Beyond the Dark Portal
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World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal is a fantasy novel written by Aaron S. Rosenberg and Christie Golden.
Two years following the defeat of the Horde and destruction of the Dark Portal from Draenor to Azeroth, a small dimensional rift remains linking the two worlds. The orc shaman Ner'Zhul is approached by orc champions resurrected as undead death-knights, with a plan to re-open the Portal and catch the Alliance ...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
Brace yourselves as SPOILERS start below.
It's almost like it was not written by the same author. Far from picking up where it left off, it seems that the author forgot where people were in the last book. Where they were, how many, how strong, etc. Orgrim Doomhammer was caught in the last book by alliance forces after he kills Lothar in direct combat. Well, the author forgets that ever happ ...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
"Where would be the glory in that? ...more
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.
So, I would say book and game don't have much in common.
The damage Guldan and the Warlock's had done to Dreanor left the planet dying so Ner'zhul convinces what's left of the Horde that he can open rifts to other worlds for them, but he needs a few items from Azeroth.
Sending Hellscream (who's never been) to Azeroth he attacks the Alliance as a distraction while others set about finding the artifacts Ner'zhul requires.
Once they have what they need the H ...more
The continuation of the Warcraft story that I wanted to know after years of playing the online game. This time we get to know what happened to Draenor and why it became what now is known as Outland, what happened to Turalyon and Alleria and a handful of other stuff.
Again I'm enjoying this a lot just because it's such an easy read that transports me right into that virtual world. It's really easy to imagine it when you have explored it countless times. Will probably only return to t ...more
I loved Turalyon's and Alleria's romantic story, although it was a little bit confusing in the beginning because I felt I missed part of the story because I didn't understand their conflict.
It was amazing to see the first boss raid in history of Warcraft, when Ragnok, Fenris and Tagar enter the Tomb of Sargeras to retrieve the Scepter of Sargeras. They got that phat loot! :D
I liked Ner'zhul's turn of character but I didn't love it. His main motive was rede ...more
It's good to know what happens with the horde and how it affected the world they come from.
Good fresh read if you are fan of the game, if you are not, you might lose some nice references but still, I recommend it anyways if you like fantasy ^^