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The Warcraft: The Last Guardian: Last Guardian No.3

The Warcraft: The Last Guardian: Last Guardian No.3 [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Grubb
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In the mist-shrouded haze of the past, long before the beginning of recorded time, there stood the world of Azeroth. Every kind of magical being strode the countryside among the tribes of man, and all was at peace -- until the arrival of the demons and horrors of the Burning Legion and their baneful Lord Sargeras, dark god of chaotic magic. Now Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Humans, and Orcs all vie for supremacy across the scattered kingdoms -- part of a grand, malevolent scheme that will determine the fate of the world of
The Guardians of Tirisfal: a line of champions imbued with godlike powers, each one through the ages charged with fighting a lonely secret war against the Burning Legion. Medivh was fated from birth to become the greatest and most powerful of this noble order. But from the beginning a darkness tainted his soul, corrupting his innocence and turning to evil the powers that should have fought for good. Torn by two destinies, Medivh's struggle against the malice within him became one with the fate of Azeroth itself...and changed the world forever.
An original tale of magic, warfare, and heroism based on the bestselling, award-winning electronic game from Blizzard Entertainment.


In a fantasy novel based on the popular computer game, Medivh, a powerful wizard-warrior, is torn between the forces of light and dark as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and make a choice between good and evil, a decision that could seal the fate of his entire world. Original. (A Blizzard Entertainment computer game) (Science Fiction & Fantasy)


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eine Welt voller Mythen 6. Februar 2003
Zuerst einmal möchte ich anmerken, dass dies das erste Buch von WarCraft ist, das ich gelesen habe, ich kann also daher keine Parallelel ziehen oder Vergleiche anstellen zu den ersten beiden Büchern ("Day of the Dragon" und "Lord of the Clans").
Da ich begeisterter "WarCraft 3"-Spieler bin, war das Cover des Buches sofort ansprechend für mich. Ich dachte, es handle sich um eine umgeschriebene Story des Spiels, aber dem ist nicht so. "The last Guardian" spielt in der Zeit vor WarCraft 3 ; es werden Zusammenhänge erklärt, die der gesamten epischen Story noch mehr Würze verleihen und viele Geheimnisse über das Leben und die Herkunft der Orks und des geheimnisvollen Magus Medivh werden gelüftet.
Zweifelsohne ein Fantasy-Schmöker der gehobenen Klasse, da nicht nur auf sinnlose Schwertschlägereien und sinnlose Story gesetz wird, sondern vor allem das Atmosphärische, das Mystische in den Vordergrund gestellt werden. Sicherlich hat man von diesem Buch mehr, wenn man die dazu passenden Spiele aus dem Hause Blizzard besitzt/kennt, aber auch so ist "The last Guardian" ein Buch, das ein jeder Fantasy-Fan gelesen haben sollte !
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Zauberer und Dämonen 3. Januar 2003
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Während der erste Warcraft-Band von Drachen handelt und der zweite von Orks und beide chronologisch zwischen den Warcraft-Spielen 2 und 3 stehen, wandert der dritte Band weit zurück zu den Zeiten des ersten Teils. Erzählt wird die Geschichte des jungen Magiers Khadgar, der Lehrling bei dem Magier Medivh wird. Im Gegensatz zu den ersten beiden Bänden ist dieser Band atmosphärischer und allgemein besser. Die Sprache passt zur Warcraft-Welt und selbst wenn man die Hintergrundgeschichte dank der Spiele und Handbücher kennt, bleibt noch genug Spannung über.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Another great addition to Warcraft Lore 8. August 2003
Von Michael Pappalardo - Veröffentlicht auf
Of all the books in the Warcraft line, I cannot say that this is my favorite, however it was one of the most intriguing.
Going way back into the days of the first Warcraft game, The Last Guardian tells the tragic story of Medivh. Since it was not well explained in the first Warcraft game, I found the chronicle of Medivh and his apprentice Khadghar to be an excellent read, and very insightful to the long history of Warcraft.
When the young wizard from Dalaran, Khadghar, is sent to Medivh's tower to be his understudy, young Khadghar is in for the greatest trial of his life. The great magus himself, Medivh, welcomes Khadghar into his tower, and Khadghar becomes his apprentice. The days and months that follow prove to be some of the most influential in the war against the Orcs.
Since there are many twists and surprises in this story, I do not wish to further my synopsis. Though it is vague, the general idea is there.
This book is very different from the others, in that it does not really focus on the war between Orcs and centralizes on Medivh and Khadghar. Although the war is a crucial part, it is not the main subject of the book. Instead, the book is entirely about Khadghar's trials within the tower and Medivh's struggle within himself. It was very different...and very good. I was pleased to see a story based on the early days of Warcraft. There are familiar characters, and the book even dabbles into the origins of the half-orc Garona, a key figure in the first Warcraft, who unfortunately was never truly explained. Her motives and origins were completely ignored in the first game, so much that even true, veteran Warcraft fans have probably long forgotten about her and her actions by now. This book does a great job of explaining her, and her ties to Medivh and Khadghar. Furhtermore, the book also successfully explains Medivhs re-emergence into the Warcraft 3 storyline. Personally, I was extremely disappointed to see that the storyline with Medivh was ignored in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Though good, the expansion ignored both the Orcs and Medivh, which is troubling, considering how great The Last Guardian is, and how much it makes you appreciate and realize just what Medivh actually is.
I give this book only four stars because the book is packed with spelling, grammatical, and Warcraft lore errors. While the errors of Warcraft lore are kept to an absolute minimum (there are no more than a handful, if even that), the sheer amount of spelling and grammatical, and even negligent errors are very noticeable and drag the book down as a whole. Having read Jeff Grubb's work before, I can affirm that he is very prone to this. Otherwise, this book was excellent, and I hope to see another Warcraft book in the future.,
As usual I recommend this book only to those versed on Warcraft lore. However, this book is based in the early days of Warcraft...if there is one thing the author did very well, it was of keeping the story accessible to newcomers as well, since it is very descriptive, and doesn't refer too much to things that only seasoned Warcraft veterans would know. Definitely a great read. Finally, the origins and secrets of Medivh are revealed, and I was very impressed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Short and simple, but good. 4. Oktober 2005
Von Chip Hunter - Veröffentlicht auf
While this is the quickest read of the three Warcraft books (with less pages and larger type set) it still does a lot to reveal some of the core history behind the world of Azeroth. The mad wizard Medivh has been a cornerstone of the Warcraft story from the begining and this book does a great job of processing the lore into something easily understood.

While Jeff Grubb isn't my favorite author, he gets a passing grade on this one. The characters are intriguing and the plot engaging. The character:character interactions were my favorite aspect (between Medivh and Khadgar, Khadgar and the orc emissary).

Quick and easy to read, but also enlightening.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A good read, one I would recommend for others 4. Juni 2010
Von C. Good - Veröffentlicht auf
_The Last Guardian_ by Jeff Grubb is a novel set in the World of Warcraft, as depicted in the Warcraft games. It is about the mage Medivh, his tower at Karazhan, and his apprentice Khadgar.

But really, it's about the folly of trying to run someone else's life for them when they never asked or wanted you to do so.

The story begins with a look at the past, when Khadgar first came to Medivh's tower in Karazhan. Khadgar was a mage student in the mage city of Dalaran, sent to be an apprentice for Medivh because of his skill in finding out secrets no one else wanted known. That he had already found out a number of secrets the Dalaran high council would rather have kept secret was probably also one of the reasons he was sent to Karazhan.

Upon his first meeting with Medivh, Medivh burns Khadgar's letter of recommendation without even opening it, tells Khadgar what the letter said, grills Khadgar on figuring out how he, Medivh, could have known the contents without reading it (it's a form of sympathy magic), and also informs Khadgar that yes, he also knows Khadgar opened and read the letter during the journey to the tower, which Khadgar wasn't supposed to do, and he would have done the same thing in Khadgar's shoes. Khadgar is told his first job is to clean and organize Medivh's library (which looks like several tornadoes have gone through it) and the butler Moroes informs Khadgar that Khadgar is an *assistant*, not an apprentice, all supplicants to the tower start out as assistants, none have made it to apprentice, and most don't make it past a few days.

That's all within the first hour of Khadgar meeting Medivh, and it's a good anecdote to describe what it's like to deal with Medivh -- whatever you might think you know about magic or history or the world, Medivh's probably already studied it more, has a better and more well-developed theory than you, and will be more impressed by you holding your own in an intelligent conversation with him than by anything else.

As time goes by, Khadgar gets the sense that there is more going on in Medivh's tower than meets the eye. Part of that is Medivh's actions, and part of that is Khadgar figuring out how to impose a bit of order on the various visions of the past and future that happen to anyone who stays in Medivh's tower long.

I won't give away the entire plot, but I will say that Medivh would probably not have worked so hard at such horrible and far-reaching decisions if the various people in his life had not tried to plan out his entire life and purpose from the moment he was conceived.

The end is sad one, yet full of hope too. The lives of good men are lost, but one damned soul manages to throw off his damnation and perhaps has a chance at a better future.

On a side note, as someone who plays the World of Warcraft online game, I've often wondered what the backstory is behind Karazhan. It's multi-player area for teams of players level 70 and above. I've been there a few times, there's a hint of a long and involved back history in the statements of characters there and in the quests that can be gotten or completed there, but I never knew quite what the full story was. _The Last Guardian_ explains a lot about that area in the game, and it's quite an interesting story.

Out of all the three Warcraft books I've read recently (_The Day of the Dragon_ and _Lord of the Clans_ are the other two), _The Last Guardian_ is by far my favorite.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This book was written chronologically out of order 26. März 2008
Von Ian E. Mcgonigal - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book should have been book one to the series, as it covers the story from the first game. I'm surprised for such a good author how un surprising the book was. If anyone has read the story written in Warcraft 1 manual. It's basically an expanded edition. Ok read for fantasy/warcraft fans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The way they should've started 15. Mai 2003
Von Clayton A. Blackwell - Veröffentlicht auf
An excellent addition to the WarCraft series of books. In fact this is where I wanted to see the books start when I picked up the first one and read it. There is so much rich history in the WarCraft games I don't understand why they wanted to start them off at beginning of the WarCraft 3 storyline.
Anyway, this was a well written book and really expands up on the WarCraft history. The characters are addictive and the story pushes you on from page to page. About 4 days to read this book if that.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Very well written.
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