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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; 1 edition (June 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550860
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kassidy Porlier on June 16 2014
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Amazing book! If you love World of Warcraft and you want to know more of the Lore you NEED to get this book ASAP!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good characterization, weak plotting and set-up June 3 2009
By Brett - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An amazing,well written Warcraft book. Nov. 6 2008
By Mr. Grace - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent W.O.W. Book Oct. 9 2011
By L Hoover - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
WarCraft comes to life once again. April 12 2010
By Tiger - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
great story and prelude to the burning crusade June 23 2014
By Keith Edward Cassity - Published on
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Lots goes on in this story. Lots of main characters, lots of plotting and action packed battles. Spoiler Alert: the only con I found with the story is how they made Ner'Zhul's small group seem like they would be able to take over all these different worlds when all they had was a small group left and this made turalyon so frantic about stopping them. Either way, it's a great story and must read.

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