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Overall, it displays excellent writing, which we have come to expect from Christie Golden. The characters interact very fluidly and naturally, and their dialogue is simply superb. I rather enjoyed Anduin's character for the most part, along with many other Alliance characters. Some of the Horde characters were strong, too, but others, important ones, were done a disservice, in my view.
I imagine it must be difficult to write such a book that entwines itself with a game in which so many people invest their time and efforts. Finding a perfect balance in every book is likely impossible, and the books are occasionally going to lean towards one faction or another (especially since the next expansion is based upon the Alliance and Horde resuming their long-running battle after having worked together so hard against the legion). This book is very much swayed towards the Alliance. I say this not as a Horde player, but as a reader. It wouldn't be an issue if it felt like the Horde characters were allowed the same level of character depth and development that the Alliance had been, but, alas, this is not the case. I wasn't expecting this when I bought it, as I did hope for a bit more balance and fair treatment of the two factions. In some moments, I felt like the righteousness of the Alliance was a bit overdone, but I must confess that this statement could stem from personal feelings of a Horde player!
As a reader, it's a very good book, and I like it for all the qualities I like most books. As a member of the Horde, I must confess disappointment. I'm saddened to see the direction they've decided to go with this story.
Still, the book rates a solid 4 stars, as it is another great book from the pen (do they still use pens?) of Christie Golden.
The story alone is pretty slow and isn't really all that good. Much of the narrative is spent describing the people involved, including their past events in the WoW lore. The best way I can put this is that if you weren't playing WoW, the story would be somewhat boring and not very interesting.
That being said, I enjoyed the book because I'm fairly new to WoW and nearly all of the information presented was new to me. I learned quite a bit of the lore and am now much better prepared to understand and enjoy the expansion. If that's your goal, then this will be a great book. Otherwise I don't recommend it.
What I primarily enjoyed in this story was at last acknowledgement of the Forsaken that they -do- have feelings, and like some of my own characters have felt betrayed by their loved ones, (humans) still, as they abhorred the undead. This shed light on the flip side of the coin with the fear within the humans to embrace their raised loved ones. But we did explore this in the story for those brave enough to reunite. That was thoroughly enjoyed.
Thoroughly enjoyed Anduin and his altruistic heart. Was a bit shocked with the severity of Sylvanas as she was portrayed with a touch of compassion in the Cataclysm Silverpine quests for the undead area. It would seem Sylvanas has been stripped of all of that within this story and within the new expansion of Battle for Azeroth. In this sense, I feel Blizzard is breaking lore a bit, pushing to paint the Horde as black and white evil, (in that they did not defect against Sylvanas within the game). For Sylvanas to have turned this dark hearted to this degree, I think it would've been a better story to start seeing how she was losing sight of herself and turning darker.
Otherwise, a painful but great story.