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World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal par [Rosenberg, Aaron, 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?

Biographie de l'auteur

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
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 Fun Read for any Warcraft fan 19 mai 2014
Par Anthony Sikorski - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
For timeline purposes, this book takes place right after the 2nd War with the orcs. This book is the 4th book you should be reading if you want to go in chronological order. It takes place right after Tides of Darkness the game or the book and you will see more than a few familiar faces carry over from that story. Rosenberg takes the story of the game, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal and does a solid job of putting it into a novel that serves as a refresher on events that happened years before the current setting in World of Warcraft. It also gives you a glimpse into some of the characters that you'll find in the World of Warcraft and give you an idea why there are statues of some of them outside of Stormwind. Some major characters that appear/mentioned are Turalyon, Khadgar, Lothar, Doomhammer, Gul'dan, Terenas (Arthas' dad) and Deathwing who is a major player in the story. I understand some of the plot holes people complain about which are annoying (Distances traveled, a bit one sided, unrealistic strategies, etc.) but I got what I expected and enjoyed it. I now hope they remake Warcraft 1-3 so I can play them, never got a chance to play the first two games. 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.

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (book) - Recaps material from Tides of Darkness all the way up until the end of Frozen Throne with bookends just before the WotLK cinematic.

Ashbringer (comic) - Covers the fallout from Arthas dissolving the Order of the Silver Hand and the rise of Argent Dawn and Crimson Crusade.

Cycle of Hatred (book) - Picks up after Founding of Durotar and begins to set the stage for WoW Vanilla.

Well of Eternity (book) - Try and follow: characters from current Azeroth are sent back to the War of the Ancients 10,000 years before by the Bronze Dragonflight to make sure what was supposed to happen happens. Part of War of the Ancients Trilogy

Demon Soul (book) - See above, part of War of the Ancients Trilogy.

The Sundering (book) - See above, part of War of the Ancients Trilogy.

Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (Comic) - This is just before WoW vanilla since some Horde holdings (Tauren Mill) are still Alliance held. Sets up Kalygos and his motivations mostly.

Warcraft Legends Vol. 1-5 (Comic) - These are all over the place, but primarily just before WoW Vanilla with some flashback stuff.

The Dragons of Outland (Comic) - Trilogy set between Vanilla and TBC. Running a bit late, second volume should be out later this year.

World of Warcraft Books 1-4 (comics) - Set between TBC and WotLK, covers a lot of plot spillover. Ever why the Missing Diplomat questchain ends so quickly in Thereamore? The answer is here.

Death Knight (comic) - Set before and during WotLK. Sets up Thassarian.

Mage (comic) - Set before WotLK. Sets up why Dalaran is a floating city over Northrend.

Night of the Dragon (book) - Set before WotLK, deals with some stuff spilling out of TBC, especially dealing with Kalygos and the two new dragonflights in Outland.

Stormrage (book) Set after WotLK. Sets up Malfurian Stormrage and Tyrande and the status of the Emerald Dream corruption.

Shaman (comic) - Set between WotLK and Cata.

The Shattering (book) - Covers all the details between WotLK and Cata that were going on while we were doing the pre-launch events.

Wolfheart (book) - Details the Worgen and Gilneas' recruitment into the Alliance after the Cataclysm.

Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (book) - follows the former War Chief of the Horde as he struggles with the ongoing repercussions of the Cataclysm.

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War - The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance.

Dawn of the Aspects - The former Dragon Aspects are on the brink of going their separate ways to forge new destinies...

Vol'Jin: Shadows of the Horde - Follows Vol'Jin as he travels to Pandaria, where the troll chieftain's loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . .

War Crimes - Centers around Garrosh Hellscream after the Siege of Orgrimmar. It provides a bridge between the events at the end of the Mists of Pandaria expansion and the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Hope this helped i tried my best to get it right but as always there may be some mistakes just try to look into it on wowwiki or wowpedia. Special Thanks to Kordd on the forums for creating the original part of the list.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal 28 novembre 2009
Par Leeanna Chetsko - Publié sur
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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent W.O.W. Book 9 octobre 2011
Par L Hoover - Publié sur
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 WarCraft comes to life once again. 12 avril 2010
Par Tiger - Publié sur
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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