Arthas: Rise of the Lich King is a Warcraft novel by Christie Golden, who is the author of multiple Star Trek and other Warcraft novels. The novel dealing with the . Arthas: Rise of the Lich King is the title of a Warcraft novel by Christie Golden. Golden finished work on the WORLD OF WARCRAFT. But it was not always so. I really enjoyed this book and so far, I think it's the best Warcraft book I've read. The WoW lore regarding Arthas and his descent into evil is some of my favorite.
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This book is dedicated to all the Warcraft lore lovers out there. The world was blue and white and raging outside, but inside the Great Hall the air was warm. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The book World of Warcraft fans have been clamoring for—the true story behind one of the Warcraft universe's most. Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. Christie Golden. World of Warcraft Novel. When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an.
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.
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. However, while the scenes themselves remain the same, they are experienced from alternate viewpoints. Arthas and Varian play together, though while Varian was trained to fight since childhood, Arthas was shielded from such teachings by his father.
However, with Muradin Bronzebeard coming across Arthas fighting imaginary orcs while Alliance forces battle against the Horde on Draenor , Muradin volunteers to train him. Later, as Arthas starts taking on the responsibilities of a prince, he visits Durnholde Keep , seeing Thrall fight other adversaries in the gladiator arena. The story covers Arthas and Jaina meeting Kel'Thuzad , Arthas calling Uther a traitor and dismissing him and the Knights of the Silver Hand from service for their refusal to aid in the Culling of Stratholme.
In time, Arthas' search for vengeance leads him to Frostmourne , the apparent demise of Mal'Ganis and the moments leading to and after the murder of King Terenas.
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.
Both had more emotion and motivations, than Arthas. Still, adapting game-play to novelizations is no easy thing to do, and I think the author probably did the best she could with the framework she was given. Worth a read, but it left me disappointed. Jun 18, Akila R rated it did not like it Shelves: As a work of meaningful fiction, Golden's writing is mediocre at best. I just skimmed through the second half of the book grabbing just the gist of it.
Her characters lack depth, her descriptions lackluster and vocabulary extremely limited. I read it because I cared about this game I spent a lot of my time playing and I wanted to see what had happened for the expansions I just skipped through. If the story is already out there in the form of a game, I think it should take a little more work to m As a work of meaningful fiction, Golden's writing is mediocre at best. If the story is already out there in the form of a game, I think it should take a little more work to make it a beautiful one instead of keeping it so light and almost trashy.
Even the protagonist, whose name is the title of the book, has such shallow character description that I wonder what kind of target audience Golden was writing for. I am not even prone to writing scathing reviews and here I am so annoyed by the substance, or lack thereof, in this book.
Well, for all the excitement I had for finding this book at my library, I felt deeply disappointed at 3 a. I loved Arthas, this good guy that turned bad in the game I played and after reading this book I don't. Honestly, I am supposed to have understood why he did the things that he did but I don't think Golden succeeded in explaining that at all, therefore defeating the whole purpose of writing the story. I don't even recommend this one to Warcraft players. If you really care about the lore, simply questing in Northrend will give you a better outlook on Arthas than this book will.
Jan 24, Rich Tijerina rated it liked it. Better writing than the quests so it gets 3 stars. Stand alone, it deserved a measly star.
Why a woman shouldn't have written this: Here is how the story really went: The first time Arthas was alone with Varian- the king to be crowned- Arthas told Varian that he was fortunate to have come to rule so early. This was the begin Better writing than the quests so it gets 3 stars. This was the beginning of the hate he brewed against the good health of his father.
King Terenas saw this hate and therefore kept Arthas from training. Arthas sexually assaulted the maid while on his trip to see Thrall. Arthas was ashamed of Jaina, because her lineage wasn't royal that is why he banged her in private. King Terenas approved of her and forced the affair to be legit, because he respected Admiral Proudmore.
Arthas was like F-that, I'm out. Arthas knew that the people of the town would be easier annihilated pre-zombification. You don't just wake up and become Dickhead Arthas, sorry hack writer Golden. May 11, S. Johnson rated it really liked it Shelves: Actually pretty good.
My favorite part is that it's basically just a novelization of much of Warcraft III and The Frozen Throne, even right down to verbatim unit quotes on occasion. Warcraft III is awesome, ergo this book is awesome. It also "interfaces" nicely with other books in the Warcraft universe - it recounts events that have already been detailed in other novels but from a different point of view. Overall it's just good stuff for Warcraft fans. It has been years since I read this story, but I was very glad that I revisited it!
It focuses on Arthas' actions prior to becoming The Lich King, and paints a very clear picture of him as a child and a man both. The writing did an excellent job of capturing the areas and events of the game, as it was easy for me to picture them!
I wish the book had ended differently, as it seemed to be on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I understood the reasoning for doing so. Definitely worth the time in reading i It has been years since I read this story, but I was very glad that I revisited it!
Definitely worth the time in reading it! Jan 09, Zarkseven rated it liked it Shelves: I own all of the Warcraft novels, but have only gotten around to reading one of them Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by Richard A.
I was excited to read that Dick Hill had recorded 3 of the Warcraft books as audiobooks, only to be disappointed when their release was delayed indefinitely. So when I saw that World of Warcraft: Arthas — Rise of the Lich King was coming out, I thought it might be a good opportunity to read one that was highly related to the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion, without being tied to a three book series.
Downloaded it to my Kindle and gave it a whirl. I have read articles by people who played Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne are very faithfully represented in the book, sometimes word for word. After really getting into World of Warcraft, I regretted that I never played either of those games, though real time strategy games are not my forte. Many World of Warcraft References. There were many World of Warcraft related references in the story.
Appearances by Tuskarr and Taunka in Northrend. The ghostly Matthias Lehner anagram of Arthas Menethil. Because it spans so many events, it seems like you are lead from one event to the next with no read character or story development in-between. However, while the scenes themselves remain the same, they are experienced from alternate viewpoints. If you are a World of Warcraft fan, this book fleshes out the lore very well. It will give you a new appreciation of the world of the game.
For non-fans, it is a very accessible fantasy novel, so it might appeal to some who might not otherwise read the genre.
For those who are strictly fantasy story fans and not WoW players, there are plenty of other works that you would probably appreciate much more. Apr 11, Rhys rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the book World of Warcraft: Rise of the Lich King is about a prince named Arthas who is loved by every one in his kingdom.
He was thought to be a paladin and use the light to his advantage. He was one day sent out on a mission to look for these orc who they thought were using demonic energy.
When they got to the sight were the orcs were so posed to be, only to find undead men coming out of houses. They killed them all and went in to the main town where they saw more undead and 5 men In the book World of Warcraft: They killed them all and went in to the main town where they saw more undead and 5 men in black robes looking like they were controlling the undead.
Arthas chased them for months in to an iceland. Arthas had heard tails of this place where a secret sword called frostmorn was so so posed to be. He looked for many days for it and finally found it. He wanted it so he could kill the undead scourge completely. He then started to hear voices in his head of a man telling him to find him to give Arthas even more power then he already had.
So Arthas looked for him when he got to the place where the voice was coming form he saw Illadan and his army of men. Illadan and Arthas had a grueling battle that was won by Arthas. Arthas then went to clam the lich king for him self. Arthas took control of the Armor and turned in to the Lich King. He then raised an undead army to help take over the world.
Text to self In the book I learned more about Arthas and what his life was like but in this game I played I learned how and why he wanted to turn in to the lich king and How he did it.
I also learned that he killed his father and left his sister in charge of the kingdom. Last I learned in the book that he fell in love with a girl who was also in the game named Jania Prowdmorn.
I would give this book 5 stares because I loved this book because it had so much detail and had so much action. I would also recommend this book to people who like the game Warcraft or World of Warcraft because in the game you learn little bit about them but this book says more about it.
Oct 21, Monika rated it it was amazing Shelves: So far this is the best World of Warcraft book I have ever read. Jun 03, Saugat rated it really liked it. I knew the lores of the warcraft before but, even then it was such a good book to read. It created a picture of Arthas that I never imagined before.
It showed the human side of him. The story I think follows the trend of Anakin Skywalker from the star wars; a great warrior turns evil for the power it promises. In both stories they begin as Champions of light but, their need to protect the things they hold dear makes them turn to darkness. It felt like the stories were too similar like the Battle of Stratholme after which Arthas killed Uther was like when Anakin fought Obi Wan. The final product of both stories, the Lich King and Darth Vader were also very similar.
This really made me question the originality of the story. Reading the lore really ties the story together and lots of the quests in the Icecrown Citadel and Northrend makes more sense because of it. You also understand some the instances like Culling of Strathlome, Ahn'kahet: Understanding the stories behind them really makes them funner. Plus there are many little stories that are helpful to know like the story behind the mount Invincible that you can only get in 25 man ICC heroics.
Or maybe it gives you more fuel and anger to crit 10k on the Lich King as you think about all the horrible things he did. Jul 19, John rated it liked it Recommends it for: WoW Players. Arthas, the central, defining bad guy in the World of Warcraft on line roleplaying game, and the good guy gone bad from Warcraft III is one of the strongest characters ever introduced in a computer game.
He sets out to save his family, protect his lover, and serve his people as their prince. He ends up destroying everything he touches or is touched by.
This novel of his life is about as good as you could get and stick to the very convoluted script already set down in the game, and memorized by th Arthas, the central, defining bad guy in the World of Warcraft on line roleplaying game, and the good guy gone bad from Warcraft III is one of the strongest characters ever introduced in a computer game. This novel of his life is about as good as you could get and stick to the very convoluted script already set down in the game, and memorized by the gamers.
As a straight fantasy novel, there are too many characters, too many details that divert from the story, and little to no tension. However, the central story is a great one, and Christie Golden does a great job of putting the reader in Arthas's head. Arthas is the main point of view character, but there are some scenes in other PoVs, such is Jaina Proudmore's.
If you have played either of the games, it's great to live though the life of one of video games best loved and loathed anti-hero. If you play WoW, read this book. It's a quick read, and loads of fun.
But your kid probably knows that minutia already. If you just want a good fantasy novel, there are many better ones.