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Good book if you're interested in learning more about the Guild Wars universe. Other than that, can't recommend it.
on July 9, 2015
This story sets up the narrative for the GW2 personal story (at least giving context to some of the dungeon storylines with Destiny's Edge). I have now read all of the books in the Guild Wars universe (three total) and this one was the worst, by far. That said, if you're looking for a way to learn about the primary GW2 story, this is fine. Otherwise, I highly recommend Ghosts of Ascalon, which also preps players for some broader GW2 context, over this book.
I have two major issues with the storytelling in this book.
1. The dialogue is always just a bit too campy. In this universe, I expect a little light-hearted quip after an enemy is defeated, but this book takes it just a little to far for my taste. Moments that should feel powerful and triumphant can sometimes be undermined by a goofy line.
2. Probably my biggest issue is that the fights are just way too short! Big fights in the book that clearly warrant longer descriptions end up being a few sentences or a paragraph. This is partly a lack of description, but also poor 'fight design'. This results in several moments feeling severely anticlimactic.