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World of Warcraft: War Crimes [Kindle Edition]

Christie Golden
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Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the...

Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.

Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.

Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.

© 2014 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website:

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characterization and back story May 7, 2014
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The book was very well composed, really setting the stage and giving back story for each of the characters with the flashbacks that brought the entire story together and gave credence to everyone's motivations. There was also a lot of excellent character development. However the book asked for the reader to suspend disbelieve too many times in my opinion, such as certain characters suddenly being expert lawyers and a few other things that would be spoilers if I put them here. In the end, that's the only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5-star review, but I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden has hit Gold again. August 20, 2014
By Thilix
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Golden has to be my favorite World of Warcraft writer to date. I've followed her in other genre's and she always seems to strike gold when she does write for them. I loved the Arthas book and I eagerly snatched this book up once it came out.

The depth of the characters in this book are absolutely amazing. I've been playing WoW since right after Vanilla dropped and so I've spent the last ten years(almost) playing and watching the story evolve around the faction leaders of the Horde and Alliance. The creators of WoW do a good job, but they've struck amazing talent in Golden writing for them. The review is so very difficult to write without giving any spoilers but needless to say the depth she gives every single faction leader is amazing.

After the finish of the Siege of Orgrimmar is when the story picks up. Everything has been moved to Pandaria for the trial, a new technology/magic is being used to assist in the trial which really gives Golden an opportunity to explore certain parts of the past and bring things to light. One of the best things about this book is that it doesn't follow the standard court approach that we all see during the reruns of Law and Order(or any other justice based series). Golden took some of the standard court aspects but also really created her own idea of how the Pandarians would have a court system.

The read a good solid read and I ended up reading it in a couple of days just because I wanted to spread it out. I could have easily finished it in one sitting though if I hadn't forced myself to stop reading to take breaks. If you're a fan of the game at all I highly recommend picking up the book and reading it. Especially with Warlords just a few months away from its release date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars World of Courtcraft August 4, 2014
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A very good, enjoyable read from Christie Golden as she fills in the blanks left in the story by the famous MMORPG. In this novel, hated and disposed Warchief of the Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, is put on trial for his crimes against Azeroth. As no one is in doubt over Garrosh's guilt for his actions, what follows is more of a sentencing hearing to decide his fate. Meanwhile, others plot to take matters into their own hands.

Christie Golden has done very well depicting the major lore figures of Warcraft by almost making them her own since The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. War Crimes continues that trend with the added bonus of showing us interactions between characters who under the usual circumstances do not get the chance to face each other in non-hostile situations. The novel largely is a courtroom episode with two faction leaders suddenly are expert litigators. This is easily forgiven though as the alternative was to make up two minor characters just for this purpose. It also has the bonus though of putting one of the faction leaders in a very awkward position. It does tie in nicely with Golden's previous Warcraft novels as well as a handful of moments from the game are referenced during the course of the trial. As it is mostly a fantastical law procedural story there is not much in the way of action scenes, but a good one does occur even though it feels a little rushed.

This is an easy recommendation for fans of the MMORPG and its lore. It is also a given that if one has already read Golden's previous World of Warcraft novels then this novel is also heavily recommended. If one has never played the game or read any Warcraft related materials at all, then this not a good place to start. To that end, I would point towards The Shattering if one is wanting to get into the story without playing the game. Overall, an enjoyable read and looking forward to future tie-in novels to World of Warcraft.
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This is a World of Warcraft courtroom drama.

It's played entirely serious.

Now, either this is awesome and hilarious at once or it's suspension of disbelief breaking. I lean more toward the former than the latter. Does it make sense that Baine Bloodhoof and Tyrande Whisperwind have either the training or formal speech patterns of a trial lawyer? No. Does it make sense that Azeroth has any of the legal traditions of a modern Western trial? I dunno, does it make sense Gnomes can build rocket-trains? No, but we love them anyway. Lastly, is it fun?

Yes, very much so.

Which is bizarre because this is about an unrepentant war criminal. High fantasy things like keeping the Red Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza as a slave to breed mounts, mana-bombing Theramore, and blowing up dissident orcs are treated with all the gravity of their equivalents in real-life. War Crimes isn't a parody, being a straight example of the genre, but it might qualify as satire. Fictional characters in an absurd (but awesome) fantasy world taking conduct in war more seriously than Earthlings today seem to be doing.

The premise is Garrosh Hellscream, much-disliked leader of the Horde, has been captured by Thrall (I will never call him Go'el) and Varian Wrynn. This is, of course, references events which happened in-game. I always feel kind of bad for the player characters involved in these sorts of in-universe climatic battles because they almost never get even referenced. You'd think they'd get a mention now and then like, "The Heroes of Azeroth" assisted them or something.

Oh well.

Garrosh committed many crimes during his tenure of Warchief from elevating the orcs above the other races, destroying island nation of Theramore, and worse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it. It helped understand the parts that were ...
I really enjoyed it. It helped understand the parts that were missing explaining how Garrosh went back to drainor that the game didn't explain. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by David Gutermuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 2 days ago by Michael Orue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by iFrenzy
3.0 out of 5 stars leaving me feeling that this was a complete waste of time
The book is decent. Really nothing goes on. The feel the entire journey and the consequences this author attempted to show about Garrosh's actions were completely nullified by the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Loved reading this book. The drama and the court room atmosphere made it that much better!
Published 10 days ago by Rx123
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Published 11 days ago by Keith J. Pulling Sr.
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Published 11 days ago by Ronald Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!!
Published 12 days ago by A. Maloney
4.0 out of 5 stars Lok'Tar
This how ends former warchief of the Horde...
Published 12 days ago by Konrad
4.0 out of 5 stars I like him, but he's pretty unbelievable at times
Anduin, I like him, but he's pretty unbelievable at times. To see a well established court system without seeing any of this in the games, it's not exactly 100% fitting, but it was... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Carp
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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