The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilisation faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.
As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction, and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.
©2016 Christie Golden (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Overall the story of the book is great. The way it was written is a bit fast paced for a book but wasn't bad. One thing to mention is that the book jumps from character to character very fast so be sure you listen closely.
This novelization is spot-on to the movie, with the added benefit of getting the extended cut not shown in theaters. However, you have to deal with orcs that come from all corners of Europe, where Blackhand is Scottish, Garona is Russian, etc., and a few notable names are pronounced differently from the movie. One particular problem I had, and can imagine others having, is how the narrator pronounces King Llane's name as, what sounds to me, like "Clane" or "Jane" at almost every point his name comes up.
All aside, I loved the movie enough to spend a credit on this, and I'm starting my second listen immediately.
I enjoyed the added details that you don't see in the movie. Lore nerds will enjoy the titles of the books that Khadgar was checking out in Karazhan, for instance.
The Orc accents were unnecessary. He seemed to pronounce King Llane differently every time he said it. Claine, Thane, Lilane, Hilane... it was distracting. Moro-ez? No... A little research to see how the names were supposed to be pronounced would have been nice.
There seemed to be an error in production because there were hardly any pauses between chapters. There might have been a few times where it paused and said the chapter number, otherwise one chapter bled right into the next and caused some confusion.
This book picks up after the prequel (Durotan) and pretty much follows the movie plot. However, there is a lot more time here to expand and explain things. The added time and back story helps to make the characters a bit deeper and the connection to them more real. However, despite the additional time, I did feel the story was a bit more rushed, shallow, and empty compared to the prequel. And ultimately I felt like Durotan's contribution to the story was wasted with him accomplishing very little. The narration was pretty decent and in the same style as the prequel. I've seen others complain about the accents but it didn't bother me. Overall, an entertaining story in a great game universe.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The story is great for Warcraft lovers like myself, but the narration seemed run on to me, jumping from one seen to another without a pause. If your not following closely you can end up lost
"Literally the movie script."
Title. Not sure what I was expecting. Helped me power wash the garden, can't complain.
"An amazing fantasy story"
Christie Golden has brought to life the story of the Warcraft Cinematic Universe in such a way that this read is better than the movie was. The descriptions used by Golden make it impossible to not escape to Azeroth.
Only complaint is that the narrator doesn't pronounce a lot of the names correctly, but this is something easily overlooked.
"Prefer the film"
I wouldn't recommend reading this book as it is exactly the same as the film
The story needs a bit more in-depth. The story line is not developed into more depths.
I really enjoyed his performance his voice is pleasing to listen to.
I don't think it should have follow up book.
I enjoyed the film and I think it's a good beginning of a series. I enjoyed reading it just expected a bit more in a book than the film.
"gives that extra bit of depth to the movie"
Iv watched the movie twice and read the Durotan novel and this book was still a good read to me. It gave some real insight that the movie could not and some scenes were in here that were cut from the movie.
"Great movie better book"
Gives some more insight into the movie. Good for any warcrat/wow fan. Christie is definitely the Best writer when it comes to Warcraft.
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