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World of Warcraft: Chronicles of War [Paperback]

Christie Golden , Jeff Grubb , Aaron Rosenberg , Chris Metzen
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Dec 7 2010 World of Warcraft
Over the eons, an endless struggle between the forces of order and chaos has shaped the world of Azeroth and its inhabitants. The orcish Horde’s violent invasion of the Eastern Kingdoms stands as one of history’s most tumultuous periods. Through the Burning Legion’s demonic machinations, the once-noble orcs were transformed into a nearly unstoppable foe and let loose upon Azeroth’s unsuspecting denizens. Yet even in the face of the Horde’s unparalleled fury, brave heroes risked everything to rise up in defense of the . . .

Rise of the Horde: Before the savage orcs began their rampage across Azeroth, they were a proud shamanic race native to the world of Draenor. The cunning demon Kil’jaeden saw lethal potential in the clan-based orcs, and thus he set about molding them into the Horde—a single, brutal force driven by an all-consuming thirst for destruction. But the foul demonic magic that granted the Horde its immense strength began consuming the orcs from within, ultimately threatening to destroy everything that they once were.

The Last Guardian: Long ago a group of magi known as the Council of Tirisfal was formed to fight a secret war against the sinister demons of the Burning Legion. To this end, the council imbued a single champion with enormous power to act as the world’s guardian. Medivh was one such Guardian of Tirisfal, and he was expected to be the greatest who had ever lived. Yet he was destined to follow a much darker path. From birth a mysterious evil had tainted the core of his being, and his subsequent struggle against the darkness within himself would precipitate the orcish Horde’s invasion of Azeroth . . . and change the world forever.

Tides of Darkness: During the First War, the orcish Horde laid waste to the once-great human kingdom of Stormwind. From the ashes of this terrible defeat, however, hope emerged. Anduin Lothar, Champion of Stormwind, rallied the survivors of his ruined homeland and valiantly led them to Lordaeron in the hopes of uniting the human nations into a mighty Alliance that could stand against the Horde and its ruthless new leader, Orgrim Doomhammer. Yet as formidable as Lothar believed the Alliance would be, many humans feared that no force would ever be capable of stopping the Horde’s merciless onslaught.

Beyond the Dark Portal: In the aftermath of the Second War between orcs and humans, the Dark Portal, a gateway connecting Azeroth to Draenor, was destroyed. The orcs, however, did not abandon their lust for war. Led by the mysterious orc shaman Ner’zhul, a fresh wave of Horde fighters flooded into Azeroth. Even more unsettling was that small bands of orcs intent on something other than mere conquest began scouring Azeroth for powerful artifacts desired by their sinister leader. To counter the Horde’s dark schemes, only one option remained for the Alliance: a suicide mission into the orcs’ ruined homeworld of Draenor.

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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, and Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War). She has also written the StarCraft Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and Twilight, as well as the most recent hardcover, Devils’ Due. Golden is also the writer of three books in the major nine-book Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi (in collaboration with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning). Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

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By Zenalya
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It got home pretty fast! The only thing I did not like was that there was a big red mark on the pages (when you look at ghe book closed, at the bottom) and corners were a bit damaged but other than that, fast delivery and very good price! :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great price Dec 19 2010
I have paid twice the listed price to get this book at chapters indigo. This collection was worth my money at 30$ so it is a safe buy at the current price.

Very entertaining and easy read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection Dec 17 2010
I don't own this, but I own each of the books contained in this archive. In here are the books detailing the Warcraft history from the corruption of the Orcs to just before the Third War. These 4 books are most of my favorites in the Warcraft collection, and I've read all but the latest - Christie Golden's The Shattering.

This is an excellent price (currently $17) for a collection of great books. This is a must for anybody who enjoys reading fantasy, especially those familiar with Warcraft lore. Something to be aware of - The Last Guardian is also inside the Warcraft Archive. But this is still a good buy if you have that book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Dec 20 2010
By Confuzledish - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book a Warcraft fan would recommend to someone who knew nothing about Warcraft. In a nutshell, the books contained within take you from the very beginning of Warcraft up to the Warcraft 3 game. If anyone was ever interested in the story behind Warcraft, I would give them this book.

Keep in mind, this covers several different books that were previously published. So it is gigantic in size. Once you are done reading it, it is overkill for a doorstop.

Not much here for those who have already read the original works. But it is nice to have them all in one package.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Last Guardian' by Jeff Grubb is one of the finest books in the series Oct. 2 2012
By Cheri R. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Very good collection of stories. This is an omnibus. 'The Last Guardian' is also featured in 'WarCraft Archives'.
'Chronicles of War'....are in timeline order. 'WarCraft Archives' stories are in book release date order....except for 'Of Blood and Honor'....which is an ebook format only. Which is why I purchased '.Archives'....for the physical copy of 'Of Blood & Honor'....Awesome story/Stories.....not so much with 'Day of the Dragon' By Richard Knaak....just my opinion.....others may enjoy it. Different strokes, for different folks, as they say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books! March 5 2013
By wispofisis - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have loved to get all the books individually but its very nice having them combined all in one book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the Wowers Jan. 8 2013
By T. Darnell - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific read for those familiar with World of Warcraft. My son received this for Christmas and is still reading it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Know your lore behind the conflicts in Azeroth. Prepare for Warlords of Draenor! Get this book! Aug. 29 2014
By Raquel S. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a compendium of four books in one: The Rise of the Horde, The Last Guardian, Tides of Darkness, and Beyond the Dark Portal. This book collection lays the groundwork of the conflict in the famous MMO game World of Warcraft. How the orcs were deceived, rose in power, destroyed their homeland and nearly decimated the Draenei, invaded Azeroth, were beaten back by the Alliance, then finally the sacrifices made to finally stop the Horde.

The stories are gritty and the war real. By the time I finished this book, I had no sympathy with the brutal Orcs and knew my heart beats Alliance.

My favorite story by far was "The Last Guardian." Learning about Karazhan, it's magical craziness, meeting the innocent yet curious Khadgar, the mystical Medivh, the half-orc Garona (one of my favorite lore characters), and the madness that went down that brought the orcs to Azeroth. So much love for this book and its characters.

This book set is a great way to get familiar with lore characters that will appear in the next expansion "The Warlords of Draenor."
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