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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, smooth and funny, 21 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Guild Wars: Edge of Destiny (Mass Market Paperback)
Edge of Destiny is the second Guild Wars (2) book, although it is chronologically placed before Ghosts of Ascalon, the first release.

The premise for the book is fairly simple, it aims to introduce readers to the recent history of the game world: the founding and eventual (temporary?) dissolution of the legendary adventuring group Destiny's Edge. However, J. Robert King manages to do so with an amount of wit and verve that is almost unseemly in the world of game-tie-in-books. The contrast to Ghosts of Ascalon is enormous - Edge of Destiny is first and foremost a FUN read, sometimes reaching up to Pratchett levels of chuckle-inducement. However, it steers clear of parody (and largely, outright silliness), instead putting the humour in a form somehow reminiscent of 80s comics like Spider-Man. Wisecracking during battle? Oh yes. Constant near-malicious pranks and pratfalls among the group? Check.

Most of all, King just plays around with language - descriptions like "long hair like a horse's tail and a face like what might be beneath" made me grin quite often. In effect, I'd say it all is pretty much spot on in playing an MMO with a group of friends! King doesn't solely use his mastery of language for comedic effect though; it's just really good writing (mostly) throughout. Epic passages are colourful and awesome, and he even manages to make tragic parts actually sad!

All in all I really liked this book, especially having just read the far inferior Ghosts of Ascalon. Greatly recommended for anyone even vaguely interested in Guild Wars.
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