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World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (World of Warcraft (Gallery Books)) Hardcover – July 19, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
Book 9 of 13 in the World of Warcraft Series

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: World of Warcraft (Gallery Books)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550884
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects" is a book that might be unique in the WarCraft franchise in that it is a story about intimate, personal journeys. The tale centers around Thrall who, questioning his recent decisions and uncertain whether he is doing the right thing, finds his focus fragmented and his ability to contribute to the Earthen Ring's efforts at the Maelstrom hampered. Ysera the Awakened (formerly the Dreamer) comes to the former Warchief in this period of doubt and gives him a seemingly simple task to perform that, as Thrall learns more, morphs into something far larger with the fate of the dragonflights and the future of the world at stake as the Twilight's Hammer Cult prepares to awaken a new weapon of terrifying power. Only by standing together can the dragons defeat this threat, but the unity of the Wyrmrest Accord has been shattered following Malygos's death and the dragonflights and their leaders are in disarray: Ysera's dreaming has given her visions of the future that even she doesn't fully understand, Nozdormu is lost in the Timeways, Alexstrasza has succumbed to grief, and the Blues are divided over who should be their next Aspect. To save Azeroth Thrall must help the dragonflights overcome these wounds and their divisions and, in doing so, rediscover who he truly is.

Christie Golden is this story's author and quickly demonstrates that, nearly 10 years after first introducing Thrall to the WarCraft universe in the novel "Lord of the Clans," she still understands this character and that there is still space for Thrall's identity to change and grow.
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As Metzen said in a comment to another review, this obviously happens prior to patch 4.2. There is some parallel with the journey Thrall goes through in the 4.2 questline (in fact, it's kind of hard to see how he would have to deal with his issues yet again after the events of the book), but there are always going to be issues translating between the formats of book and game. That would also be why the character mentioned dead is still in the game in some places. You'll also notice you can go to Nagrand to Sholazar Basin to Sethria's Roost and see Hemit Nesingwary in all three places within minutes. Just because a character occurs in a previous part of the game doesn't mean the story hasn't advanced and things are different for them in the current storyline.

Issues of games versus books aside, this was a pretty fun read. If you're reading it, you're most likely a Warcraft fan who wants to continue to follow the story of the various characters, and Thrall is one of the most beloved characters in the Warcraft universe. The book delivers on that promise. More backstory is filled in and it certainly made me look at some in-game events in a different light. That said, it's extremely short. I finished over 90% of it during one single milling session. I'm a pretty fast reader, but even so, a book that takes me only two or three hours to read is definitely low on the value for my money scale. The Warcraft books need to be longer or the Kindle prices much, much lower. A physical paperback costs less than the ebook versions of a lot of these!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a heart felt powerful book that really delved into who thrall is, not just game plotting. I was very pleased. I actually do think it synchs nicely with the game unlike what others are saying. This book really tied together the shattering, lord of the clans, and warcraft 3, and thrall's story in game. must read.
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I have read pretty much every single WoW book to date... this one wasnt bad but it wasnt great either. I am not entirely sure whether I am just not happy with the entire WoW storyline progression or if this book just wasnt written all that well. Either way, if you are a fan of the story it is a must-read to continue the story.
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Thrall is one of my favorite characters in the World of Warcraft universe. It was actually through this book that I was able to envision Thrall's personality and his efforts to turn his fellow orcs of the Horde into a force for good. The book begins well, and continues to draw the reader into Thrall's life with a very active and emotional story line. Very impressive!
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Very surprised by this book. Normally, I'm very anti-Golden books. She really does love killing off WAY TOO MANY of my favorite characters. But this book was perfect. I've read all of the Thrall books, and this one is right there with them! She did an amazing job and I'd highly recommend this book!
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I've read most of her books and she is great at writing them. She also plays WoW so I know that helps too. My 70 year old mother who doesn't play the game at all, has read some of her books and she was very impressed with the writing style. I wouldn't recommend these books to someone under 13.
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The story of Thrall's adventures while assisting the Bronze Dragonflight is nothing short of amazing. Thrall will take you back to memories from older books that Ms. Golden has written and alter them in such agonizingly exciting ways. It's an intense emotional ride that makes you pang for the peace and self realization that Thrall desperately seeks. it'd recommended for both the Horde who should appreciate their former Warchiefs powers even more, and for the Alliance who needs to realize that the Horde are not all monsters.

Excellent read, would definitely recommend it.
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