Correctly called Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, this novel chronicles the events of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: the Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. It also includes the early childhood of Prince Arthas Menethil and events that tie it directly to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. As such, it takes place in the Warcraft Expanded Universe. It is a novel by Christie Golden and resolves several plot issues nagging from the World of Warcraft game.
This novel contains the following tropes:
A Father to His Men: This is how Arthas is able to convince his nation's entire fleet to pull up anchor and follow him to the North.
Arranged Marriage: Arthas' sister is almost married to Lord Prestor and is horrified for it. Arthas is horrified at the prospect for himself. Subverted in the fact that his father was entirely happy with his courtship of Jaina Proudmoore because she was a perfect choice.
Arthas then dumps her the day after they have sex.
Better as Friends: Arthas gives this speech to Jaina. She takes it with a lot more grace than Arthas deserves.
Badass: Let's be fair, no one in Warcraft will ever match Arthas' badassery.
"Ah, Kael, even your insults are unnecessarily complicated. Glad to see you haven't changed - as ineffectual as ever. Which raises a question, why weren't you at Quel'Thalas anyway? Content to let others die for you while you sat snug and secure at your Violet Citadel? I don't think you'll be doing that anymore."
"I must say, I'm rather disappointed in these elves you lead. I had hoped for a better fight. Maybe I killed all the ones with spirit in Quel'Thalas."
"After how you cowardly fled during our last confrontation, I must say, I am surprised to see you here, Kael. Don't be so upset that I stole Jaina from you. You should let that go and move on. After all, there's so much left in the world for you to enjoy. Oh wait... No there isn't."
"You look different, Illidan. I guess the Skull of Gul'Dan didn't agree with you."
"Show your appreciation by getting out of my way, then."
"[to Uther's displeasure at seeing him return] I'm a bad copper, I just keep turning up."
Dramatic Irony: Kael'thas believes that since the Orcs made deals with demons and became addicted to demonic blood that they deserve no sympathy because anyone stupid enough to do that is an idiot. This is exactly what starts to happen to Kael'thas and his followers in the Warcraft III expansion, and what ends up happening in World of Warcraft.
Foreshadowing: "Now I wonder if there are such things as ghosts, too. If there are, our prince will be ten thick in them." The Lich King eventually meets his demise in World of Warcraft when Frostmourne gets shattered, and he becomes overwhelmed with the ghosts of all those he had slain before.
Bonus: That quote is credited to Uther the Lightbringer, who just so happens to become one of those ghosts.
Mythology Gag: The book lingers for a while to tell the reader that Thrall's escape from Durnholde Keep spawned quite a bit of Wild Mass Guessing over how he actually managed to accomplish this, with some rumors going as far as "A Dragon Did It". Of course, people who've read Lord of the Clans would know that Taretha, the local servant-girl mentioned earlier was the one who helped him escape.
The "dragon did it" rumors add to the gag. In-game, Thrall is indeed released by several heroes under the employ of a dragon.
The Obi-Wan: Uther Lightbringer and Muradin Bronzebeard.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Give my regards to hell, you son of a bitch.
Prince Charming: Arthas is believed to be this by Jaina (and everyone else). Kael'thas thinks he is, but fails utterly in convincing Jaina of it.
Prince Charmless: This is what Arthas actually turns out to be. After taking Jaina's virginity and more or less leading her to believe she's going to be his wife, he suddenly gives her the "let's be friends" speech.
Kael'thas held a torch out for Jaina, but she thought it was creepy rather than flattering due to their titanic age difference.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Again, subverted. Everyone assumes that Arthas is actually the loyal and doting son of his father. In fact, Arthas has greatly mixed feelings about his father, right up until Arthas kills him.