“World of Warcraft: Arthas Rise of the Lich King” Book Review

“My son…the day you were born, the very forests of Lordaeron whispered the name…Arthas.
My child…I watched with pride as you grew into a weapon…of righteousness.
Remember, our line has always ruled with wisdom and strength,
and I know you will show restraint when exercising your great power.
But the truest victory, my son, is stirring the hearts of your people.
I tell you this, for when my days have come to an end…you shall be King.”

  • King Terenas Menethil II, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King cinematic

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For all fans of Warcraft, this is a MUST-READ book. Portions of this book follows closely to the Warcraft Campaigns in the Frozen Throne game; to be more specific, the Human and Undead Campaign -> How Arthas turned into a Death Knight, how Sylvannas became a Banshee and then a Forsaken, and more is revealed about the Frozen Throne, the Lich King, and the legendary blade: Frostmourne. (was very tempted to purchase the blade for myself but then decided not to when I saw the price and considered how little space my home has). If you are a die-hard warcraft fan but did not get the chance to play the campaign, then this book is definitely for you. The only downside is that there are no animations or cinematic, but the words themselves are enough for you to picture the scenarios in your head ^^

This book explains some stuff to us which the Campaign in the game did not quite reveal. For starters, we get to know more about Arthas’s history as a young boy, all the way to the time when he was crowned ‘Prince Arthas’ and then finally, the Lich King.

The story takes takes place over an extensive period, having many scenes merged in from other works such as: The Frozen Throne and Wrath of the Lich King just to name a few. It starts off with Arthas, at the age of about 10, early in the periods of the First and Second Wars. He had a childhood playmate -> Varian, who’s father died in the fall of the city Stormwind. This piece of news was brought to the capital city by Anduin Lothar and Varian Wrynn. However, while Varian was trained to fight since his childhood days, Arthas on the other hand was shielded from such teachings by his own father. Of course, as we all know, there is no way that Arthas could have been shielded forever, happens in the real world as well. Parents can’t shield their kids forever from the dangers of the world. Here comes Muradin Bronzebeard who volunteered to teach Arthas after witnessing his attacks against imaginary orcs (Arthas’s imagination was apparently rather impressive then, even going as far as to pretend that there were ‘real’ orcs around him). Later on, he realized that his father wanted his sister, Calia, to marry Daval Prestor. Let’s just say he didn’t do much about it as he felt that it was his sister’s duty.

It was later then he met Jaina Proudmoore, daughter of Admiral Proudmoore. (Fun fact: Jaina’s character in the campaign is the same as Rylai Crestfall – Crystal Maiden in DOTA, for better imagery purpose) Somewhere along the way, they fell in love with each other, attending events such as Noblegarden, Midsummer Fire Festival, Hallow’s End and the Feast of Winter Veil (Hint: during the Feast of Winter Veil, things started to go downhill between Jaina and Arthas. To top it all off, there was someone else in love with Jaina – an elf by the name of Kael’thas Sunstrider).

As Arthas grew up into a fine young prince and started taking on more responsibilities, he visits Durnholde Keep, where he witnesses the orc Thrall do battle; and Quel’Thalas (high elven culture depicted over here ~ ). He is also inducted as a Knight of the Silver Hand in the Cathedral of Light.

Somewhere in the story, the Undead Scourge begin their invasion and all hell breaks loose literally. This is where a surprising twist awaits for all readers out there regarding Arthas’s fate =]

I shan’t go on spoiling the book of course but if you have already played the campaign (Undead and Human) then I reckon you would have found out what happened to Arthas.

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A mixture of adventure, romance, loyalty, courage, deception and betrayal…if you enjoy fantasy-war-political books, then this is definitely for you! =D

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