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Day of the Dragon (WarCraft, Book 1) (No.1) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Picking up sometime not too long after the events of the game WarCraft II (you certainly need not have played the game to understand the book, but having played it sure adds some depth to this novel), the Orcs have pretty much been beaten. Most of them are held in internment camps, but those still holding their conquered lands are fighting every step of their retreat. Their one true asset is the Dragonqueen, a dragon that they captured during the war, and have been breeding for dragons with which to terrorize their human, elven, and dwarven enemies. Enter Rhonin. A maverick Mage, he has been an outcast since his last mission ended in disaster. He is sent on a quest to observe the Orcs' movements by the Magi council, and on an additional, secret quest by one of the head Mages - to free the Dragonqueen, thus ending the Orcs' airborne reign of terror (and in the process redeeming his own failure and allowing him to regain a position with the Magi).Read more ›
I found this book impossible to put down. Normally, a book based on a video game would be received as silly and pointless. Not so with Day of the Dragon. The Warcraft saga itself has a huge, detailed story, which has always been the backbone of the games. Bringing the story to novel form not only proves to be a great idea, but a huge success as well. I felt strongly for the characters in this book, and everytime I told myself that I was going to read 'just a few more pages', I ended up spending another hour tearing through the book.
True fans of Warcraft have always appreciated the deep story, and Day of the Dragon delivers. When the Second War ends, the Alliance forces begin to round up the last of the Orcs. However, internal struggles within the Alliance lead to border disputes and even the threat of war between the once allied nations. When a mysterious individual befriends noble King Terenas of Lordaeron, he is chosen to be the new leader of Alterac, a nation that betrayed and was ultimately subjugated by the Alliance during the height of the second war.
The Kirin Tor of Dalaran is alarmed that they have not been informed about this, and yet a bigger threat still remains. The Dragonmaw clan still maintains control over the once free and noble Dragons. The conclave of mages selects a young, trouble-making yet resourceful wizard named Rhonin to look into this matter, accompanied by a beautiful and devoted elven ranger.Read more ›
But then it starts picking up speed, and once you're through the first half of the book, you're hopelessly addicted. The plot becomes more complex than it first appears, and major changes that affect the Warcraft line occur. But don't let the "Warcraft" label scare you off - this is not only a solid debut for Warcraft fiction, but a solid fantasy novel that you can read WITHOUT knowing anything about the Warcraft computer game.
Those familiar with the Warcraft RTS (Real Time Strategy) game, though, will find a number of interesting details to enjoy. Though I won't go into specifics (so as to avoid spoiling potential parts of the plot), one of my favorite parts was when a "peon" gets slapped around and works faster. If you play the game, that makes sense.. trust me. ;)
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Having really enjoyed the original Warcraft strategy games 1,2 and 3. I was eager to give the book series a try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kelly Groce
I'm a huge Warcraft lore fan and this book is a great book to start with for sure. Even if you're not familiar with the Warcraft games I recommend this book, it's a great read.Published 2 months ago by Christian Helms
Loved the book, These stories seem to tie together the character's you've played and loved to see for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric J
Great story with interesting lore about some of my favorite Warcraft characters. I would recommend this to any Warcraft fan or maybe any fan of fantasy in general.Published 4 months ago by Ed Rowan
The author has done a good job. Although I like his other works. This book is a pretty good readPublished 4 months ago by AMS
Not just because I'm a Warcraft nut, but because the way this story just ascends! This is the first book I've decided to start reading under the Warcraft lore. Read more