Edge of Destiny
Destiny called - they answered.In the dark recesses of Tyria, elder dragons[sic]have awoken from millennial slumbers. First came Primordus, which stirred in the Depths forcing the asura to flee to the surface. Half a century later, Jormag awoke and drove the norn from the frozen climes of the Northern Shiverpeaks, corrupting sons and brothers along the way. A generation later, Zhaitan arose in a cataclysmic event that reshaped a continent and flooded the capital of the human nation of Kryta.
The races of Tyria stand on the edge of destiny. Heroes have battled against dragon minions, only to be corrupted into service of the enemy. Armies have marched on the dragons and been swept aside. The dwarves sacrificed their entire race to defeat a single dragon champion. The age of mortals may soon be over.
This is a time for heroes. While the races of Tyria stand apart, six heroic individuals will come together to fight for their people: Eir, the norn huntress with the soul of an artist; Snaff, the asuran genius, and his ambitious assistant Zojja; Rytlock, the ferocious charr warrior in exile; Caithe, a deadly sylvari with deep secrets; and Logan, the valiant human guardian dealing with divided loyalties. Together they become Destiny's Edge. Together they answer the call. But will it be enough?
— Edge of Destiny
Edge of Destiny, written by J. Robert King, is the second of three novels to bridge the time between the original game series and Guild Wars 2. It was released on December 28, 2010, though some online and retail stores began selling it as early as December 23.
The main plot is set six years before the events of Guild Wars 2 with the events occurring over one year. It deals with how Destiny's Edge was formed, its involvement in defeating the Elder Dragon's champions, and its eventual disbanding.
The book starts with multiple separated stories that follow Caithe, Eir, Rytlock, and Logan individually. Caithe, Rytlock, and Logan quickly meet up, with the latter two being rivals forced to fight and flee together from ogres. Meanwhile, in the Shiverpeak Mountains, Snaff and Zojja appear before Eir, commissioning work from her. The group joins together for the first time in Lion's Arch where they begin their journey to fight the Dragonspawn and other Elder Dragon champions.
The first chapter was and remains available for free here as a .pdf excerpt released on December 22, 2010. This does not include the prologue chapter.
The release date for the book differed according to language and/or region:
|English||North America - December 28, 2010||Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster||Edge of Destiny||ISBN 978-1-4165-8960-0|
|German||Germany - April 12, 2011||Panini Books||Die Herrschaft der Drachen||ISBN 978-3-8332-2237-5|
|French||France - November 29, 2011||Bibliothèque Interdite||Le Lien De La Destinée||ISBN 978-2-3596-1071-0|
|Hungarian||Hungary - 2012||PlayON!||A Végzet Pereme||ISBN 978-963-89622-0-1|
- The book is currently selling for $5.44 USD.
- The title of the book is based off of Destiny's Edge's name (also read as "Edge of Destiny").
- There is a bookcart in Divinity's Reach which has a description about having a book titled "Edge of Destiny" by Sangjo of Lion's Arch.
- Madame Dort, an asuran chirurgeon, features in the story.
- Novel characters — for a complete list of characters appearing in all novels. May contain spoilers.
- ^ The New Guild Wars Novel – Edge of Destiny, David Campbell, ArenaNet's official blog
- ^ Guild Wars: Edge of Destiny, Amazon