- Series: World of Warcraft
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Media Tie In edition (June 12, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399594090
- ISBN-13: 978-0399594090
- ASIN: 0399594094
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 304 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Hardcover – June 12, 2018
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“This is easily the best book in the World of Warcraft series, and I don’t say that lightly. . . . It’s so much more than a tie-in novel. . . . It’s a beautiful book.”—Blizzard Watch
About the Author
Christie Golden is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels and more than a dozen short stories in the fields of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Her media tie-in works include launching the Ravenloft line in 1991 with Vampire of the Mists, more than a dozen Star Trek novels, several movie novelizations, the Warcraft novels Rise of the Horde, Lord of the Clans, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and War Crimes, Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, as well as Star Wars: Dark Disciple and the Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi novels Omen, Allies, and Ascension. In 2017, she was awarded the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers’ Faust Award and named a Grandmaster in recognition of over a quarter century of writing.
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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.
The same still holds true for this book. We can see how decisions were reached, even if we may not agree with them. It's a fine balance, making both sides relatable, and Christie Golden has done a excellent job at that.
This book also read almost like a mystery: we knew something terrible was going to happen but we're kept waiting to the very end for the "who done it". Which side was responsible for starting the Battle for Azeroth? I had my guesses, but I didn't see the end coming, not like that.
Excellent book, although (obviously) only for WoW fans. I don't see anyone else being quite as impacted as we are.