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World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
I say anyone that loved the Warcraft lore should read this or any people that have played World of Warcraft and want to know who the Lich King really was before all madness broke loose in Azeroth.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love how an overzealous paladin turned into one of the greatest threat in Azeroth. Must read for all Warcraft fans.Published 22 minutes ago by Cal
All of the Warcraft books are great reads. I especially like Christie Golden's writingPublished 2 days ago by sally
Overall good book. The lore is awesome but how the book is written can be a bit confusing sometimes.Published 14 days ago by Joshua Hines
The land of Azeroth. A land still recovering from a war with a strange race known as te the Orcs. Read more
This book was in perfect condition when I received it and shipping was remarkably quick. I got it today and began reading immediately- I'm already hooked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Although it have minor inconsistencies such as Arthas age at a scene (Day of the Dragon mention him as a toddler while here is mentioned as a 14 year old boy in a certain 'same'... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gerardo A. Mora
I have the hard copy, but isn't safe to take to qork. Bought digital to carry around easier. Have loved this book since release. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dalinda Lacy Marr
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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:
Dec 18, 2009 by Teak | See all 2 posts
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