- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; 01 edition (29 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616550414
- ISBN-13: 978-1616550417
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.8 x 31.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover – 29 Jan 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
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 :)
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.
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 ›
This is a really good, hardback, good quality book. A LOT bigger than I expected although I didn't check the sizing, I was surprise. Still very very good though with no complaints.
Nicely detailed, everything you need to know, perfect for a Zelda lover as a gift!
Instead I got an Art book.
Long review ahead, skip to end for conclusion.
This book is BIG, a lot bigger than I thought but that's not a bad thing as it seems quite fitting for such a franchise to receive a grand appearance. The gold lettering on the front is reflective foil and is a rather nice touch. The darkhorse logo is stamped one the spine and on the back so the front cover isn't tainted (no offense to Dark Horse) by logos that it doesn't need.
However I would have liked a design similar to the collector's edition, and I don't mean the leather slip cover, but at least turn 'The Legend of Zelda' into the appropriate Hylian script as to give it a bit of mystery and let the owner feel like its part of the Zelda-universe. I understand that may put others off but who is buying this- Fans of the Zelda games, and as such I think more could have been done here.
My two biggest problems with this book are; WAY too much Skyward Sword and sorely lacking written detail. According to the 'official' timeline *SPOILER* Skyward Sword is the beginning and I suppose it makes sense to cover it in detail, but here's the catch- this is just an art book. I may be one of the few who expected this to carry a historical perspective from the developers, artists, writers, etc etc, and was a little bit disappointed to find art dominating each page with only tiny details regarding what the development process was or why the character was created.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesomeness perfect for all Zelda fansPublished 1 month ago by Lance Aaron Jenkins A.K.A. DJ SuperRaveman
So I was all excited to get this, but now that I have it I'm not really sure what to feel.
- First one thing as to be said, its a nice book, good presentation and cover,... Read more
Simply amazing all the work they put in the charcters simply amazingPublished 2 months ago by kenny
If you love zelda then you need to own this, it pretty much explains everything you need to know about Zelda and even bridges the timeline between the different sagas/games.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really looking forward to getting this but it turned out to be a dissapointing book. It's not the greatest and this book is American so you'll notice a lot of differently spelled... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bailey
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