- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse (29 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616550414
- ISBN-13: 978-1616550417
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.5 x 31.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover – 29 Jan 2013
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Hundreds of pages, all coloured and beautifully designed, not to mention every page is thicker than normal, giving weight to every page. I love it, and my friends, who aren't particular Zelda fans loved it too! Even got them to try out Twilight Princess.
Only one thing to note, and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Not every game gets the same amount of page numbers, with Skyward Sword taking over 60, and Twilight Princess taking 30, while Ocarina of Time taking only 5. This is due to the concept art being more numerous, more designs as the games got more intricate with their designs.
If you want to know what kind of book this is, it's half concept art, half behind the scenes, as there are pages dedicated to describing minor characters, giving offical backgrounds to them that we could only guess about. For example, the Great Hero in Twilight Princess who taught Link the Forgotten Techniques, his origins are revealed, and it's a doozy!
Not to mention the Official Zelda Timeline is finally revealed!
For what you get, I'd say it's worth far more than what they're charging, but I'm biased since I'm so happy with my purchase :)
This 276(?) page encyclopaedic book contains stunning drawings and never-before-seen concept art that is essential for any The Legend of Zelda fan. The long-awaited official Zelda timeline has been published, and this serves to dispel almost all confusion a fan may have regarding the chronology of this fantastic video-game series.
The book also includes a 32 page manga that acts as a sort of prelude to 2011's "Skyward Sword" and features beautiful artwork. Every game in the series, as well as those lesser-known games (e.g. the "BS Zelda Game series") is chronicled within the pages, and the book is fantastically well formatted with clear-to-read text, and colourful lettering.
I loved this book, and I promise you will too!
The beginning of the book focuses on the Skyward Sword and gives an insight to the creation process with plenty of concept art. This is followed by the complete Zelda time line (the best part of the book), the complete chronological order of how all the games fit together. Towards the end is a whole section of art from the Zelda series, this includes lots of concept art and has plenty of detail.
To finish it of you are treated to a 32 page Manga comic, it is the prequel to the Skyward Sword.
This book is highly recommended for any Zelda fan and is a great companion to go along with your game collection.
Lovely artwork, decent amount of information, there's a Zelda manga at the back, but pest part for me are the timelines.
I must admit, I'm not a long term Zelda fan, having only gotten into the franchise with the recent Ocarina of Time for the 3DS, but I quickly developed a deep love for the series. I can say, as a new fan, that this book is perfect for novice or hardcore fans alike!
A heartfelt introduction from Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the franchise, tells of the development of the concept of the games, which is then followed by a list of the games in terms of what console they were released for and what year they were released in.
The next section, spanning around 53 pages, is the artwork for Skyward Sword, with brilliant images including concept art alongside the official art. This really gives an impression into the amount of detail these designers go into when coming up with concepts of the character, and it's interesting to see how the various elements of multiple suggested designs have gone into the completed design. While some of the images could be made a bit larger, this section of art is brilliant to look at and makes the reader appreciate smaller aspects within the game a lot more!
The second section is the chronological timeline of the series as a whole, putting each game into order regarding the events which transpire in the Zelda universe. This official explanation has been widely anticipated, and in this book it is pulled off excellently. Spanning 67 pages, this section summarizes the plotline of every Zelda game up to Skyward Sword. It also includes interesting side notes about the series, including the Hylian alphabets, which are pretty fun to read.
Next is the collection of art over the 25 years of the franchise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great price better than the shops and just what a zelda fan needsPublished 11 days ago by Angela Miller
Truly an amazing book for any zelda fan. Postage was good, came before expected, and was as exciting as I hoped it would be.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great artwork book. Yet I begin to believe that the timeline was sort of pointless.Published 2 months ago by Peter Kellagher
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