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#1 leehenshaw

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:08 PM

I haven't read either of the two GW novels, and I read that the 2nd one to be released, Edge of Destiny, takes place BEFORE Ghosts of Ascalon.

So my question is, should i read Edge first? Or read them in the order they were released.

Please only answer this if you read both books.

#2 Zoom

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:18 PM

Well the stories don't really cross over much. You see Logan and Rytlock in like 3 pages of GoA in total, but its nothing major. You can read them in whatever order you feel like, really.

#3 Jostedalsosten

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 06:18 PM

Doesn't matter, they are not connected story wise.

However, Edge of Destiny is set 5 years before Ghosts of Ascalon.

BTW: When you have a question, put it in the Question and Answers sub-forum, not the Tyrian Assembly.

Edited by Jostedalsosten, 23 January 2011 - 06:23 PM.


#4 Bladen Kirst

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:27 PM

Doesn't matter, I would go for Edge of Destiny first if you are interested in the main characters of GW2. Ghosts of Ascalon touches on some nice lore facts.

#5 Mr. Mango

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:55 PM

GoA first because it's not written as well, so you don't throw it away if you read it after EoD. xD

#6 Gigashadow

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:57 PM

It doesn't matter which order you read them in, but EoD was a much better read than GoA.

^^ Yep

#7 Sard

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 07:58 PM

if i had it to do over again, i would have read them in reverse order...to me they are written in noticeably different styles, and i think i would have read the first differently if i had known some things first (having already read EoD)...hope this is helpful...

#8 captainnl

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:34 PM

EoD better written than GoA? I'd say the reverse to be honest. After the second dragon champion I found EoD to be pretty repetitive. I still liked EoD a lot, however I liked the way GoA was written better as it pulled me through from the beginning till the end.

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Like said above they are in no way linked in story. My suggestion would be to start with GoA as it gives you an image of how renowned (the guild) Edge of Destiny is, which (the book) Edge of Destiny will more than prove.

#9 Trey

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:42 PM

I'd hope EoD is written better than GoA.

#10 Eragon Zarroc

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:45 PM

They are separate enough that it doesn't matter what order you read them in really.  otherwise,i would go chronologically, which would be EoD 1st.

#11 Soy Oil

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 08:45 PM

Yeah, if I could do it over again, I'd read EoD, then GoA.

#12 Brother Dulfite

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:17 PM

I suggest you read GoA followed by EoD. Then, in reverse order, read EoD followed by GoA. I find this the best way to read them, twice.

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 09:23 PM

I would advice GoA and than EoD. In GoA, you get to know the races. Their intentions, their feeling, personality, culture. You need to know about that before you should read EoD... really

#14 I'm Squirrel

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 11:17 PM

Each book is a different story, with different characters. You can read whichever one, in whatever order, I suggest reading EoD just because Destiny's Edge is a huge part of GW2, in my opinion, and you should know their backstory if you're a total lore addict. The writing doesn't appeal to everyone though, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Edited by I'm Squirrel, 23 January 2011 - 11:20 PM.


#15 lazykoala

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:09 AM

Clearly no one agrees which to read first in this thread lol. Also some say EOD is the better book and some say GoA is better. Just from customer reviews on some websites GoA appears to have higher scores in most categories, but I have no clue as I have not read either of them yet.

#16 Epoch

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:16 AM

+1 for doesn't matter. Actually, I'd skip GOA and just read EOD. EOD was sooo much better.

#17 Lyssa

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:14 AM

I'd say Ghosts of Ascalon first if you want to read both, because Ghosts is written more with a ''we're introducing people to the world'' frame of mind. You'll get much better descriptions of the races and world events from GoA.

If you read EoD first then your first impression will probably be that ''Humans and Charr dont like each other too much, but its not too hard to make them friends''.

If you read GoA first your first impression will probably be ''Humans and Charr hate each other. This is a conflict thats centuries old and it will take a long time before they are comfortable together''

#18 Shayne Hawke

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:18 AM

This is as bogus a question as everyone who has ever asked, "In what order should I watch the anime 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya'?"

Read the books in order of release, not in chronological order.  There often tends to be a reason why things are released in the order that they are, which could easily be the case here as well.  By reading things in chronological order as opposed to release order, you may spoil something for yourself early on, which may impact you in how you perceive the entire set of novels.

#19 Doctor Overlord

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 05:11 AM

I'll likely re-read the book before the release and I think I'll be reading EoD before GoA.   I prefer getting my story/lore history in chronological order.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 01:05 AM

Personally, I'd go GoA first, as it is more of an introduction to the races than EoD is, and you may get the wrong idea about a few things (especially the Charr-Human relationship). On the topic of the quality of the writing, they both could have been better (especially the end of EoD), but if you want bad, read the book based on The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion called "The Infernal City". Absolutely disgusted. Plot holes bigger than Tyria and an ending so vague it makes Assassin's Creed 1's ending look polished.