When the world of Azeroth was young, the god-like titans brought order to it by reshaping its lands and seas. Throughout their great work, they followed a magnificent design for what they envisioned Azeroth would become. Although the titans departed Azeroth long ago, that design endures to this day. It is known as the Emerald Dream, a lush and savagely primal version of the... World of Warcraft.
Many are the mysteries surrounding the Emerald Dream and its reclusive guardians, the green dragonflight. In times past, druids have entered the Dream to monitor the ebb and flow of life on Azeroth in their never-ending quest to maintain the delicate balance of nature.
However, not all dreams are pleasant ones. Recently the Emerald Nightmare, an area of corruption within the Emerald Dream, began growing in size, transforming the Dream into a realm of unimaginable horror. Green dragons have been unexpectedly caught up in the Nightmare, emerging from it with shattered minds and twisted bodies. Druids who have entered the darkening Dream lately have found it difficult -- sometimes even impossible -- to escape.
Nor are these the Nightmare's only victims: more and more people are being affected. Even Malfurion Stormrage, first and foremost of the druids on Azeroth, may have fallen victim to this growing threat. As uncontrollable nightmares spread across the world, a desperate quest begins to find and free the archdruid.
Soon nature's enemies will learn the true meaning of the name.
©2010 Richard A. Knaak (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
The book continues the very well though out lore around the Warcraft Universe but the Narrator constantly mispronounced names. Sure not all names in the Warcraft Universe has a set pronunciation but there are general agreements about how to pronounce Krasus and Tyrande. I started fearing chapters with these characters just because each mispronounced I found myself ripped out of the audio book.
I love Warcraft Lore, and this was in some ways very entertaining. In most other ways it was excruciating listening to. The plot is great, but the way the author jumps around and rambles on and on about lesser important plot devices can be frustrated and hard to keep engaged. Then, the voice talent, who may have talent for a wild west or something, did a terrible job here. He talked so slow and mispronounced certian names of people and places that the game's cutscenes pronounce differently is obvious to show what little home work the reader did when taking on this job. He truly sounded bored reading this.
For those not familiar with the World of Warcraft, I can see them being compleatly lost. Even those familiar with the game I can see still getting lost if they did not read up on their lore first.
All in all, I still give it 3 stars because even though it has a horrible presentation, the plot and the new Lore is very excellent and entertaining.... if you can grit your teeth through it all ;-)
While the book wasn't horrible, Knaak's writing style leaves much to be desired, especially when compared to other fantasy contemporaries. Stormrage was great on lore, but lacking on writing styles, imho.
The authors constant jumping around from character to character made the book difficult to follow at times and found that I had to stop listening because my mind was starting to wander. He introduces characters through out the story that are insignificant to the story and makes you think that they were included just for the sheer sake of saying they were mentioned in the book (i.e. The Forsaken). What also troubled me is you are closely following one character at the start and then suddenly half way through it changes to another and the other is all but forgotten except at small parts here and there near the end.
In short if you are a die hard fan of World of Warcraft or the Druid class, this is a book you may like. If not, I suggest you focus your attention elsewhere as this was not a book I can recommend.
I am a huge fan of World of Warcraft at the Lore behind it all. This was my firt Audio book purchace and I was saddened. The narrator really killed the book for me. I had to go back and read the book again after I finished listening simply because I found myself tuning out the authors voice or be strickened with constant headaches
I just finished the Jaina Proudmore book by Christie Golden and decided to get this one. What a huge mistake. This book is horrible. As another reader indicated, it skips around from character to character and you never what is happening from one chapter to the next. It seems like unconncected stories. I made it to chapter six before calling it quits. The narrator is just okay, very monotonic and I found it easy for my mind to drift. If you have never read a good book before, you might enjoy this one because you will not know what to expect in a good book.
Seems like Knaak was trying to draw on nostalgia from his War of the Ancients books. However, regardless of all the familiar faces and connections from current Warcraft to then, the story ends up extremely muddy. Into the dream, out of the dream, in, out, in. And Eranikus; he was transformed into a whining green soapbox, was anyone else happy with his death? Sheesh! Also, the audio was painful with the Warcraft named all but butchered; Sil-vuh-noss? And his dragon impressions were always wailing, half speed dialogue. Not a fan!
This was a great story that includes some of your favorite World of Warcraft characters. With the struggles facing Malfurion you are absorbed into the story and struggle with him and his allies. This story is great for both Alliance and Horde supporters bringing supporting characters from both as the nightmare threatens Azeroth as a whole and even forcing it's leaders like Thrall, Sylvannis and Varian to face their greatest nightmares. Highly recommended for those with knowledge of the World of Warcraft lore and this without!
Amazon Fan and Reviewer
I loathe leaving bad reviews, but Stormrage requires warning labels to all Warcraft fans who may want to endeavor to hear this audio book. DON'T. Please, spare yourself the agony of this audio book. Between the lackluster story (it did have a few good moments, but overall dull) and the narration that butchered the names of half the characters, Warcraft fans will want to pull their hair out.
I'm a good sport. I listened to the whole book with optimism. However, by the second half of the book, I had made it a game to see how many more names the narrator was going to butcher in pronunciations.
Anduin became An-doo-in
Sylvanas became SYLvanas
Arthas becames ArthAAHS
That is just a few of the more notable examples.
The story was plain dull as well, which is unfortunate. I have enjoyed Richard Knaak's Warcraft books Wolfheart (excellent on audio) and Dawn of the Aspects.
Blizzard should seriously consider pulling this audio book version and even perhaps even have this book rewritten. The lore is worthy enough, but this book and audio rendition gets it all wrong. It is as if the Emerald Nightmare, for which this book is about, intentionally wants to bore the reader to sleep and trap you in the dark dream. It certainly tried to snooze me on many occasions.
Warcraft fans, do yourself the favor and avoid this nightmare called Stormrage. It's not worth it. At all.
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