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Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

entertaining quest fantasy

Two and a half centuries ago, the bestial charr invaded Ascalon. Desperate King Adelbern, knowing his monarchy was about to be overrun by the evil charr, called forth the magical Foefire to burn the malevolent assailants. He succeeded in killing the enemy, but the mag...
Two and a half centuries ago, the bestial charr invaded Ascalon. Desperate King Adelbern, knowing his monarchy was about to be overrun by the evil charr, called forth the magical Foefire to burn the malevolent assailants. He succeeded in killing the enemy, but the magic did not differentiate between friend and foe so many humans died too. Upset and perhaps insane with grief, the dead Ascalonians became spirit protectors of the burnt remains of a destroyed kingdom. The few survivors left for neighboring Kryta.

In the present Queen Jennah hopes to sign a peace treaty with the charr abominations, as a war would devastate the humans. However, before negotiating the charr demand the return of the Claw of the Khan-Ur, perhaps the holiest of artifacts that they lost in the Foefire of Ascalon. The monarch orders adventurer Dougal Keane to lead a team of misfits into the ruins of Ascalon, a place he considers worse than hell. Not only is he unsure what awaits him in the shadows though he has heard of the legend of the Ghosts of Ascalon, but is positive many charr and humans prefer war for various motives and will kill a band seeking a peace trophy.

This is an entertaining quest fantasy with an obvious tie to the game. The story line is fast-paced with exciting action-packed combat scenes and a strong cast especially Dougal and his comrades. Although the plot ebbs (in between the hostilities) and flows (vivid battle scenes), fans of the GuildWars video game will want to join Dougal and his team that he despises as they venture on a journey with little hope of retuning.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 21, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Fans of the PC game will love it, too childish for older Fantasy buffs.

This book fleshes out a lot of the story line to the PC game and it's subsequent chapters, but still reads like a video game. The dialog is horrible, the story predictable, and the characters are straight out of a comic book. A fun read on a rainy afternoon (takes about...
This book fleshes out a lot of the story line to the PC game and it's subsequent chapters, but still reads like a video game. The dialog is horrible, the story predictable, and the characters are straight out of a comic book. A fun read on a rainy afternoon (takes about 2 hrs to read), but will be a huge let down for those who love REAL Fantasy novels.

Great book for teens. If you are a parent who is concerned about your kid being glued to the computer, toss this book at him.

posted by Webzpinner on December 9, 2010

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    entertaining quest fantasy

    Two and a half centuries ago, the bestial charr invaded Ascalon. Desperate King Adelbern, knowing his monarchy was about to be overrun by the evil charr, called forth the magical Foefire to burn the malevolent assailants. He succeeded in killing the enemy, but the magic did not differentiate between friend and foe so many humans died too. Upset and perhaps insane with grief, the dead Ascalonians became spirit protectors of the burnt remains of a destroyed kingdom. The few survivors left for neighboring Kryta.

    In the present Queen Jennah hopes to sign a peace treaty with the charr abominations, as a war would devastate the humans. However, before negotiating the charr demand the return of the Claw of the Khan-Ur, perhaps the holiest of artifacts that they lost in the Foefire of Ascalon. The monarch orders adventurer Dougal Keane to lead a team of misfits into the ruins of Ascalon, a place he considers worse than hell. Not only is he unsure what awaits him in the shadows though he has heard of the legend of the Ghosts of Ascalon, but is positive many charr and humans prefer war for various motives and will kill a band seeking a peace trophy.

    This is an entertaining quest fantasy with an obvious tie to the game. The story line is fast-paced with exciting action-packed combat scenes and a strong cast especially Dougal and his comrades. Although the plot ebbs (in between the hostilities) and flows (vivid battle scenes), fans of the GuildWars video game will want to join Dougal and his team that he despises as they venture on a journey with little hope of retuning.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Fans of the PC game will love it, too childish for older Fantasy buffs.

    This book fleshes out a lot of the story line to the PC game and it's subsequent chapters, but still reads like a video game. The dialog is horrible, the story predictable, and the characters are straight out of a comic book. A fun read on a rainy afternoon (takes about 2 hrs to read), but will be a huge let down for those who love REAL Fantasy novels.

    Great book for teens. If you are a parent who is concerned about your kid being glued to the computer, toss this book at him.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Amazing read

    Great story and provides awesome lore fir GW2 fans or for those new to the game. Buy it, read it, you wont be dissapointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Good

    Fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    This book is wonderful for anyone interested in the series or wanting to know the story behind Guild Wars 2 online! I personally wish the book was longer because I didn't want to put it down!

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    A trip down a delightfully creepy memory lane.

    Of the two GW2 novels, this is the one I'd recommend most for people who played Guild Wars. It takes place mostly in Ascalon, where things have changed a *lot* in the intervening 250 years, and the story arc makes me want to hunt these places down in game and see what kind of treasure might be stashed about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Great Book

    Definitely worth reading. I highly recommend this novel to anyone even remotely interested in the guild wars universe.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    Like a diesel

    took a little bit to get going, but once it did it was a great read. my only complaint is i wish they would put these in chronological order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Nice Introduction to Tyria

    Ghosts of Ascalon is a fun, quick and easy read and, as someone new the the lore of Guild Wars, a perfect introduction to thes world of Tyria. The book introduces the five main races of Guild Wars and offers a brief overview of the history of this fantasy land. A must read for anyone interested in learning about the background of Tyria or just looking for a fun read while patiently waiting for the release of Guild Wars 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Set to GW2

    Curbs the wait well for the launch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Very well written and has an engaging story.Lots of fun.

    Very well written and has an engaging story.Lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Read this if you played guild wars.

    This book is so awesome! If you love guild wars you gotta read this. I just wish it was longer.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    overall good

    i thiught the book was good and fleshed out Gw2 story but was way too short

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Excellent

    Good job to the authors... Now I just can't wait till GW 2 comes out!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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