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After killing the corrupt Warchief Blackhand, Orgrim Doomhammer was quick to seize control over the Orcish Horde. Now he is determined to conquer the rest of Azeroth so that his people will once again have a home of their own in the... WORLD OF WARCRAFT Anduin Lothar, former Champion of Stormwind, has left his shattered homeland behind and led his people across the GreaAfter killing the corrupt Warchief Blackhand, Orgrim Doomhammer was quick to seize control over the Orcish Horde. Now he is determined to conquer the rest of Azeroth so that his people will once again have a home of their own in the... WORLD OF WARCRAFT Anduin Lothar, former Champion of Stormwind, has left his shattered homeland behind and led his people across the Great Sea to the shores of Lordaeron. There, with the aid of the noble King Terenas, he forges a mighty Alliance with the other human nations. But even that may not be enough to stop the Horde's merciless onslaught. Elves, dwarves, and trolls enter the fray as the two emerging factions vie for dominance. Will the valiant Alliance prevail, or will the Horde's tide of darkness consume the last vestiges of freedom on Azeroth?...

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Tides of Darkness Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-24 08:47

    Tides of Darkness (World of Warcraft, #3), Aaron Rosenbergعنوان: امواج تاریکی - کتاب ششم از مجموعه فارسی وارکرفت - ورلد آو وارکرفت 3؛ نویسنده: آرون روزنبرگ؛ مترجم: احسان مقصودی؛ تهران، ایران سخن، 1388؛ در 300 ص؛ شابک: 9789648046038؛ کتاب حاضر، یکی از مهمترین برهه های تاریخ، در دنیای ازراث را روایت میکند. این کتاب بیشترین تعداد نام اشخاص، مکانها و وقایع را نسبت به دیگر کتابهای وارکرفت دارد. مترجم نیز نقشه ای به زبان فارسی طراحی کرده، و بر کتاب افزوده است، نقشه ای که موقعیت نیروهای متحدین، هورد و مسیرهای حرکت آنها را نشان میدهد. فاصله ی زمانی بین این داستان، و داستان پیشین یا همان آخرین نگهبان، حدود شش سال است. مدیو با کمک وارلاک اورک گولدان، اورکها را از دنیای خود به ازراث میآورد، اورکها از درگاه سیاه بیرون میریزند، و به ازراث حمله میکنند. استورم ویند، شهر اصلی را تصرف میکند، مدیو به دست لوتار دوستش، و خادگار شاگرد خویش، کشته میشود. لوتار بازماندگان از جنگ با استورم ویند را، گردآوری کرده به دریا میزند. آنها به قاره ی شمالی پناه میبرند. در این کتاب، ازراث نام قاره ای ست که درگاه سیاه و استورم ویند، در آن قرار دارند. همچنین نام کل دنیای انسانها نیز هست. ازراث نام دنیایی ست که انسانهای آراثوری، دنیایشان را به آن نام، مینامیدند، و این نام بر قاره ای که به آن کوچ کردند، همچنان باقی ماند. این که چرا، وقایغ سه گانه ی نبرد باستانیان، که پیش از آمدن انسانها به این دنیا، اتفاق میافتد، و این که «الف»های شبانگاه نیز، دنیایشان را ازراث میخواندند، مشخص نیست. برخی میگویند: اشتباهی است که در نوشتن کتاب پیش آمده، و برخی نیز میگویند: زبان انسانها از همان زبان زمان باستان مشتق شده، و این نام از آن زمان باقی مانده استا. شربیانی

  • Markus
    2019-06-12 08:59

    2.5 starsThe grand city of Stormwind has fallen. The dark tide of orcs sweeps over the lands of Azeroth, while the survivors of the war flee across the sea to seek aid in Lordaeron. But change is being made among the orcs. The Warchief of the Horde, Blackhand the Destroyer, has been betrayed and killed by his second-in-command; Gul'dan and the Shadow Council have been taken completely by surprise. And the Horde marches on under the command of its new Warchief... Orgrim Doomhammer.This book explains a lot. From what I've heard, it's apparently mostly a novelisation of the game Warcraft II, and it definitely filled in a lot of holes for me.From the viewpoint of Anduin Lothar, Tides of Darkness tells the tale of the Second War and the formation of the Alliance. Characters I had heard mention of but never encountered are introduced here, like Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner. And while reading, you also get to witness the origins of both the paladins and the death knights, among other things.The most interesting part is that Orgrim Doomhammer, one of my favourite Warcraft characters and an overall pretty nice guy, is the main antagonist. And the word antivillain immediately comes to mind. Imagine Ned Stark as a bloodthirsty orc, and you have Orgrim. Honourable, traditional and respectful. And unfortunately also a guy who's main goal is to raze your homeland to the ground.The first half of the book was unfortunately boring as hell. The second half was surprisingly good. Like the other books in the series, it's poorly written and remarkably shallow, but it does the job of presenting more of the backstory rather skillfully.

  • Evan
    2019-05-27 05:40

    this book is a good book and one of the best ive ever read it is about the human civilazation and the sons of lothar defending their home kingdom against the horde. Anduin Lothar is the leader of the alliance defense and his close allies help him defend against the orcish horde that treaten the kingdom of azeroth and its capitol Stormwind City. The kingdom of Arathi is far up north and it is farther away and safer than the kingdom of stormwind. the kindom of lordaeron is the kingdom that has created the alliance of lordaeron and will help aid the kindoms in thier fight against the horde. its a good book for World of Warcraft fans. i just finished it tonight and overall it was a very decent book.

  • Kramer Thompson
    2019-05-21 06:54

    Another pretty enjoyable Warcraft novel. Pretty simple writing, but good enough to get the point across. The story was fun, as usual, and I enjoyed learning about the lore of the Second War and Lothar, Turalyon, and Khadgar.

  • Peter Simko
    2019-05-21 10:51

    I have mixed feelings about Tides of Darkness . It had the potential to be the best book of the series (out of 3, as I read them in chronological order), but unfortunately it turned out to be far from flawless. The best thing about this novel is that it shows us how the races of Warcraft started to form the Alliance and the Horde as we know them now. We see how the orcs and the trolls start to work together, Gul'Dan brings us the first set of death knights, and on the other side Rosenberg tells us how the elves and the dwarves became members of the Alliance. As these two groups are growing in numbers, and the confrontation between them become inevitable, we get to see some great battles, which is nice for sure, but unfortunately these battle scenes have some flaws. I understand that it makes a fight more exciting when a new element is added to the mix that changes the tides of battle, but if this happens too often in a short period of time, it becomes somewhat lame. Like the battle of Quel'Thalas. At first the Horde is winning, then the elves and the Alliance unite their forces and they are winning, then the the two-headed ogres show up, and the Horde is winning again, then the dwarves arrive on the back of the gryphons, guess what, the Alliance is winning, but then come the dragons and they finally win the battle for the Horde. In my opinion it's not very good writing, especially when something similar happen later on again, on the seas but that time the gryphons triumphing over the dragons. Another thing that bothered me was how Rosenberg managed the question of messaging between forces. Sometimes they message each other sometimes they don't, and I don't really understand what's the difference between these two type of situations. Just an example: When Lothar realized that the Horde was on its way to Quel'Thalas why didn't he send a messenger to the elves? Either a bird, or a gryphon. I know the surprise factor is bigger this way, but the lack of logic undermines the credibility of the story.And last, but not least I have to mention one more thing I have mixed feelings about. I really liked the duality in writing. I mean it was really nice to view the events from the view of both sides, but my problem with that was when it came to the great battles between the two factions, Rosenberg always showed them from the view of the Alliance. Of course it's his choice, but as this novel is based on World of Warcraft where the Horde and the Alliance are both playable factions and both have many "fans" all around the world, I think it's an unfortunate decision to show all the battles from the view of one side. I'm pretty sure that there are some/many Horde players out there that felt offended by that. I wouldn't have problem with that if the whole book was written that way. Ok, so I mentioned mostly negative things, but it doesn't mean I didn't like this book. It only means that I'm a bit sad because it could have been an awesome Warcraft-related book, but instead of that it was only decent.

  • John Da conceição
    2019-05-21 03:37

    Gotta say that I quite enjoyed the book overall. The escapades of the early Horde and the early Alliance provide some of the lore-defining details that are background to World of Warcraft. Orgrim Doomhammer is an interesting antagonist, not quite a good guy, per se, but not an evil savage by any means. His code of honour when coupled by his plan of hostile invasion and complete disregard for the lives of his enemies made him a more complicated villain than you usually get within the Warcraft universe. Orcish Warlock Gul'dan fits into the more distinctly evil category, though his final fate in this book (perhaps dictated by pre-established lore?) is a bit abrupt and feels like an appendage to the general story. I wouldn't go so far as to say the heroic characters are less defined, but they are certainly a little less engaging. We do get some interesting first glimpses of characters who will later take a bigger role in Warcraft lore, such as a younger Lothemar Theron and a pre-banshee Queen Sylvannas. While I enjoyed this outing, it felt a bit like one long, protracted fight scene once the orcish invasion got underway. But still a fairly good read.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-30 06:03

    If Rise of the Horde tells the unfortunate story of the corrupt creation and madness of the Horde, Tides of Darkness tells the glorious tale of the rise of the Alliance in response to the massive Horde forces rushing towards Lordaeron from the Dark Portal. Great cast of characters: King Terenas Menethil II; Lord Anduin Lothar, Champion of Stormwind and Commander of the Alliance; Khadgar of Dalaran; Turalyon, Knight of the Silver Hand; Uther the Lightbringer; High elf Alleria Windrunner (and her sisters); Thane Kurdran Wildhammer and Sky'ree of Aerie Peak; and the Bronzebeard brothers. Orgrim Doomhammer is a poignant character foiled by the villainous Gul'dan. Fun read, especially if you played Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness or Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (when you enter the ruins and read Gul'dan's bloody messages in the Tomb of Sargeras).

  • Tatiana
    2019-06-05 03:34

    The epic battle between the blood-thirsty orcs and the lion-hearted humans has been beautifully depicted in this book. Action packed, this book provides entertainment, even more so if you are a WoW player. The lore is also abundant in this book and explains several things found in the game. It also links the previous books, including the Warcraft novels. All in all, it is well written, eloquent and is truthful to the game version of the characters described, as well as the places and landscapes featured in the game.

  • Justin Halsey
    2019-06-17 07:53

    World of Warcraft, the greatest game that existed, i have been playing this online sensation for 3 years now. Aleeze: Relm Fenris. Every since the start of the game, its lore sparked my interest, i cant get enough. I have read most of the books and this one has to be my favorite out of the bunch. For the Alliance!

  • Mohamad Gholamzadeh
    2019-06-10 10:45

    کتابی فوق العاده و بسیار زیبا و خوندنش برای کسانی که علاقه به خوندن ژانر فانتزی شدیدا توصیه میشه. من که عاشقشم.

  • Krysztina
    2019-05-28 02:37

    I found Tides of Darkness to be a gripping, well-rounded book. The plot doesn't follow the sort of traditional format where all the fun stuff happens in the last third of the book, which only adds to the enjoyment. World of Warcraft players might want to keep in mind, however, that Tides of Darkness was written in a time before the current map of the Warcraft universe was established, so some of the locations are slightly out of place.Rosenberg's battle scenes are probably the beast part about Tides of Darkness. The author finds a good balance between inner dialogue and actual fighting, and his characters are surprisingly complex for the time and audience for which it was written. That's not to say the rest of the book is dull; aside from a slight tendency on the author's part to overdose on -ly adverbs at the wrong time, most of the scenes are enjoyable, and the multiple story threads are easy to follow despite the large number of characters involved. His dialogue flows (unlike other Warcraft books that tend to get unnecessarily hammy at times), and his characterization works without going over the top.[Mild spoilers follow.]My one gripe with this book was one that was rectified in later works, and that is the very conspicuous absence of Durotan, who gets only a passing mention towards the end of the story as having been found and killed by the Shadow Council's assassins. While we do get to see Durotan's actual fate in later books (Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, Lord of the Clans, and also Warcraft: Legends, if memory serves), I still feel that Doomhammer might have welcomed his former friend back into the Horde once he deposed Blackhand and Gul'dan's influence shrunk. Oh well.On to the next Warcraft book!

  • Konstantinos
    2019-06-03 06:00

    In my attempt to familiarize myself better with the Warcraft lore, I picked Tides of Darkness up.In terms of chronological order, this is one of the first books that you want to be reading, right after the events at Karazhan and the unveil of Sargeras' scheme through Medigh. The book picks up right after the Horder enters Azeroth and is focused around their efforts to take over the known world to them. Some of the noteworthy characters that make their 'debut'(or have their spotlight moments) in this one include Turalyon, Luthar, Uther, Kudran, Alleria and Terenas. After the events in Draenor and the Horde's corruption, Doomhammer climbed to the top of the food chain and became the Warchief of the Horde. Given the preceded events, he wants to re-establish the honor of his kin and discard the taint of the ways that Gul'dan instilled upon them. On the blue corner, Luthar along with Turalyon and Khadgar jump start what is later known as the Alliance and try to drive back the Horde from whence they came from. There are a lot of battles in this one as well. I was really pleased by how the author described them and how I was able to visualize them at times, really vividly in fact.A small warning to Horde fans; you may want to skip this book if you genuinely dislike Alliance books. If you like to read fantasy books objectively though then I think that you will like this book and the kind of spectrum it provides on the initial state of the Horde.PS. You also get to known who's is the erected statue on the base of the Blackrock Mountain and why its there of all places.

  • Leeanna
    2019-05-27 08:46

    World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness, by Aaron RosenbergI read this immediately after finishing "Rise of the Horde," by Christie Golden, and as such it provides a continuation of what happens after the orcs entered the Dark Portal. It is the story of the Second War, when the orcs tried to take over Azeroth but were stopped by the Alliance of humans, dwarves, and elves. "Tides of Darkness" is a novelization of Warcraft II, and so is good background information for players new to the Warcraft universe. I don't have much to say about this book. It's a quick read, despite its length of 374 pages; it felt to me like Rosenberg was writing to a juvenile audience. While he has some key figures of the Warcraft universe starring in the book, such as Turalyon, Khadgar, Lothar, Doomhammer, Gul'dan, and Zul'jin, the novel as a whole feels pretty flat and uninspired. Part of that could be because it is a direct tie-in novel to a video game and the author likely didn't have much leeway, but I still wish the book just had that special something to it. Je ne sais quoi. 2/5.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-29 03:46

    I'm thinking this book may be what most people play the game for. Lots and lots of fighting and descriptions of fighting. Not my cup of tea at all.I'm in it for the characters. Turalyon and Alleria delivered for me. I loved how real everything was through them. Even though they were about to fight for their very lives, they still had a strange attraction going on. And that really is how life is, regardless of what is going on, our "human-ness" still creeps in. I really enjoyed Turalyon's struggle to be second in command and renew his faith in the light.This book was hard on me, because I love the orcs and there wasn't much to love in this book. Thry were mostly just kill or be killed. With the exception of Gul'dan who is as evil as Dolores Umbridge. Orgrim Doomhammer did show that the orcs weren't all bloodlust. He never drank from the cup, and he was there only to save his people. Yes he was going to kill the humans, but it wasn't just to spill blood. He wanted a place to be normal once more.

  • Arthur Levandoski
    2019-05-28 10:43

    Tides of Darkness for me was an interesting read because I've played World of Warcraft for so long it was easy to vision the places and some of the people in the book. I have not paid much attention to a lot of the lore in the game (I know the top level stuff) so getting deeper into the history of Warcraft and seeing certain things like the development of the Alliance and the first sittings of the Horde develop in the book were fun.Some have said the beginning was slow but I enjoyed the back and forth chapters between the Horde and Alliance and the faster pace of that story early on. The mid portion slowed for me a bit as it focused more on the battles, but the book gets exciting as it draws to a close.Overall the book made me a bigger fan of Khadgar and proud to play a Paladin in the game and I look forward to continuing to read more of the novels most likely choosing Beyond the Dark Portal next.

  • Subbramanian Lakshmanan
    2019-05-25 06:52

    This was an entertaining book in warcraft series. I have been playing the warcraft game for years and that led me to read the book series. It was wonderful to get to know the story of the game characters, for example in this book Alleria the windrunner, Guldan the warlock. The story begins with the arrival of orcs to the human world via the dark portal and continues with the attack on the human cities. It finally ends with the victory of humans over the orcs and the twist of the eye of sargaraus. One thing which I found missing is the story of duraton of frostwolf clan who was the main hero of the prequel book. No word was there about what happened to him once they crossed the portal. I guess I'd read about it in the sequel. so far in the series I read about the Story of orcs. Guess the Story of human and elves will present in the sequels.

  • Jeremy Blum
    2019-05-30 03:53

    Tides of Darkness is a straight-up Warcraft II novelization, the sort of thing that you probably could have found on back in the day with 500 reviews and tons of people requesting more chapters about Ogrim Doomhammer in the comments section. As you might have guessed with a description like that, the writing is kinda shoddy. But if you were one of those Warcraft fans who clicked on your little orc peons a billion times until they stopped saying "Zug Zug!" and started yelling "Stop poking me!" back in the day, you'll get a kick outta this. Worth a read for WoW heads because it also features some cameos from characters who later play a notable role in the post-Second War landscape of Azeroth, like Zul'jin, Alleria Windrunner and Lor'themar Theron, leader of the future Blood Elves.

  • Bob Biegun
    2019-06-17 09:01

    In a story describing the continent-spanning war between The Horde and The Alliance featuring combatants from several different races from two different worlds, there are a grand total of only three female characters in this whole book - the Windrunner sisters. Of those three, two have only a single brief appearance and the third exists only as a half-hearted love interest for a male protagonist. All three characters disappear without explanation as the story approaches its climax.Frustrating as this is, I think it actually serves to show how the Warcraft franchise has evolved over the past decade in its treatment of women. There are many major female characters in the franchise now (though many of them are still scantily-clad elves).

  • Sebastián Posada
    2019-05-27 08:47

    Awesome book of the big war of orcs and humans. Good to tell the story of Ogrim Doomhammer and Anduin Lothar.It tells and early story of the global history of warcraft, mainly how the hatred for the orcs started in the high elven society, the first conflicts of the human kingdoms of the north (lordaeron, gilneas, and so on).There are also important parts regarding Gul'Dan and its twisted plans. For any warcraft fan it's a must read. Nevertheless I would council to start reading warcraft novels in order. Before this book any fan should read Rise of the Horde and The Last Guardian, so the plot of this book can be better understood and even become more exciting as you will know why this or that is happening.

  • Alan
    2019-06-04 08:46

    Warhammer #10.Azeroth has been destroyed by the Orcish Horde, and knight champion Anduin Lothar has led his people and his remaining army to the shores of Lordaeron. There an alliance is agreed between nations with the purpose of destroying the Horde forever. Along the way further bonds are sewn between Elves and Dwarves.This is by far the best WoW novel I have read to date. Great plot, fascinating characters, and excellent prose. I would recommend this to all fantasy lovers, not just those who enjoy Warcraft.

  • Giulia
    2019-05-26 11:01

    Dieser Band hat mir bis jetzt am besten Gefallen. Ich fand die kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen sehr gut geschildert und beschrieben und konnte Verstrebungen zu anderen Büchern die ich bereits gelesen habe erkennen. Besonders begeistert war ich von Tularyons Charakter und auch das Wiedersehen mit Kadghar und König Terenas hat mir große Freude bereitet. Langsam bräuchte ich allerdings eine Karte...

  • Benjamin
    2019-05-25 03:56

    Ever wanted to have a recap of Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness Story in a wiki-like way, this book is for you then. Being familiar with the source material it was nice to remember how Warcraft story went about in its earliest days. The book is not without its flaws, in particular it's just a re-telling of the games story without much characterization and depth to the characters, but it was an enjoyable and quick read nevertheless.

  • Eduardo De araujo
    2019-06-02 05:49

    The book is great, nice story overall. My only disappointment is concerning Doomhammer, I always saw him as a mighty orc, but the way Gul'dan plays him as fool is quite embarassing. For the Horde fans, I was looking forward to see the destruction of Capital City. Another thing I missed was Perenolde's treachery, the book took little concern on the subject... but as I wrote before, the book is great.

  • Jeremiah Johnson
    2019-05-26 08:40

    The overall story is decent and the characters are quite likable. The storytelling is very poor however. I don't know if it is because it is an adaptation of the game or just the way it was written, but every battle is extremely abrupt. No matter what side is winning, something amazing suddenly happens that turns the tide and the battle is over.Also, the romance between Alleria and Turalyon was completely pointless and out of place.

  • Haldea
    2019-06-02 04:53

    ჰორდის და ალიანსის პირველი ომის აღწერა. ყველაზე მაგარი წიგნია ომზე და ბრძოლებზე რაც წამიკითხავს, დინამიური, დაბალანსებული, ეპიკური. მთავარი გმირების, რასების და მათი წინამძღოლების ხასიათი და თვისებები, საუბრის მანერა, ყველაფერი უფრო ნაცნობი და მშობლიურია WoW-ის მოთამაშეებისთვის. და წიგნი ათმაგად საინტერესო ხდება.

  • Pablo Giambelluca
    2019-05-28 09:01

    An great novelization of what happened in Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness. Lothar, Turalyon, Alleria and Khadgar make a great Alliance cast and Doomhammer & Gul'dan are interesting in their own way. I'd definitely say that the book is Alliance centered but its understandable because the orcs motivations are quite simple at this point: conquer. Really enjoyable, give it a chance.

  • Rikke Grave
    2019-05-23 04:01

    I really enjoyed reading about Doomhammer's campaign ob Azeroth trying to conquer the world for the Horde. I liked the fact that you get to read the stort from both the Alliance and the Hordes side throughout the war. It may be tilted most towards the Alliance. Yet I find it ballanced as a reading experience.

  • Tiffany
    2019-06-13 05:52

    This book was good for sure. I would say the only thing was that it felt like the battle lasted forever! I know it's war and it actually does last forever but for some reason the book just seemed to drag with the never ending battle. It was at least well written. I love how it shows what kind of Orc Doomhammer is.

  • Leo Cunha
    2019-06-09 08:49

    It seemed promising in the first few chapters, but when the war comes it gets a bit dull in my opinion. There are characters that i wished I'd have known better, but only got a glimpse of who they are. Others got lost in the middle of the story. In the end it gets better, but i was left with some questions. Anyway, I enjoyed this book.

  • Jordan Windebank
    2019-05-23 06:36

    A little disappointing after the first books in the Warcraft universe. The story is solid, however felt like there was a little too much sequential introduction of races, back and forth from Alliance to Horde, and there was no depth or real character development. Still a good read if you are a Warcraft fan.