nod from Blizzard (the company who owns WoW) to write an account on one of the most powerful and profound characters in the WoW universe. And she does VERY well.

I agree, however, with the other reviews that state she seemed to become bored, or was strapped for time, near the end of the story. While I understand the desire to not "re-write" some things that have appeared (or may appear) in other WoW novels, sometimes the story jumped from "A" to "C" to without satisfactorily touching on "B". There are parts in the book where it was almost like "By the way, there was this big war and the good guys won"; where one sentence was the springboard past epic events in the history. Noticing it as one who has a strong understanding of the lore, I can only imagine someone who has no idea scratching their heads before reading on.

Otherwise, as I've said, enjoy the story, you won't be disapointed.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Great Lore May 13, 2009
By db
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an interesting lore piece for those who are at least somewhat familiar with the lore of Warcraft. It is an origin story for Arthas and the Lich King, but a large part of the story is a retelling of the campaigns from Warcraft 3 and The Frozen Throne expansion. It does tie in bits and pieces from WoW, including the love triangle that surrounded (but never obsessed) Jaina Proudmoore.

One of the best (and the worst) aspects to this novel is that it attempts to give us understanding of the mindset of Arthas as he progresses through the story. Best because when it works, it really fleshes out the story. When it fails, it seems to hollow it out and reveal that the story is based around a video game story that never really was intended to be taken as far as it has been.

I think the author is in love with writing and that is good in most cases, but sometimes (and I'm guilty of this I think when I write) she writes to read her own writing, rather than write what is needed for the story. Sometimes, I think I was trapped in a quicksand of metaphor and symbols, often layered in "like <this>" or "as <that>." Used sparingly, this can work. Used in heavy doses, it comes off preachy and I'd say that there were moments where the melodrama seemed excessive.

I think the worst part of the novel is the promise that we'll get into the head of the Lich King and we never really do until the end. And I mean, the very, very end. I suppose going in, I should have known when the title was, "Rise of the Lich King," that it wouldn't give me an understanding of the Lich King, just the man who became him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great study of WOW's most iconic villain
It's difficult to really convey the story of Arthas to anyone who hasn't played Warcraft III: Realm of Chaos and its expansion The Frozen Throne. Read more
Published 2 days ago by CT Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Fantastic. Christie golden is a champ and is better than Richard knack. Eight more words, 5 4 3 2 last
Published 24 days ago by Thomas R. Ptak
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read by a great author
This book was a page turner! I enjoyed Golden's style and prose as she expertly filled in the blanks in the lore. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Richard G. Knobloch II
5.0 out of 5 stars best book and game!
Love it! One of the best books I've read in a long time and after playing Warcraft and world of Warcraft games, it is nice to see more detail in arthas
Published 25 days ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by Ronald Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Loved every minute!!
Published 2 months ago by Brent Hinrichs
4.0 out of 5 stars good storyline
I enjoyed reading about the story I played in the video game. I would recommend it to others looking to read about the wow storyline.
Published 2 months ago by Raider
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read!
Outstanding lore for World of Warcraft fans. Explains Arthas' motivations thoroughly, and you almost feel sorry for him in the end. Almost.
Published 3 months ago by MBC
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must-have for all World of Warcraft fanatics!
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, an astoundingly captivating publication! Delving into the life of Arthas Menethill, Christie Golden has succeeded once again in bringing to life the... Read more
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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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What a disappointment! Golden's 'Arthas' gets two-thumbs down!
Why do you say that? I mean you give no reason. You might as well just say "I like cookies."

Can you be more specific?
Jun 6, 2009 by M. Helle |  See all 5 posts
Proper reading order?
Here is a guy who put a list together:

http://www.amazon.com/WoW-World-Warcraft-Novels-ONLY/lm/R11H1AWBJ07L23/ref=cm_lmt_DYNA_f_2_russss0?pf_rd_p=496997231&pf_rd_s=listmania-center&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0743426908&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=15C5P7DA51BRT412JR58
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