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I really don't understand how this has so many positive reviews. I mean, there's not too much that is good in this book. Some of the parts with Thrall are interesting, and that's about it. The biggest problem with this book in my opinion is Anduin. The book spends WAY too much time on him and he is the least interesting character in the story! It's been several months since I read it, so let me see if I can articulate different parts that were wrong.
First off, there is some seriously bad characterization. This author did not know how to write Varian, Cairne, or Garrosh specifically. Each of these characters act totally out of character, OR they act like simplistic, one-dimensional versions of themselves. I do feel like she could have gotten more characters wrong, but honestly, very few important characters are in this book. She did write Thrall alright. And she wrote the dwarves like, well, dwarves.
Second, when you think of a story bridging the events of WotLK and Cata, what do you think of? In which locations do you think that story would take place? If you thought Ironforge, Nagrand, and Theramore, you'd be right! I certainly would not have, though. The lion's share of the book takes place in these three places. Most of the time spent is just dialog, characters talking about things that are going on. Yes, there are parts in Orgrimmar that are important, but that's where some of the most horrid characterization takes place, so no, I won't count that. I spent most of the time reading Orgrimmar parts feeling frustrated, saying in my head "Thrall wouldn't respond like that! Garrosh wouldn't have done that and everyone knows it! Cairne wouldn't have come to that conclusion based on so little!". I know Ironforge is a cool place, so yes, part did need to take place there, but they spend so much time there! It's a giant cave! That's the Warcraft equivalent of being stuck in the sewer level for 1/3 of the game!
Coming back to it, the main problem with the story was Anduin. He was the main focus of most of the story and was the absolute least interesting character being discussed. This needed to be about one of the heroes, or many of the heroes. The story felt rushed. It felt like it might have been better had more time been taken to edit and reedit some of the bad out, and to rethink the overall direction of the story. I wish I had written this shortly after I finished reading it because I would have been able to remember more and nitpick some of the bad writing choices. One I can remember is at one point a character is asked to recap events that we the reader just finished reading not long ago. Normally the author would cut to the end and we would read the reactions of the other characters and not read the recap because, well, we just read it. Instead, the character actually goes into detail and recaps the story! That's such an obvious attempt to pad the story out!
So no, I wouldn't recommend anyone buy this book. Just go to wowwiki and read what happens there. You'll waste less time and it'll be more interesting.
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Initial post: Jun 15, 2014 9:28:59 PM PDT
R. Spottiswood says:
Thank you for writing a detailed review of this book, which most of the positive reviewers have not done. I also want to say that your criticisms are about things that I have enjoyed reading in other Golden books, and it sounds like I might very well like this one after all.
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