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War Crimes

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4 rating

Comment 1: Me tomó tanto tiempo leer este libro porque si no tienes el conocimiento necesario de Warcraft te pierdes en el principio. Las primeras 100 páginas es para ver si puedes mantener el ritmo de la lluvia de información y personajes que quizás no conozcas. Luego, el final me parece... poco concluyente. O sea, el libro está bastante bien, tiene momentos emotivos buenos y acción y hace que le cojas cariño a ciertos personajes. Lo malo, necesitas saber de Warcraft, las partes de Sylvanas son aburridas Comment 2: There are likely a number of folks who are going to look at Christie Golden’s latest novel entry and write it off as an episode of Law and Order with tauren and dragons in it. So let’s get a couple things out of the way first: Yes, the bulk of the book is a courtroom drama focusing on the prosecution and defense interviewing witnesses in the trial of Garrosh Hellscream. Most of what doesn’t take place in the courtroom has to do with the reactions of folks attending the trial, and while a good po Comment 3: I love the world of warcraft world. This took that, all the characters and their personalities, and what happened with the siege and turned it into something amazing! It made me realize what Lore I have missed and explained why certain characters did certain things. It did primarly focus on the trail but it also took time to focus on character relationships, how one leader felt about another and if they truly were allies. I started this book the moment I got it and could not stop reading it till

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

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4.03 rating

Comment 1: The latest offering from one of my favorite authors has a slightly different focus from what Ms. Golden is surely used to, namely the protagonist is not the former Warchief of the Horde Thrall, but rather his friend and confidante Jaina Proudmoore. Though I should note that despite the book’s title, Jaina shares the stage with the Tauren Chieftain Baine Bloodhoof and the new leader of the Blue Dragonflight, Kalecgos. This is for the best since Jaina’s early story is pretty weak, though I can’t s Comment 2: Note: I have played World of Warcraft for six and a half out of the eight years the game has been running. The big thing I have loved about the game is the lore and that’s why I go out of my way to read all the books published in this series. I play strictly on the side of the Horde and so I have a definite dislike of the Alliance, but I try to look at the books with a nonjudgmental view in regards to the two factions though my reviews may mention a dislike of this certain character or faction f Comment 3: I've played World of Warcraft for over a decade, and first played Warcraft 3 nearly 12 years ago. In that time, I've read a few Warcraft novels (one of which so enamoured me with the Shaman that I created and played one for the next year!) In my opinion, the lore of Warcraft is the greatest fantasy story ever created. Yes, there is much inspiration from other fantasy stories, but what sets the Warcraft story apart is the fact that the game allows you to visit the places, meet the characters, and

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: I was pretty sure I couldn't like a Warcraft book as much as I liked Golden's previous Arthas: Rise of the Lich King novel. Especially a Warcraft book that I assumed would be about some flipping metal dragon setting the world on fire. However, The Shattering exceeded my expectations in every area - I may even like it a little bit MORE than RotLK. Golden's characterizations and dialog are all spot-on here, and the political intrigue going on makes it feel kind of like an episode of Law and Order: Comment 2: I really enjoyed reading The Shattering. I'm an avid fan of the Warcraft universe and the lore of it. The Shattering was a great prelude of the Cataclysm because it explains many of the events which occurred in the game, World of Warcraft : Cataclysm, in depth and had a lot of interesting lore included within it that really enticed me such as the death of Magni Bronzebeard. Without reading this book you would not have as much information about how he died and even why he died when playing the ga Comment 3: You will only want to read this if you play World of Warcraft. It's basically an intro to the latest WoW expansion pack that was released in early December. The first adjective that comes to mind is "serviceable" which is not terribly flattering. Still, it was entertaining. It was especially fun watching characters interact in locations i've (virtually) been to and thinking "I killed an Ogre there!" I was going to give it 2 stars, but then i remembered that I nearly got teary-eyed and lumpy-thro

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

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4.04 rating

Comment 1: Arthas, que maravillosa historia, qué maravillosa transformación. Traje una época muy bonita de mi vida a flote gracias a lo que acabo de leer en esta entrega tan bien lograda basada en el mejor universo creado por un desarrollador de vídeo juegos. Blizzard logró que más allá del juego, se logrará reflejar la parte más frágil de una persona y por medio de las letras de Christie Golden, se evidencia esa ruptura entre la entrega hacia alguien (en el caso de Arthas, la entrega en sacrificó a su rei Comment 2: This book is one of the kind. This book captures what exactly means "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". Prince Arthas , is described as the best prince that ever lived, he's not by any means perfect, he is impatient,inexperienced, he doesn't always go by the rules ,but he respects his olders, his people and his duties. If I were to say, Arthas is a very good man and the only thing that made him become the villain is the destiny, nothing more, nothing less. Deep in his heart he care Comment 3: I appreciate the attempts by Blizzard to expand on the lore from the Warcraft universe through their novels. I expected this to be one of the best as the subject of this book is perhaps the most interesting character to come from Azeroth. The first half of the book gave some insight and helped give some understanding of the character of Arthas. Unfortunately the second half felt very rushed and was little more than synopses of the levels of Warcraft 3. People that haven't played Warcraft 3 or po

Pearl of Pandaria (World of Warcraft)

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3.94 rating

Comment 1: The story reads like it's for younger readers, but there's quite a lot of hack n' slash that doesn't match the perceived age range. It was an ok way to pass the time, but not terribly good. The panel arrangement can be confusing, confounded further by speech bubbles that seem to be in the wrong place. In one panel, Li Li has an item, and the speech bubble is the male saying he has something for her, then a panel has him giving it to her (the thing, she already had..). On the very first page, in Comment 2: The whole Pandaria thing is actively raising my interest in World of Warcraft. This book only continues that trend. An introduction to the world of the pandas in the realm of Azeroth. The protagonist, Li Li, is an almost daring character: Though she's a young child she's witty, plucky in a fight, she can win an argument with adults, and she knows a thing or two about beer! Comment 3: Uncle Chen spirit seeks wanderlust and teaches the love of adventure to those who follow him. After a period of time, followers become complacent and happy to stay put but Chen's wanderlust called again and went searching for adventure again. Li Li follows I pursuit after reading Chen's adventures to eventually finding Chen and coming back home.

Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

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3.84 rating

Shadows of the Horde follows Vol’jin to the lost continent of Pandaria, where the troll chieftain's loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . . Aided by the renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout, Vol'jin takes refuge in a remote mountain monastery to recover from his wounds. His time there, however, is far from peaceful, as intense visions of the past assault the Darkspear chieftain, and the ancient Zandalari tribe mounts a series of attacks on Pandaria. In his struggle to make sense of what’s happening, Vol'jin must ultimately decide where his allegiances lay—a choice that could save or doom his people . . . and forever alter the fate of the Horde.

Rise of the Horde

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4.11 rating

Comment 1: Я наконец доросла до того, чтобы читать книги в оригинале, так что проблема чудовищных переводов обошла меня стороной. Даже попробовала сама переводить на досуге, однако несмотря на то, что текст понятен, подобрать нужные слова, чтобы при переводе не исказить детали, оказалось даже еще сложнее, чем предполагалось. Comment 2: Siempre había querido saber la historia del juego al que estaba jugando y siempre me impresionaba lo que la gente sabía y que yo desconocía por completo. Gracias a este libro por fin entiendo el odio que hay entre los que hemos sido siempre Hordas y los que se unieron la Alianza. Ha sido una lectura muy amena y en la que uno se mete mucho en el papel. Además el hecho de que Thrall sea el que cuente la historia hace que sea mucho más intenso ya que cuenta la historia de primera mano. Muy recomend Comment 3: I played WoW for about 7 or 8 years, off and on, but never really knew about the book series... until we watched the movie this fall and it birthed in me a desire to learn all about the lore. I found a great guide for reading all the books and it recommended beginning with this one. Needless to say, this book was amazing, I couldn't put it down!!! I never knew where the draenei came from, or why they called themselves by that name, which means "exiles". It was also fascinating to learn how the o

World of Warcraft, Vol. 1

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3.99 rating

Comment 1: I checked this book out from the library as I recently started playing WOW, to get an idea of the world of the game beyond the Mysts of Panderia. The story is solid and interesting; the three main characters are likeable and I sympathized with them easily and wanted them to make it out of the various scrapes with Orcs and other creatures they encounter.Some of the battle scenes are a bit difficult to follow what's going on, but not in a realistic, confusion of battle sort of way. The dialogue is Comment 2: Supposedly this was book one. I just found it at the library and gave it a shot. Overall I was pleased with the art, although the dipictions of battles were a little too subtle for me. Several of the frames I had to stare at to understand who was kicking who, or who's sword is going where. The plot was meandering but at times engaging. My three-year-old seemed to enjoy it, although I hope she doesn't get any ideas from all the skanky female outfits represented. "No Sweetie, you may not dress lik Comment 3: The artwork is over-the-top super hero stuff that is emblematic of the type of comics I normally avoid. Forearms the size of trees, boobs the size of... well... I suppose fifth-grade boys would probably enjoy it. The basic story is a classic one of former enemies banding together first for survival, then later for the greater good. The character development is a little hard to believe, perhaps because there is so little actual story telling. But you can't spend too much time on story when you're

The Demon Soul

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3.99 rating

Comment 1: کتاب اهریمن روان جلد دوم از مجموعه ی نبردباستانیانه که من اونو برای پنجمین دور کتابخوانی فارسی در گروه پرسی 3 خوندم. باید بگم نسبت به کتاب قبل زیبایی بیشتری برام داشت شاید به این خاطر که دیگه شخصیت ها توی ذهنم تثبیت شده بود و می دونستم از هر کدوم چه انتظاری می ره. اما بازم نویسنده هرگز اجازه نداد که بر اون پیش دستی کنم و همیشه در گوشه کنار سوپرایزی برام تدارک دیده بود. Comment 2: I just finished reading this book and so far I love the series. I can't wait until i can start reading the next novel. Part of what made me like and even want to to read this book was how it is based of the lore or history of a popular game. Reading this book was really interesting because I could connect its characters and events with the games plotline. Seeing some legendary villains and heroes as children growing up was defenitely something very interesting to read. I think the author did a g Comment 3: A continuation in the War of the Ancients book series. Again, we have Rhonin and Krasus with a few friends trying to stop the Burning Legion taking over Azeroth and it flies along at a fast pace. I thoughly enjoyed this book as I do play the game and I am a huge lore nerd so finding out about the book series is a huge trip for me. To find out about the Guardians of Hyjal and everything how Azshara progresses as a character was what kept me entralled in this book.

Cycle of Hatred

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3.56 rating

Comment 1: Alright, so there a couple of expectations you need to set before you attempt any Warcraft book. First, you need to expect that geography will play a huge part and that your familiarity with Azeroth (and, in certain cases, Draenor) will benefit you hugely. Second, you need to expect a very different sense of experience from the gameplay, especially in World of Warcraft, where the subtleties of warfare and magic are boiled down into easily repeated animations operating on a time-based set of mech Comment 2: A small story that bridges the gap between the end of 'The Frozen Throne' and the beginning of World of Warcraft. In that sense, I enjoyed the extension of continuity between the two. It was nice to see Thrall and Jaina in the focus, since they are two of the more interesting, non-evil characters still alive in the franchise. The conflict in this book is also a cute nod to the original conflict in the franchise. The addition of a third character from way back in the Warcraft lore was also a nice Comment 3: I love all most things that are Sci-Fi/Fantasy: books most, then games and movies. I have been playing World of Warcraft since friends introduce to it when Burning Crusade game out. I love the idea of the the game, especially the cut scenes or quest that tell you the back story. Finally I thought I would read one of the WoW novels, plus my friend had been bugging me too. I read Cycle of Hatred (World of Warcraft #1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido. This is my first novel from Blizzard, as well as, WoW.

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

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4.02 rating

The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance. Yet of late, escalating tensions have pushed the two factions closer to open war, threatening to destroy what little stability remains in the . . . Dark news arrives in Jaina’s beloved city, Theramore. One of the blue dragonflight’s most powerful artifacts—the Focusing Iris—has been stolen. To unravel the item’s mysterious whereabouts, Jaina works with the former blue Dragon Aspect Kalecgos. The two brilliant heroes forge an unlikely bond during their investigation, but another disastrous turn of events looms on the horizon. . . . Garrosh Hellscream is mustering the Horde’s armies for an all-out invasion of Theramore. Despite mounting dissent within his faction, the brazen warchief aims to usher in a new era of Horde domination. His thirst for conquest leads him to take brutal measures against anyone who dares question his leadership. Alliance forces converge on Theramore to repel the Horde onslaught, but the brave defenders are unprepared for the true scope of Garrosh’s cunning and deceptive strategy. His attack will irrevocably transform Jaina, engulfing the ardent peacekeeper in the chaotic and all-consuming . . . TIDES OF WAR

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: With the World of Warcraft expansion looming on the horizon, I thought it prudent to give this one a read before the cataclysm descends upon us all. As it turns out, my timing couldn’t have been better. Elemental invasions and other pre-Cataclysm events are unfolding on the live servers even as we speak. Since the novel deals with important WoW characters and their struggle to understand the increasingly unruly behavior of Azeroth’s elements, I felt it complemented my in-game experience nicely. Comment 2: When the Elementals of Azeroth break their link with the world’s shamans, the fragile relations between the Alliance and the Horde begins to fall apart. The leaders of these two factions will have to deal with the possibility of an all out war while each of them facing problems of their own. Thrall, leader of the Horde, is trying find out what is bothering the confused Elementals. To do so he must travel to the old orc home world, otherwise called the Outlands. Meanwhile, King Varian of Stormwin Comment 3: So World of Warcraft: The Shattering tells the story of the lead up to "The Shattering", where Azeroth is attacked by Deathwing. I was expecting it to be about the events of the Shattering, ie the world falling apart, however it turned out to be more about the polotics of Azeroth than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed by this at all, I relished finding out more about Thrall and even about the Alliance side in Ironforge. As a Horde player myself, I have to admit, I don't kn

Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

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4.07 rating

Comment 1: Reader Note: I have played World of Warcraft for six and a half out of the eight years the game has been running. The big thing I have loved about the game is the lore and that’s why I go out of my way to read all the books published in this series. I play strictly on the side of the Horde and so I have a definite dislike of the Alliance, but I try to look at the books with a nonjudgmental view in regards to the two factions though my reviews may mention a dislike of this certain character or fa Comment 2: Sadly this entry into the Warcraft storyline was one of my least favorite. Most likely this is due to the fact that I in no way enjoyed the Cataclysm expansion or its storyline which this is a part of. I feel that Blizzard has tried to do too much with the Thrall character and has done a poor job of making his role as expansive as it has become. The story itself was a bit predictable and the storytelling lacked a lot of emotion. It was easy enough to follow with the caveat that the reader is wel Comment 3: I enjoyed this bit of fluff, being an avid WoW player. I have read all of the WoW books and Golden is one of the better writers. Knowing the lore of the vast world of Azeroth makes the story lines of playing the game so much more enjoyable. Understanding why characters do what they do is infinitely more rewarding than just hacking and slashing through the myriad of villains in a dungeons and dragons type world. This story of he Orc Thrall and the flights of the world dragons won't disappoint fan

The Well of Eternity

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: 3 1/2 stars, really. I often give up on books halfway through, and this was one of them. It's not so much that I didn't like it, I'm just not really into this genre anymore. The story is reminiscent of Robert Jordan and Tolkien, which I enjoyed in high school, but they're literally too fantastic for me these days - I feel this speaks to a lack of creative flair in my game. Plus, I have too many other books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read (The Disappearing Spoon, People's History of the Un Comment 2: According to the timeline, this book and the other two (the Demon Soul, and the Sundering) are part of a trilogy that explains the very first coming of the Burning Legion to Kalimdor. The interesting here, is how a group of night elves (known as the Highborne) are trying to open a portal to bring the leader of the Burning Legion. But it is this work that will create an anomaly in a distant future, that will drag three persons into the past to deal with the cataclismic event that is about to unfo Comment 3: As a person who has never played WarCraft, it was interesting for me to read this book. My boyfriend plays and I read it to learn a little more about this game that I find so pecular. It was tough for me to get into this at first, probably because I'm not really into sci-fi. Once I got the hang of the jargon, I found it to be an interesting story and I wanted to see how it would end, which is the most I can ask from any book. I'm sure I'll continue with the Trilogy, but I still am adamant that I

Lord of the Clans

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4.06 rating

Comment 1: I sometimes try to criticize the book I'm reading. Usually I can't come up with anything(except when the book is so obviously horrible that even I can see it), but at least I'm able to put down the book and think for a while.With this one, I just couldn't. I started this book a few weeks ago, but I couldn't continue because I was too busy. I picked it up again yesterday, thinking that I would be able to finish this (relatively) thin book in no time. And I did. Not because the story was short, but because I was so into it that I took the book with me everywhere I went and read it whenever I got time.This book told me everything I had wanted to know about Thrall: his childhood, who his secret helper was and how she helped and influenced him, how he finally found out his true identity and how he transformed from a mere slave to a great Warchief. I had liked Thrall a lot after I'd read Rise of the Horde, now I totally respect him.The author really succeeded in building characters. All the characters seemed real, even the hateful villain Blackmoore, who appeared to be a pretty complicated character - pathetic too. It would be interesting to analyze him, but I paid more attention to Grom Hellscream. I had always considered him as a mindless leader who only cared about fighting and battles after I read Chronicles of War. In truth, he was a great and wise leader, and what he endured was more than anything I could think of. Even a fierce warrior can have his vulnerable side. One thing I didn't quite get at first was the friendship between Taretha and Thrall. Even if Thrall had seemed like a younger brother to her, how did she develop such a deep feeling for him? Certainly Taretha was "different" and "special", even as a child. When Thrall stayed with her as a baby, she realized that, even though he was a orc, there were not many differences between them. Orcs were not really such savage creatures considered by many - she might have realized this even before Thrall came. Also, the feelings she had for him in the beginning were more likely to be a mix of curiousity and sympathy, as she herself was a kind of slave too. This feeling deepened as they kept in contact through letters, and Taretha began to consider Thrall as a real friend. The development of their friendship might seem somehow stiff, but there was no doubt that she had a noble personality. Her belief echoed with one of my favourite quotes said by Tirion Fordring:Race does not dictate honor. While you remain on my farmstead, I ask that you remember and respect this credo. I have known orcs who have been as honorable as the most noble of knights and humans who have been as vile as the most ruthless of Scourge. Poor Taretha. She deserved more than she actually got.If there's anything I need to complain about... it's that the interactions between Orgrim Doomhammer and Thrall are too few. TOOOO FEW. Come on Thrall you were Orgrim's best friend's son! Why you no talk together more?! WHHHYYYYY?! So sad.... *sigh*For me personally, this book did have too many heartbreaking scenes. Nevertheless, it was a great read and I enjoyed a lot. The story is just great. As a huge WoW fan, I'm totally satisfied. I've no doubt that I will reread it a lot of times.One sentence for conclusion:FOR THE HORDE! \(≧∀≦)/

Day of the Dragon

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3.77 rating

Comment 1: I read this one because my stepbrother loaned it to me with his recommendation (albeit a mild one). I read the whole thing, just because, and remembered what it was like to read books aimed at teenage male gamers. I used to read plenty of those, back in the day. I didn't like all that many of them then, either, but I read them anyway, because I wanted to know the lore."Day of the Dragon" was good enough to not just stop reading part way through. That said, if the book is at all a commentary on the target audience, it's not a very flattering one.For one, the characters were fairly flat. They spoke with some differences, but the way they thought didn't appear to be very deep. In fact, with some exception to the male lead, most of the male characters bent over backwards just to do whatever they could to be with/appease the very attractive elven female. Fortunately, Knaak doesn't quite rub the readers' faces in just how beautiful she is, the way I've seen some authors, so I appreciated that.The prose was good enough, but I had to blush to realise that I'VE used so many of the little "tension-building gimmicks" that Knaak uses, namely trying to insert dramatic pauses into the narration. Stuff like, "The sword came rushing at him----only to be deflected at the last moment by a spell."That's not a direct quote (I'm not trying to insert spoilers), but I think it's a good enough illustration. Either way, I suppose it works well enough for the target audience. My problem was that gimmicks like that appear rather frequently through the entire book.All in all, it was just standard, male teen gamer fare. Simplistic plot, contrived action thrown in seemingly for the sake of it, a mild romance (thankfully, Knaak kept it very clean), complete with the obligatory "hot chick," and everything works out for the good guys (usually at the last, possible moment) no matter how bad things get.There's really not much else to say, so I'll stop there.

The Last Guardian

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: This novel blew me away, honestly. Khadgar is one of my favorite characters in Warcraft lore so I knew that I’d probably enjoy the novel even if I absolutely hated the style, but I loved it. The prose is really lovely and poetic, lots of descriptors and metaphors. The narrative is very introspective and emotion-heavy, which I can understand why some people don’t enjoy it but you have to realize it’s told from the point of view of a 17-year-old mage who has been living in his own head for years, Comment 2: I was really looking forward to reading this book, and I ended up feeling a bit let-down by it. I love the premise and I love the lore. Seeing Karazhan come to life on the page was awesome. However, there's very little little depth to the characters (and they could have been so great! Medivh particularly could have been so great... ), such that the character interactions ring hollow and the ending feels rather anticlimactic. It's not a bad book by any accounts and if all you want is an enjoyable Comment 3: For WoW Lore lovers, this will be a fantastic book. For those of you who might not love the lore as much but are still interested in it, you might like this. For those of you who just want to read a fantasy book, I would not recommend it. I love WoW's lore therefore, I enjoyed this book a lot. I'd give it 3.5 stars considering it's not the best Warcraft book I've read but if I have to choose from 3 to 4 stars, I choose 4. The book can be slow at times but if you truly love lore, you will enjoy e

The Sundering

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4.09 rating

Comment 1: راستش توقعاتم و برآورده نکرد . البته ممکن هست که توقعات من زیادی بالا بوده باشه . من خیلی از وارکرفت تعریف شنیده بودم و انتظار داشتم با ارباب حلقه ها و هری پاتر حالا برابری نکرد هم در همون حدود باشه . اما قاطعانه میگم فانتزی های خیلی بهتر از این زیاد خوندم . به عنوان یه طرفدار و خواننده پروپا قرص فانتزی هرچی از این مجموعه ترجمه شده و می خونم ولی اونطور که من گفته بودن هم خفن نیست . دنیای بزرگ و کاراکترهای زیادی داره تا الآن سه تاش و خوندم و به این خوندم در آینده نزدیک ادامه می دم . نکته آخر اینک Comment 2: Stejně jako předchozí díly je tohle velmi hezké, decentní, nenáročné fantasy. Všechno dobře dopadlo, Malfurion se dal konečně dohromady s otravnou, nudnou Tyrande, ork hrdinně zahynul pro dobro světa, Nozdormu se osvobodil z časové anomálie a Plamenné legii všichni nakopali zadek. Akorát Illidan mě zklamal, myslela jsem že bude lepší badass a ne že se pořád bude snažit zachránit elfy. A moc se mi líbila postava kapitána Shadowsonga :) Prostě hezké, za mě tak 4.5 hvězdičky.

World of Warcraft: Illidan

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4.01 rating

Comment 1: This book is perfect for those of us who want to relive the glorious days of playing The Burning Crusade. It is soo cool to read about all the characters we adore and about all the events that we as players went through in the game. I especially liked the way the fight scenes were presented and I gotta admit that the final battle was described perfectly. Illidan is a very complex character that most people percieve to be a bad guy, but after reading this you may reconsider. If you are an old sch Comment 2: The book Illidan, by William King, is a fantasy/fiction book that takes place in Outland, Azeroth, and the Twisting Nether. The main characters are Illidan Stormrage, Maiev Shadowsong, Vandal, and Akama. The third person omniscient point of view does a very good job telling us all the different sides and opinions the characters have during this book. Vandal and Maiev are Illidan's friend/nemesis that are heavily involved in the story, and Akama is the Broken leader who helps Illidan reach his go Comment 3: The Burning Crusade will forever be my favourite WoW expansion, so this book gave me so much pleasure. Almost entire book took action in Outland. I knew every single location that was mentioned. I think that for that reason only this is so far my favourite WoW related book. But if you strip away all of this and focus on plot and characters it turns out that this book is simply boring. Plot is super chaotic, Illidan and Maiev for being 10 thousand years old creatures are suprisingly dumb. So, all

Wolfheart

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3.84 rating

Comment 1: This is a hard one to review. While I did enjoy reading it, I found the title to be misleading. The story was primarily driven by the Night Elf community. Although, it kind of explains a little about where the Night Elves were throughout the previous wars with the Horde, I would have liked to know why they think so highly of themselves. I also would have liked to learned more about the history of the Worgen. After reading it, I did understand the title was about King Varian and how he reconciles Comment 2: I love reading Fantasy, and especially series that have an interactive component like World of Warcraft. I have also loved reading Knaak's earlier WoW books. However, this particular book seemed to contain many graphically violent and unnecessarily gory scenes, which don't really fit the World of Warcraft style. Of course violence will be included since it's dealing with war on an epic scale, but graphic descriptions of people and nightsabers dying slowly and cruelly are unnecessary. Again, the Comment 3: Very much a mish/mash of storylines that could have done much better with some focus on one of two. The cover picture is of King Varian Wrynn, there is much mention of the Wolgren, and yet most of the story is based on the night elves. Yeah it kind of does all roll together at points but Id much rather see more focus and character development conducted and not attempting to see how many WoW components we can cram into one novel to satiate everyones hunger for whatever they are longing for.

Of Blood and Honor

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3.95 rating

The world of Azeroth teemed with Elves and Dwarves walking among tribes of man in harmony. Now comes the demonic army known as the Burning Legion. Orcs, Dragons, Goblins, and Trolls all vie for supremacy over the scattered, warring kingdoms -- part of a scheme that will determine the fate of the world of Warcraft. The noble Paladin, Tirion Fordring, must decide who are the men, and who the monsters.

Night of the Dragon

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3.76 rating

Comment 1: I was pretty dissappointed in this entry of Warcraft Lore. While reading this, I got the feeling as if I was watching a 1 hour cartoon special if that makes much sense. It felt like there was no character depth or development and the author was writing to simply put out a story for the sake of doing so. I probably should have given it 2 stars, but I am a fan of the series so I was hard pressed to do so. Read it if you are a fan or the lore, but if you choose not to, you really wont be missing an Comment 2: Out of all the Warcraft books, I would have to say, this was one of my least favorite. I found the characters to be weak and lacking any depth. This was, to say the least, a huge disappointment because many of the characters were beloved ones that had been introduced in previous novels. The reader was introduced to Rhonin and Vereesa in the "Day of the Dragon". In that book they are merely acquaintances that could barely tolerate each other at first. Then suddenly they are together and expecting Comment 3: I am becoming familiar with the adventures of Rhonin, Vereesa, and Krasus. It was doubly exciting to see the young Kalecgos added in. He is a character I know little of and Knaak was kind enough to give information on his background. I have not read The Sunwell Trilogy so of course I knew nothing of Anveena and the rivalry. Thankfully there was enough given so I could follow. This particular book was more interesting than the previous (Cycle of Hatred) and the character voices and motivations ar

Stormrage

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3.67 rating

Comment 1: World of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak is the latest game-related novel I finished. I’ll admit I picked this one up solely due to my fascination with its eponymous protagonist because in fact, I am not a big fan of Knaak’s writing at all. The War of the Ancients trilogy, for example, is the last thing I read by him and it was a torturous ordeal just to try and force myself to get through all three books. I find his style overly simplistic and at times vapid and flavorless, though to be Comment 2: The book Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak was a very interesting book and had many different unique ideas that one would not find in most books. Richard’s references to nature and how nature was intertwined with everything that happened in the book was confusing at first how but it ultimately worked. The main character, Malfurion, was connected to nature. The way to best explain the genre of the book, and the importance of nature is to compare it to Avatar. In Avatar the planet where all of the cha Comment 3: After reading the last couple of World of Warcraft books, I had despaired of finding another book in the series as good as the first that I had read. I was kind of disappointed by this book. This story focuses primarily around Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage and the love of his life, the High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind. Sensing a darkness in the once tranquil Emerald Dream, Malfurion leaves Tyrande behind to investigate it. In the process, he is captured by a mysterious evil known as the "The N

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part III

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4.03 rating

Comment 1: Part III of "Dawn of the Aspects" picks up pretty much cleanly from where the previous installment left off. One thing I note might be a good addition to the installments going forward is a quick and succinct recap of the main events from the previous ones. Nothing elaborate - perhaps just two or three sentences covering the bases. I found myself a bit confused by just being thrown bodily back into the action from where Part II left off; although a quick re-read of the last page of Part II refre Comment 2: It was amazing. Knaak uses the POV of the modern-era dragon Kalac to tell the story of the dinosaur age of Azeroth. It made it a lot easier for him to express Malygos's primal, un-articulated feelings in a way that we could relate to. The battle scenes, like always with Knaak, gave me shivers. Comment 3: Great series of books about the dragon aspects and their coming together. During a Warcraft game break I've been catching up on a few books and really enjoying diving into the lore a bit more. Wish I had read the book closer to the events in game - but still very enjoyable now. Comment 4: Finally, some movement in the plots. The first two parts were incredibly dull. Hopefully the novel continues to get stronger from here.

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part II

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4.05 rating

Comment 1: The madness of Kalecgos is setting in as he begins to lose the ability to tell the difference between flashbacks and reality. His isolation is growing inside the Nexus and his distance is noticeable to Jaina. In this installment, we see even more of the terror that is the growing and horrific beast, Galakrond. The draw to this story is the idea of who our aspects were before they were dragons. Before they were hand picked by the titans to the be the Guardians of Azeroth. What decisions did they Comment 2: Great series of books about the dragon aspects and their coming together. During a Warcraft game break I've been catching up on a few books and really enjoying diving into the lore a bit more. Wish I had read the book closer to the events in game - but still very enjoyable now.

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part I

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3.99 rating

Comment 1: I preface this review by saying that I prefer my books in larger chunks, and I can't help but feel that the feeling of an appetite not quite sated may be a factor in my rating of this part of the story. There is nothing that stands out as terrifically good or bad about the story thus far, but I will say that it doesn't end cleanly at all (probably due to its serialized nature). It's not a cliffhanger as much as a pronounced truncation - the story is moving along, things are happening, and it sud Comment 2: I love all of the World of Warcraft books, and this one was no exception. It's a novella that stops dead in its tracks, and the reader is left waiting for the next part to find out what happens next. This aspect of the book didn't appeal to me at all. I prefer novels that are written to completion. I'm on the verge of obsession with the dragon lore of World of Warcraft, though, and I enjoyed every bit of the story in this one. I cannot wait for the next part, but I hope it doesn't end the same w Comment 3: Dawn of the Aspects continued the story after the cataclysm. The dragon aspects were in a disarray. They have lost their purpose and have lost themselves in the aftermath of Deathwing. The young blue aspect Kalecgos gets entwined with a mysterious artifact that may help his fellow aspects but with a price that may be too heavy for him to pay.

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part IV

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4.01 rating

Fourth in an all-new WORLD OF WARCRAFT series from New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak! THE AGE OF DRAGONS IS OVER. Uncertainty plagues Azeroth’s ancient guardians as they struggle to find a new purpose. This dilemma has hit Kalecgos, youngest of the former Dragon Aspects, especially hard. Having lost his great powers, how can he—or any of his kind—still make a difference in the world? The answer lies in the distant past, when savage beasts called proto-dragons ruled the skies. Through a mysterious artifact found near the heart of Northrend, Kalecgos witnesses this violent era and the shocking history of the original Aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Malygos, Neltharion, and Nozdormu. In their most primitive forms, the future protectors of Azeroth must stand united against Galakrond, a bloodthirsty creature that threatens the existence of their race. But did these mere proto-dragons face such a horrific adversary alone, or did an outside force help them? Were they given the strength they would become legendary for… or did they earn it with blood? Kalecgos’s discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that led to the...DAWN OF THE ASPECTS

Warcraft Legends, Volume 5

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4.04 rating

Told from both Alliance and Horde points of view, these action and adventure stories are based on the Warcraft video game.

Warcraft: Shaman

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3.95 rating

Comment 1: For centuries, the Earthen Ring of shamans had been protecting their people and working as one with the elements. But now something is wrong. The elements are out of control, and the shamans are confused, and in this difficult time a stranger appears – and offers a way to solve all the problems. His method of dealing with the elements never fails, unlike the traditional ones, but is the easy answer the right one? There is no doubt that the change is inevitable - the question is whether this is t Comment 2: I feel like this book was a little bit harder to follow than "Death Knight" for me, but then again, as I've said before I'm still pretty new to the whole WoW world. I honestly don't have much to say about this one, it was good, but it just didn't really keep my attention as well as it probably could have. I liked the back story but that was probably about it. I think if you are a fan of of the WoW series and like the Shaman, you'll more than likely enjoy this book.

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects: Part V

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4.11 rating

Comment 1: WooooooW my last wow lore book .. I just couldn't express my feeling about this one .. Malygos, Neltharion idk why but after read this one i can't blame these two proto-dragons about their betrayal since without them our world were doomed already ! :) Comment 2: it told the history behind the making of the aspects but it could have been better served to have been written as one book instead of in 5 small parts. so for the whole series my rating is 3.7 because of the breakage in the story

World of Warcraft: Mage

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3.68 rating

Comment 1: Blah. Got this out of the library, and it's ok. I wouldn't pay for it though, and wouldn't want anyone else to either! The story (if it exists) is mostly told in transcribed noises (aaargh, kraaaak, bwoooom, etc) and exploding images. Plot? What's that? Is this really what readers want? Read it because I'm trying to broaden my reading horizons. Thankfully it's fairly quick. The artwork is pretty awesome though, I must add. Comment 2: I've never played WOW so this whole thing was new to me. The story is actually quite interesting and the character Aodhan seems like he would be good to follow to find out his full story. The artwork however is terrible and ugly and I really did not like it. Comment 3: Trying to read a few books about my home away from home (aka World of Warcraft) and will be reading the novels in order but picked this graphic novel up in the library so thought why not. Comment 4: Una historia muy genial para personas que son muy adeptas a wow esta genial solo ayuda mas a descubrir wow.

World of Warcraft, Vol. 2

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3.91 rating

Comment 1: Collects issues 8-14 of the titled run. Walter Simonson is still on writing duties with art now carried out by Jon Buran and Mike Bowden replacing Ludo Lullabi who is still on board for some of the cover work. Not as good as the first collection with the now somewhat overpowered trio fighting together nearly throughout, bolstered by a variety of powerful allies and even an extra Varian. Nobody in their right minds would voluntarily take on this bunch. The plot-line includes the mystery of two va Comment 2: This is the continuation of the adventures of Lo'Gosh and his two new friends after his memory has returned and he realizes that he's the king of Stormwind, only to discover that there's an "imposter" in Stormwind claiming to be king. This comic reveals the truth of what happened that fateful night and reveals Lady Prestor's true identity. I really enjoyed, the comics and manga they do for Warcraft are just amazing and add so much to the game. Comment 3: While the storylines in this are predictable to the point of absurdity in some cases, things were engaging enough to keep me interested through the book and enjoying some of the action scenes. The time scale in this is weird - it feels like some sections get more pages than they need, while others are skimping, giving it a jerky stop-start feeling. Not a fan of that.

Warcraft: Death Knight (World of Warcraft)

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4.01 rating

A story set in the World of Warcraft universe that studies one of the newest classes in the game - the Death Knight.

World of Warcraft, Vol. 3

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3.93 rating

Comment 1: Beginning the new story arc of Garona and Med'An, this next volume also continues with some of the same characters from the other books. Looks like we are also getting to see a build up to the Lich King battle in Northrend. Only thing I didn't like as with the 1st book, is that it kind of ends without really a solid ending as the expectation is you will buy the next book (which I did, of course :)). Getting ready to start reading that one now. Comment 2: Disappointing. The art style is not nearly as good as the previous ones. Since the series was (imho) heavily carried on the fantastic art of the first installments, this one just didn't cut the mustard. Comment 3: The scourge attacks and Med'an's parentage is revealed... duh duh duh... Meryl allows himself to be possessed by a demon to save Valeera. Interesting, very interesting... Comment 4: Příjemná oddechovka. Kresba super, příběh už spadá spíše do průměru, beru to jako doplnění znalostí WarCrafťáckého universa.

World of Warcraft, Vol. 4

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3.84 rating

Comment 1: The final(?) volumne in the World of Warcraft comic series (I'm unsure if it's still going on) wrapped up Me'Dan's story nicely. The last chapter also teased at a new group of adventurers that would be followed in upcoming chapters. Overall, the four books art and story are excellent, but very much catered to knowledge of WoW, so if you have not ever read or visited the World Of Warcraft, you may have a bit of trouble getting into this series. Comment 2: Nice, very nice... The plot is quite simple and engaging (and sometimes poor though), just as a set of WOW in-game quests. It has only 144 pages, so, you don't have to read those huge book trilogies to entertain yourself. By the way, this WoW special is better than those WoW short stories by Tokyopop (manga...ishhh adventures by

Warcraft Legends, Volume 3

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3.88 rating

Comment 1: This was the last volume of this series that I wanted to read and it sadly did not end on a high note.

Warcraft Official Movie Novelization

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4.03 rating

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects

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3.76 rating

THE AGE OF DRAGONS IS OVER. Uncertainty plagues Azeroth’s ancient guardians as they struggle to find a new purpose. This dilemma has hit Kalecgos, youngest of the former Dragon Aspects, especially hard. Having lost his great powers, how can he—or any of his kind—still make a difference in the world? The answer lies in the distant past, when savage beasts called proto-dragons ruled the skies. Through a mysterious artifact found near the heart of Northrend, Kalecgos witnesses this violent era and the shocking history of the original Aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Malygos, Neltharion, and Nozdormu. In their most primitive forms, the future protectors of Azeroth must stand united against Galakrond, a bloodthirsty creature that threatens the existence of their race. But did these mere proto-dragons face such a horrific adversary alone, or did an outside force help them? Were they given the strength they would become legendary for . . . or did they earn it with blood? Kalecgos’s discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that led to the . . .

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

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4.59 rating

Comment 1: Četli jsme to společně s mužem (já předčítala). Bavilo nás to, ale pak vyšel datadisk a my jsme začali hodně hrát, takže nám to čtení trvalo skoro rok. Bála jsem se hodně překladu názvů a termínů, že třeba nebudu vědět, o co přesně se jedná, naštěstí jsou v knize vysvětlivky, kde je i původní anglické znění, takže jsem se neztrácela. Grafická stránka knihy je parádní, ilustrace jsou krásné a některé bych chtěla jako obrazy. Naštěstí mám doma už druhý díl a hodně se těším na kuchařku, jak si s mu Comment 2: For avid fans of the amazing and outstanding world that is "World of Warcraft" this is the best way to get started. Amazing description of the most marvelous stories and epic battles the heroes( and villains) we love fought and the way they impacted the immense planet azeroth. Great reading, always thrilling and excited to read and learn more about the lore. Simplistic and yet meticulous story telling, ending right before the dark portal events, leaving us with the hype for the next volume, can' Comment 3: It's an impressive tome covering the mythology, prehistory, and history of the Warcraft universe (with a solid focus on its most important setting, the world of Azeroth). The backstory of Warcraft has always been a rather tenuous and patchy tapestry made of multiple sources - the various video games (Warcraft I through III, followed by World of Warcraft) as well as several tie-in novels, anthologies, and graphical series. "Chronicle" is an attempt to basically bring all this information together