Review: Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

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Yes, it’s been some four years since Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon came out and I’ve finally had time to actually sit down and read the book. My only regret? Not doing so sooner.

Title: Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon
Authors: Matt Forbeck. Jeff Grubb.

I wasn’t sure what to expect for the story, but I found I was pleased that it wasn’t really some grand epic high fantasy type story akin to say Game of Thrones or the Sword of Truth series of books. Instead we get a story of a group of “average” (for lack of a better term) somewhat flawed adventurers drawn together to retrieve an ancient artifact. Despite the rather mundane sounding nature the task turns into an extraordinary quest through treachery, deceit, distrust, and more than one haunted past.

I found the story well paced, the characters believable, and the descriptions, be it battle or scenery, well integrated with the flow of the novel rather than feeling like unnecessary exposition as sometimes happens in novels. I especially enjoyed how the authors were able to blend Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 lore into the tale without it feeling clumsy.

Overall a very good read I would recommend to fans of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 lore.

Rating: 8.0/10

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