Thanks to everyone who read my first post. Like I said, this post will deal with my top 5 moments of the War Crimes book so, be warned, as that means there will be spoilers from the book. I don’t know if this post will be more entertaining than the Darkmoon Faire but I certainly hope it’s good enough for you to give it a standing ovation. Let the review begin!
– Number five: Alexstrasza gives her testimony.
Even though the dragon queen isn’t known as the “Defender of Life” (among other titles) for nothing, her testimony was quite beautiful to read. While that part of the story may make more sense for the readers who have read Tides of Darkness and/or Day of the Dragon first it was explained in good enough detail to show new readers her obvious pain when she was enslaved by the orcs of the Dragonmaw Clan and forced to lay eggs for the orcs to use her children in battle. Even though it’s in her ingrained nature to be compassionate pretty much everyone in the courtroom, expect perhaps the August Celestials, expected her to feel some level of resentment. And then she says that not only does she has no quarrel with the mortal races but that if any of the orcs that did those terrible things to her would ask for her forgiveness she would give it to them as if doing so would be the easiest thing in the world. Such is the beauty of the Life-binder; her presence alone echoes peace and she takes it with her every step of the way.
– Number four: Sylvanas and Vereesa Windrunner meet again for the first time since Sylvanas became the Banshee Queen.
It’s no secret that players and readers alike have been wondering when exactly the sisters would meet again for several years and it finally happened during the book. While it was a highly anticipated moment and I indeed enjoyed their earlier interactions, this event isn’t higher on my list because I was quite disappointed with how they handled the ending. Alleria may still be on another planet at the moment but if the way Sylvanas reacted to Veressa’s final decision was any indication I highly doubt a reunion between the two eldest Windrunner sisters would matter much at this point. I can only imagine what nefarious and utterly dark road Chris Metzen has in store for her and while I am sure when the time comes that plot will be well-made I had hopes for Sylvanas that are pretty much as dead as she is now.
– Number three: Garrosh gives his final speech.
Be honest, even if you despised Garrosh and I am pretty sure most of the players did, that little speech near the end of the trial was enough to make you at least chuckle, wasn’t it? Even after every testimony that made him look bad, after every vision of the past that made the people in the courtroom all the more outraged, and even after he turned like 99% of the planet’s population against him he still had the nerve to make a speech to curse pretty much everyone, including both former allies and honorable foes. Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. He is pretty much the devil you know when it comes to the orcs in every sense of the word, at least if you exclude Gul’dan and Ner’zul but at any rate his speech made me laugh real hard.
– Number two: Jaina finally makes her peace with herself.
It was a gradual shift but it appears that the rollercoaster of pain and madness that started when Garrosh unleashed that Mana-bomb on Jaina’s city slowed down considerably by the end of the story. To say the history of the leadership of the Lady of Theramore was difficult would be a serious understatement but one way or another Jaina always pulled through with a smile on her face. Until her city-state and its citizens were vaporized during Tides of War, that is. The shocking event traumatized her; perfectly understandable and I am glad she didn’t just forgive that like some other major things but she looked so consumed in revenge I kind of dreaded she would go through such a dark path that Blizzard would make her a Raid Boss in a coming expansion. I really wouldn’t have been looking forward to that. But as of the end of War Crimes it appears her emotional wounds are finally starting to heal and I bet Kalecgos would be there to attempt to accelerate the process. She may never be her old self again but I for one will rest easier while waiting for additional books/game-storylines knowing it appears she has been driven away from a road potentially as dark as Sylvanas is currently on.
– Number one: The August Celestials reveal that everyone in the courtroom was actually on trial.
I don’t know about anyone else but for me this was one of those moments where I go “oh I did not see that coming but I should have known”. And indeed, I feel like I should have but alas, I just didn’t make the connection in time. Still, in retrospective that makes perfect sense when you look at the main themes of the book. If I would have to summarize it in one word I would say the main theme was change. As the life-binder said and I quote “change is inherent in life. As long as something lives, it can grow.” And she is right. Many believe quite rightly that Garrosh deserves to be executed a thousand times over but that presents a slight problem: the not knowing; as it’s only by ending life that you remove any possibility for that change to happen. That is why Garrosh would have been sentenced to life in prison at most by the August Celestials instead.
So, why this trial in the first place? Because all the major character needed to understand. This event was all about healing old wounds. We readers and players know all the events as outsiders but not all the characters from the Horde and the Alliance were on the same page. The trial brought about the first meeting between all the racial leaders of both the Horde and the Alliance for over a week and that capitalized what King Varian set in motion when he agreed to end the war with the rest of the Horde after Garrosh was overthrown. It allowed for understanding to dawn in all their heads and that could help consolidate a more lasting peace while they prepare to face the true enemy, like Wrathion keeps telling them. So yes, I think the whole theme of changing, growing and making different choices was the central thematic of the novel, and when the heroes fought their evil copies from alternate timelines they realized that as well when they had to recognize that everyone has a potential Garrosh inside, and that the choices you make are the ones that set you on track with those who seek to follow the road of evil, or set you apart from it.
Well, that’s it for now everyone. My next review will be about the only other warcraft book I have read in a single day. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!