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World of Warcraft: Wolfheart [Kindle Edition]

Richard A. Knaak
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the wake of the Cataclysm, conflict has engulfed every corner of Azeroth. Hungering for more resources amid the turmoil, the Horde has pressed into Ashenvale to feed its burgeoning war machine. There, acting warchief Garrosh Hellscream has employed a brutal new tactic to conquer the region and crush its night elf defenders, a move that will cripple the Alliance’s power throughout the World of Warcraft.

Unaware of the disaster brewing in Ashenvale, the night elves’ legendary leaders, High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind and Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage, conduct a summit near Darnassus in order to vote the proud worgen of Gilneas into the Alliance. However, resentment of Gilneas and its ruler, Genn Greymane, runs deep in Stormwind’s King Varian Wrynn. His refusal to forgive Genn for closing his nation off from the rest of the world years ago endangers more than just the summit: it threatens to unravel the Alliance itself.

Varian’s animosity is only one of many unsettling developments in Darnassus. An uneasiness creeps over the once-immortal night elves as the first of them fall victim to the infirmities of age. While they cope with their mortality, tensions flare over the reintroduction of the Highborne, formerly the highest caste of night elf nobility, into their society. Many night elves are unable to pardon the Highborne for the destruction unleashed on Azeroth millennia ago by their reckless use of magic.

When a murdered Highborne is discovered on the outskirts of Darnassus, Malfurion and Tyrande move to stop further bloodshed and unrest by appointing one of the night elves’ most cunning and skilled agents to find the killer: the renowned warden Maiev Shadowsong. Yet with all that is transpiring in Darnassus, the Alliance might be powerless to stop the relentless new warchief Garrosh from seizing the whole of Ashenvale.


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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 and the Legend of Huma. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy and Day of the Dragon and its upcoming follow-up, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars, 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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  • File Size: 5308 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006W3YO7Y
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4KXLE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Warcraft book, don't hesitate to buy! September 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover
As an avid fan of the Warcraft series and lore, I found this book great. The story and action were detailed but doesnt drag on. The action sequences are epic and the storyline itself is well written.

Overall the book is written pretty well except for some minor pet peeves that I have.

Heres some information for you Knaak, if an object is fired from a bow, its called an arrow, if its fired from a crossbolt THEN you can call it a bolt......

But seriously, check this book out. Its a good read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WoW Novell; Must Read for Alliance Players October 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, I have to admit this book surprised me. I went in expecting Knaak to be his usual self. While I'm not among his legion of haters, I will admit that Golden is usually the superior writer. Not this time. Richard Knaak has outdone himself, taking the characters of Tyrande, Malfurion, Varian, and Maiev and bringing them to live with an interesting story about acceptance, both of others and oneself.

First, I want to address the complaints about "bland characterizations." I'm often wondering if I read the same book as some other people. Yes, Varian Wrynn does start off his usual, obstinate, annoying self. But one of the plots of this book is deconstructing that, and moving Varian past his "King/Gladiator" dichotomy and making him one whole, balanced person again.

Tyrande is a bit sticker question. In World of Warcraft, the character has done remarkably little, so her only "in-game" characterization comes from Warcraft III, where she was a bloodthirsty, borderline racial supremacist who had no qualms murdering her own people if they got in her way. In other words, she was a lot like Maiev. Does Knaak portray her differently? Yes. he treats her a High Priestess. Someone's who believes in faith and hope, and thinks carefully before acting. I personally find this characterization vastly more endearing than the one from WCIII, who I didn't care if she lived or died. To each their own. As for accusations that she just sits there, that again, is overlooking her role in the conference, and her own (admittedly short) fight scenes.

Okay, back to the review. If you loathe Knaak's style, this book probably won't change your mind. But if you've been on the fence, or merely didn't like his own author-created characters, "Wolfheart" may just change your mind.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. September 14, 2011
By David
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wolfheart is a fairly good palate cleanser after 'Thrall' where it's much less about one man trying to save the world, then people trying to hold onto, or get back what they've once had.

Like usual Knakk knows how to write action like nobody's business, with gut wrenching action both on and off the battlefield. All the characters are already fairly established in lore, so there's not much need for extensive character building, and this book does help fill in and resolve things going on Alliance side after the cataclysm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolfheart December 31, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my husband for Christmas. He's read all the other World of Warcraft books and he'd been mentioning for a while that he wanted to add Wolfheart to his collection. As is usual with him, he finished the book in just a few days. Actually, he can usually do it in about a day, but I had a baby in October and he's been a stay-at-home dad since I went back to work at the end of November. He said he enjoyed the book, although he prefers the stories that are written by Christie Golden better. Apparently, Knaak has a habit of incorporating dragons into his books even when it's not quite appropriate. Also, the story bounces around quite a bit and it can be hard to keep track of what's going on. Other than that, my husband liked the book and was on Amazon less than an hour after he finished it, looking to see if any more World of Warcraft books were scheduled to come out soon. I know I'll be keeping an eye out for them as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining to say the least October 7, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Despite that this novel starts off a bit all over the place, Knaak has done a marvelous job at creating an atmosphere that literally transports the reader. The keypoints to this novel are of course, Alliance triumph, the Night Elves struggle, and further story support for the Greymane Worgen. Beautiful read. At the beginning I couldn't wait to get into the action, and by the end I simply didn't want to chapters to end. Action sequences alone are worth the read. Plus? Lore is always fun. :) Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about Varian at long last February 24, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was excited when I found out that we were returning to Varian and that his story would finally get a chance to resolve some of its issues. Varian was crazy before this book and he had some issues to resolve.

I like this book a lot and it's not just because of Varian. Anduin plays a key role in this book and it was nice to see how he interacts with his father and influences the local politics. He also interacts with Prophet Velen for a bit, which was an interesting development. Genn Greymane is also a prominent character in this storyline and seeing how he and Varian develop their relationship is very enjoyable. We also see the return of Maeiv Shadowsong and learn what she's been up to since the end of Burning Crusade. Jarod Shadowsong also returns and I hope to see a lot more of him and Shandris Feathermoon in the future. That storyline was fun. Varian's rivalry with Garrosh is also rather interesting and you can see that while this is the story that stopped Varian going down a similar path to Garrosh, Garrosh is continuing his downward spiral.

My only big issue with this book was about Varian's early behavior. He supports the Worgen with glowing praise at one point and then pulls a 180 for no visible reason in front of an audience of heads of state, insults everyone there and then departs. And the response is that everyone is angry at him. Malfurion seems to be the only person who thinks that something might be mentally wrong with him (like he's ill), not just that he's stupid, arrogant or drunk. I figured that we'd see a meeting of All the Heads of State plus Anduin but minus Varian about What's Wrong With Varian. But that's not what happened. It was off-putting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 16 days ago by Ronald Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Would 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 month ago by Megan Magelky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome came just as described and quickly A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Published 1 month ago by Jackie Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolfheart gives Varian the true depth he needed.
I'm not a fan of Richard A. Knaak's work personally. I've enjoyed some of his stories involving dragonlance (The Ogre Titan Chronicles being my favorite) but for the most part his... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth M. Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read
Decent read, the story was well written but felt disjointed a bit. Also, it was hard to tell sometimes if it was horde or alliance.
Published 5 months ago by Benjamin F Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
This was a very well written story full of Warcraft lore. A great read for Warcraft fans or just plain fantasy fiction fans. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Register
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start
I read this book over Thanksgiving holiday with the in-laws. Varian doesn't really show up till midway through the story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David McCart
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the slowest and most boring WoW novels I have ever read...
I have read every WoW novel to date... this one was pretty terrible, I am sad to say. It went on and on and on... not much action... mainly talking... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KMMR
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Its not bad, its also not great either, this book is both a hit and a miss concerning Warcraft novels, there are parts of it that will most likely make you cringe and struggle to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Derek
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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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