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Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,772 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews

The aging orc shaman Ner'zhul has seized control of the Horde and reopened the Dark Portal. His brutal warriors once again encroach upon Azeroth, laying siege to the newly constructed stronghold of Nethergarde Keep. There, the archmage Khadgar and the Alliance commander, Turalyon, lead humanity and its elven and dwarven allies in fighting this new invasion.

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ebook, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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Mar 09, 2015 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, warcraft
“Long have I dreamed of death. I have seen him, spoken with him. I have seen the death of my people, the death of all I have loved. And this—this image I wear to honor that. I did not wish to come forth, but I now believe that I owe it to my people to lead them once more.”

The invasion of Azeroth has ended in disastrous failure for the Horde. The evil leaders Blackhand and Gul’dan lie dead on foreign soil, and even the great Orgrim Doomhammer has been defeated by the forces of the Alliance. The l
Nov 27, 2009 Leeanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal, by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden

"Beyond the Dark Portal" is a novelization of the video game Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. Because it is a novelization, the authors are somewhat limited in what they can do, but all said, it's a decent novel for Warcraft fans. I found it particularly useful for background on the previous Warcraft games, because while I haven't played them I have been an avid World of Warcraft player for a few years.

While mo
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4), Aaron Rosenberg
Jay Schmitt
Sep 08, 2008 Jay Schmitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are one of the 12 million people playing The World of Warcraft MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game) you will appreciate how this book incorporates the game lore into the current game play in The Burning Crusade. Lots of reference to familiar quests and characters while being a very easy and enjoyable read. Finished just in time for Wrath of the Lich King. Just a quick word about the game from a non game player, if you really enjoy immersing yourself into a great fantasy e ...more
Peji Da
Dec 30, 2015 Peji Da rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book
"You have been betrayed repeatedly, each time by another orc claiming leadership, and still you continue down that same path," Rcxxar said softly, though his eyes burned with rage. "You have no reason left to fight! Before, we fought to protect our people by claiming this world for them. But they are gone! We no longer need this world! With the handful left, you could find a place the humans have never gone and claim it without shedding a single drop of blood!"
"Where would be the glory in that?
Jul 03, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm honestly loving the World of Warcraft books! Nonstop action, great characters, and heart stopping suspense! For someone like me, who cannot play the games due to a visual impairment, I'm really enjoying these novels! If you are someone like myself, who could not play these games, however still enjoy fantasy, definitely pick up these books! Everything in this series so far, has been self explanatory, and extremely understandable when it comes to the different world and the characters I'm able ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
If ever I think I could make it through a war story, this book proved to me I cannot. A lot of these World Of Warcraft books are showing me that. Too much for my sensitive heart.

This book gave me more Turalyon and Alleria. In full bloom love too. Well they had to fight to get there, but what's a little angst in the midst of war? I have become very attached to the alliance through these books and I truly didn't think that was possible. I miss stories of orcs being good people and not just blood l
I love WoW lore and this book, along with the other books regarding Draenor, really helped me understand how the orcs came to Azeroth. Their history with the Draenei was sad...such senseless slaughter, all at the hands of a greedy Sargeras and his minions. But that's for another day. I high enjoyed all of the Dark Portal books in which Khadgar plays a prominent role. Two thumbs up!
Dec 12, 2016 Andre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, games
You can tell, that this here was written many, many years after the game since you have tons of species and elements in it that have been invented only after World of Warcraft was launched, like Arakoa, Draenei etc.
So, I would say book and game don't have much in common.
Ru Viljoen
Enjoyed reading this, but continually note the poor quality of the storytelling.
May 09, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just to clarify all my World of Warcraft and Warcraft book reviews. If you played the games, the stars are correct. If you didn't, subtract 2 stars from all of my reviews.
Sep 11, 2016 Adrian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Don't bother. It's not just as bad as the previous one, this one somehow manages to be worse!

Brace yourselves as SPOILERS start below.

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Mar 08, 2017 Krysztina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warcraft, fantasy
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Was ok. Not bad, not great...
Camilo Rodríguez Gaviria
The story told is well knitted. Although playing the game might have helped to make it better, or at least easier to imagine, the overall concept is great. It explains so much, yet it leaves the story in suspense.
Jul 11, 2011 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2011, tie-in
Beyond the Dark Portal is a novelization/tie in novel from the World of Warcraft series. It chronicles the Alliance Expedition through the Dark Portal into the world of Draenor to combat the Orc threat. And also the Orc's push into Azeroth to find a new home for themselves, as Draenor is a dying world.

Even though I was aware of much of the plot from playing the game, I was still interested in the history as it was revealed. It was done well enough that a non-player would not have difficulty unde
Davide Cipressi
Il libro si va a collocare tra la fine del secondo videogioco e l'inizio del terzo andando a spiegare come è stato chiuso definitivamente il Portale Oscuro tra spargimenti di sangue, incantesimi improbabili e storie d'amore. Tutto in regola quindi per l'ennesimo capitolo di Warcraft... non fosse per lo stile di scrittura che è stato adottato dai due scrittori. Sembra di leggere un tema scritto da un liceale: un linguaggio troppo moderno per un libro che racconta di gesta epiche. Poi anche
Mario García
Dec 15, 2016 Mario García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those interested in Warcraft lore, a must read.

I recently got back into WoW and one of my favorite things about the game is the lore behind it. It is a world with a rich history and fascinating characters.

This is the second Warcraft novel I've read, the first being The Rise of he Horde. I think this book is much better. There is plenty of action, epic battles and events of momentous scale. Both heroes and villains are well portrayed and you get to understand their motivations. For example
Jeremy Preacher
I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. Serviceable (far better than some of the others) but slow to get moving, lacks any sort of satisfying resolution, and just perfunctory in general.

Part of the problem, I think, is that these books are all essentially childrens' histories. There's a fixed timeline, cast of characters, and sequence of events that have to be hit on the nose, the setting already exists, and there's just not that much room to add real tension. The best of the lot so far ha
Dec 28, 2015 Michalis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not experienced in rating and reviewing books, but i think this book is well written. The battles are well described and makes you imagine them. The general plot is really good.

The first few chapters was kinda ok but then as the story progresses the book becomes more and more interesting. Many heroes from that age appears like (view spoiler). Other than the battles and strategic meetings, there is romantism,
Valentina Morgana la fata
Devo ammetterlo, a parte qualche piccolissimo particolare, le parti narrate dal punto di vista dell'alleanza le ho trovate noiose e poco interessanti.
Penso che se questo libro fosse stato scritto tutto dal punto di vista dell'Orda mi sarebbe piaciuto molto, molto di più.
Mi è mancato tantissimo Durotan, che speravo di ritrovare in questo libro, ma alla fine mi sono piaciuti altri personaggi dell'orda, come Grom Hellscream.
Stranamente mi sono trovata ad apprezzare tanto l'arrokka, Grizzk, un esser
Oct 21, 2014 Kyogou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderfully written book on the lore of (World of) Warcraft, this time done by Aaron Rosenberg. This book more focuses on what happens after the Dark Portal has been completed and the demon-blooded orcs storm Azeroth. A continuation of Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden, the point of view of the Alliance is brought in as they struggle to cope with combating the onslaught of the Horde. At the same time, the orcs are struggling to retain their sense of self as a race while realizing thei ...more
Oct 01, 2014 J rated it liked it
Recommends it for: World of Warcraft Fans
Beyond the Dark Portal is a standard tie-in entry into World of Warcraft. It follows an Alliance Army sent to the damaged world of Draenor in pursuit of the enemy Horde who have stolen objects of power.

I found the story engaging. The characters and locations hearkened back to those I'd seen in the game. But while I really wanted to see the story, it did no more than someone over a campfire would. Relaying the actions and dialogue with very little description or detail. Not something I would reco
Jeremiah Johnson
Parts of this book were really awful, but once again the overall story is fun. The plot is the only thing saving this from a 1 or 2 star review.
The point of view changes so often I had to keep rereading paragraphs to figure out what person "he" referred to.
When Turylon has his epiphany on why they must go through the portal, it completely contradicts why he was able to fight the orcs at the end of Tides of Darkness.
I thought the romance in the previous book was pointless, it was even more so in
Jan 06, 2015 Toeni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of my favorites in the World of Warcraft series. This book continues with characters that were introduced in the previous book, "Tides of Darkness". A romance between Turalyon and Alleria that was merely hinted at before is devolped further. Also,Kadghar expresses his inner feelings about the transformation that had occurred. As I read, I found myself cheering for the Alliance as they stuggled to stop the Horde from spreading to new worlds. However, I also felt sympathy for th ...more
It was a well balanced book, considering Christie's contribution on the Horde lore. Previous novel was a bit bland and made the orcs look like mindless savages, without a reason or background for their current behaviour.
I can't say I was impressed by this book, it was descriptive enough but somehow mundane in terms of writing style. Then again, I've only read it for the lore, so I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, considering the story was already laid out in-game and there wasn't much freedom in
Robert Kloosterhuis
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Beyond the Dark Portal is a novelization of the Warcraft 2 video game. So as such it should certainly be terrible. But Warcraft's world is one that just simply works in literary form and that stacked on top of Christie Golden's co-authorship of this book makes it even better since Warcraft isn't known for its quality of writing. That said, Christie Golden and Aaron Rosenberg do a fine job at re-telling the story and do it in a damn enjoyable manner.

May 18, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers, those who play or have played any Warcraft game
Recommended to Rachel by: WoW
Shelves: warcraft
Beyond the Dark Portal is paced slower than Tides of Darkness. The truly epic battles don't begin until later in the book when the Alliance travels through the Dark Portal and is forced to split in search of the Watcher, the Staff, the Tome and the skull of Gul'dan. If you enjoyed the Burning Crusade Expansion for World of Warcraft, this book is for you. Great descriptions of Draenor, Auchindoun, and Black Temple. First Alliance run-ins with draenei, arakkoa, and Deathwing.
Mar 07, 2015 Meagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

First off, as many others have stated, Aaron Rosenberg is just a terrible bore to read. Over-explanatory and just drawn out. The "love story" between Turalon and Alleria will make you want to vomit with its mushy BS, but it's still a better love story than Twilight. I usually knock a book out in 3-5 hours and am excited for the next book in line. This took me 1.5 years...It was excruciating.
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Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, bestselling novelist, children’s book author, and game designer. He's written original fiction (including the NOOK-bestselling humorous science fiction novel No Small Bills, the Dread Remora space-opera series, and the O.C.L.T. supernatural thriller series), tie-in novels (including the PsiPhi winner Collective Hindsight for Star Trek: SCE, the Daemon Gates tri ...more
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