Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
ISBN: 143915760X
EAN13: 9781439157602
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 26, 2010
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.34" H x 6.69" L x 4.09" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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Book Overview

The book World of Warcraft fans have been clamoring for--the true story behind one of the Warcraft universe's most terrifying villains, Arthas the Lich King. Author Christie Golden does for Arthas what she once did for the Orc Lord Thrall in the bestselling Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, in another epic exploration of one of the key characters from the eleven-million subscriber massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

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   Good for fans, not for newbs.
The novel was great as a player of the game. Watching Arthas grow up and see the characters from the games that influenced him was great. The game had seemed like a simple villain bent on destroying the world when he was a paladin, but now he is determined to avenge his people. If you don't like the back story of the games or have never played them, I would recommend skipping this book. There are important parts of Arthas life story that are summarized in a paragraph because they don't want to retell events that were already covered in the games. I would advise starting with Lord of the Clans if you' re just starting out in the World of Warcraft novels.
   The Fall of Arthas Menethil: Still Not Entirely Explained
The first half is the best part. The life of nobles like Jaina and Arthas would have been courtly in Golden. The book succeeds as a background for where Arthas and Jaina came from. The tragedy of Arthas's transformation into the lich king is not captured in the book. The transition is too confusing and doesn't have enough motivation for Arthas' despicable actions. Arthas was told that he lost his mind in the wastes of Northrend. While this is briefly covered in the novel, I would have liked to see more character development in that aspect, which is an opportunity a novel can shine brightly with. Arthas is one of the most compelling characters in this universe, and I don't feel that justice was done to truly capture the emotional tension that lead to the choices he made. It's a great book.
   Amazing lore, great read for Alliance lovers.
I have read a few of Christie Goldens books. I think I was not interested in the lore of the other books after reading this. I like to read books about Alliance heroes and am more of an Aliance player. There are too many books about the Horde and this book was focused on the Alliance side. The lore of the lich king and many well known heroes of the alliance was perfect for me since I didn't start to play the game until after Warlords of Dreanor, so my lore of the past was missing. When I'm away from my computer, these books help me catch up on what I' ve read.
   Probably Best in the Series
I have read Lord of the Clans and Rise of the Horde so far. The best book by far is Arthas, Rise of the Lic King. From the beginning to the end of the book, I was focused on the covers. The book immediately grabs your attention in the beginning and ends on a high note. I wish I had read this before I started playing the Lich King expansion. The story of Arthas was amazing to me. I would recommend it to anyone, even if they didn't get to read the game content for the story. The read is worth it. You almost sympathize with the worst villain in the lore. Excellent job, Christie.
   A pleasant diversion.
I' ve been playing the game for a long time. Normally I don't read books like this, but I thought I'd make an exception for the Wrath of the Lich King content. Christie Golden's novel lets us see what happened to Arthas to make him who he is. We can see this happen through the campaigns in the game. It shows how some of the other characters came to be who they are, as well as how they came to be in the end of the game. I only read it during work breaks, but I would read it again. Golden was a good choice to write a book like this.
   Such a great listen!
Before I tried the regular games, I used to play the beta days of the game. I was enthralled by Arthas by the time it came out, because I'd heard so much about it. I don't have a lot of time to read, but I spend a lot of time in commute that makes listening doable. This title was very good. It was great to hear about his past, and the author's reading is also very good.
I liked this novel very much. The revelation into Arthas's mind has led me to conclude that his character was always susceptible to darkness, even though he was manipulated by the Lich king early on. My only wish is that it was a bit longer and that the battle scenes were more detailed.
   An asbolute classic. One of the best lore books out there!!!
One of the best books I' ve ever had the pleasure of reading. An amazing story of Arthas and how he became the Lich King. I am a person who is just starting to read the lore behind the game and this book gave me chills and I cried a lot. There are many amazing characters in the same place. The Lightbrighter. Stop reading the review and start reading this book. There is a reason this book made it to the NY Times best sellers collection and anyone who is a fan of the game and the lore will find themselves lost in this lovely story. Enjoy. It was!
   Love this! I've wanted to read this for a ...
Love this! I' ve wanted to read this for a long time but never got around to it. The story of Arthas is one of Azeroth's most compelling and Golden does a wonderful job bringing it to life. The characters are entertaining. I can't speak highly about this book. I plan on reading it a lot more now that I have read it a total of four times.