Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4)
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.
Even so, disturb...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 ...more
"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.
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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 ...more
So, I would say book and game don't have much in common.
Brace yourselves as SPOILERS start below.
It's almost like it was not written by the same author. Far from picking up where it left off, it seems that the author forgot where people were in the last book. Where they were, how many, how strong, etc. Orgrim Doomhammer was caught in the last book by alliance forces after he kills Lothar in direct combat. Well, the author forgets that ever happ ...more
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 ...more
...se 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ Kargath, Killrog, Grom, Deathwing, Nerzhul, Khadgar and many more (hide spoiler)]. Other than the battles and strategic meetings, there is romantism, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.