Behind the legend stands an individual hungry for justice and vengeance - as the adventure, intrigue, and heroism of World of Warcraft rise to a new level.
You are not prepared.
Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few - and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.
Long ago, the night elf sorcerer Illidan infiltrated the demonic Burning Legion to ward off its invasion of Azeroth. Instead of hailing him as a hero, his own kind branded him the Betrayer, questioning his intentions after he appeared to aid the demon lords. For 10,000 years he languished in prison - vilified, isolated, but never forgetting his purpose.
Now the Legion has returned, and there is only one champion who can truly stand against it. Released from his bonds, Illidan prepares for the final confrontation in the alien realm of Outland, gathering an army of grotesque fel orcs, serpentine naga, cunning blood elves, and twisted demon hunters to his side. He alone knows what deeply hidden motives guide his hand; he alone understands the price that must be paid to defeat the enemies of creation. Yet as before, he is assailed by those who see his schemes as a cynical quest for power, including the night elf Maiev Shadowsong, his former jailor. Warden Shadowsong and her Watchers have pursued the Betrayer to Outland to exact retribution for his crimes, and she will not rest until Illidan is in her custody...or in his grave.
©2016 William King (P)2016 Random House Audio
You'll never look at the Burning Crusade the same way again! It truly puts the expansion, the threat and Illidan's actions into perspective. A Great way to get prepared for Legion!
The book takes us into the mind of illidan and several other characters of note, some new some familiar. I enjoyed the music from Warcraft at the start of certain chapters for an all too familiar sense of immersion. Many parts of the story play out as one will remember if they played WoW, but the filling in the gaps was very well done. Many unaccounted for events were expanded upon which seem like they will be explained in the legion expansion.
If you enjoy Warcraft lore you will like this novel.
It was compelling and I couldn't stop listening almost from the very start.
Illidan of course. I've always hated that his story went south. He wasn't the ideal guy and didn't always have the best motivations but he did try to make things right when he learned the truth of the Burning Legion. I can't wait to see how this plays out in the next expansion and beyond. Also, please Blizzard, please have William King write more books. I was uncertain about a new author but have been bored with Knaak for a while. King is such a great story teller and a breath of fresh air. Please let him do more.
He did a great job. He didn't try to pitch his voice to sound feminine or to do a voice that was outside of his natural range, which always annoys me with other voice actors. I felt the whole time as if I was just sitting and listening to a great story teller unraveling a tale. I loved every minute of his delivery.
the Narrator was pretty nice, I haven't heard them on anything else, but would love to hear more from Graeme. I have grown so tired of listening to Scott Brick whine about things (no offense Scott, you have a great voice and give a great performance, but it sounds whiny to me)
Oh goodness that ending!
nope, but will seek him out now
the ending yo!
Its a Warcraft Book, better than Dawn of the Aspects, not as good as Arthas. In the same way bacon is better than ham, but not as good as steak.
truly a joy from start to finish. if you are a fan of warcraft, this is a love letter to you.
i ranked the narrator (who did a wonderful job) down to four stars for, interestingly enough, the narration! all character voicings are superb, inflections and accents spot on, but the interstitial reading seemed a bit bored at times.
If you are reading this then you like WoW and you like this type of fantasy. Stop right now and buy this. The voice acting is superb and the story is amazing.
I loved the story. It was a great portrayal of who Illidan Stormrage really is. It was also a great way to learn more about the Titans and how this great struggle began.
This story really covered a lot of gaps and told the story from the other point of view from the games story. Really changed my view on this part of the lore of Warcraft. Strongly recommend for any warcraft fan!
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