Firstly, Scott does an amazing job at narrating this book!! Being an avid Alliance player, the story pulled me through a roller coaster of emotions and Scott's fantastic character voices made me forget I was listening to a book. He even snarls when talking as a worgen! how freaking cool is that?!? I have an even deeper love for the Alliance, King Varian, King Greymane, and Anduin after listening to this.
It also expanded on the story of the worgen. A lot of which I didn't know even after playing the race in the game. I definitely recommend this book to any and all WoW fans.
It should have been called World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The book is hardly about Varian, as the title suggests. He is not introduced until around the 3-4 hour mark. Narration was a bit flat, most voices sounded the same. All in all, it's good for the lore, but not a great book in any way. Illidan was dramatically better on all regards.
I'm writing this review long after the book's relevance has passed in the game, and I was very excited to read a book about the game I've been playing for many years, in hopes of learning more about one of my favorite characters. I was, however, disappointed in the amount of content covered in this book. It took quite a long time for any action to play out, though the build up was extensive, and while it covered him (eventually), it didn't really go into the depth of Varian's past in the detail I had hoped or expected.
If you want to read a book that touches on a number of big names, and goes into depth around the political machinations shortly after the cataclysm, this book is for you. If you're looking for cool action and an intriguing story about the king of Stormwind... this is not where you'll find it. That said, the narrator does a good job taking slightly disjunctive narration and makes it interesting enough. It's well performed, just not that exciting or interesting as you realize that 18 chapters of build up result in about 4 chapters of action, some of which is lack luster and most of it is quite telegraphed. Personally... I'd pass on this one.
The story itself moved at a slow pace and only seemed to picked up around the end.
The narration for the worgen was well done but overall the narrator seemed to lack excitement and was monotone.
The book was amazing, I've read the illidan and the trial of garish book and while good neither had engulfed me with the story. Loved it and now my only worry is that there isn't enough Warcraft books left for me to read.
I ran through this book in 3 days, which is the fastest I've ever listen to an audio book. I went out of my way to listen to it. Scott's delivery on the Wargen was spot on.
This book was sold as a story about Varian's relationship with Genn and the worgen race. That is not what this book is. It is instead a lot of not particularly interesting or surprising Night Elf lore and some minor Alliance politics during the months immediately following the Cataclysm. If you really like Night Elves and the Alliance leaders in general, you will probably like this. But Wolfheart is not a story about Varian, Genn, or the worgen race.
This guy is amazing. He's award-winning for a reason.
Scott Brick's reading was far and away the best part and the only thing that kept me holding out for what was promised for over five and a half hours.