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Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times bestselling author of some three dozen novels, including the The Sin War trilogy for Diablo and the Legend of Huma for Dragonlance. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy, Day of the Dragon and its upcoming followup, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars for Dragonlance, the Aquilonia trilogy of the Age of Conan, and the Sunwell Trilogy -- the first Warcraft manga. In addition, his novels and short stories have been published worldwide in such diverse places as China, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. 
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  • Series: Warcraft (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471213
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times bestselling author of some three dozen novels, including the The Sin War trilogy for Diablo and the Legend of Huma for Dragonlance. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy, Day of the Dragon and its upcoming followup, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars for Dragonlance, the Aquilonia trilogy of the Age of Conan, and the Sunwell Trilogy -- the first Warcraft manga. In addition, his novels and short stories have been published worldwide in such diverse places as China, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on November 18, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Warcraft, War of the Ancients 3: The Sundering, by Richard A. Knaak

"The Sundering" is the final installment in the War of the Ancients trilogy, a series set in the universe of World of Warcraft. The night elves and other races of Azeroth are perched on the edge of losing their lives and their world to the Burning Legion...

Knaak created a truly epic story in this trilogy, taking the story and universe of Blizzard's award winning game series and creating memorable characters, an intriguing plot, and fantastic battles. He had to play in a world where many readers will already know most of the storyline, but didn't let that stop him from delivering a very enjoyable series. "The Sundering" has to wrap up all the loose ends of the previous two books, and it does that in a very nice manner. I read most of this book in 2 sittings, as I was eager to know how everything would finish up. And normally I'm not a real fan of too many battle scenes, but the final battle in "The Sundering" is very enjoyable; Knaak has a knack for writing good battles. I would say it isn't a fight that should be missed.

As I've said about the other books in the trilogy, "The Sundering" is full of lore that will make any Warcraft fan happy. I loved knowing what happened to Illidan...how he went evil. How Malfurion became the first of the druids. Why Mount Hyjal is an important part of the landscape. Little things will likely click into place in your mind as you read the book; I know I have some new questions and theories about why things are the way they are in the Warcraft universe.

The War of the Ancients is a trilogy I'm apt to read when I'm a little sick of playing World of Warcraft, and it almost always generates interest in playing again.

5/5.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stonyman on October 13, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Based on the other reviews, I am in the minority on this but I found this whole trilogy a massive disappointment. I can only assume that others liked these books because they were so entranced by the lore, that they overlooked the many deficiencies. I've read a lot of fantasy novels, some good, some bad, and this was among the very worst. The only reason I slogged through this tedious, poorly written trilogy was to get at the lore, most of which is merely hinted at in the game.

Knaack is either a poor writer, or simply wrote this as a work-for-hire and gave it only the minimum attention required to get his pay check. The quest text and cutscenes in World of Warcraft are better scripted and edited than this novel. His syntax is frequently atrocious. One jarring example came early in the first book, when he describes a dragon aspect as "humongous". This word is pure 1960s slang, on a par with "ginormous", and is a poor choice to describe the majesty and scale of the Titans' hand picked guardians of Azeroth.

His characterization is paper thin. Only Broxigar stood out as having any depth, a warrior suffering survior's guilt and feelings that he is not worthy of the accolades bestowed on him by Warchief Thrall and others. Shandris Feathermoon was intriguing but never really got enough time on the page to develop. Azshara, queen of the night elves, is vapid, self absorbed and easily duped. Malfurion and Tyrande, while likable enough, are mostly characterized by the fact that their intentions are always good, and they always do the right thing. They are heroes, yes, but they're never really conflicted or complex enough to be very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Demeo on August 12, 2005
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Fantastic story, opens your eyes to more lore then World of Warcraft provides and shows how everything came to be. The whole series is incredible and Knaak was the perfect writer for it. This book is more of a wrap up story then the other 2, culminating with the sundering of the land of Azeroth, but as the Warcraft lore has been created before these books were written there is only so much that can be said or done. It is similar to Star Wars in that vain: you know what is going to happen next so you cant fiddle too much with the past. If you are a fan of Warcraft or just enjoy well written Fantasy novels this is light years better then anything D&D authors have channeled out recently. A must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wade B. (13yrs) on August 21, 2005
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The Sundering is a great conclusion to the War of the Ancients series. Richard Knaak does a great job of pulling everything together and you can clearly see by the end of the book where the Warcraft 3 storyline will come in. Even having played WC3 before reading this series there were still plenty of twists and turns in the storyline as all of the characters, good and bad, reveal their motives and goals.

As I said before, a great conclusion to the series and if you enjoyed the first two books, you'll love this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sickels on September 10, 2011
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This review is for the Kindle version only.

The formatting of the Kindle version is atrocious. None of the paragraphs are indented and the only breaks are between chapters. When the scene shifts during a chapter, and with at least three plot threads this happens a lot, there are no breaks - not even a simple blank line.

I returned this book and Amazon said they were going to pass on the feedback to the publisher. Hopefully this will be fixed soon, but just be aware when considering buying this for your Kindle.
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