World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

by Christie Golden

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It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword's shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade -- it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy. He'd thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal'Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.

The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. "Turn away, before it is too late," it intoned.

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His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice -- his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft.

But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.

When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439159385
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 273,346
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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:

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World of Warcraft 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
Ryanxia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest accounts of Warcraft Lore ever made. 5 stars easy.
buick9911 More than 1 year ago
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!
Mondayn More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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'll be completely lost. If you play WoW and love the love story of Jaina and Arthas..get it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lostinhickville More than 1 year ago
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.
Lady_Sylvanas More than 1 year ago
I have been playing since warcraft 2 and love the series, so I have read most of the warcraft books as well as the starcraft book and Golden writes epic stories for both. I have to say that reading the book made me like Arthas a little more. It shows another side to him that players have not experienced in-game. Before I read this I liked him least of all the lore villains. I always found him to be a jerk but Golden has changed my opinion. However that doesn't mean I will not enjoy killing him as a raid boss in a future patch.
reensters More than 1 year ago
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.
cakeman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a prince who turned into a deat king.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont read much but this book was well worth the time. It is extremely well written and very interesting, i learned a lot about the game's lore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good if youre into the WotLK lore. I was certainly pleased
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
- i really love my brothers -people dont get that my brothers will be happy if a friend is over - i get scared of momma ALOT - im to sscared of her to stand up for my brothers - If i do stand up for them im afraid that ill get hurt
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Trust not this seller i ordered it never recived That proves this guy is a bi#ch
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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 More than 1 year ago
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.