Monday, March 8, 2010

Review: World of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knoak

When the world of Azeroth was young, the god-like titans brought order to it by reshaping its lands and seas. Throughout their great work, they followed a magnificent design for what they envisioned Azeroth would become. Although the titans departed Azeroth long ago, that design endures to this day. It is known as the Emerald Dream, a lush and savagely primal version of the...


Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.

However, not all dreams are pleasant ones. Recently the Emerald Nightmare, an area of corruption within the Emerald Dream, began growing in size, transforming the Dream into a realm of unimaginable horror. Green dragons have been unexpectedly caught up in the Nightmare, emerging from it with shattered minds and twisted bodies. Druids who have entered the darkening Dream lately have found it difficult — sometimes even impossible — to escape.

Nor are these the Nightmare's only victims: more and more people are being affected. Even Malfurion Stormrage, first and foremost of the druids on Azeroth, may have fallen victim to this growing threat. As uncontrollable nightmares spread across the world, a desperate quest begins to find and free the archdruid.

Soon nature's enemies will learn the true meaning of the name


Received from the publicist for review.

This was one fat book, rivaling a Stephen King in size, and was my first experience with World of Warcraft. It was definitely hardcore fantasy. The names of the characters and locations could be complex – think Ursula LeGuinn. It was an interesting story, but it could drag on at points.

The author constructed a complete world, but not a particularly happy one. There was a richness to the text that is rarely found, and in combination with the lush descriptions was very satisfying.

This one gets three stars. Obviously this would rank higher for fantasy or WOW fans. I was actually quite impressed by the readability as I was expecting something virtually impenetrable to a neophyte. I would say this is highly recommended for WOW fans, and general fantasy fans should find it intriguing as well.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


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