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War of the Ancients Archive

(War of the Ancients Trilogy #1-3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,257 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Months have passed since the cataclysmic Battle of Mount Hyjal, which put an end to the Burning Legion's invasion. Most Legion forces on Azeroth have been slain or driven into hiding. Yet now a mysterious energy rift in the mountains of Kalimdor propels three heroes to the distant past: the dragon mage Krasus, the human wizard Rhonin, and the weathered orc veteran Broxigar ...more
Paperback, 718 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by Pocket Books
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, warcraft
Not long after the climactic battle for Mount Hyjal and the end of the Third War, three battle-hardened heroes are caught up in a spell and transported to a place beyond all recognition. After exploring this mysterious new world, Rhonin, Krasus and Broxigar realise that they have come into the distant past, back to the time when the Burning Legion launched its first grand invasion of Azeroth.

This trilogy had a huge amount of potential. Describing the events from the War of the Ancien
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
This book needs more than 5 stars. It is up there with Harry Potter. It goes beyond stars and reviews for me.

My brother plays WOW and the art style and the characters intrigue me. The lore and story lines would suck me in as I watched, so for Christmas, he bought me books about WOW. The fact that this books is about night elves only added to my enjoyment because they are my favorite race in the game.

I could never truly decide who my favorite character was, but perhaps it
Philip Dunbar
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a simply amazing novel! It goes out of it's way to paint a vivid picture of Azeroth, explaining concepts even to those unfamiliar with the Warcraft universe. It never feels tedius or slowing down, keeping you on the edge of your seet with the balance of power between the Night Elves and the Burning Leigon.

The bigger threat of potentially changing time is always there, with the characters trapped in the past not being neccesarily more powerful than other people. The action is
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft
As a fan of not only the Warcraft novels but also Richard A. Knaak some may think my opinion biased. However these three books have both their ups and downs. The first book was amazing I loved the storyline and it really set the stage well for the books that would follow. Being a fan of Horde I very much enjoyed reading about Broxigar (Brox). The second book was as many middle books in trilogies in my opinion. I dislike most trilogies because the second book is normally nowhere near as good as t ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm a World of Warcraft lore enthusiest, and I particularly enjoy the storyline behind the Night Elves and Dragon Aspects - so needless to say, this book was much anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the book - from the orcs sent back into ancient Kalimdor, to the kingdom of the Night Elves, to the far reaches where the Dragons resided. It was a blast getting to see the story unfold with names and faces you recognized from the games (ie. WC3, WoW) and view them in a means you wouldn' ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I personally liked the whole Warcraft Archives, but the beginning was a bit slow. I would like to have seen a map because I was confused about whether or not the world has changed yet by the cataclysm, where is the sunwell (the one place I know where it is in Isle of Quel'Danas)? It sounds like it is in Azshara. I believe that this came before World of Warcraft and befor Warcraft 2. I have played World of Warcraft on the computer and have seen or killed some of the characters that are in the bo ...more
Jul 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to Warcraft Books,I have to complimment Blizzard Entertainment (Video Game company, makers of Warcraft I, II, III, and World of Warcraft) they know who to have certain sagas written by.

I liked this book not only because I played the games and read the history, but I enjoyed the characters reactions to the turmoil and danger that plagued their homeland and loved ones. It was well written.

Another reason is that I enjoy the heroes of the book because they had intriguing stories behi
Chris Tucker
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book that not only explains Illidian's fall, but also sets up the events for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. Knaak is not your typical fantasy writer that seems too absorbed in the scene to flesh out the characters and I enjoy that. Although playing or having played World of Warcraft is helpful the setting of the story is far back enough that you do not have to be a fan to understand all that is going on. This story is really set at the beginning.

Overall a fun book
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh i really like this cover expectually Tyrande Whisperwind (the girl). this novel is a collect of 3 novels. it tells the past of Tyrande Whisperwind and her 2 friends which are brother and a dragon and human (Ronin). i like how we get to see the young Tyrande Whisperwind a young and love sick girl become the powerful figure she is now in the alliance and the leader of the night elves and moon mistress.
TL Jeffcoat
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was by far the best of all the books written for the Warcraft series. I absolutely loved it. The history of and origins of some of the biggest movers and shakers of the world setting was fun and exciting. Not to mention two of the biggest and most powerful villains of the warcraft universe on the same stage. Deathwing and Archimonde. Azeroth never stood a chance. If you read any of the Warcraft books, these are the ones to read. Period.
Kelsey Low
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these books. I enjoy reading about the Warcraft lore a lot, and it's not something that is easy to get while playing the World of Warcraft MMO, since like most MMOs of the day you just click on quests and never really know why you're killing this or collecting that. It's always good to know the stories of the major NPCs of the game.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I am a huge fan of World of Warcraft so when I saw this book I snatched it up! And boy am I glad I did! Knaak recreates the world of Azeroth in stunning detail. I loved reading about the events that transpired in the past. If you are a fan of Warcraft in any shape or form, you have got to read this!
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft
The best Knaak has to offer the Warcraft series. These books not only clarify the history of Warcraft but they also help personify the individuals inherent. Worth reading if you know someone that has a copy.
Kevin Teynor
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Very good read, especially if you like the lore/history behind the warcraft universe.
Marc Henderson
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow
Great read for wow fans who want to really loose themselves in a good book
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Almost done! This book is amazing, Knaak is awesome!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really nice book. At first I thought it will be a waste of time so I could just grasp the lore out of the internet. But in the end I feel more attached to the heroes (mostly Malfurion and Illidan) and, surprisingly, I want to know more about the Aspects and the Old Gods!
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Poorly written, but a fun pulp style read.
Georgia May
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant re-telling of much of the lore an avid player would already know. Amazing read. Beautiful descriptions.
Tobias Lindholm
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
While it was nice to actually see and be a part of the events that we had heard so much about in the Warcraft games, it was probably one of the most slow-moving stories I have ever read, which was a big problem for the plot. Very few of the characters were interesting enough to warrant a back-and-forth plot like this. And of course there is the time traveling, which was just plain unnecessary and only added a few extra boring characters to a story that doesn't really thrive on character interact ...more
Andries van Wyk
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: warcraft
After the Original Trilogy this was a great let down. Just not gripping at all.
Give it a skip in my opinion.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lets face it if you've played the games or have shown interest in any other Warcraft based lore you will probably enjoy this book. At first I was skeptical noticing it takes time travel into play. After remembering the 5 aspects and their back stories I soon let that pass.

The War of the Ancients Archive is a book for its value. It takes the first 3 books from the War of the ancients and condenses them into 1 title neatly divided. The main focus of the story are 3 characters Krasus, R
Annette Jordan
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy
A 3 book omnibus.
Book 1 :The well of Eternity
The source of the night elves power is being misused and in the process an orc,a magician and a dragonmage are thrown back in time. They must unite with Tyrande, a night elf priestess and Malfurion a night elf with druidic powers to prevent the Burning Legion coming through the well to ravage their world. Meanwhile among the Dragons, trouble is also brewing as one of their number seeks more power and plans to destroy what he considers to b
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Personally I have neverbeen much for fiction baed on source material such as a television show or videogame however I did find Richard Knaak's interpretation of the world, it's characters and the events in the book to be quite enjoyable. Richard uses an unobtrusive elegance in his choice of vocabulary and does not treat the reader as a prepubescent moron. The vocabulary will at times challenge you however never overwhelm you and his descriptions of terrain and surroundings do bring you into the ...more
Helga Rivera
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
War of the Ancients Archive has to be up there as one of my favorite fantasy books. I have to admit that when I began to read this book I was not expecting to be taken along in such fantastic and heart-wrenching tale, full of pain, hope, betrayal and strength. This book was not lightly written although you would think otherwise because of the genre. The characters are so well written that you get absorbed into their problems and thoughts. They actually begin to matter to you and it's a big reaso ...more
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
I am reading World of Warcraft: War of the Ancients by Richard Knaak. In this book War of the Ancients it is about the Pre-war times of azeroth and it tells you how illidan is power hungry and he try's to be like his brother. He try's to get into the Emerald Dream but his brother did it with the seal of Cenarius. Only one mistake is that if Illidans' brother Magtherion stays asleep to long the "monsters" of the emerald dream can kill him because he makes a type of portal. Through his mind the hu ...more
Kyle Prichard-Krause
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I'd like to mention is, that this book is only for those interested in the Warcraft universe, and it probably won't bring in much interest without prior knowledge of the setting and the story universe, because the characters are from Warcraft completely. The book is a trilogy combined into one, which accounts for the 718 pages. The book is quite interesting, following characters not crafted by Richard A. Knaak himself, but he did add a lot of depth to the characters he worked wit ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: warcraft, fantasy
In comparison to the other Warcraft books, this archive is mediocre at best. The plot centers around protagonists brought back in time, seemingly for the sole reason that they were present in other Warcraft novels. It seems like this was only done so that Knaak wouldn't have to develop his own characters, instead copping out and bringing in characters already introduced. The events of the three novels were already outlined well enough in the 'traditional' Warcraft lore, and the introduction of t ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Warcraft video game fans

I do not normally read fantasy fiction, much less movie or video-game tie-ins, but since I've re-entered the World of Warcraft recently I was interested in getting a better grasp of the lore that is woven into the game, oftentimes in a confusing presentation. With this trilogy I was pleasantly suprised both by the clarity of Richard Knaak's writing and the engaging quality of of the Warcraft universe as he presents it. Mr. Knaak seems writes succinctly and avoids repetition, making for passage
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, the Dragonrealm and Black City Saint series (his own creations), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written several non-series fantasy books.

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War of the Ancients Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Well of Eternity (WarCraft: War of the Ancients, #1)
  • The Demon Soul (WarCraft: War of the Ancients, #2)
  • The Sundering (WarCraft: War of the Ancients, #3)