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Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4)

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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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Markus
“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
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Leeanna
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
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Jay Schmitt
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
Theresa
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
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Ann
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
Kellie
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!
Kim
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.
Kyogou
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
Ru Viljoen
Enjoyed reading this, but continually note the poor quality of the storytelling.
Toeni
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
Vicki
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
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Meagan
Meh.

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.
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
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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...
...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
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Sarah
I was worried I would have trouble with this book like I did with the last Warcraft book I read - but I didn't. This one had the added love story to the fight scenes and the story seemed more personal. Honestly had this element not been added this book would have been a bit of a drag. It really picked up just past the halfway point for me.
Uthayakumar Krishnan
I can't bring myself to hate the hordes... the important of all the life beings equally made into wonderful words followed sentences and a story...
Glenn Rodriguez Mariscal
I was expecting more, but is a good approach as how the Dark Portal was created.
theBookDevourer
My favourite so far ... Alliance FTW!
Barbara Huskey
Another excellent book in this series. I truly enjoy this,series. I like the game, but any fantasy fan would enjoy these books,in my opinion. They are very well written.
Robert Kloosterhuis
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Tatiana
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
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Leia
Loved the book
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
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Rachel
Sep 03, 2010 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Richard
Not my favorite, this one was very similar to Tide of Darkness unit they pass through the portal. The last third and especially the end were very good.
TL Jeffcoat
This wasn't one of my favorite stories, as I was hoping Blizzard would allow or encourage the writer to explore areas of the Draenor that were lost in the cataclysmic ending that set the stage for the Burning Crusade expansion of the MMO. Instead it was almost like a tour of the known locations found in the game, and I grew bored pretty early on. The colorful characters was a plus and I did enjoy some of the interactions between them.
Mohan Karthik
Another moderate book in the WoW collection
Aik Koh
This book was written with accounts of the game, Warcraf II. The expansion of that game. It depicts the Alliance entering the Dark Portal and into the lands of the Orcs to wipe them out of this world to nip the threat in the bud. But upon arriving, they found out that the Orcs are having other motives instead of just conquering the lands of Azeroth.
Cherie Barton
An enjoyable read for all Warcraft fans, whether you have background knowledge of lore or not. Filled in some gaps for me, that I couldn't quite grasp in-game - not certain how accurate the included lore is according to Blizzard Entertainment though :P
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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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