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 rose 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.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck. Jeff Grubb. 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. 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. 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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages.
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Sort order. Start your review of Ghosts of Ascalon Guild Wars, 1. Guild Wars saved my life. Oh no, that sounds mawkish and hammy.
Guild Wars changed my life? Certainly more accurate of a statement, but still too mawkish and hammy. Let's just say that Guild Wars had a considerable impact on my life and I'm very glad it did.
So, here's less of a review and more of a story involving myself and this Guild Wars book. It all started a few years ago, Summer My grandfather in Florida was convinced that he was about to die, so with some contention my mother and I Guild Wars saved my life. My grandfather in Florida was convinced that he was about to die, so with some contention my mother and I made the trip from New York to Florida to go be by my grandfather's side.
I've never been close with my grandfather, neither geographically nor emotionally, but I went only to accompany my mother. Actually I think it may have been in September, not summer.
Either way it was hot. But then, it was Florida. Turns out my grandfather was not dying fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look at it. He just tends to over-dramatize and exaggerate things He's still alive and kicking to this day, except now he lives with us in New York oh my. The first thing my mother and I did upon landing in Florida was go to the supermarket to buy some food we could be confident enough in eating safely, and to Barnes and Noble to stock up on some supplies to pass the time during the excruciating days we were surely about to endure.
My grandfather is a bit of an infamous character in my family. Let's just say he's not the nicest or most reasonable man that ever lived. I wasn't much of a reader at the time, but I knew I'd need to buy something if I were to survive. I had also brought my Playstation 2 along, hoping to catch up on some older games. I brought Shadow of the Colossus , which I hadn't played at the time, and Jak 3 , which I've been trying to beat since I was 10 years old.
To this day I still struggle with the tutorial level. I have no idea why; according to others it's not a very difficult game, but for me it seems to be impossible.
At Barnes and Noble I picked out two Guild Wars books this one and Edge of Destiny , both tie-ins to the video game series, because I was looking forward to the then-upcoming Guild Wars 2 game which was set to be released around that time and I wanted to familiarize myself with the universe and lore.
I also picked up The Catcher in the Rye because I was surely aware of the classic and controversial nature of the book. Plus it was like five bucks. I've always been a bit more nerdy than I was angsty, so when we finally arrived at my grandfather's house, I tossed Catcher in the Rye aside and opened up Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon. Unknown to me at the time, the choice of the Asura and Charr of Tyria over Holden Caulfield of New York was undoubtedly critical to the course my life would subsequently take.
It's been too long for me to really remember the quality of the work. It was certainly a wonderful addition to the Guild Wars universe and lore, even if only solid fantasy fare. I remember it being very immersing and exciting. But then it was in contrast to my grumpy grandfather and his insect infested house littered with snot-rags and pill bottles, made only worse by the unbearable Florida September.
I'm sure even Hemingway would seem fantastical when read in such a context. Nonetheless I tore through both Guild Wars novels in a mere three days.
By my calculations that's pages in three days, or I'm not sure I've read that much in such a short span of time since. And I have yet to find a book as enthralling and compelling as those Guild Wars books were.
It was the perfect combination of wanting to escape, having enjoyable escapist fiction, and having the excitement of discovering a new interest that being reading, and I suppose to a lesser extent the Guild Wars lore. It's not like all I did was read while in Florida I seem to recall also getting into an argument with my grandfather about Michael Jackson and discovering a bunch of maggots in my bowl of cereal.
Ah, good times! But it was these two Guild Wars tie-in novels that popped my literary cherry. Who needs Catcher in the Rye when you have some great genre fiction? To exemplify the change I went through, on the plane ride to Florida I read a video game magazine and a martial arts magazine that I had picked up at the airport I wasn't into martial arts but that particular issue was specially dedicated to the films of Bruce Lee.
And Bruce Lee is awesome. On the plane ride back from Florida however, I was already knee-deep in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
After that I continued to read here and there. Burroughs, some Philip K. Dick, some Edgar Allan Poe. Expected stuff for a new teenage reader. And then that December, , I signed up for Goodreads, which was where I really got into reading and reading about reading. I don't even really read much in the fantasy genre, nor am I very interested in many high fantasy works in the vein of Guild Wars.
But I still treasure the memory of reading those two Guild Wars novels, and they did something far more than getting me into a genre or increasing my interest in a particular video game; they helped me survive nearly a week with my grandfather! Oh, and they also sort of opened the door for me into an entire new artistic medium. Which in turn, I think, made me into a better, smarter person, and also introduced me to many more interests and fascinations. Somewhat ironically, my grandfather has recently asked me to write an account of his life.
He said it could be a bestseller half-jokingly, half hoping. He even has a title for it. Clearly he's put a lot of thought into this.
I guess he's afraid to die or to be forgotten or something. It was of course because he knew I liked reading and dabbled in writing that he asked me. So now I am somewhat obligated to write this man's biography.
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