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World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal [Format Kindle]

Aaron Rosenberg , Christie Golden

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The aging orc shaman Ner'zhul has seized control of the Horde and reopened the Dark Portal. His brutal warriors once again encroach upon Azeroth, laying siege to the newly constructed stronghold of Nethergarde Keep. There, the archmage Khadgar and the Alliance commander, Turalyon, lead humanity and its elven and dwarven allies in fighting this new invasion.

Even so, disturbing questions arise. Khadgar learns of orcish incursions farther abroad: small groups of orcs who seem to pursue a goal other than simple conquest. Worse yet, black dragons have been sighted as well, and they appear to be aiding the orcs. To counter Ner'zhul's dark schemes, the Alliance must now invade the orcs' ruined homeworld of Draenor. Can Khadgar and his companions stop the nefarious shaman in time to stave off the destruction of two worlds?

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Aaron Rosenberg writes novels, roleplaying games, and educational books. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter, and runs his own game company, Clockworks, in his spare time.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good characterization, weak plotting and set-up 3 juin 2009
Par Brett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book by Christie Golden continues the process of "novelizing" the classic Warcraft II computer and its expansion, Beyond the Dark Portal. The story centers around the characters Khadgar, Turalyon, Alleria, and so forth, and tells the story of the human expedition to defeat the Orcs in Draenor once they threaten the world of Azeroth a second time.

Golden, as in her earlier books, does a fairly good job of characterization. She tends a bit towards the "soft, misunderstood" side (she's not that great at making complex "evil" characters), but generally tries to create a decent characterization for the purpose of the story.

The weakness is in Golden's execution of both the story and setting. Although Golden didn't really have control over the sequence of events in either, it is really in her descriptions that the story shows its weakness. Golden is not great at describing either battles or greater strategic warfare within this novel, but more to the point, she fails to capture the SIZE and grandeur of the conflict. Remember, this is a war that devastated the greater part of a CONTINENT, in epic battles of warfare and magic - yet with Golden, you never really get a good feel for its size and scope.

I would strongly suggest you get this from a library first, before deciding on whether or not to buy it. Golden is a decent author, but she is clearly not the best within the Warcraft novel genre - that belongs to Jeff Grubb.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WarCraft comes to life once again. 12 avril 2010
Par Tiger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Novelization of the classic "Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness" computer game's expansion - "Beyond the Dark Portal".
The story centers around numerous key figures of both the alliance and Horde, and previews the "World of WarCraft: Burning Crusade" expansion's key areas. It tells the story of the original expedition to defeat the Horde in their homeworld of Draenor after they have threatened Azeroth a second time.

Golden's depiction of the character's invloved are true to the letter. Telling the tale of Ner'Zhul and his morbid side that would ultimately lead to him becoming the original "Lich King". You won't see the battles or warfare described in the novel as you would the game, but that is to be expected. Overall it is an excellent job by an author who is given material that has already "been written" and drafting it out into novel form. It is also an interesting look at how Draenor was devestated and destroyed from the world that it was to the continent that it became.

Many issues and points could have been elaborated on a bit more, but that would have easily turned both "The Tides of Darkness" and "Beyond the Dark Portal" into a trilogy (if not an entire series of it's own). \

This is a definate must-read for any fan of WarCraft or World of WarCraft alike.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent W.O.W. Book 9 octobre 2011
Par L Hoover - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Please keep in mind I am rating this at 5 stars for what it is; I wouldn't rate it at 5 stars in the whole list of books and literature. But, for a fantasy book based on a game, I think it's great. The orc chapters in particular, which I am assuming were written by Golden (as orcs seem to be her focus) were enjoyable. *SPOILER* I do wish there was more development as to why Nerz'hul reversed his "good guy" stance and became a "bad guy" - yeah, we know that Gul'dan's skull is tempting him, but why isn't he able to resist it? I enjoyed her portrayal of the other orc "heroes", and if this book is read in combination with Rise of the Horde, I think she still maintains the orcs as a sympathetic race. If you read this book alone they would certainly seem like they were being demonized, but I don't think it is really meant to be read alone. The alliance characters were a bit overly stereotypical, particularly Danath and Alleria with their burning desire for revenge, and the love story between Turlayon and Alleria felt a bit cliche. But, again, I doubt anyone is reading these and expecting A list literature; it is a readable, enjoyable story that explains the lore and history behind World of Warcraft. I got exactly what I was looking for, and I found it a quick and very enjoyable read (my favorite book since Rise of the Horde - although I am only half way through the series), so I give it 5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An amazing,well written Warcraft book. 6 novembre 2008
Par Mr. Grace - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
If you want to know more about the events of Warcraft 2:Beyond the dark portal,the backstory of WOW:The burning crusade,or just want to read a good Warcraft book then get your hands on this one.Rosenberg and Golden combined efforts in this book are amazing and you will enjoy every moment of reading.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal 28 novembre 2009
Par Leeanna Chetsko - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal, by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden

"Beyond the Dark Portal" is a novelization of the video game Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. Because it is a novelization, the authors are somewhat limited in what they can do, but all said, it's a decent novel for Warcraft fans. I found it particularly useful for background on the previous Warcraft games, because while I haven't played them I have been an avid World of Warcraft player for a few years.

While most of the orcs left their planet to wreck havoc on Azeroth, some remained exiled on Draenor, or escaped back to Draenor through the Dark Portal after their disastrous war with the humans. Ner'zhul, the orc responsible for the corruption of the orcs, plays a starring role as he once again takes control of the remaining orcs on Draenor, reforming the Horde with the intent of finding another planet for the orcs to invade. The heroes of "Tides of Darkness," the previous book (and video game) in the series - Khadgar and Turalyon, learn of the orcs' plans and take the Dark Portal to Draenor, intent on stopping Ner'zhul to save Azeroth - and other worlds - from the devastation of the Horde.

I wish Christie Golden had solo written this book, rather than pairing with Aaron Rosenberg. "Beyond the Dark Portal" suffers from some of the same issues as "Tides of Darkness," which was written by Rosenberg. It's somewhat one-sided, focusing on the humans, while leaving the orcs as flat villains. The characterization is better, probably due to Golden's assistance. There's even a bit of a romance; some happiness amid the carnage. The battle scenes are far from realistic or even possible, with undefined numbers of orcs being killed. The Horde left on Draenor is supposed to be small, but they can't be too small if they're getting killed in every chapter. The pacing of travel also seems unrealistic, with both sides covering vast distances in what seems like no time at all.

I enjoy this book because I am a World of Warcraft fan and player. If you're a WoW player and considering this book, you'll probably enjoy it as it does give a lead in to The Burning Crusade expansion, and provides some nice background and lore.

3/5.
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