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The Well of Eternity

(War of the Ancients Trilogy #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  6,857 ratings  ·  218 reviews
Many months have passed since the cataclysmic Battle of Mount Hyjal, where the demonic Burning Legion was banished from Azeroth forever. But now, a mysterious energy rift within the mountains of Kalimdor propels three former warriors into the distant past -- a time long before orcs, humans or even high elves roamed the land. A time when the Dark Titan Sargeras, and his dem ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Pocket Star
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Well of Eternity (War of the Ancients Trilogy #1), Richard A. Knaak

The Well of Eternity: War of the Ancients Trilogy is a book trilogy written by Richard A. Knaak set in Blizzard Entertainment's popular video game universe, Warcraft.

This series contains three books: The Well of Eternity (2004), The Demon Soul (2004), The Sundering (2005)

Book One - The Well of Eternity: Many months have passed since the cataclysmic Battle of Mount Hyjal, where the demonic Burning Legion was banished from Aze
Dylan Woods
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All fans of World of Warcraft and Warcraft III
This book was great for me because I love the lore, and I'm not picky whatsoever. While I may be generous on the rating, I thought it was only fair, yet I still have mixed feelings about this book. First off, I have nothing against this author at all. I thought his writing style was well suited. Yes there may have been a few times where he over embellished a sentence, but it never stopped me from reading on. The book takes place way before the wars between Orcs and Humans. Our story takes place ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't expect amazing writing from a Warcraft novel, but no one could really predict just how terrible this is. The first thing you'll notice is that the writing style is atrocious. Most sentences are structured awkwardly for the sake of pseudo-sophistication - the most pretentious hack move out there. The prose is as purple as it gets. Don't expect a single noun without a minimum of two repetitive adjectives; don't expect a verb not to be padded with unnecessary description.

The style of 'tell
Madalina Iuliana Mocanu
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Warcraft Lore Junkies
Recommended to Madalina by: The Warcraft Movie... damn :/
Shelves: others
My sister said: Don't waste your time with the Warcraft Novels! They are poorly written fan-fiction of a game... No game novels are worth reading. Including Assassin's Creed!

I am well aware of that. I know they are poorly written, but here's the thing. If I do not start now to read them, I will never... ever start. I've been meaning to for the past 3 years and just couldn't find the method to. And by method I mean the thoughtful pondering of the fact that I have to read 20 novels and a lot of sh
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warcraft
I've been a casual player of World of Warcraft since 2008, and have spent my fair share of time in that "world" questing, flying around, farming, running dungeons, battling pets, etc.

Over time, though, it just wasn't enough to just roam around the world doing stuff. I really wanted to know the lore - the history of everything, the backgrounds of the characters I was playing. So I started picking up the novels...and boy, are they ever fun.

And fun is all I think they are really meant to be. I gue
Michael Hall
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Michael Hall War Craft 2-4-13
Well Of Eternity
This book revolves around the popular video game World of Warcraft. In the game much of the history is told but not in details. The player either ignores the lore or goes and research about it some other way. The book introduces the reader to Krasus and Rhonin who were summoned to investigate a strange phenomenon. When they get there they are transported back in time to the time when humans weren’t even around yet. To a time where night elves r
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Warcraft, War of the Ancients #1: The Well of Eternity, by Richard A. Knaak

"The Well of Eternity" is the first in a trilogy of books based on the bestselling game series World of Warcraft. It's a fun and informative read for fans of the game - you see plenty of game characters fleshed out, and by the end of the first book you'll know them better.

The book starts a little slow, setting up the main characters and settings, but quickly picks up pace. Krasus, a dragon who spends much of his time in
The Well of Eternity is my fourth warcraft book. It was very interesting, especially because I played World of Warcraft for 3 or 4 years on and off. Currently off, but who can stay away from WOW when the new expansions come out? :) So I'll be going back on again. My brother also greatly encourages me to read them. He thinks it's the only worthwhile books to read. That all the other books I've read can't be better than the warcraft books. :D Well don't believe that, though being able to read a bo ...more
Crystin McDaniel
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've played World of Warcraft for years, and one of the first things that made me fall in love with the game was the incredible storyline underlying everything. The rich histories of the various races, the interaction between faction leaders ... I hadn't played anything like it before. I'm one of the few people I know who actually reads quest text - because you're never sent off to do something without being told WHY you're doing it.

So when I found out there were actual NOVELS written in the War
 (shan) Littlebookcove
This book is everything I thought it would be and more.

I'm not really one for fantasy book's but I Knew this was going to be good and deliver everything I wanted as an avid world of warcraft fan that I have been since I was 20. The game is steeped in history, if your a player to the new expansion 'Legion' then I highly recommend you read this book as it will place you on what now are parts of the broken shore in teams of the night fallen and The highborne as well as ravensBrook and the moon gua
Jan 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is absolutely terrible. I picked it up off my ex bf's floor when I had nothing else to read; it came for free with his Special Edition World of Warcraft: The Burning Legion. The writing is abysmal, but it does tell the lore of WoW, which I found interesting enough to go out and buy the other two books in the trilogy. I know that I'm going to hate them, but I do want to know all of tne lore, and as of now, that's really my only viable option, as even the game excludes some of it.

Worth t
Jun 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Warcraft lore fans
Recommended to Shay by: Mark
I couldn't finish this. I'm used to a much higher quality writing style. This came off as trash you find hidden in the back shelves of the used book store. One of those terrible, thin paperbacks with a cover from the 60's that you know is going to be awful before you even read the plot synopsis.

I managed about the first 50 pages and just couldn't go any farther, the author is horrible. The other books may be better, or you may find inspiration from a deep interest in the lore behind the Warcraft
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Only read the first few chapters, but I agree with most of the other negative reviews on here. I've never read a Warcraft book, I didn't expect it to be "good", but I expected it to be entertaining enough. It's not. I felt like I was reading one long, badly written quest log. I agree with the reviewer that pointed out how sexist each description of a female character is. I feel like I can review this book because the beginning sucks, so I can only assume the rest of the book sucks. ...more
Aik Koh
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by the author, the start of the trilogy explains a story that happens thousands of years before what most gamers know about the story of Warcraft lore. Explains more about the Night Elf race and their internal struggle with power hungry members of their race. Also connected with the author's earlier work where he brought some old characters in to make it even more exciting. ...more
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you played World of Warcraft and enjoyed it, you'd probably be interested in the lore behind the game. These books do more than what a wiki could offer you in painting a pretty vivid picture. Front row seats to original characters like Cenarius, Illidian, Malfurian, Tyrande is pretty awesome. ...more
Thomas Thunbo
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the Warcraft universe, I thought that this was a great book. I wouldn't recommend people who are not familiar with the Warcraft lore to read it just yet. One has to know the basics of the World of Warcraft. ...more
Diane Krawczak
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As a rabid WoW player, I wanted to learn more about the background lore and I found it very engrossing, very epic
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing book that I would recommened for anyone who loves the Warcraft universe, fantasy, and action.
Amanda Jarbeau
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft
The War of the Ancients trilogy was my first Warcraft books. OMG it got me so hooked on them.
Jovanni Bello
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Despite being written by Knaak, this whole series is pretty wonderful.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for lore. I love reading this stuff. It does get dry at times but it's totally worth it and these stores are the backbone of all the other lore ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft-books
Suzanne Berget
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
More like 2, 5. Not really my cup of tea, had some good moments, should probably have read some thing else first, or played WoW :P
Dunja MacAlister
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These books are such great adventures!
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
When I made the decision to read the Warcraft books, I knew that I would be stepping away from what most people deem as being "proper literature". I expected it to be childish and simple, and faster-moving than I would like. However, I hoped that I would come away from it with a better appreciation of Warcraft lore.

The Well of Eternity by Richard A. Knaak is the first such book I've read, with the exception of Durotan by Christie Golden, as that is set in the cinematic universe rather than the
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Why is this so bad? The author wrote my favorite Warcraft book and now he has written the worst. This saddened me since I adore the Warcraft world and books.

Used "and the latter" phrase at least three or four times per chapter and sometimes even more. Lovely characters, but he constantly repeated himself and dragged the story out as long as possible while ending abruptly leaving main plot points completely unresolved. Disappointing.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A fine piece by the author Richard Knaak, the book does justice to the lore. As a fan of Warcraft, I salute the author as I eagerly hold the next book in hand. A good read indeed.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-like
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Praise the
Anna Popławska
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, the whole trilogy:) There are only few books I could recommend so fierecly!:)
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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.


Other books in the series

War of the Ancients Trilogy (4 books)
  • The Demon Soul (WarCraft: War of the Ancients, #2)
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  • War of the Ancients Archive (WarCraft: War of the Ancients, #1-3)

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