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Product Details

  • Series: Warcraft
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Pbk. Ed edition (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.

More About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.

Customer Reviews

It's a terribly written book with a mediocre plot.
Paul Reilly
This book is only for hardcore fans who can tolerate a bad book, or for those who absolutely have to experience all things Warcraft.
Erik G. Hermon
Unlike most novels set in the Warcraft universe, this one doesn't really add anything at all to the world.
Leeanna Chetsko

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. Segal on August 2, 2007
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This is without a doubt, the worst warcraft novel ever written. I have read and own all the warcraft novels ( and the manga as well), and for the most part they are well done and greatly add to the richness of the Warcraft universe.
The plot is flat, easily guessed in advance and reveals no new lore. The characters are stale, and worst and most unforgivable of all, the staple characters in the novel don't act at all as they should. I wonder if DeCandido did any research at all before writing. He makes Jaina look stupid and severely downplays her power as a wizard, while increasing her importance to the alliance. He makes Thrall even stupider and a woman hater, which is laughable considering he of all members of the horde actually fights for womens rights.
If we are lucky DeCandido, will never be allowed to pen another Warcraft novel. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one, unless you can bear to see your favorite characters butchered ( personality wise) in an effort to glean what little lore this novel possesses.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Edward Novak on February 5, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before we start, I'd like to confess that I only made it to Chapter 7 before throwing this book against my wall, to lie forever alone and dejected beneath the chair it slid under. This book is a travesty of both the English language and the Warcraft universe it purpotedly takes place in.

Why do the orcs and humans have Southern accents? Why is Thrall a mysoginist who considers women unfit for a warrior's duty, despite his strong, heroic mother? Why did Blizzard actually allow this book to be published?

I'm a Warcraft geek, as you probably are, too, if you're considering buying this novel. I love the universe, and the heroic characters within it. I've argued that certain races should be affiliated with one side or the other, and whether the Horde of the Alliance are the true "good guys" of Warcraft. I even edit the Wikipedia entries. And so, as a fellow geek and fan of the setting, let me warn you: do not waste your money on this garbage.

This book sucks. I'm embarassed to have owned it.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on December 13, 2006
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See that phrase I wrote above? Keith R.A. DeCandido puts this type of phrase with the word "latter" at least once in every chapter. Considering the book takes a few hours to read, you end up coming by this word every 10 mins. It's like he based his sentences not around fitting to the storyline - but rather to fit his new found word in his book so he may look semi intelligent.....There are not many books I can say look like they have been written by a 15 year old (no offense SE Hinton), but sadly this is one of them.

Now I am a World of Warcraft freak - so anything that has to do with WoW, I will devour. This book wasn't bad. But it certainly wasn't good. I couldn't believe Decandido is a USA today's bestselling author....perhaps he wrote the phonebooks one year and they brushed aside the fact everyone gets one, and deemed him a bestseller? Who knows.

All I know is that I don't recommend you spending any money on this book. If you find yourself stuck at grandmas house for the day and have nothing to do other than watch her nod of from her afternoon morphine nap - then you find this book in the ditch while sneaking one of nannys menthols....perhaps you might enjoy a few hours of Mr. Decandidos repetative blabber.

- epi
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on November 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Set a year prior to the opening of the World of Warcraft MMO, "Cycle of Hatred" would perhaps better be titled "Cycle of Blah." Unlike most novels set in the Warcraft universe, this one doesn't really add anything at all to the world.

The plot is mediocre and has no twists or turns - it's straightforwardly flat. You easily guess what's going to happen. Jaina Proudmoore and Thrall aren't true to their established characterization; it feels like the author didn't do any research before writing this book. There are three strong female characters in the book; DeCandido constantly harps on how a woman has to work harder than a man to be in power. It's very overdone, and I was rolling my eyes the second time it came up, let alone the third, the fourth, etc. The characters and plot feel very flat, very one dimensional.

For me, this is the worst of the World of Warcraft novels. I've read all multiple times, and this is my least favorite and the least enjoyable. It's blah - not good, not bad - just blah. If you're a WoW player, or curious about the universe, and want to read some of the books, I recommend you pick something other than this one.

1/5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Reilly on May 24, 2009
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This book holds the honor of being the only book I have ever thrown in the garbage in anger before finishing. It's a terribly written book with a mediocre plot. Checking the author's personal web site revealed why he painted the characters the way he did. The plot just seems to ooze with the author's personal socio-politcal beliefs which might not be a bad thing if such beliefs furthered the plot along. It's not enough for the author to paint women as strong and influential (which is often done, and done well, in the Warcraft universe). No, the author also has to paint nearly all males in the book as mean and/or ignorant. I'm not hard to please when it comes to fantasy novels but this book was unbearably bad. If you're craving some more Warcraft lore, go back and re-read one of the books by Knaak, Golden, Rosenburg, or Grubb. I read them and enjoyed them all. How Blizzard let this book slip by their quality control is simply beyond me.
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