Christie Golden Delivers Yet Again

Hello everyone. So I decided to start this blog about reviews for some books I have read. My top priority at the moment is to post my reviews for some of the World of Warcraft novels as I love the mythology that Blizzard came up with and as a fan of the game myself I know that many players get confused when it comes to the background information of certain events and characters because, well, a lot of those stories are explained in the books. Keep in mind, however, that my reviews will involve my own personal opinions on the Warcraft novels and your opinions may be very different. The first books I will review will be those I have read of which I feel are great books to begin with if you have never read other Warcraft books but if you have read some books, just never read these ones in particular, I would still recommend them. Finally, I will post two reviews per book: the first one will be shorter and aimed toward an audience that already has some level of background knowledge because they played the game and/or simply wants to know a little bit of what the story is about without too many direct spoilers. In other words, the first one will contain spoilers but only on an overall minor scale. The second review will be posted later and it will be aimed for people that already read the book I am reviewing and wants to know my own detailed opinion. Now that these announcements are out of the way, let us begin this post.

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  As most players would know by now, the next expansion for the game coming up this year is going to be called Warlords of Draenor. This book does a great job to tie that in with the ending of the last expansion, Mists of Pandaria. As the title suggests, someone has committed war crimes and is getting a trial. That someone is Garrosh Hellscream, the former Warchief of the Horde who turned most of the world against him and who the players kicked out of the mantle of Warchief in the ending of Mists of Pandaria. Christie Golden did an amazing job and managed to put in pieces from eight different Warcraft books in order to explain, who was Garrosh? What has he done; especially that isn’t public knowledge? And who were directly affected by his warmongering ways? Of those eight books we get details from, some were written by Golden herself so she has an understanding of what worked well in the past to bring into this novel. The scenes from the ones that weren’t written by her are still portrayed well enough and either way this must have been a huge literary task. Because of all these past references and so many major characters from the game making appearances I would argue War Crimes is currently one of the best books to start reading the Warcraft novels and for those who already read the content of some of the books referenced here it can be even more enjoyable as you read how those epic scenes from previous books relate to the current plotline. For those who loved Pandaria’s legendary questline, Wrathion’s scenes alone may be enough motivation to start reading as many things regarding his character become clear. As for Jaina, the questions that may have been confusing you since she cease being a pacifist are very well explained in this book, as is a hint of her immediate future. And for those who love Sylvanas for whatever reason, there is a big trigger for character development in the book along with something fans have waited for a while now. Can’t say what it is without spoiling but let’s just say that a long awaited meeting takes place in the book. Overall, I give this book an A- mostly because while I really enjoyed almost everything I feel like they wasted said long awaited meeting. Well, this is it for my non-spoiler review. Hope I grabbed your attention because that book is absolutely awesome and well worth your time and money; not to mention it’s one of the only two Warcraft books I started and finished on the same day. For those who already read the book, my review where I will discuss my top five parts of War Crimes will be posted soon enough. Thank you very much for reading everyone. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like this post and until next time guys, see-ya!

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