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It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword's shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade -- it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy. He'd thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal'Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.

The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. "Turn away, before it is too late," it intoned.

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His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice -- his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the World of Warcraft.

But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.

When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

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World of Warcraft: Arthas
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World of Warcraft Arthas
December 9th, 2015
It is an enjoyable story about the lore of World of Warcraft and has a lot to do about the expension after the Burning Cursade expension.
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December 29th, 2014
A very good and immersive read! I'd definitely recommend this book to any World of Warcraft fan. It does the characters justice.
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Simply amazing!
June 20th, 2014
Loving the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, I wanted to learn more about Arthas. This book provides the story before Arthas' campaign in Warcraft III, as well as everything (and more!) during the wonderful campaign. I strongly recommend this one with all of my heart!
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Wish there was a sequel
May 18th, 2014
Great book, fingers are crossed for a sequel. Lots of character development.
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January 22nd, 2014
One of the most interesting reads of the World of Warcraft story line - Very interesting to read about the going ons of the Lich King expansions.
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For lore lovers!
February 21st, 2013
Such a great book. An excellent look at who the lich king was before he started his reign of terror.
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