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World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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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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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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"Of all the Warcraft manga, comic books, and novels I have read, Arthas has the most solid, balanced writing and best realized characters....There's much to love about this book....When it ended, I could feel the pangs in my heart as if I was one of the participants." -- WowInsider.com

"This book is an overdosed cocktail of lore and continuity that will numb your senses....I can only say one thing about this. I (beep) love this book!!!" -- Blizzplanet.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439157602
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Series: World of Warcraft Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 93,337
  • Product dimensions: 4.04 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Christie Golden
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. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.
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  • Posted April 23, 2009

    Excellent read

    I read this book cover to cover in about a day and a half (which is about as fast as I go) and was very pleased by it. It ties in with the video games, WarCraft 3 and World of WarCraft, as well as ties into several other books in the WarCraft lore. It stills delivers originality and does not feel like it's 'describing a game campaign on paper'. Accuracy was very good too, I scrutinize details and 'facts' in books as compared to others in the same universe and this was very well thought out.

    Yet another example of Christie Golden's excellent work, I have quickly become a fan of hers in her WarCraft/StarCraft novels and sincerely hopes she continues to write in these universes.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Loved the book!

    This is by far my favorite warcraft based book ever. This book gives a little lore ofbthe horde and alliance and keeps you reading until its over.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    I just live it!

    I'm not much of a reader but during my depolyment to Iraq I saw this book and decide to read, because me and my wife are WoW fans, and I loved it. I love how the author writes even dough it took me almost four to six month to actually finish it the story is geat. Now I'm trying to read the rest of the series.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Amazing

    This book is one of the greatest accounts of Warcraft Lore ever made. 5 stars easy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Love the lore

    As I entered Northrend I really was looking forward to questing and eventually fighting Arthas. I really enjoy the lore around this expansion and for me this book was a must have. In the beginning of the book I felt like I was going through his struggles with him and eventually becoming the lich king I really feel I can fight and beat him with a sense of satisfaction

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Wow fans, this is a must!

    This book was awesome. I am an old school Warcraft III fan and my wife has recently gotten into WoW and we read this book together. It was awesome, I was able to fill in any gaps and answer any questions. The book followed the story line exactly yet added more. It is well written, Christie Golden starts you out favoring and cheering Arthas on but then you grow to hate him (my wife was very upset when he turned evil) so great job dragging our emotions into the book. MUST READ new and old WoW fans!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Man

    Man why dnt you go for jainia? Dude she was bout do him so hard

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Arthas - Need We Say More

    First off, I am a lover of WOW lore. I have read several books about the lore and it positively amazes me.

    The goods of this book is that we can really see how Arthas makes his change from being the Prince to the Lich King. We understand his relationship with Jaina and the influence she had on him and his actions (both positive and negative).

    The negatives of the book is the focus of Jaina. I honestly felt like I was reading a romance novel at times, instead of the story of Arthas (now, I realize that Arthas and Jaina's story is important to his development, but I think there was too much there). I would also liked to see more character development with Uther. The last thing I did not like was the writing style of the book. It was very elementary reading, maybe to capture a different audience, however, it was written more for a teenager than an adult.

    Overall, a good book and definitely worth the read, especially if you're a lore addict like me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Lukkazz... lv 80 goblin DK!

    If u ever wanna do icecrown citadle... this is a book for you.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Good Read if you love the Arthas arc.

    If you enjoy the story arc for Arthas, then you should definitely pick this up. I couldn't put the book down it was that good. I'm not too familiar with the Warcraft Lore, so it didn't confuse me that much...but its not recommended for people who know nothing about Dalaran or the characters...you'll be completely lost.

    If you play WoW and love the love story of Jaina and Arthas..get it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    pretty good story

    As an avid WoW and Arthas fan, I picked this up hoping to get more involved in the storyline of the game. While it does provide a good deal of information about the game and its background, i was a smidgen disappointed in the storytelling itself. It is a book that is full of potential, but moved too fast to really tap into it. Comparing to other fantasy genre books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed in the past, I would call it a decent read at best, a well written fan fic at worse. Overall, a good book that could use more pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    An okay book for a Warcraft fan...

    Pretty much, this was nothing more than a recap of Arthas' life through a fanfic. It was fun to read because I like Arthas & have a crush on him, but other than that. meh.

    If you want action, fighting, and adventure, go play Warcraft 3 & skip this. If you want drama, love, and cute girlfriend/boyfriend type story, this is the book for you.

    About 3/4 of it is filled with his love life. 1/4 of it is how becomes the Lich King.
    Oh yeah. There is no sex. (LOL)

    I enjoyed it. My husband didn't.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    Wonderful

    Likely the most detailed characters the WOW book series has ever given us. This book stands on its own. Some WOW books you need to have background information and be a real fan of the game, but not this one. I would recomend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Rise of the Lich King

    This is the first World of Warcraft novel I've read thus far and all in all it was a pleasurable read. The story follows closely to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne expansion, in some cases even word for word dialouge in some of the more memorable scenes. The center of the story revolves mostly around Arthas, though it expands a little bit on Jaina and Sylvanas. Prior to reading this book I had always thought of Arthas as a mirror image to the original Darth Vader, but after reading it I would've liked to known the parts to skip, Arthas' whining. Some parts of Arthas' story were well rounded and fleshed out in the image I had. Other parts explored his 'humanity' a little too childishly. Many mager characters such as Varian, Khagdar, and Uther are prominent in the book, giving some pleasant back exposition over the other personalities that inhabit the world of Azeroth. Kel`Thuzad stands out as one of my favorite figures in particular because of how 2-dimensional his character is. For those that think just because they've played the games, should know the story, you won't. There are some delightful perks saved within this book that bring more light on questions left unanswered since the Wrath of the Lich King has taken off. If you want to enjoy a simple but memorable book with a particular shocker at the very end (trust me it's delicious if you like World of Warcraft and speculate about the Icecrown Citadel raid).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Trust not

    Trust not this seller i ordered it never recived
    That proves this guy is a bi#ch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    After I picked this book up, I could not put it down. Not until

    After I picked this book up, I could not put it down. Not until 5 a.m. when I could not keep my eyelids open. I knew it would a great story, because I loved the entire Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Christie Golden did a great job putting such a large timeline into only 416 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    "Arthas, Rise of the Lich King."  This book is a true

    "Arthas, Rise of the Lich King." 
    This book is a true triumph of the Azerothian ages.
    I disliked nothing about this book,
     It is unbelievably touching and sorrowfully heart-rending,
    but it is also powerful and compelling.
    It has good times. And bad times. 
    Finally a book thats not all happy go lucky. 
    Its as real as life gets. Bad things happen. 
    Its a tragedy in some ways, yes.
     But its a real amazing story of a hero who gave his all to save his kingdom. 
    Even when all others gave up and quit. A good souled paladin who turns from the light, and becomes
     the Lich King by forsaking and killing his closest friends and 
    embracing the utter darkness that is Frostmourne and the Lich King.
    I cheered Arthas on through every moment. 
    Iwould have done the same exact thing he did in a heart beat.
     Chills are sent up and down my spine just thinking about.
    Its a story like no other, it reached me on a deep personal level.
    Thank you so very much Christie Golden.

    Your faithful reader Joshua Johnson,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Lvl 90 DK.... daelani guild: Mors Mortis

    Any guuldies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    A well written book

    As a 14 year old who has played warcraft three i loved the book... i had not had a chance to play the game in a while because the computer I used had crashed. My dad eventually fixed the computer but I no longer had the desire to play the game... even though I had not yet beaten it. That was before I got this book. After reading the first chapter or so I awaited my next chance to reinstall the game on my father's computer, and as I wait for this Friday, I also wait for another chance to play the game that was brought back to life for me by this book.

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