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.
This was a very difficult book to follow.
The story jumped too much to keep focus on one character.
I will be more willing to see reviews first than just buying next time.
Ugh too many to be fixed.
The story was there but it failed to captured me. Im sure that people who hear these books for the Lore like me will get something out of it but listening to it was more of a task than actual enjoyment. After having completed Wolfheart i chose to buy this one thinking that i would enjoy it as much. I was so wrong. Wolfheart kept me desiring for my next big car trip so that i could listen to the story some more. Stormrage on the other hand i had to stop less than an hour into my 3 hour trip. This is not the best by far. Wolf heart on the other hand finished and you hoped it would continue. Your even hoping for a sequel for it.
I enjoyed the lore but the detail was a little too much, it actually took away from the pacing of the story.
The characters involved were very memorable from the lore, the detail about the odd enemy took away from it.
Stormrage was a great character, hence the basis for him to be the main character.
Once again, I felt like this was a bit of a miss in the series and was much happier with Knaak's Wolfheart.
Check out the other World of Warcraft related books they were much better showings.
I will, eventually, listen to Stormrage again. The story is good, and there is lots of game lore for fans of World of Warcraft.
I don't know, other than the other World of Warcraft books, because its tie-in to the game.
The book was good on its own, but I would likely not have purchased it were it not for the audiobook. I am unable to play the game anymore due to work and travel requirements, but I still like it. It helps keep me in the world of Azeroth.
Yes and no, I enjoyed the book, but I doubt I could sit and listen to more than 8-10 hours of anything except when travelling and unable to read or play games or surf the internet or watch TV/movies. The book was good, and had some great storytelling with action and suspense for World of Warcraft players, but given the choice, I would most likely not have listened to it with such vigor.
Good book for those interested in lore for the World of Warcraft game, and has plenty of fantasy elements for those interested in such tales, but I suspect that the only people interested in the book already play World of Warcraft. Great fantasy, even outside World of Warcraft, so even if you're just a fantasy geek un-interested in the MMORPG world, World of Warcraft specifically, it's worth a read.
Learned a lot about Night Elf history and druid culture.
The audio and sound effect were excellent.
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