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  • As a writer, I found it interesting from a world building perspective
  • It's made for the fans, which is a perfectly legitimate way to present it, but if you're looking to get your feet wet and acclimate yourself to the history of the mythos, this book may not be the best way to go about it
  • Not at all, but taking that into consideration, I think it's important to know who this book is aimed at


    • by David Finniss

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      The ‘Legend of Zelda’ franchise spans decades and has a rich history and mythos. While I was never a big enough gamer to get into the franchise (not to mention never really having the right consoles), I have developed a respect for it as well as an interest in it.

      As such, the release of “Hyrule Historia” a book that chronicles the series’ timeline and provides an in depth look at the world and characters seemed like a great buy for me.

      Right off the bat, you can see that the book is well put together in a very nice looking hardcover that looks great on the bookshelf. It even came in shrink wrap to add to the


      pristine look. It honestly took me weeks to rip that open as I didn’t want to tarnish that look. The downside to this is that you can’t skim through it while you’re at the bookstore

      Eventually, I screwed up the courage to tear into it and see if the book lived up to the reverence that it had received as a geeky tome.

      The book is chock-full of stuff. There’s a lot of details on the story as well as creature and character designs. As a writer, I found it interesting from a world building perspective.

      There is also quite a lot of artwork. Some of it is a little cartoonish for my taste, but that’s just personal preference. It’s still fun “behind the scenes” stuff and the art ranges from sketches to full colored illustrations.

      The downside is that the book isn’t very newbie friendly. It’s made for the fans, which is a perfectly legitimate way to present it, but if you’re looking to get your feet wet and acclimate yourself to the history of the mythos, this book may not be the best way to go about it.

      It talks a lot about things that you have no frame of reference for, therefore it isn’t as engaging as it would have been if you were familiar with a lot of the events and things that were being discussed.


      • Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, book

      Do I regret getting it? Not at all, but taking that into consideration, I think it’s important to know who this book is aimed at. If you’re a fan of the franchise, you’re going to love it. If you’re not, it’s possible that you may enjoy it and it will look great in your library either way, but you won’t get as giddy about it as you might have thought.

      The real highlight, for me, was the manga at the end of the book. It is an “origin” story of sorts and gives the reader a look at the origins of both Link and Zelda. As I am not a manga reader, it took

      me a little while to get used to the rearranged order, but even that is explained to help people who aren’t familiar with the format.

      If you’re a Zelda fan, I think that you’re really going to love this book. If you’re not, you may want to try playing a few of the games first to get a better grasp of things. If you find yourself wanting to learn more, than you could pick this up. As far as a blind buy, it’s a gamble, but a fairly safe one. The book is so well put together that it won’t be a complete bust, but it may not be the mind blowing purchase that you thought it might be.




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