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The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 274 pages
Published January 16th 2013 by Dark Horse Books (first published December 21st 2011)
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Hannah Greendale
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, art
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia invites readers to take an in-depth look at twenty-five years of concept art, character sketches, and lore from one of the most beloved gaming franchises of all time.

The book is divided into three sections. Because it was published shortly after the release of Skyward Sword, the first section explores the characters, locations, and temples from the game with vibrant color illustrations and commentary on where inspiration for the game was derived and what ele
Dan Schwent
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hyrule Historia is a book celebrating 25 years of Zelda games.

Confession time: I played a shit ton of video games from the age of 8 until sometime in my late twenties. A lot of that time was spent playing various Zelda games.

Hyrule Historia is packed with info about the various games, fitting them together in a nice chronology and explaining why almost every damn one features Link, Zelda, and Ganon, despite taking place at different points in the timeline. A lot of focus was put on The Skyward S
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
So this is the book that knocked 50 Shades of Grey off the numero uno spot on Amazon Bestsellers. Way to go, geeks! This is when a fanbase is like an iceberg; you thought it was big, but you find it was way bigger than you thought.

Hyrule Historia is primarily about Skyward Sword which is presented as the beginning of the Zelda mythos. It sounds like they're trying to boost sales for this latest installment of Zelda, but hey, if it means bringing a fan's wet dream to life, let it be.

Although I ne
Feb 03, 2013 marked it as to-read

I am in love with this. It's just awesome. Flat out amazing. ...more
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Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you know me even a little bit it is probably beyond obvious that I have a Zelda obsession. This book only fuels that obsession more. Yes, it's Skyward Sword heavy (as of now the newest Zelda out) and some people think that is to sell copies of the game and if so, oh well I bought the game day 1 anyway. I also wonder if that had something to do with what content they had more of, since the games go back as far as 1986 some content may not have made it this far. Also, it's pretty much the begin ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all I would like to mark for the record that yes I do play video games but not often or to great depth - I am as the profession calls me a "casual gamer" with that in mind and my limited knowledge of games I start this review.

I have know of the Legend of Zelda and the various games across numerous Nintendo platforms for some time and I know from other game concept and design books that there is a HUGE amount of material that goes in to the game that never sees the light of day. That mi
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Zelda fans
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually — from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint — it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff.
—The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who, "Blink"
My sister got this for me months ago, and it took me awhile to get around to reading it because, honestly, it's kind of intimidating. And once I did get into it, it took me a while to finish it because a huge portion is devoted to Skyward Sword, which is a game that
David Miller
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first thing that must be said is that this book is beautiful. It's loaded with beautiful drawings and designs, and it's just a pleasure as a fan to hold it and lose yourself in Hyrule lore for a while.

But I knew very quickly after I started that I wouldn't be giving it five stars.

As an old fan, Zelda means a lot of things to me. It's a seminal influence on my taste. But the bulk of this book is not devoted to the series' most seminal entries. They're almost afterthoughts; the real stars are
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)

{Feb 20th 2014} THE REVIEW

This review is highly overdue in my opinion. I thought I had reviewed it, but I guess not. Not to mention this was still rated TO READ. [facepalms self]

Regardless, fixing that NOW because...

Honestly this is a very beautiful book and an absolute MUST have for ALL Zelda fans. It has gorgeous drawings, background inner-workings and details that went into Skyward Sword, like seriously its amazing to see all the concept art and the stuff that didn't actually MAKE into the of
Hildred Billings
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a huge Legend of Zelda fan, I had to grab a copy of this for myself one day. Sooner rather than later, I found a copy at the local bookstore and treated myself!

Although I had seen many of the scans before, I must admit that they pale to having the real thing. The sheer size of this coffee table book is enough to strike undying admiration in even the most casual Zelda fan. There are pages upon pages of never before seen character and scenery sketches, as well as a full explanation and outline
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Just to get it out of my system and to make sure it was said: Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a gorgeous book. It's hardcover and just holding it will guarantee by the end you'll have arms like a bodybuilder. Legends say that this was used in ancient times to see if someone was worthy to get the triforce of Power...
Callum Shephard
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Legend of Zelda is one of those video game genres which is one of the biggest still standing names among franchises. Along with Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Super Mario and many others; it was a pillar of the industry back in the days of the SNES and is one of a handful to remain so today. Not only earning multiple acclaimed sequels and a solid fandom, but remaining loyal to its old ideas without suffocating innovation in the right areas.

However, for all it’s long history the timeline of Zelda a
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: video-games
I'm not sure what I expected from this book but I was left wanting so much more.

The bulk of the book is composed of retelling the story from Skyward Sword and stitching together all the games' stories into a single (albeit split) timeline. Since I have no interest in Skyward Sword I skipped that section. There's also a 32 page manga in the back that is another retelling of Skyward Sword; I skimmed this but quickly lost interest. The plot descriptions from the rest of the games did not offer any
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Zelda
Shelves: favorites
I am totally reading this entire book! It's already made me see even more than before how truly amazing Skyward Sword is. It really is a masterpiece. I'm replaying it right now. I'm even breaking my rule where I never write a review. Time to go drool over Zelda some more.

So... I just finished this book and it was amazing. It answered so many questions I always had regarding the different Zelda games. And the concept art pieces were a really awesome addition. It made me appreciate the different
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gaming
I absolutely love this book, covering a wide rang of information from the very first Zelda game up until and including Skyward Sword. The artwork is stunning and the accompanying information helps to provide additional depth to not only the games, but the overarching story.

As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creator of The Legend of Zelda manga - Akira Himekawa, a special Skyward Sword edition.

This is a must have if you are a Zelda fan.
Arturo Rojas
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect. It's got incredibly cool concept art and sketches, in-depth explanations of lore, beautiful illustrations and a manga at the end. Based. ...more
Tom Plaskon
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The highlight of the book is the middle section that (for the first time) chronologically lays out the stories of all the games. This alone should justify the purchase to any Legend of Zelda fan.
Dimitris Hall
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first heard of the existence of Hyrule Historia and its inevitable translation and release in Western markets I was as ecstatic as any fan could be. To give you an idea, scanlations from the original Japanese edition were unleashed to the thirsty hordes of Zelda enthusiasts within a matter of hours after release in Nipponia. Finally! A Zelda tribute to end Zelda tributes; a book strictly for the fans; an official behind-the-scenes, anthology, retrospective, together with the manga prelude ...more
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Hyrule Historia answered all of the questions I have ever asked about the game. This book had a synopsis of every game ever created along with a detailed storyline of how every story fits in the others. The intricate visuals and detailed descriptions of characters really brought me a new image of many of the characters I knew nearly nothing about. All stories follow a routine idea, but all go in vastly different directions. The stories start by meeting Link, the main protagonist of all the g ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: video-games, art
I didn't know this special book meant to coincide with Zelda's 25th anniversary and the release of Skyward Sword existed, until I found it by chance while rummaging through a bookstore. I don't typically care about concept art, but this is a wonderful book.

The first third of the book is dedicated to Skyward Sword, the most recent (as of this writing) Zelda game. Concept art for characters, monsters, and settings are splashed across each page, with little blurbs of extra detail or lore. The middl
Jenny GB
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not bad! The art in this book is beautiful and probably the best thing about it. There are numerous version of concept art for all kinds of characters and bosses from the games as well as versions of certain locations in the games. There's also a short comic at the back that relates the events immediately before Skyward Sword. The reason why I won't give this five stars, even though I love the games, is because of it's overwhelming focus on Skyward Sword when I feel the spotlight should be share ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
I enjoyed my pretty dork book a whole lot.

Yeah there's a huge bias towards the Skyward Sword game, but I actually liked that game quite a bit so it didn't bother me so much. Other games getting the shaft as a result though is a bit sad. The concept art section was probably the highlight for me, and so seeing my favourite games like Majora's Mask only get two pages or so of it is criminal, I tell you.
I was surprised to see the little manga section at the back. The art seemed pretty uninspired th
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gamer-girl
This was a wonderful reference for anyone who is interested in the Legend of Zelda series. There is so much depth and so much information that any nerd would be more than proud to keep this beautiful book on his or her shelf. I loved all the concept art and the fascinating connections between each of the games. Plus, there was a manga at the end; a perfect way to wrap up this great book!
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply, a beautiful, fitting tribute to the greatest video game series of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could talk about this book forever, but I'll spare all of you. If you're a fan of The Legend of Zelda, pick up a copy of this stunning art book. You won't be disappointed! ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wouldn't let myself read it until I beat Skyward sword, since I didn't want to spoil myself. I loved all the connections that I had missed while playing the games, and there is a manga section in the back that depicts the events that precede Skyward Sword. Loved it! ...more
Jessica Hansen
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such an A++ book for every Zelda Fan!
The artwork is amazing. The timeline is very informative and every game is presented so well.

This is a dream come true for every Zelda fan and art book lover!
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book was an interesting look into the history and artwork and conceptual development of the Legend of Zelda universe. I loved the timeline and history aspects! :D

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