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World of Warcraft: Arthas - Rise of the Lich King Hardcover – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550778
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of all the Warcraft manga, comic books, and novels I have read, Arthas has the most solid, balanced writing and best realized characters....There's much to love about this book....When it ended, I could feel the pangs in my heart as if I was one of the participants." -- WowInsider.com

"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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Visit her website at: ChristieGolden.com.

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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.

Customer Reviews

To all the Warcraft fans who lore, his book is for you.
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The story starts off well, then gets stiff at the Culling of Strat part...seems like the author was forced to conform to the text from the game.
John B. Nelson
Christie Golden tells the story of Prince Arthas and the events surrounding his life that formed him into the Lich King.
Thomas Owens

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By Niz on May 3, 2009
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 By db on May 13, 2009
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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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