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The Legendary World of Zelda Book Review

/ Apr 13th, 2017 No Comments

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The Legend of Zelda is a pinnacle of gaming. Originally released in 1986 on the NES, people of all ages, and even those who don’t indulge in video games, can identify Link (although they may misidentify him as Zelda). Nonetheless, many people aren’t truly familiar with the characters and lore of the legendary franchise.

The Legendary World of Zelda

The Legendary World of Zelda

Game Informer’s Kyle Hilliard provides Zelda’s complete history in the new book The Legendary World of Zelda. The book briefly details the game’s development, story arc and the common elements that makeup a Zelda game. The most common error made when discussing the series is the misinterpretation of which character is Zelda. Appropriately, Hilliard identifies who Link, Zelda and Ganon are, as well as the ever-evolving land of Hyrule. After that, the book jumps into a detailed summary of each game in the order of their release.

Unlike Hyrule Hystoria, people of all ages and experiences can follow this book with little difficulty. Though the book may be short, it has a lot of depth and detail. Each Zelda game is covered in chapters that range from four to eight pages. Within those pages, Hilliard tells the story of the game and specifies the items that Link uses on his journey to save Hyrule and Princess Zelda. He also gives a brief summary of the titles that saw re-releases over the years.

Appropriately, the book does not include a summary of the newest game in the franchise, Breath of the Wild. The Legendary World of Zelda acts as more of a bridge for fans new and old that are looking to get caught up on the series before jumping into the newest game. Following the final game summary, the author provides a chronological timeline of the Zelda series, with each game summarized in one paragraph.

Related: The 7 Best NPCs You’ll Meet in Breath of the Wild

The book wraps up with a description of some of the major merchandise available to fans, such as Zelda Monopoly and collectible figurines. Hilliard showcases some of the multimedia spin-offs from the series and gives a quality explanation of some of the games that have been heavily influenced by Zelda. Readers will also find some cool photos that are quite pleasing to the eye.

Finally, the book ends with Hilliard’s analysis of where he sees the Zelda series going in the future.

While the future of Zelda is unclear, there is no denying the impact that The Legend of Zelda has had on video games. No matter how much experience you may have with the franchise, the timeline is certainly not the easiest to follow. Hilliard does a fantastic job of providing a detailed, yet easy-to-follow abbreviation in The Legendary World of Zelda.

After the successful release of Breath of the Wild, the future of Zelda seems bright. Anybody that hasn’t thoroughly followed the series would do well to read this book.

The Legendary World of Zelda: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide is available now through publisher Triumph Books for $9.99.


Chad Whitney

Chad Whitney

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