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Edge of Destiny (Guild Wars #2)

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Destiny Called - They Answered

In the dark recesses of Tyria, elder dragons have awoken from millennial slumbers. First came Primordus, which stirred in the Depths forcing the asura to flee to the surface. Half a century later, Jormag awoke and drove the norn from the frozen climes of the Northern Shiverpeaks, corrupting sons and brothers along the way. A generation later,
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Star
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Apr 22, 2012 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, game-novel
It wasn't too easy rating this book. Ultimately, I have to compare it to Ghosts of Ascalon. While both books are standalones and written by different authors, they tell stories in between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2.

For the first 50 or so pages I believed I'd enjoy Edge of Destiny over Ghosts of Ascalon. I liked the characters better, I also admittedly liked the premise of the book better. However, Edge of Destiny quickly tumbles from intriguing story lines and loveable characters to lackluster
May 17, 2012 Garrett rated it did not like it
I've played Guild Wars for over 6 years now, I've completed most of the game and expansions, I believe I have a decent grasp of the universe and the goings on of it. I know about the events that changed Tyria, the continent on which the Guild Wars games are based, into what it is. J. Robert King takes what I know and ignores most of it. From time jumps of indeterminable amounts, "80s montage" moments, hollow and single-minded characters, a lack of depth in respect to the universe, a repetition ...more
Eric Mereen
Mar 04, 2014 Eric Mereen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book of the Guild Wars series. This is a separate, but continuing story of the bridge between the 250 year gap of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. Below is my review.

The story was separate from the first book. This story was interesting with the views of multiple characters there was no "main" character to follow like there was in the last book. Overall the story was good, but some parts felt out of place.

I felt the story was rushed at some parts, and not at others. The battles seem
Edge of Destiny is the second book in the Guild Wars series, bridging the gap between the online-role-playing-game, Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. It features a character from each playable race in the game in the main cast, and we are brought right into a world of conflict and tension between these races as they battle a greater evil; dragon. The characters are interesting, the settings are beautiful, and the battles are both fun to read and action-packed.

Sadly, Edge of Destiny is a terribly bo
Mar 04, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, this book is less serious and less real compared to Ghosts of Ascalon. On the other hand, this book is more fun and definitely adds to the anticipation for the release of Guild Wars 2.

If you're a GW player, you'll find loads to love in this book. Lots of hints of what's to come. The whole thing reads like a GW play session, going out with regular guildies and taken on quests and missions.

If you're not, I suspect you'll find lots in this
May 07, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Edge of Destiny details the formation and falling out of the guild Destiny’s Edge. The members of Destiny’s Edge are to be reunited in Guild Wars 2 to fight the elder dragons, so for anyone planning on playing Guild Wars 2, who wants to be caught up on the storyline, it’s a good book to read.

But aside from filling the reader in on events in Tyria between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2, this isn't a worthwhile read.

The descriptions of places, people, and actions were adequate, but the dialogue and c
Derrick Lim
Sep 27, 2013 Derrick Lim rated it liked it
The book gives a good background to the story behind the heroes in GW2. We learn about the each of the character's past, especially when Logan choose to answer his Queen's summon instead of the staying with the plan to slay Kralkatorrik.

The opening was well paced, and the author writes dialogues in a witty way that was very enjoyable to read. However, after between defeating the first champion and the encounter the Kralkatorrik, the fights with the other champions feel like filler. There was nev
Paul Williams
Feb 02, 2014 Paul Williams rated it it was ok
This book starts off on a slow manner, sifting through different stories of the characters who will ultimately be brought together as a group. However this ends up being two groups then then merge into one group to head off to fight Dragonspawn (more Dragonspawn and oh more Dragonspawn) and ultimately a Dragon.

My thoughts.... whilst the expectation of the first novel was set, this was a disappointment. Too much repetition on what was done, the fights too easily won in the context of the storytel
Brian Jung
Aug 08, 2015 Brian Jung rated it really liked it
Nov 11, 2016 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a novel based off a computer game. There's not much in the way of depth there; I believe this is mostly due to the fact that these characters and this world are not the author's creation, but rather tools that he is borrowing. He doesn't know them through and through the way another might.

The writing itself is pretty plain. There's some tiring word repetition and word choice that doesn't quite fit (since when do swords *moan*?) but it's a light read that was mostly enjoyable. For me, there
Camilla Hansen
Mar 04, 2014 Camilla Hansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guild Wars 2 fans mainly.
Shelves: fantasy, game
Having played Guild Wars 2 since around the beta, I believe I fully enjoyed this one since I had some lore background knowledge with me from the game and thereby also relations to the individual characters in Destiny's Edge.
It puzzled me at first why there were so many 1-star reviews of this one, but I might understand it a bit better this time around.

My review is based on the knowledge that the novel was released before the game itself, therefore also somewhat functioning as a teaser for the ga
Jul 05, 2013 Trent rated it did not like it
This book… How can something start out so well only to go south so hard.

Roughly the first half of Edge of Destiny is sheer brilliance. The characters are lively, funny, and unique. We get to meet and understand each member of the guild with all their quirks and idiosyncrasies, and I absolutely fell in love with them.

The brotherly relationship between Rytlock and Logan was so endearing, as was the almost paternal relationship between Snaff and Zojja. They were all positively driven individuals, a
Bart Van
Nov 08, 2016 Bart Van rated it liked it
This book is the first I read in the series and I like it a lot. Very interesting to read the history of happenings in the game in a more detailled version. The downside of the book is the (in my opinion) hasted way of progress. Everything happens in 400 pages or so. The fact that I played the fame made me live the characters sooner, because I knew who they are. I don't think people that haven't played the game would like it as much as (ex)players.
Mrs Giggles
Nov 10, 2013 Mrs Giggles rated it it was ok
Edge Of Destiny is set in the world of the MMORPG Guild Wars 2, and it can stand alone. However, unlike most fantasy franchise novels, this one is surprisingly light on exposition, probably too light as I doubt folks unfamiliar with the world of Tyria will get the full picture of what is happening here. The relationship between Caithe and Faolain, for example, may leave many scratching their heads, especially given that there is hardly any explanation about the Nightmare Court.

Anyway, this story
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Whenever I have an underwhelmed opinion of something, I like to take some time to mull it over to ensure I haven’t been too hasty in my judgment. After considering it fully, however, my thoughts on Edge of Destiny remain the same, especially when I compare it to other books in the gaming tie-in genre or to Ghosts of Ascalon, the Guild Wars book that came before it. I would gladly recommend the latter, even to people who are just readers of fantasy fiction in general, but I don’t think I can say ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Demelza rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-read-pile
I went into this book as someone who loves the games that this book draws from. Having had Guild Wars in my life for around 8 or so years I've always been a big lover of the lore and with the recent expansion for HoT I wanted to delve into the old lore that had been released around GW2.
I feel this lore is better detailed and written by the writers in the game or for fans to speculate than this book I'm afraid. I felt that I was really going to enjoy this book like many reviewers for me it was g
John Christensen
Feb 15, 2013 John Christensen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
If you've been playing Guild Wars 2, as I have, then you know about Destiny's Edge. They're a major component of the game's storyline, a group of heroes who joined together to fight the agents of the Elder Dragons of the world. Elder Dragons in the Guild War universe are basically sentient, elemental forces that want to destroy everything. This group fought back against them, until something happened and they entirely broke apart. If you're like me, you're curious about what the full back-story ...more
Shannen Camp
Sep 19, 2016 Shannen Camp rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I don't read a ton in the fantasy genre, and I was worried it would be a bit of a trudge to get through. I was mainly reading it because I already love the characters from the game and thought it would be nice to get some background on them. And while the very beginning took me a bit to get into, I ended up loving it. It was a lot funnier than I thought it would be, which probably helped me get into it, since I rarely read books that don't have some sort of humor. I'm guessing ...more
Malice De'Ath
Nov 06, 2013 Malice De'Ath rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
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Mar 11, 2016 CJ rated it did not like it
Normally, two stars is the lowest rating I give to a book I actually finish, since if it's worse, I won't finish it. At 60 books a year and maybe 35 years left, I have just over two thousand books left in my life, and I don't want to waste time. However, I'll give nearly any book a second chance, and that's what I did with this. I'm a big fan of the game Guild Wars 2, and I really liked the idea of getting to know some of the heroic NPCs of the game. Well... I could have gotten all that I needed ...more
Teodoro Preciado
Jun 05, 2015 Teodoro Preciado rated it really liked it
The book was not a simple task to read. The book was not only a bit confusing, it was made by an entirely different author than the last book. With a bit of research, I found out that this book is roughly 250 years after the first book. As a fair warning, the book has a different writing style than the last book, so read it as you would a brand new book. The story is the same, but the way it is written is completely different. It is still a good book, but it is beyond confusing at times. I ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Glenn rated it did not like it
I've played and enjoyed Guild Wars and picked this up prior to Guild Wars 2's release in order to explore how the setting had changed between games. While I found Ghosts of Ascalon(the first Guild Wars novel) to be alright, Edge of Destiny was a chore to get through.

Whenever I read a book based on a videogame, I go in with lowered expectations... I see them as marketing tools. Edge of Destiny was obviously written as such, and felt more videogame-y than most(ie: one character uses her profession
Samuel Toms
Apr 18, 2013 Samuel Toms rated it did not like it
In between a lot of other things I still find time to push the pixels about and I was always a fan of the original Guild Wars video game.

Arenasoft launched Guild Wars 2 in the latter half of 2012 and I understand that Guild Wars: Edge of Destiny was released just prior as an introduction to the new game.

It certainly covers the bases as far as detailing elements of what has happened in the fictional lands of Tyria from where players left off in the first game and leads conveniently into the start
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Mar 25, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-buy-printed
Review by Johnny

Ok, i will be honest. I had really low expectations from this book, since it is based on a game. To be honest I am rather defensive when it comes from movies that are based on games, and even more at books that are based on movies (Imagine when warcraft comes out, a movie based on a game and book...Yikes) I was surprised. The book was actually very good! The writing was nice and fluid, with enough detail to have a perfect idea of what is going on without being confusing. The acti
Murakami Akemi
Mar 28, 2016 Murakami Akemi rated it it was amazing
I told myself I was going to save my Guild Wars novels for my lunch breaks at work so I'd have something to do... and then I came home and read the latter third of Edge of Destiny because I was so absorbed in the story.

Everyone who's played Guild Wars 2 knows about Destiny's Edge and its members. I mean, the story throws them at you quite a lot and if you even vaguely pay attention you'll get the very basic gist of this novel. But Edge of Destiny really brings the characters to life and helps yo
Jan 26, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
First off I only bought this book because the cover reminded me of an old Dragonlance novel, it seems you can judge a book by a cover because I really enjoyed this one. Apart from a description of a fight scene early in the book where I just could not get my head around the body dynamics involved I found this a really beautifully written book. Some of the passages I actually read two or three times just to hear the words repeated in my head. I'm not a Guildwars player and maybe that explains why ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok
With a somewhat good beginning, I was expecting more of a story from this book. As a fan of the original Guild Wars, I came in a little bit biased toward liking the story. However, about halfway though, the story begins to fall flat. At the very end, I began to actively dislike one of the characters because of his sychophantic love for the Queen of the humans. Perhaps it is my distrust of authority, especially authority that is not legitimated as necessary, but I really felt that this person's ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Edge of Destiny tells a battle-filled tale of the rise and fall of a group of young adventurers.

The book opens by introducing us to the characters and assembling them together. While the introduction and assembly takes a considerable portion of the book -- I'd say approximately half of the book -- it seems to have done so with good reason, as there are multiple things we wouldn't really be able to understand if the introduction hadn't covered them. From there on, it's a full-throttle action romp
Oct 16, 2012 Kimm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

This is a fantastic novel, even if you are not currently a fan of the MMO Guild Wars and it's soon to be released sequel Guild Wars 2. As a long time fan of fantasy novels, this book appealed to me on many levels. It was reminiscent of my favorites, without being a carbon copy. And the fact that the characters are engaging and well developed and I invested Ito each ones story. The action was amazing, and didn't read like "video game" action.

I am longing to know what comes next! I will be assure
Jul 08, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
When I read this book I had a preorder waiting and beta weekends hadn't even started. So as a prequel for the game itself it was a good way to get excited and learn more about the 200 year gap between games. The story introduces us to the characters who will eventually become your mentors whatever race you choose. Despite the game being usually around a Mature rating this reads more like early teen fiction with rather simplistic story arcs and repetitive action (that felt more like a setup for ...more
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