Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft #4)
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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.
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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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
...se 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 ...more
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)[ Kargath, Killrog, Grom, Deathwing, Nerzhul, Khadgar and many more (hide spoiler)]. Other than the battles and strategic meetings, there is romantism, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.