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7-18-2011 @ 1:50PM
I'll be skipping this one; I'm not a huge fan of tie-in novels, and I don't really like WoW's lore enough to buy other stuff set in the same universe. I'd rather see more of it occur in-game. YMMV of course.The real problem is that I'm heartily sick of Thrall. I'm sick of his lack of foresight, of his emotional issues, of his conflicted decisions, of his inexorable mutation into the Superman of Azeroth (I don't like Clark Kent either). If the end of Cataclysm doesn't kill him off in one way or another we'll end up with a Superman situation, in which every story set in Azeroth has to address why Thrall doesn't solve the problem with his super shaman powers (they're over 9000!).
7-18-2011 @ 3:05PM
It's a shame this is downrated. But the truth is this is how Wow is. The characters of Varian, of Garrosh, of Aggra are all illustrated by how they measure up to Thrall. When Varian was first introduced, Chris Metzen said he was the "anti-Thrall" for lack of any real original characterization. At the lore panel at Blizzcon last year, Chris Metzen mentioned how Garrosh's whole character arc is to show a different comparison to Thrall. This very article goes over how Aggra is a foil to Thrall compelling him to action--or at least ironing out his resolve-- with her words. This book shows the Aspects in disarray, and it'll take Thrall to get to the bottom of it all. It's boring. It's predictable. Make Thrall dynamic and kill him off already.
7-18-2011 @ 3:22PM
To be perfectly honest, I was getting a little tired of Thrall, too. However, as a character the fact remains that throughout the majority of vanilla WoW Thrall remained a stationary and static figure, with little to show for all the character development he'd been given. In Burning Crusade, we got to see him do a little more, in Wrath he was WAY more present than he'd been in a long time.What I find fascinating about his journey is that instead of taking the tactic "Oh Thrall's been doing amazing stuff, you guys just haven't seen it," they've actually gone the opposite route and shown us that Thrall, big bad Warchief of the Horde, isn't really *happy*. The one problem I had with the character was that he seemed to be his position -- Warchief -- rather than the three dimensional character we saw in Lord of the Clans. The effort they've made to reclaim that character from the two-dimensional obscurity we saw in vanilla has been amazing.As for Twilight of the Aspects, it seemed -- to me anyway -- to put the final touches on Thrall's character, for now. By the end of things, he knows where he's at and he knows what he's after. I was a bit bored with Thrall's story prior to reading the novel because it seemed like they were just rehashing the same things, over and over again with no resolution; this book has the resolution the character needed.Now if they'd do the same with some other characters from the franchise (Varian, Jaina, I'm looking at you two), I'd be ecstatic. With Wolfheart coming out later this year, it appears they are moving on to Varian, which is something I've been waiting for since his brief -- and startling -- appearance in The Shattering. Varian's not right in the head, hasn't been for a long time, and it's one of those things that needs to be addressed just as badly as Thrall's situation did.
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