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1-05-2011 @ 9:28AM
I know this thread is ancient now, but having just read the book I can't quite understand the fanfare surrounding it. The book doesn't stand well at all on its own as a novel. While I concede that the subtitle "prelude to Cataclysm" is in the title, overall the book doesn't really GO anywhere.It does an acceptable job explaining why Garrosh is now Warchief, and what happened to Cairne...And then it fails miserably doing much else beyond that.Thrall's story? Overall I'd give it a "B" grade, seeing as it does a nice job of giving him a love interest to stop people from trying to put him and Jaina together. The Moira/Magni/Three Hammers storyline? D- at best. The resolution of that storyline was such a shoulder shrugging 'meh' that I had to re-read it to try and wrap my head around how utterly incomplete the story was.Other storylines are *barely* hinted at, and motivations for the conflicts are never fully explained. "Go play the game" is NOT an acceptable answer to this particular criticism either. Unless this book was supposed to be included with copies of Cataclysm, it shouldn't have been released as a major novel with half the story left out. And for all of you who criticize Knaak for his '-stu' fascination... You apparently missed the great golden child of the WoW universe: Anduin Wrynn. I'd be shocked if dirt adhered to the bottom of his shoes, the boy is so absolutely perfect. Baine's about a half step behind him there as well. *sigh* Golden's writing style is pretty dry actually. She's the polar opposite of the often ridiculously florid Knaak. I think she does *character interaction* better than Knaak, but Knaak is better at setting a scene than Golden is. Stormrage may not have been perfect, but at least Knaak had a beginning, middle and end to the story. We're not even given a proper outro or denouement or much of ANYTHING at the end of Shattering.All in all I was disappointed with the book, despite loving some parts of it, it's like loving a puzzle with only half the pieces - you know it'd be even better if you had the whole thing in front of you.
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