WORLD OF WARCRAFT ARTHAS BOOK
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Arthas: Rise of the Lich King is a Warcraft novel by Christie Golden, who is the author of multiple Star Trek and other Warcraft novels. The novel dealing with the . Arthas: Rise of the Lich King is the title of a Warcraft novel by Christie Golden. Golden finished work on the WORLD OF WARCRAFT. But it was not always so. I really enjoyed this book and so far, I think it's the best Warcraft book I've read. The WoW lore regarding Arthas and his descent into evil is some of my favorite.
The novel dealing with the progression of Arthas from Prince to the Lich King, was released on April 21, However, while the scenes themselves remain the same, they are experienced from alternate viewpoints. Arthas and Varian play together, though while Varian was trained to fight since childhood, Arthas was shielded from such teachings by his father. However, with Muradin Bronzebeard coming across Arthas fighting imaginary orcs while Alliance forces battle against the Horde on Draenor, Muradin volunteers to train him. Later, as Arthas starts taking on the responsibilities of a prince, he visits Durnholde Keep, seeing Thrall fight other adversaries in the gladiator arena. Quel'Thalas is visited and high elven culture depicted.
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I'm no Arthas fanboy, but I do enjoy his story and feel like his fall from grace could have been so much more compellingly elaborated upon without literally beating a dead horse. That isn't to say that Invincible couldn't have played a noteworthy role in the overall process, just that there should have been far more to it.
Every kid who has a loved pet die does not turn into a monstrous shadow of their former selves, even in a World of Warcraft that routinely features good guys turned raid bosses "because crazy". The flaws of the book did not detract from the overall experience enough to make me not want to finish reading it, despite already knowing most of the material in advance.
Mark Top Contributor: Star Wars. Still Not Entirely Explained. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The best part of this book is the first half. In it, Golden evokes a courtly, palace life that nobles like Jaina and Arthas would have lived.
As a background for where Arthas and Jaina came from, the book succeeds marvelously, especially the whole plotline involving Arthas's horse.
But the book fails to capture the tragedy of Arthas's transformation into the lich king; frankly, the transition is way too jarring and sufficient motivation is not established for the despicable actions Arthas takes. In WC3, we are told that Arthas wandered into the wastes of Northrend and lost his sanity. While this is briefly covered in the novel, I would have liked to see much more character development in that regard, which is an opportunity a novel can shine brightly with.
Other than that, it's a wonderful book. One of the best lore books out there!!! An amazing story of Arthas and his childhood and how he became the Lich King. I am someone who is just starting to read the lore behind the game and wow this book gave me chills, I teared during some parts.
So many amazing characters brought together in the same place, Jaina Proudmoore, Sylvanas Windrunner, Archmage Antonidis. Uther the Lightbrighter. Man oh man, do yourself a favor and stop reading this review and start reading this book.
There is a reason this book made it to the NY Times best sellers collection and anyone who is a fan of the game and the lore will find themselves lost in this lovely story, smiling the whole way. Ive read a few of Christie Goldens books and I wasnt pleased.
After reading this I think I wasnt mad at her writting, I simply wasnt interested in the lore the other books had to offer. Simply put I am more of an Aliance player in the game and I enjoy reading books about Alliance heroes.
Too many books are about the Horde and this book was focused on the Alliance side. Its an amazing back story to all of the events and lore of the lich king and many well known heroes of the alliance which was perfect for me since I didnt start to play the WoW until Warlords of Dreanor, so my lore of the past was missing.
These books are helping me catch up and help me when I am away from my computer to still enjoy the wonders of Warcraft. I was entrenched between the covers of this book from start to finish.
The book immediately grabs your attention in the prologue and finishes with the epilogue perfectly. As a former player, I only wish I read this before playing the Lich King expansion. I never knew how amazing the story of Arthas was. I would still recommend it to anyone whether or not they had the chance to delve into the game content for this story.
It is worth the read.
Oddly, you almost sympathize with quite possibly the worst villain in Warcraft lore. Incredible job, Christie. One person found this helpful. He's not much of a reader, but this book had him hooked He read a little one night as per his mandatory 30mims of reading per night and the next morning I found him up at 5am reading some more. He took it to school and read on his lunch hour, again after school, and after repeating this for two days, he has now finished the book!
See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This item: Set up a giveaway. Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Arthas by Christie Golden. It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue.
Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid s Frostmourne. The icy prison hid some details of the sword's shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain.
Arthas knew the blade -- it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy.
He'd thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything.
Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal'Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge.
Drawn, he stepped forward. The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice -- his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft. But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.
When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 09, Markus rated it it was ok Shelves: Rise of the Lich King is mostly just a novelisation of Warcraft 3, putting the escapades of Arthas and Jaina, and the encounter "This kingdom shall fall," he promised his beloved steed as he threw his cloak over its bony back and mounted.
Rise of the Lich King is mostly just a novelisation of Warcraft 3, putting the escapades of Arthas and Jaina, and the encounters with everything from demon lords to powerful wizards, down on paper. Even many of the lines are copied directly from the game, but I thought that gave a nice touch to it. Christie Golden is the best of the Warcraft writers, but Arthas is no longer the best of the Warcraft characters. I realised while reading that he's much weaker and more shallow than I had expected.
He's still an intriguing character, but there's little depth to him compared to some of the people he meets who also happen to be my favourite characters , namely Illidan Stormrage and Sylvanas Windrunner. Overall, though, it was totally worth an hour or two of my time.
View all 32 comments. View all 4 comments. Jul 11, Heart1lly rated it did not like it. I'm actually surprised by all the good reviews for this book. To each their own, though Christie Golden has done much better with other novels.
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This one felt very rushed, and forced, as though she didn't really have any enthusiasm for writing this one. I was also greatly bothered by the injection of the horse - Invincible - into the plot. After Arthas turns to the - ahem - dark side, it seems as though I'm actually surprised by all the good reviews for this book. After Arthas turns to the - ahem - dark side, it seems as though he's constantly thinking about this damn horse.
When I still played World of Warcraft, my guild mates and I used to joke around about how Jaina Proudmoore wasn't his true love. That spot was reserved for his damn horse. I was disappointed by the Kael'thas plot line, because it was actually the only spot in the book that I thought Ms. Golden's talent truly shined.
I was disappointed because these moments in the book didn't last long, and they were really interesting. If you're really into World of Warcraft, and really love this book or want to read it, perhaps you'd be interested in buying my signed copy? View all 3 comments. Jan 19, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 20, Ernie Jr.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have been an avid gamer since PC's came on the market. It is important to note that I play games for their storylines and graphics especially 'cut scenes' more than any other reason.
I have loved Blizzard's humor, depth, and creativity in their storylines. However, when I played Warcraft III and the expansion, I had trouble suspending disbelief on the fall of a new young paladin-prince so rapidly to become the Lich King.
Years later I read Christie Golden's book adaptation of the game storyline. She helped me grasp who Arthas was and how he could become one of the most powerfully evil characters in the Warcraft universe. The best review I have to offer is a heartfelt thank you. Thank you for bringing me back to the rich world, the in depth story line, and most of all thank you for helping me understand the Arthas part of the story so much better.
Jul 26, Grimm rated it really liked it. This book was incredibly fun to read but if you've never played world of Warcraft, I'm not sure if you would enjoy it that much. I will say I learned a lot about the lore of the lich king.
It made me feel more attached to the world. I really enjoyed this book and so far, I think it's the best Warcraft book I've read. The WoW lore regarding Arthas and his descent into evil is some of my favorite, and this book was so fun to read!
It was such a good novelization of Warcraft III events, even using some of the exact in-game and cut scene dialogue, but even if you're not a WoW player you could still enjoy this book. It was a good solid fantasy tale all on its own! View 1 comment. A pak bum Y me ha encantado. Y no hablemos de todas las referencias al mundo de Warcraft , son una delicia para un friki como yo.
I always meant to check out the books, but never did.
Well, I finally picked up the book for the backstory on one of my favorite expansions. TBH, I had a really hard time keeping my attention on it. Maybe this is because the story is familiar to me, from the game. Or maybe it was because Nov 29, Leeanna rated it liked it Shelves: World of Warcraft: Rise of the Lich King" feels like it should be the best of all the Warcraft books published so far.
Golden has a lot to work with: The novel is the story of Arthas Menethil, heir to the throne of World of Warcraft: The novel is the story of Arthas Menethil, heir to the throne of Lordaeron; a bright boy with a promising future. But instead of becoming a wise king and faithful paladin, Arthas will fall into the dark and icy deep and rise as the Lich King.
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The book starts out well enough, with Golden tying many of the scenes into other published Warcraft novels and game history. Arthas is established as a boy desperate to do the right thing, eager for his father's approval, and to be his own person. He makes a misguided vow to do whatever necessary to protect his people, one that he holds to at all costs.
Golden is good at writing misguided characters, ones that start with noble intentions that disintegrate - it seems to be her forte; she's done this in the other Warcraft books she's authored. But I feel something is missing from "Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. There isn't enough believability in his fall from grace - while all Warcraft players know that he becomes evil, Golden doesn't do a good enough job of making it a realistic journey.
The third section of the book also glosses greatly over many important events; barely mentioning some and forgetting others all together. The end comes far too quickly.
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
In my opinion the third section is very lacking; it could have used more detail, length, and coverage of important Warcraft events. Fans of the game will appreciate the little touches Golden puts in, such as Arthas' anger being described often as righteous fury, a spell paladins have. Or the smell of peacebloom, a common herb in the game.
Only buy it if you have a good coupon, or wait for the paperback. It's too short for my tastes, and isn't long enough to be worth that much, frankly. I was very excited when this book was published, and I couldn't wait to read it, and I do enjoy rereading it, but I just wish there was more too it. I always feel a bit blah at the end, and I wish I didn't feel that way. Oct 30, Alex rated it liked it. If you play WoW in any of its formats, you'll love this book.
If you enjoy solid fantasy novels, you'll enjoy this book, but you'll know you're missing some of the background.