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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Jan. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616550414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616550417
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.8 x 31.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Basement Gamer on Jan. 30 2013
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I had been waiting for a book like this since i originally heard about its release in japan, even arranged for a copy through friends/family. This book has everything a collector wants to know about a series. Times lines, concept art, character design, idea's that didn't make the games, etc...
This book weighs a fair bit due to the glossy paper and hard cover and you can easily beat a Ganon with it. I love the alternative art for characters through the games and the rich story it tells you. As an added bonus you even get a 32 page manga in the back the predates the Skyward Sword game.
Not gonna post any spoilers but if you love playing Zelda as much as me get this book. The only games it doesn't timeline are the short ones with no real plot like Links crossbow training and the Links game & watch game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on Dec 25 2013
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Got this as a gift for my boyfriend since I was low on cash. First off, best price compared to any store, even walmart. Two, my boyfriend loved it. He thought it would be kind of cool as a fan, but once he read it he LOVED it. He's been a huge Zelda fan since the beginning and he reads parts of it and now wants to be playing all the games again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Aidan McDermott on June 28 2014
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This book is nice but there's too much emphasis on the newest game, the skyward sword. For example: there are 65 pages of concept art for Skyward sword, while there are only 4 pages for the original Legend of Zelda, and Ocarina of Time, arguably the most important game ever made, has only 6 brief pages. I would have preferred an equal coverage of all the main games in the series, or coverage proportionate to how important or historically significant a game is rather than how new it is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on Jan. 30 2013
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As a longtime (and hardcore) Zelda fan, as soon as this book was released in Japan, I joined the movement to have it localized for other regions as well. I have been awaiting this product for over a year now, and I can gladly say this purchase has been more than worth the wait. At such a low cost, this book about all things Zelda contains exclusive art, information, words from the creators, manga and more presented with an unrivalled finesse. You are paying to get The Book Of Zelda, to put it shortly. I can assure any Zelda fan out there that you will not regret picking this one up to add to your collection.
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I've heard a lot of people complain that this book is too deeply focused on Skyward sword and not enough on any of the other games. This is unfortunately true. A large portion is reserved for Skyward sword, but being the latest game in the franchise, and considering that it's also the first game of the official timeline, it;s understandable why they made it so.
That being said, the entire book is amazing. Anything that you need to know about the Zelda universe can most likely be found inside. The hardcover is gorgeous with gold and green. The book includes a lot of stuff. The Official Zelda Timeline with detailed descriptions of how each game ties into the next. Like I said, there's a portion reserved for Skyward sword, and then some concept art and details about the other games in the franchise. There's a catalog of each game and even a manga of Zelda at the end.
They were very thorough with the brakdowns, covering seriously like every character ever and most of the enviroments.
Just buy it, seriously if you love Zelda just buy it.
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No. Nintendo did not intend for The Legend of Zelda (TLoZ) to become what it has when they first created the first iteration of this game in 1986; but this game has gone on to spawn a legacy of fun innovative titles, and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is the perfect companion guide to anyone who is a fan of the games, the artwork, or the stories that this series has inspired.

Though the games were not initially planned to be connected, the geniuses behind Historia have woven a thread throughout TLoZ universe which brings our favourite franchise into new perspective, and sheds light on many unanswered questions in the series. I won't ruin anything for those of you who have not read this volume, but know that your questions will be answered in ways that you could not have possibly predicted, and that those answers will not only satisfy, but leave true fans eager to see where the series goes next.

I for one am thrilled with the quality of this volume, the artwork and detail that have gone into every page make this a fantastic item to own. Whether you are a fan of any one game in the series, or the full franchise, this is a book that should be on every gamers shelf.
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By johnnyfanz on March 1 2013
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The exterior of the book looks absolutely beautiful. I'm not sure exactly how the (super limited) collector's edition differed from the standard edition, but I have no complaints about how this one looks. The cover is beautiful and sturdy, and the pages themselves are nice and big.

The interior of the book is just absolutely incredible, chock-full of concept sketches and ideas. It's quite unevenly distributed: there's heavy emphasis on Skyward Sword (for good reason I suppose), as well as relatively heavy emphasis on Twilight Princess and (a little bit surprisingly) Spirit Tracks. I'm a little bit sad that the book didn't expand so much on Wind Waker on Ocarina of Time, but nevertheless there are still many new things I learned about the games. The official timeline is also a very interesting read.

Overall, my money was very well spent, a must-have for any Zelda fans!
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