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The Last Guardian (Warcraft, Book 3) (No.3) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Warcraft Series

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Jeff Grubb is an author of novels, short stories and comics and a computer and role-playing game designer in the fantasy genre. Grubb worked on the Dragonlance campaign setting under Tracy Hickman, and the Forgotten Realms setting with Ed Greenwood. He lives in Pittsburg, PA.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Reissue edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671041517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671041519
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Of all the books in the Warcraft line, I cannot say that this is my favorite, however it was one of the most intriguing.
Going way back into the days of the first Warcraft game, The Last Guardian tells the tragic story of Medivh. Since it was not well explained in the first Warcraft game, I found the chronicle of Medivh and his apprentice Khadghar to be an excellent read, and very insightful to the long history of Warcraft.
When the young wizard from Dalaran, Khadghar, is sent to Medivh's tower to be his understudy, young Khadghar is in for the greatest trial of his life. The great magus himself, Medivh, welcomes Khadghar into his tower, and Khadghar becomes his apprentice. The days and months that follow prove to be some of the most influential in the war against the Orcs.
Since there are many twists and surprises in this story, I do not wish to further my synopsis. Though it is vague, the general idea is there.
This book is very different from the others, in that it does not really focus on the war between Orcs and Humans...it centralizes on Medivh and Khadghar. Although the war is a crucial part, it is not the main subject of the book. Instead, the book is entirely about Khadghar's trials within the tower and Medivh's struggle within himself. It was very different...and very good. I was pleased to see a story based on the early days of Warcraft. There are familiar characters, and the book even dabbles into the origins of the half-orc Garona, a key figure in the first Warcraft, who unfortunately was never truly explained. Her motives and origins were completely ignored in the first game, so much that even true, veteran Warcraft fans have probably long forgotten about her and her actions by now.
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This book takes place right after Rise of the Horde, it takes before Warcraft 2, 3, WoW, etc. It touches a bit on the closing days of the first war in Warcraft 1 and the final pages give you a clue into Warcraft 3. The Last Guardian tells the tragic story of Medivh. Since it was not well explained in the first Warcraft game, I found the chronicle of Medivh and his apprentice Khadghar helps explain a ton of info if people are into learning about how the orcs got to Azeroth. I found it to be excellent and the story lead right into the next book Tides of Darkness where you will continue to see a few familiar faces from this story. If you're looking for the proper order to read the Warcraft books I suggest the following:

Rise of the Horde (book) - Covers approx. a 10 year period prior to WC I.

The Last Guardian (book) - Touches on the closing days of the First War with bookends set prior to WC III.

Tides of Darkness (book) - Covers WC II in continuity.

Beyond the Dark Portal (book) - Covers WC II expansion in continuity.

Day of the Dragon (book) - Wraps up some dangling threads from WC II with Deathwing and the Red Dragonflight.

Lord of the Clans (book) - Covers a wide swath from just before WC II all the way to prior to WC III. Should be subtitled All You Wanted to Know About Thrall But Were Too Much of An Alliance Lover to Ask. ;) J/k.

Of Blood and Honor (book) - Set just prior to WC III.

Warcraft III Battle Chest (game) - Reign of Chaos covers the origin of the Scourge and the return of the Burning Legion. The Frozen Throne covers the exile of Illidun, the rise of the Forsaken and the crowning of a new Lich King. Founding of Durotar covers the most recent conflict between Horde and humans prior to WoW.
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If you want to learn about the history of the incredible online game of World of Warcraft and how the orcs entered the world of Azeroth, if you want to understand how the war between the Orcs and Humans began this is one of the best books to start with, I'm actually some what surprised that this book is number 3 in this series because it has a much better prologue for what is going on and who brought the Orcs to Azeroth to begin with. The other two books in this series are good as well but do not give a straight forward story line and they also bounce back and forth between different factions, again not a bad thing but it makes it harder to understand how the war started and what is actually happening. Truly this book should have been book 1 in the series.
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Enjoyable reading! Everyone interested in the lore behind Warlords of Draenor - or Legion - should read this. It's told primarily from the point of view of young Khadgar. I read it, then I visited Karazhan and got spooked :)
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This book started off kind of slow. I usually read on my 30 min lunch break at work. I would take a book home if I had to know what happened next, and read before bed. This book took me awhile to finish since I only read at work. I was never at that "can't-put-the-book-down" stage, but I remained fairly interested.

I read Rise of the Horde before this book and it picks up at a good spot. I LOVE how the author tied the prologue to the epilogue. It made the book end in a most pleasing way.

I sympathized with the Orcs in Rise of the Horde, but this one made me hate the Orcs!
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