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The Demon Soul

(War of the Ancients Trilogy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,136 ratings  ·  125 reviews

Led by the mighty Archimonde, scores of demonic soldiers now march across the lands of Kalimdor, leaving a trail of death and devastation in their wake. At the heart of the fiery invasion stands the mystic Well of Eternity -- once the source of the night elves' arcane power. But now the Well's energies have been defiled and twisted, for Queen
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Pocket Star
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Demon Soul (War of the Ancients Trilogy #2), Richard A. Knaak

The second novel in an original trilogy of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the bestselling, award-winning electronic game series from Blizzard Entertainment.

The night elf defenders, led by the young druid, Malfurion Stormrage, and the wizard, Krasus, fight a desperate battle to hold back the Legion's terrible onslaught.

Though only embers of hope remain, an ancient power has risen to aid the world in its darkest hour. The dra
1.5 stars

I'll admit I'm considering the one-star rating for answering two of my most important lore questions in the worst manner possible, but I suppose I'll have to be rational.

Series review here!
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the Warcraft Universe so much that I left aside the poor choices concerning the writing style, the rather limited vocabulary and stylistic choices. I found that at times the author over-played the beauty of the female characters, if anything, aiding to the stereotyping of women.
Warcraft and World of Warcraft is one of the few games where a gear set put on a male character is the same as the one on a female character, without unnecessarily revealing breasts, hips, legs. So, considering the
Michael Hall
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When reading a book the reader should feel some type of emotions form the book to better understand the characters thoughts and understand the characters actions. Richard A. Knaak does a interesting job at describing the feelings of the characters and others through either the environment of the character. This review is about the book Warcraft: The Demon Soul by Richard A. Knaak. It takes place in the magical world of Azeroth where night elves rules and other magical races are under classed. I ...more
Vasil Videnov
Nov 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Box is one of my favourite characters. The way the story is told really takes you in and you see the battles, forest's and world as a whole. ...more
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Warcraft, War of the Ancients #2: The Demon Soul, by Richard A. Knaak

"The Demon Soul" continues where the first book of the trilogy left off. Krasus and Rhonin, who are from the future, have joined forces with the night elves of Azeroth's past to defeat the Burning Legion. The Burning Legion is an ancient force of evil demons who are attempting to take over the world.

This book delves into the dragons, and the creation of the Dragon Soul - an artifact that has the potential to drive away the Bur
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took a bit longer to finish this because I accidentally spent 7 hours in the game fishing out Krasus, Illidan, Maiev, Tyrande and Malfurion's coins from this damned foundation. No regrets. They revealed interesting lore.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this one as well. I think actually this might be my favourite in the whole trilogy because one of the big reveals happen to our main cast. Well, somewhat? We, as the reader, have constantly known that the reason for Krasus' bonding with the dragons, is
Taylor S
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and so far I love the series. I can't wait until i can start reading the next novel. Part of what made me like and even want to to read this book was how it is based of the lore or history of a popular game. Reading this book was really interesting because I could connect its characters and events with the games plotline. Seeing some legendary villains and heroes as children growing up was defenitely something very interesting to read. I think the author did a g ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The three friends a mage a wizard and a veteran warrior try to fight a demon lord by combining their powers.and its beginning with the highborne calling on the demon lord archimond.
want. they want to go home and be able to be with their family's . and be with their own kind because their a dragon a human and a orc. because they are stuck in a time period where literally anything could end up killing them.
obstacles. a giant army of demons known as the BURNING LEGION who kill everyone who the
Alawi Masud
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
it really is a book about the plot, 100%. and it does the plot well. however, that does mean stuff goes by the wayside. the characters are static (illidian is a b**** and stays it) and the writing style can be off at times (why are you referring to someone's girl as a "mate" come on bro.

it does a very good job of tying up all the loose story ends into its climax

overall, good book.
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot more than the first.

The author used a more diverse vocabulary and not the same phrasing over and over ("the latter", etc). The first book was irritatingly repetitive and I was glad to feel like he put time into this book.

There is a lot going on at one time, but he manages to juggle the stories well. It didn't feel unfinished. There was a clear progression to the last book. Very nice detail and wonderful ideas that made me stop and share specific scenarios with my family.

Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
A continuation in the War of the Ancients book series. Again, we have Rhonin and Krasus with a few friends trying to stop the Burning Legion taking over Azeroth and it flies along at a fast pace. I thoughly enjoyed this book as I do play the game and I am a huge lore nerd so finding out about the book series is a huge trip for me. To find out about the Guardians of Hyjal and everything how Azshara progresses as a character was what kept me entralled in this book.

But don't read it if you've not
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While the first volume of the trilogy did not flow smoothly, this second volume does not have the same issues and is quite entertaining and fast paced. While Malfurion Stormrage and his brother, along with Rhonin, Krasus, Brox and Tyrande fight with all the night elves against the demons of the burning legion that are devastating Azeroth, the dragons, guided by Neltharion, are working on a powerful artifact to stop the demons.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was an amazing book, I began to read this right after I had finished the other. These books are always very interesting to me because of how I am so interested in the lore. It is very interesting to find out about what is behind the video game. These are very well written books, the only difficult part is at times the book seems to jump between characters and it takes me a few paragraphs to catch back up to who is talking, other then that I thought these books were amazing.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
It starts off a bit slow, but picks up and really pulls you in especially towards the end. Really can't wait to start reading the third in the series to see how things turn out as there are a lot of loose ends at the end of the book. These characters continue to be built upon and you really get a sense of what they're all about. ...more
Aik Koh
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
2nd book of the amazing trilogy. This continues on how the Aspects(Dragons who rule the world) are coming together with a plan to stop the Burning Legion but end up being betrayed by one of their kind. The story is engaging with battles depicted clearly. An amazing read that hangs at the end of the book leaving me waiting, I mean, dying for the final book.
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warcraft
Time travel + fantasy. Two of my favorite genres. If you love Warcraft lore, or if you just love fantasy books in general, you should give this a shot. I can't wait to finish the last book of the trilogy. ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Way better than the first! A ton of action and the story picked up and went off at a decent pace.
The foreshadowing is still a bit dry however... Can't wait to see what the third one includes! I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone :D
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. I was a little disappointed that there was a cliff hanger at the end even though I know there is another book - I still expected a sort of wrap up like the first one had. I am anxious to start the next book!
Ivan Leong
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book with so many epic fundamentals to the development of Night Elves . Even if you are a Horde fan there is Brox story as well. Most importantly the book writes the first appearance of Sargeras. Definitely a book you do not want to miss. It adds a lot of detail if you play the game as well.
Arya Tabaie
Mar 15, 2008 rated it liked it
A little boring compared to the "Well of Eternity";
But still was Warcraft and "Warcraft is Awsome!!"
Daniel ross
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
filled with action, and keeps you hungering for more. especially interesting for Wow players
Diane Krawczak
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this trilogy gave me insight into the game
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Warcraft mayhem. Nice grim high fantasy and war. Very enjoyable. =)
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Definitely a must read for WoW lore fans and fantasy lovers.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
People were saying that they liked this book more than the first one, and I have to agree :-) I'm learning so much lore, must . . . learn . . . more! ...more
Evan Greyson
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating turn of events to an already thrilling story. Knaak can lose me sometimes by the way he explains the scenery from the lack of more details, but the story is trully worth it.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sam 8-3
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
One of my favorites, i love this specific book series. I over all think it's fantastic! ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Good read for anyone who loves Warcraft, fantasy, and action.
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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)
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