God of War: Lore and Legends: Lore & Legends
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After her death, he had a vision of her looking happy, and he wondered whether she knew everything that was to come. In addition, it contains illustrations and commentary from the artists who worked on the game, as well as information about the creation of the main characters, Kratos and Atreus.
When Atreus asked Mimir about why Kratos was dispirited, Mimir explained that his father may be the best fighter he'd seen, but this Ragnarok business was to do with fate, and it couldn't be stopped by just fighting. He knew that after he found out he was a god, he started to act arrogant and cocky, even to the point of killing Modi. Through his mother's stories, Atreus fantasised about one day meeting all the animals and people in myth- except for the gods. It can be hard reading all of this while playing the game, what with all the monster smashing, so it's nice to sit down and read this as it's own thing.It's cool seeing it written from Atreus's point of view but unless I've got the book open while playing the game, it was pretty dry.
Atreus also notes how after they came home, Kratos started using his blades more often- with the rise of so many Hel-Walkers, they don't have a choice. Before, Mimir explained how people felt a special kind of hate for the ones who kill their children, and that it was possible Freya could come to forgive them, given time. They went out to scout Midgard using the Mystic Gateways, and in some places like the Jotnar marketplace, it was totally deserted except for a few Hel-Reavers. I really love how Atreus talks about seeing things from a different point of view, even familiar things.
They talked more about how the vole felt, and also recent developments in Wildwoods, like the wolf packs falling sick and mysterious ravens in the distance. His mother was so powerful that she was able to see the whole journey ahead, and he knew her power of prophecy was special. I would have preferred covering more of the side missions, seeing more of the treasure maps and other items collected and less "throw your axe at this monster", but overall it's a nice companion to "The Art of God of War". Atreus tried to reach out to her using her special ability, and it worked, but she sensed the intrusion.
Whether you're a fan of the God of War games or just have an interest in mythology, this book is a must-read. Unfortunately it does read a little more like a gameplay guide rather than an actual journal on all the creatures, but it still has all the details on the things you'll be fighting. I would reccomend this for anyone who is interested in learning more about the creatures and world of GOW.
Delving into the more obscure didn't really interest me, and I also never got a good feel of which parts are actual Norse mythology and which parts are made for this game. At some point, Kratos tried to visit Freya, first by using the entrance of vines, but he discovered it was covered once again. The book is divided into several chapters, each of which focuses on a different character, creature, or event from the games. Most of the paragraphs could have been written from any POV and been the same, and this feels a bit of a waste. At one point, Atreus was able to carry two buckets of water, which showed he was getting stronger from his illness- but he was also angry because he thought his father considered him weak, like he had to take care of Atreus all the time.
Most of their friends thought that Fimbulwinter had come, albeit extremely early, and Mimir theorised that it was Baldur's death that did something weird to the cycle.Atreus recounts journal entries he wrote before his mother died, remembering how he was only six years old when his mother handed him a leather-bound sheaf of blank pages and told him the first two years of writing would be "practice. This hardcover volume chronicles Atreus and Kratos' journey through the fabled Nine Realms, from the Wildwoods of Midgard to the mountains of J�tunheim and beyond.