- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 15 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 23, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0039OZFLS
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the story, but it seemed like it ran out of steam at 75%. The last bit of the book was a repeating theme.Published 25 days ago by B. Fahey
Great story for wow fans and gives all of them something to understand and do while not in the game itselfPublished 2 months ago by Brandon Hulbert
Repetative, blown out of proportions and all in all pretty dull. Half way into it, the only thing that kept me reading was my unrelenting will to finish what I had started. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Raymond
I really don't care for Richard A. Knaak's style of writing. His writing is similar to Dean Koontz, using long gradiose sentences to describe a character, a scene, or their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joel I. Tencer
After reading the last couple of World of Warcraft books, I had despaired of finding another book in the series as good as the first that I had read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Smeagol_Princess
But a bit boring compared to other books. And many repeating Sceanos used. Bon ban ban Bon bam bam bamPublished 11 months ago by Epifanov Evgeny Епифа
I would like to start this review by stating that I am an avid World of Warcraft player, so I was very excited to read about the legendary Malfurion Stormrage, but this book is so... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Boston