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.
While mo ...more
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
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
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.
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
...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 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
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