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World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King [Format Kindle]

Christie Golden
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"Of all the Warcraft manga, comic books, and novels I have read, Arthas has the most solid, balanced writing and best realized characters....There's much to love about this book....When it ended, I could feel the pangs in my heart as if I was one of the participants." --

"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!!!" --

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Grin Book 15 février 2011
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Que c'est mal écrit...D'ailleurs pour ceux qui possèdent le livre, je vous propose un petit jeu. Essayez de trouver le verbe "grin" sur quasiment chacune des pages. A croire que l'auteur ne connait que ce mot et que tous ses protagonistes se promènent dans Azeroth avec un sourire sur le visage. Très peu de subtilité, un style lourd...Bref, ce n'est pas de la grande littérature.
Quant à l'histoire, les fans seront ravis d'apprendre l'histoire complète d'Arthas jusqu'à sa "fusion" avec le Roi Liche.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Place to Start 24 avril 2009
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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. But for those of already familiar with the first draft of events, so to speak, it seems as if Golden were either pressed for time, or had a page count limit she was working under because the trek through Anub'Arak is given only the barest of mentions, and the encounter with Sapphiron is treated as if it never happened. An odd choice, given how the dragon features prominently in the World of Warcraft game at the moment.

Lastly, the book concludes with a Further Reading section. This is something new readers can really appreciate. The novel touches on events and places from other games, and expanded upon in earlier novels. This section lets the reader know where to learn more about those places and events, what novels to buy and what games to play. Some might call it shameless marketing, but it makes a handy reference section for new readers.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A good "Bad Guy" story 3 mai 2009
Par Niz - Publié sur
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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Book, Great Lore 13 mai 2009
Par db - Publié sur
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This is an interesting lore piece for those who are at least somewhat familiar with the lore of Warcraft. It is an origin story for Arthas and the Lich King, but a large part of the story is a retelling of the campaigns from Warcraft 3 and The Frozen Throne expansion. It does tie in bits and pieces from WoW, including the love triangle that surrounded (but never obsessed) Jaina Proudmoore.

One of the best (and the worst) aspects to this novel is that it attempts to give us understanding of the mindset of Arthas as he progresses through the story. Best because when it works, it really fleshes out the story. When it fails, it seems to hollow it out and reveal that the story is based around a video game story that never really was intended to be taken as far as it has been.

I think the author is in love with writing and that is good in most cases, but sometimes (and I'm guilty of this I think when I write) she writes to read her own writing, rather than write what is needed for the story. Sometimes, I think I was trapped in a quicksand of metaphor and symbols, often layered in "like <this>" or "as <that>." Used sparingly, this can work. Used in heavy doses, it comes off preachy and I'd say that there were moments where the melodrama seemed excessive.

I think the worst part of the novel is the promise that we'll get into the head of the Lich King and we never really do until the end. And I mean, the very, very end. I suppose going in, I should have known when the title was, "Rise of the Lich King," that it wouldn't give me an understanding of the Lich King, just the man who became him. I would have enjoyed a book about the Lich King and Arthas, not just Arthas since Arthas alone does not the Lich King make and in the beginning he isn't the Lich King at all (and yet the Lich King exists in The Frozen Throne).

I enjoyed reading about the romance between Arthas and Jaina, but the abrupt way in which it was aborted (to keep the book reasonable in length) seemed... abrupt. There was no hint of what was to come until it came and I guess I enjoy seeing foreshadowing a little more than was possible in this narrative.

In general, the story is good, but the framework of it was already in place before the author came and fleshed it out. I enjoyed the rare instances where getting into Arthas's head made the story more real, more substantial, and helped understanding later about things that he did or wanted. But too often the story was either barebones when I wanted more time in his head (ie., The Fall of Quel'thalas and a shift in focus) or the time in his head seemed to reduce the character (ie., How could a ruler of men, one of (if not the greatest of) the kingdoms of Men, be so obsessed with a horse?).

Some of the story elements, even in a fantasy story such as this, bordered on absurd, given what I know of the characters and the scenarios involved. I suppose that is more due to interpretations being different for different people. I appreciate that at least some parts of this narrative were fleshed out whereas they were left perhaps intentionally vague in the past.

The story is reasonably well-written and entertaining. I read it in the course of one day and it didn't take too long. The very, very beginning and very, very end were very good and did a fine job of giving me a peek, a moment, of what I wanted from the entire book: an understanding of the Lich King.

And I get the overall meaning of those segments and how they tie into the overall purpose of the book. Yet I do wish we could have seen more of that angle and less of the retelling of what most people who are buying the book already have seen and already know.

I also believe that shifting away from Arthas to Jaina and Sylvannas were perhaps the segments of this book that might easily have been transplanted to other books relating to these characters while giving ample time for the Lich King, such as he is in current game time.

That said, I did enjoy the Sylvannas segments of the book quite a lot and think the character deserves more "air time" than she's gotten so far, in either game or book. One of the best parts of this book is the way that Arthas's fall (pretty sure that's not a spoiler) is compared to the falls of Kael'thas and Sylvannas. By bringing Sylvannas into the story, both in the past and in the present, the story frames Arthas's descent into madness (or deathiness, I guess) in the same light as the changes to Sylvannas are slowly driving her to desperation.

It also quite nicely connects Sylvanna's earlier actions in WoW, which seemed overtly evil, to a later betrayal within The Forsaken during the timeline of the Wrathgate incident and explains how she could have been aware of and actively working toward something, but then not be aware of it when it is used in a way she did not envision. That's as vague as I can be while talking about it.

If most of the above makes sense to you and you play WoW for the story, then I recommend the book. Just don't go into it expecting a great book, a great narrative, or revelations beyond those you're more or less already familiar with. You won't find them here, except at the very, very end. That revelation is almost worth the book itself, but I suspect the game'll tell you eventually anyway.

It was a twist because the opposite is usually true and has become cliche. I won't spoil it here, but it's definitely different than I expected and pleasantly so. It does change what will happen in Icecrowne from what I expected.

Get this book if you enjoy WoW lore, but don't expect LOTR or fantastic fantasy from it. Especially if you're already familiar with the story of how Arthas fell, this book will only fill in small gaps and at times not very well at all.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 20 mai 2009
Par Sioken - Publié sur
This book was really great. It followed the lore of Warcraft very close. This book even created a childhood for Arthas that was never really known. In the game I didnt't really like Arthas that much for the way you acted as a Paladin. In this book it can make like him for the bit where he is actually kind and not wanting vengence. You see the relationship Arthas and Jaina had that was not real clear in the Warcraft game. Pretty this book starts with his childhood and all the way to where hes at in the Frozen Throne. Which this is why the book is Rise of the Lich King.

I say anyone that loved the Warcraft lore should read this or any people that have played World of Warcraft and want to know who the Lich King really was before all madness broke loose in Azeroth.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely faithful 1 mai 2009
Par Tasha Mac - Publié sur
Christie Golden knocks it out of the park again. Arthas's story is one driven by the characters and their emotions more than bare-bones action, and of all the people in Blizzard's writing arsenal, Golden is the only one who could tackle such a story. And that she does, with amazing grace and tenderness toward every character, delivering each in an unbiased light. The lore is rich without being intimidating, the characters warm and developed, and it gives us Warcraft lore buffs some tasty things to chew on for a long while after. Highly recommended for anyone who likes Warcraft!
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