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Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,496 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Pocket Star
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Jul 16, 2015 Markus rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, warcraft
“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
Nov 27, 2009 Leeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4), Aaron Rosenberg
Peji Da
Mar 19, 2016 Peji Da rated it really liked it
Shelves: book
"You have been betrayed repeatedly, each time by another orc claiming leadership, and still you continue down that same path," Rcxxar said softly, though his eyes burned with rage. "You have no reason left to fight! Before, we fought to protect our people by claiming this world for them. But they are gone! We no longer need this world! With the handful left, you could find a place the humans have never gone and claim it without shedding a single drop of blood!"
"Where would be the glory in that?
Jay Schmitt
Dec 14, 2008 Jay Schmitt rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2014 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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
Jul 05, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
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
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!
May 09, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 21, 2014 Kyogou rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2011 Ru Viljoen rated it it was ok
Enjoyed reading this, but continually note the poor quality of the storytelling.
Jan 06, 2015 Toeni rated it it was amazing
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
Valentina Morgana la fata
Devo ammetterlo, a parte qualche piccolissimo particolare, le parti narrate dal punto di vista dell'alleanza le ho trovate noiose e poco interessanti.
Penso che se questo libro fosse stato scritto tutto dal punto di vista dell'Orda mi sarebbe piaciuto molto, molto di più.
Mi è mancato tantissimo Durotan, che speravo di ritrovare in questo libro, ma alla fine mi sono piaciuti altri personaggi dell'orda, come Grom Hellscream.
Stranamente mi sono trovata ad apprezzare tanto l'arrokka, Grizzk, un esser
Jul 14, 2011 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, 2011, tie-in
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
Jeremy Preacher
Jul 31, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, video-game
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
Davide Cipressi
Jun 18, 2011 Davide Cipressi rated it it was ok
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... 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
Pablo Giambelluca
Aug 16, 2016 Pablo Giambelluca rated it really liked it
Excellent book that puts in perspective everything that happened after the second war... the books are so much better than just playing the games, it almost hurts that the games can't even scratch the surface of what the characters are going through. I'd love it if all the books are made into an epic tv serie some day like Game of Thrones.
Aug 18, 2016 Michalis rated it really liked it
I am not experienced in rating and reviewing books, but i think this book is well written. The battles are well described and makes you imagine them. The general plot is really good.

The first few chapters was kinda ok but then as the story progresses the book becomes more and more interesting. Many heroes from that age appears like (view spoiler). Other than the battles and strategic meetings, there is romantism,
Feb 29, 2016 Tpinetz rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Even though I am only reading this because of the Warcraft 3 game I did actually quite like this book. However I can only recommend this for people who actually already know a bit about the lore and about the characters described in this book.
Grant Herfindahl
Apr 12, 2016 Grant Herfindahl rated it it was amazing
A very suspenseful book with a lot of cool characters and intertwining evil plots. I love the idea of a group of heroes going to a foreign planet to fight evil. It was really interesting watching the characters meet new races and the ending had very good details.
Jul 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 03, 2016 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World of Warcraft Fans
Beyond the Dark Portal is a standard tie-in entry into World of Warcraft. It follows an Alliance Army sent to the damaged world of Draenor in pursuit of the enemy Horde who have stolen objects of power.

I found the story engaging. The characters and locations hearkened back to those I'd seen in the game. But while I really wanted to see the story, it did no more than someone over a campfire would. Relaying the actions and dialogue with very little description or detail. Not something I would reco
Aug 29, 2016 Barakiel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good one. Christie's contribution really gives the story more depth. One cares more for the characters. I shed a few tears. Not what I expected from these books - I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of feels.

One thing I liked about this book, that we didn't see in the ones before is the Alliance working together with different races. I want to read one where some of the orcs help the Alliance. Not sure if that will ever happen.
Dec 30, 2015 Bezmenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Pokračovanie histórie jedného sveta. Bol som v ňom sklamaný z viacerých okamihov či názorov, ale v globále to celkom ušlo.
Leo Cunha
Nov 02, 2015 Leo Cunha rated it liked it
The first WoW book i've read was Rise of the Horde, which, for me, is the best one by far. Of course i have many WoW books to read yet, this is only the third for me. Still, Beyound the Dark Portal is better than Tides of Darkness, the characters seem to have more depth and the ending really made me create many interesting images in my head. I'm going to keep reading the series, but i must confess that i'm not too excited..
Joseph Zollinger
Aug 26, 2015 Joseph Zollinger rated it really liked it
It is a good book. Personally I did not like the end. Also you need to know the story to understand the book.
Uthayakumar "Winged Hunter"  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.
Цветозар Бонев
May 06, 2016 Цветозар Бонев rated it it was amazing

Beyond the Dark Portal is a novelization of the Warcraft 2 video game. So as such it should certainly be terrible. But Warcraft's world is one that just simply works in literary form and that stacked on top of Christie Golden's co-authorship of this book makes it even better since Warcraft isn't known for its quality of writing. That said, Christie Golden and Aaron Rosenberg do a fine job at re-telling the story and do it in a damn enjoyable manner.

May 09, 2016 Arlenishn rated it it was ok
Even I enjoyed the overview story, some parts are kinda boring or bad written.

3/5. Read if you only like Warcraft a lot, if not you sure will quit.
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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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“Perhaps,” the half-breed admitted. “But why fight when there is no need? Why fight just for its own sake? That is not fighting to save anyone, or to win anything, or even for glory. It is fighting from sheer bloodlust, from love of violence alone. And I am sick of that. I want no part of it.” 1 likes
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