Guild Wars: Edge of Destiny

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Destiny Called - They Answered

In the dark recesses of Tyria, elder dragons have awoken from millennial slumbers. First came Primordus, which stirred in the Depths forcing the asura to flee to the surface. Half a century later, Jormag awoke and drove the norn from the frozen climes of the Northern Shiverpeaks, corrupting sons and brothers along the way. A generation later, Zhaitan arose in a cataclysmic event that reshaped a continent and ...

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Overview

Destiny Called - They Answered

In the dark recesses of Tyria, elder dragons have awoken from millennial slumbers. First came Primordus, which stirred in the Depths forcing the asura to flee to the surface. Half a century later, Jormag awoke and drove the norn from the frozen climes of the Northern Shiverpeaks, corrupting sons and brothers along the way. A generation later, Zhaitan arose in a cataclysmic event that reshaped a continent and flooded the capital of the human nation of Kryta.

The races of Tyria stand on the edge of destiny. Heroes have battled against dragon minions, only to be corrupted into service of the enemy. Armies have marched on the dragons and been swep aside. The dwarves sacrificed their entire race to defeat a single dragon champion. The age of mortals may soon be over.

This is a time for heroes. While the races of Tyria stand apart, six heroic individuals will come together to fight for their people: Eir, the norn huntress with the soul of an artist; Snaff, the asuran genius, and his ambitious assistant Zojja; Rytlock, the ferocious charr warrior in exile; Caithe, a deadly sylvari with deep secrets; and Logan, the valiant human guardian dealing with divided loyalties. Together they become Destiny’s Edge. Together they answer the call. But will it be enough?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416589600
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Guild Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 337,958
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Targeted for Teens

    I would assume that this book was targeted for teens based on the dialog and shallow depth of characterization of the primary characters, both of which dropped my overall review score only because I wasn't expecting this to be the case. Pros: The story is set in the Guild Wars universe which is what drew me to read the book in the first place. The primary characters are all part of that lore and it was interesting to read their back story so I could tie them in with playing the game. Cons: Character development and dialog were both juvenile. Possibly because there were too many main characters for such a short story - and that being an action story at that - there was very little time or incentive to get involved with any of the characters, outside of taking them at face value and not expecting more. None of the characters developed during the story, for good or bad, and that lack of development resulted in a loss of possible impact to the storyline. This disappointed me the most because the author has five races to draw on represented by the five characters, each race completely different than the others and begging to somehow become a key point in the character's interaction and evolution, which didn't happen. The dialog is what clued me into this actually being targeted for teens - it's just too modern. In ten or twenty years time, the current catch-phrases may work better simply because they aren't immediately recognized as belonging to our world and not the Guild Wars world. Suspension of disbelief suffered considerably and I actually winced while reading moct of the dialog. The overall plot was very fast paced but unfortunately was also repetitive. I don't want to add spoilers but I was hoping for more and got a lot of the same. Overall: Even though it was a more entertaining read than not, I was disappointed that this is considered the second of a trilogy that explains the history leading up to the actual second edition of the game, Guild Wars 2. Knowing a little about the lore before jumping into this book, I was disappointed that this filled a unique position in the trilogy and missed the mark. I was looking for strong characters and more lore - living it through the character's eyes and seeing what it did to them as well as the world around them. What I got was about the depth of characterization found in the game characters and not many answers regarding Tyria's recent past.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    I am still currently reading this book but so far it is amazing.

    I am still currently reading this book but so far it is amazing. I am brand new to the first game but the second one looks great. Even if you dont know anything about guild wars, this book explains the setting and story. It kept me on the edge of my seat. And it didnt take forever to get to the action and excitement (Hunger Games). It started off right away. You should get this book, i highly recommend it. 5 STARS!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Love this book. I'm a big fan of the first game. This book reall

    Love this book. I'm a big fan of the first game. This book really helps cover the lore and characters from the forthcoming game Guild Wars 2. Even if you don't plan on playing Guild Wars 2, this book is a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Loved the characters and the way this book was written kept me hanging on till the end. Loved the jokes and humor tossed at the Asura for being short!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    A race to the finish

    I was excited to read Edge of Destiny. It started out great, but as the events kept coming, the story moved so quickly through them, that I felt like I was in a race without any choice in the matter. Every foe and other encounter was dealt with much too quickly for such events. I would recommend reading it to get an insider look at the races of Guild Wars 2, and I loved the characters themselves, but the pace was too quick, in my opinion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    a must read whether you play the game or not

    very well written

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    great

    loved the book but i felt the ending was sad. SPOILERS...............................................i was sad that glint died annd rytlock completely turned on logan

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    Fun.

    This is a fun book to read, and it explains some of the storyline of the upcoming Guild Wars 2 release. The book is somewhat small, and slightly rushed, but is filled with humor and shenanigans. I would recommend this book to any, and all present GW players.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Fun Adventure with good Banter

    Having limited knowledge of the Guild Wars game, I started this book not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised, with fun dialogue and a well paced story. I love the characters and the situations that brought them together, and would recommend this book for people who just want something fun to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Good story, bad writing.

    This novel describes one of the most important adventures in the history of Tyria, and if you're a fan of Guild Wars then it's worth a look. That said, thr writing is *painfully* bad. The dialogue uses modern phrasing and turns of speech that are jarringly out of place in a fantasy setting, the narration is informal to the point of being conversational, and the all important axiom for writers everywhere, "Show, don't tell" is ignored at every turn. I enjoy pulp fantasy and don't expect it to always be high literature, but this is embarassing even for a franchise tie-in novel. The "author" doesn't deserve to be referred to as such.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Best book ever!

    AMAZING BOOK!this book is the best book I have ever read!Im a buge fan of the secont and first game.I reccomend this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Great writing and well fleshed out characters

    Extremely good book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Guild Wars Fans - NEED TO READ!

    This book is very well done. I personally loved the story, and it explained a lot of misconceptions I had about the game. If your interested in how Edge of Destiny got together, and split up, you should read this. The story it gives is a edge-of-your-seat, can't put it down book.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    So much squee!

    I loved how reading this book made my personal story that much cooler in the game. (In my headcannon, my Sylvari character saw much of the book's action in her Dream, so she's very emotionally invested in what happened with Destiny's Edge.) I also like the detail they went into for the group's tactics; it was almost like reading fantasy military fiction, in the best possible sense ^.^

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    How to say this delicately? This book doesn't deserve the three

    How to say this delicately? This book doesn't deserve the three stars I
    gave it. I love everything Guild Wars, and I enjoyed this book immensely
    because it was set in the Guild Wars universe. That said... the
    writing is terrible. I'm not a great writer myself, and I usually don't
    mind reading trashy fantasy novels - I'm not necessarily looking for
    every fantasy book I read to be the Lord of the Rings or the Wheel of
    Time; but this book reads like a 14-year old kid's first stab at
    fan-fiction. The dialogue and narration are painfully simple. It made me
    cringe... a lot. The bottom line is... skip this book unless if you're
    a Guild Wars nut to begin with.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Not neaer as good at Ghosts of Ascalon

    I was very disappointed in so many levels. The fist book set the standard for the series and I expected this one to follow in the great story telling and characters in the Guild Wars universe.

    The book contains a lot of information about what to expect for Guild Wars Two, but "the end result is that it feels very rushed, very contrived, and isn't as entertaining as it could have been."

    My biggest complaint is how the characters do not follow Guild Wars speech or actions. Many heroes talk like they are modern day teenagers. Think Guild Wars meet Twilight.

    For example a Charr Says:

    "Yeah" or "Really flipping great"

    The Norn have some other uncharacteristic talk too, which is a shame since there talk is so grand.

    *Spoiler*
    They also use other cheep moment for effects where a slight 90 pound girl kills 7 monsters using her spiked heel boot to paralyze them after doing a ballet like jump. Where the 300 pound Charr bread for battle, carrying a flaming sword only kills 3.
    ***

    One thing that really bothered me was the omission of an electronic index. They are easy to make and the author decided not to add them, so if you do not keep book marking and lose you place you have to page through the book looking for it. This is very amateurish in the publication.

    Now with all that said, I fell that non-guild wars players and teens would really enjoy the book. In Fact if it did not have the title Guild Wars on it I would have liked it much more. So if you are not a player then please give it a read and I am sure you would enjoy it.

    Overall, I'd recommend reading the book, simply for the lore. The story is good, but do not expect quality. Hopefully the third book is more like Ghosts of Ascalon.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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