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World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by [Golden, Christie]
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"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

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5648 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (April 2, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL6LM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Not the biggest fan of this book. It felt like it jumped and left out important info or just rushed from one thing to the next. Not sure how a prince who cared ever so much about his people could "all of a sudden" turn into the devil and start killing everyone. It took a strange really dark turn quick and I just quit the book. Loved the day of the dragon and well of eternity series but this one didn't do it for me.
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Another incredible job from Christie. She does an excellent job at making me feel like I am there with the main characters throughout the entire story. This story truly is a classic tragedy, and I recommend it to any reader, even if they are not Warcraft fans. The characters are fully developed and the storyline is very involved and will keep you reading until theres no more pages left!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As a former W.o.W. player I love the story lines which show why the game took the directions it did in dungeons, world events and expansions. The authors in this series do an excellent job of telling Blizzard's story.
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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' scene) the story is great, Christie is a guarantee.
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If you're familiar with computer games "Warcraft III" and "World of Warcraft", then you know some of this tragic character's story. And who doesn't love Prince Arthas? With this well-written novel you can understand more about his motivation and "interior" life that is told primarily in the games' cut-scenes. I'd recommend this not just to fans of those games, but for anyone looking for an almost-true-to-life person whose determination to end evil becomes a ruthless ambition that ultimately leads to his own "spiritual" disintegration. High marks. Exceeds my expectations.
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