Book Chat Review: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King
Okay, people. I finished Arthas on my lunch break at work yesterday, and have thus expanded by World of Warcraft-ing from the confines of my home to the work place.*
So, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King is basically the first fantasy novel I’ve read as an adult. And, to be honest, I was highly skeptical about it. I’m not really sure why, but I just thought “This is going to be hella-cheesy and not well-written.”
Thankfully, I was very wrong.
Not only were Christie Golden’s prose vivid, but they were also very accessible. My concern was that there would be so many references to things in the game that I don’t understand yet, that I would have to slog my way through the book. But that wasn’t my experience at all!
I think above all, it just really helped put some things into perspective. While questing I’ve had zero idea what references to the Scourge and Arthas actually meant–I knew they weren’t good, but, other than that, didn’t truly get the terror or whatever.
(I would put up a spoiler alert here, but I think, considering my audience, everyone already knows the story…lol)
But…the book made me really sad.I guess it’s because I’m a girl and I tend to like a happy ending, but I was really hoping that somehow Jaina would figure out that Arthas was just a puppet and would somehow save him before he completely destroyed his humanity.
BUT, because Jaina is such a powerful little mage-y, maybe she, along with that blood elf who’s so in love with her (one of the Kaels…there were, like, seven of them) that he decides that his love for her is so strong that he only wants to see her happy and if that involves Arthas then so be it, can find a way to bring him back from angry, lichy evil.
Just let me hope that that’s how it ends. K?
Also, I have to talk about how much I effing love Sylvanas Windrunner. I love her a whole lot. A whole, whole lot. She is sassy and has gumption. And those are two things that I a) admire and b) hope I have. Oh, and a third! I, c), hope that if I ever have a daughter, that she is both sassy and gumption-y.
Perhaps I’ll name her Sylvanas (and Veronica and Buffy) so that she has no choice but to have those qualities.
*So, one of my co-workers saw me reading the book, and he cocked his head, looked at me and said, “Are you reading a World of Warcraft book?” And I said yes, and he shook his head, said “You are such a mystery,” and walked off!
THEN, he sent me an email wanting to talk about it because he used to play Everquest (which I had never heard of) but had never ventured into WoW territory because his addiction to Everquest almost made him fail college or something. It was very random.