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Guild Wars: Sea of Sorrows Mass Market Paperback – June 25, 2013
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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."
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.
Everyone with even the vaguest sense of interest in fantasy should grab this book, asap.
Third and final tie-in novel meant to bridge the gap between MMORPGs Guild Wars 1 & 2. Its maritime adventure theme sets it apart from predecessors Ghosts of Ascalon and Edge of Destiny, as the book chronicles the (majority of) the life of the founder of central game hub city Lion's Arch.
Its rollicking adventure spirit is somewhat marred by a need to cover too much ground in too little time. Weirdly enough, a fairly long book that feels rushed at times, with great big events being rushed and not given all the time needed to feel weighty and momentous.
The central romance is a lot of awkward pining and delicious auburn hair descriptions which your mileage may vary about. As for me, I rolled my eyes every time some form of Cobiah/Isaye interaction happened. At least they had sex at some point and this ended.
Big ups for the giant sea battle and gory (mini)boss(es) dispatches at the end!
And Sea of Sorrows has a good story.
To those who have read Ghosts of Ascalon and Edge of Destiny, most would say GoA has a better story, and better written. While Edge of Destiny was a fun read, it felt like a summer action flick. SoS is on the same level if not above GoA in terms of story.
What I think SoS did better than GoA is the characters. I really didn't care too much for anyone in GOA except for Killeen and Dougal. On the other hand SoS had plenty of likeable and interesting characters. Maybe the character interactions are stronger, or maybe the character development overall is just more obvious due to the timespan it covers. The thin layer of romance and drama really gave this book that extra bit of dimension compared to the other 2 books. Near the end of the book I found myself caring for both the big picture, while also worried about personal issues between certain characters.
I think the main reason why I gave this book a 5 star is that...Read more ›
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I've read better books. Kind of hard to keep my interest, and I love reading. The only thing that kept me reading is my interest in the lore connected to the game.Published 6 months ago by Matthew Kyle Pardue
Did not like this one took less than 2 months to read first 2 books. Year later and still can't seem to finish this book. can't believe this author writes for the game.Published 9 months ago by Kevin R. Gould
I'm giving this a "Its Okay" review, just because thats what these books are. They're just super light-weight, easy to read books on GW2. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marcus Jackman
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