250 years ago, Ascalon burned . . .
Desperate to defend his land from advancing hordes of bestial charr, King Adelbern summoned the all-powerful Foefire to repel the invaders. But magic can be a double-edged sword—the Foefire burned both charr and human alike. While the charr corpses smoldered, the slain Ascalonians arose again, transformed by their king’s rage into ghostly protectors and charged with guarding the realm . . . forever. The once mighty kingdom became a haunted shadow of its former glory.
Centuries later, the descendants of Ascalon, exiled to the nation of Kryta, are besieged on all sides. To save humankind, Queen Jennah seeks to negotiate a treaty with the hated charr. But one obstacle remains. The charr legions won’t sign the truce until their most prized possession, the Claw of the Khan-Ur,is returned from the ruins of fallen Ascalon.
Now a mismatched band of adventurers, each plagued by ghosts of their own, sets forth into a haunted, war-torn land to retrieve the Claw. Without the artifact, there is no hope for peace between human and charr—but the undead king who rules Ascalon won’t give it up easily, and not everyone wants peace!
I started off by downloading a sample of this book, and before I knew it I was finished with that and dying for more. I ended up reading the whole thing in just a few days. Even better i got to the last page without even realizing it was the last page. I'm already hoping for another book. This book was a page turner from page one with great action, great character development and a fantastic story. It's great for guild wars fans and gives you a lot of great history on the game, as well as a bit of insight to the upcoming gw2. There is a timeline and map included that are helpful for understanding a bit more about the guild wars world. Also lets you in on some skills and professions coming up in gw 2, as well as give you a bit more insight to the races we already know, as well as the new race. If you love guild wars lore, you will love this book.
The book literally keeps you running with the characters . Speaking of characters , they actively have
you have an attitude towards them . It took me for a ride that I couldn't predict at any time. Amazing .
Awesome, but sadly a bit too short.
The lore in the book is quite interesting. If you don't know about the fall of ascalon then this is a great start.
Towards the end, though, the story seemed to feel a bit rushed as if the author was trying to appeal to an audience with a dying attention span.
Some of the characters made choices that seemed either pointless, or just not thought out.
Overall, though, I loved it. It's great Guild Wars lore with an excellent twist at the end. You find yourself attached to the party and the story will bring you to some sad realizations.