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World of Warcraft: Stormrage [Kindle Edition]

Richard A. Knaak
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the world of Azeroth was young, the god-like titans brought order to it by reshaping its lands and seas. Throughout their great work, they followed a magnificent design for what they envisioned Azeroth would become. Although the titans departed Azeroth long ago, that design endures to this day. It is known as the Emerald Dream, a lush and savagely primal version of the...

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.

However, not all dreams are pleasant ones. Recently the Emerald Nightmare, an area of corruption within the Emerald Dream, began growing in size, transforming the Dream into a realm of unimaginable horror. Green dragons have been unexpectedly caught up in the Nightmare, emerging from it with shattered minds and twisted bodies. Druids who have entered the darkening Dream lately have found it difficult -- sometimes even impossible -- to escape.

Nor are these the Nightmare's only victims: more and more people are being affected. Even Malfurion Stormrage, first and foremost of the druids on Azeroth, may have fallen victim to this growing threat. As uncontrollable nightmares spread across the world, a desperate quest begins to find and free the archdruid.

Soon nature's enemies will learn the true meaning of the name
STORMRAGE


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About the Author

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. 


Product Details

  • File Size: 2269 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416550879
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (February 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037714S0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Dream September 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book does a few things really well and a lot of things wrong which is why I'm giving it two stars.

On the up side the author clearly did their homework on the WoW world. Lots of names and locations pop up in the story and I really liked that I could go "Oh, my character has been there!" or "The person gave my character a quest." So it's pretty easy to get into the world and get excited about the backdrops.

Now without going into major spoilers there were also lots of nice moments mixed in like people from all the races having to band together to fight a common threat (WoW loves that theme), getting to see a runestone in a story and the short but very cool appearance by Sylvanas Windrunner.

So while the feel of the WoW world is really well done the characters and the story aren't. Some of the most powerful people in WoW are taking on a single threat that they end up being able to do almost nothing about. Until the very end pretty much everyone is at best holding line or running away. Seriously, the heroes of this novel run away in the course of one story than Shaggy and Scooby do in the whole history of Scooby Doo.

It got to the point where the last 100 pages where just a slog and I was happy to just be done with the book so I could go read something else. "Lord of the Clans" this ain't.

Overall, save your time and money for something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...so so December 5, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was alright; for me it was not as good as any of the Christie Golden books or the War of the Ancients trilogy, but it was about on par with Day of the Dragon/Night of the Dragon. Knaak's books seem very hit or miss to me.

In the end, this book really was just too long (and I am not usually one to whine about length; 500-600 pages or more does not bother me). The nightmares got repetitious and I found myself wanting to flip pages until we were finished with them. The same characters had the same nightmares over and over, and everyone's nightmares were very similar, and we had descriptions of them over and over. As a whole the book was too descriptive, which is a classic Knaak trap it seems. I was bored for the first 200 pages, then it picked up for a little while, and lost me again at the end. It really says something if the climax of the story isn't very exciting. The story could have been wrapped up much more quickly and a lot of extraneous material could have been eliminated. Knaak either needs to watch that tendency in himself or get himself a better editor.

I also didn't really connect with any of the new characters; Eranikus was way too whiney and irritating, and for some reason I couldn't sympathize with him. Others, like Gnarl, weren't around enough for you to get to know them (oh, and he really named the tree-like ancient Gnarl??, come on). Broll and Thura were better, but I still didn't feel all that connected to them. He tried to make Broll sympathetic with his lost daughter etc, but it didn't really do much for me - probably because he really beat it to death by mentioning it every chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
The first few pages of the book enthralled me, but as I read on the book lost my interest. The battle scenes got repetitive quick, had too little detail about the landscape and the environment, and aside from a few minor emotional character developments (like Shandris Feathermoon giving a daughter-like hug to Tyrande), there wasn't much to pull me into the book. I didn't feel like I *wanted* to finish the story.

Sometimes there was so little detail about the character's whereabouts that I became confused about their location. Example: I would begin a new chapter, converge upon a conversation between the characters, only to be quickly confused and wonder where they are and how they got there. I felt like the characters were pushed through the book. The characters themselves seemed too bland, without much substance.

I'm a guy who finishes what he starts most of the time. If I start a book, even if it sucks, I will finish it. Unfortunately, this is one of the few books that I did not finish. I just didn't grapple me into the story. In fact, it did more than that; it made me bored and pushed me away.

I don't like putting down writers because I think that it takes a lot of time, patience, and effort to write any book, but I have to be honest. This book wasn't very good. I wish Blizzard would employ another writer in Richard Knaak's stead, because I really wanted to like this book but I didn't. With what I did read, for the most part, I had to force myself through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition February 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read all the WoW novels and this one to no surprise was very good, I enjoyed learning more about Malfurion and the lore of the night elves. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in WoW lore.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moves lore along...not much else February 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Those of us that were waiting for the lore to be moved along in relation to the Emerald Dream storyline will probably read it just to fulfill that story arc but it doesn't mean everyone enjoyed it.

Richard's work in writing Warcraft novels is quite varied in quality. His writing style can become repetitive and his over glorification of newer characters can start to degrade the story telling. That is what happened to Stormrage. The back cover that claims this novel is about Malfurion's return from the nightmare is misleading. That storyline is only loosely followed and is never fully developed. Instead, the book spends chapters at a time building up the druids introduced in the Comic series and his own character Lucan which is his "Mary Sue" of the book.

Unfortunately this not only means the namesake Malfurion Stormrage's character and story is never developed, but it also means the action and plot forwarding in the book can be quite sluggish and especially toward the end I found myself wanting to skip over pages at a time just to get the actual story to move forward.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Highly Recommend!
As someone who came into World of Warcraft after Cataclysm, this book was instrumental in helping me understand the lore that came before I ever stepped foot in Azeroth. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Megan Magelky
2.0 out of 5 stars Knaak is phoning it in at this point.
Slightly worse than his usual Warcraft novels, which even those aren't great. The battle scenes, especially the final battle, are dragged out to ridiculous lengths, and every major... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Stanman
5.0 out of 5 stars must read for wow players
I've played world of Warcraft for years now this book is fantastic in expanding the wow universe, well written and with great detail of the characters and surroundings.. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Gassan Maiki
3.0 out of 5 stars Made it through the book!
This was clearly not one if my favorite stories in the Lore of World of Warcraft. The author is clearly gifted in telling a story and all of the requisite suspense, twists, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rob Pickering
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your money
Aside from being extremely hard to read, characters like Tyrande just totally paled in comparison to Malfurion, which kind of annoyed me, how could someone who has been dealing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best in my opinion, but the original additions to the lore are...
Every once in a while, a great author writes something that falls short. Unfortunately, that's the case with Stormrage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B. Schievenin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book really pulls you into the world of Warcraft. The imagination can see how beautiful and deadly this place can be
Published 6 months ago by Frederik
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is a really great book. Lots of details and and a great story. Written in a way that you really feel it is a tale from this wonderful world.
Published 8 months ago by Fredrik
4.0 out of 5 stars must read for those seeking knowledge not explained in the game.
well fleshes out an aspect of the lore explained. a feature most would love to see happen in the online game that was not expanded upon since bc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sarah nelsen
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit dry
I used to play World of Warcraft; I played for quite a few years actually. Then I gave it up. I found there wasn't enough time for my passion of reading and the game. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
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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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kindle edition more expensive?!
Hello! If this follows form as usual, the price should go down once the paperback is available. Most publishers use this pattern. As an author, I think that the price should go down about a month before, but that's out of my hands. I suggest waiting until the end of November and seeing if the... Read More
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