The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over.
Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the World of Warcraft.
Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.
Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.
Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.
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"Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien
The plot and character development was very intriguing as everyone acted in an understandable way, and was emotionally swayed throughout the process of the trial. It helps to know the backstory between most of the characters and the diplomatic sensitivity that led to some dramatic events, since every leader in the world was in attendance.
Golden had plenty of wisdom and advice for an emotional trial that should have been open and shut, but instead left many questioning their own actions and presumptions.
Was very sceptical when I saw it was read by Brick, since I find him very monotone and basically the same voice for every character. But he surprised me in this book and I found his voice acting entertaining and somewhat immersive.
The story in this book is very good, and its a great way to summarise previous books and events, and get a good look behind what each of the characters is going trough on their own.
Overall I give this book 4/5 since performance is lacking some of the immersiveness you've come to expect from other narrators.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Warcraft lore, absolutely. It's a great tie-in piece connecting the end of Mists of Pandaria and the current expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
A courtroom Wow story? Not sure it compares to much else. But I love the combination of fantasy and real-life courtroom procedure. Fantastic mix.
Vol'Jin and Sylvannas, definitely. Love the voice and character provided to Vol'Jin (his time on the witness stand might be my favorite part of the book). Was also exciting seeing more character to Sylvannas, who - outside of her Arthas/Lich King story - often is left out of major lore events.
Nothing extreme, but there were a few chapters where I just HAD to keep listening (again, mostly around Vol'Jin's time on the stand.
Ending drags just a little bit. Felt like it took a minute too long and suddenly there were all kinds of morals and lessons being tossed my way. Aside from the last maybe twenty minutes/half hour, loved every second.
Christie Golden does an admirable job of combining the action-fantasy of World of Warcraft with a courtroom procedural. The book has this, "let's just go with it" vibe that doesn't bother me much because I read it as a fan of the game.
The premise of Garrosh Hellscream's trial for War Crimes is misexecuted, in my opinion. It isn't a trial at all, but a sentencing phase and Tyrande cares more about proving things Garrosh is involved with rather than showing how and why Garrosh cannot change. Even though Garrosh is deplorable, I spent the whole book cheering for Baine in his defense of Garrosh. Baine hates Garrosh but defends him because it is his duty and I can respect that. Tyrande just hates Garrosh. It makes it hard to probe her point of view and empathize with her.
Why there must be a Defender and why someone for the Horde must defend Garrosh is never answered; the book provides only vague pronouncements that people will think the Horde didn't give Garrosh a fair shake if they don't defend him.
Vol'jin. He did a very good job of getting the troll's speech just right.
Yes. Stupid work and raiding got in the way a bit.
Amazing, Wounderful, Amazing again
Cairne Bloodhoofs back story on how we lost him
Baine Bloodhoof making voljin and thrall feel guilty
DownFall of Garrosh Hellscream
Just Amazing! i love the fact that the tauren race actually have a front line in this book and baine being one of the focal charaters
I've been playing WoW for about 4 years now and had never read or listen to one of the in-between novels. I was nice getting to hear how Garrosh was tried and how he managed to escape from custody and get to alt-Draenor. Highly recommended it to fans and lore readers and wil be picking up other titles to read or listen to.
Not the best WC book. It's one long trial where most arguments aren't well formed. Even if the idea of a rousing venture into the judicial system of Pandaria sounds fun to you, the characters are rather clumsy in how they try to make their points. So it's not even a well-executed concept, and you can see how it's going to end just a couple chapters in.
I actually really like several of Christie Golden's other books. I think she does a wonderful job summing up the Arthas story, and Lord of the Clans was one of my favorites in the WC universe. I'd recommend those two, and not to sully your opinion of her writing by reading this one. We all have off days, I suppose.
Listening to War Crimes was a pleasure and I believe that the story had a lot to it that people who play world of warcraft would NEED to know. this is where it loses a star for me.
I think it's good to have books got world of warcraft that describe events for the game and give extra knowledge to what happens. what I didn't like is how the events of this book are somewhat unknown unless you read it.
I felt that unless you really could read between the lines in quest that were in the game then the outcome of this book is unknown which creates a disconnect in some way. now this is no fault of the author. Their story was great but the story in general, being someone who plays the game for hours on a regular basis, felt unwanted in a game format.
On the other hand the writing of the book was wonderful. I can't count how many times I cried at parts. It was really cool seeing how events could be portrayed so differently and it helped me even understand how something so hard and tear jerking could bring people together.
The narrator of the story was pretty good at giving different tones and voices to the characters with what he had. I would definitely recommend it be listed to or for it to be read.
The Warcraft setting is immense and diverse, full to bursting with high-fantasy characters, powerful magic, and ancient evils of all kinds. It suffers at times from a lack of central theme, and stretches so wide to encompass more content for its online world that it often seems to include every possible fantasy archetype. In order to reconcile these disparate elements, restraint and discipline are needed. Golden exercises none. Her characters are each possessed of comical power, the ethics of an American liberal in 2016, and the emotional condition of a 12 year old girl. They speak in bizarrely modern turns of phrase, and every one of them (with the possible exception of the half-conceived villain) seems to be essentially the same character with a different outward appearance.
The result is something more like a bad fanfic than a published novel. If you are desperate to fill in the blanks between WoW expansions, read a synopsis and spare yourself.
"Great end to the expansion"
As a lover of the lore, it was great to so many characters all together in one place. To listen to all of them speak and the tough situation they are put in was well written and of great insight into warcraft's popular characters
I guess it was the Salvyanas/Veressa Subplot
I have a few book read by him and Love his voice, its easy to listen to.
Yes, but i failed to sadly
A really good book about warcraft, delving in deep to the characters and the past.
FOR THE HORDE!
"Best Warcraft Novel since WoW's release!"
No matter who there favorite character is he/so has there moment in this book plus you get to see alternate sides to previous book events.
We see Garrosh's thought process with each of his decisions that many questioned in the game and it really made him one of my favorite characters in a long time :).
It is Scott Brick what was there not to like!
He did a great job as he always does :).
Easily my favorite Novel since the start of WoW (on Par with the likes of Rise of the Horde). Unlike most Warcraft novels this gives us the POV of a large amount of the leaders (both Horde and Alliance) giving more perspective of everyones views on the situation. Not to mention we get interactions we have never had before because they are all at the Trial even the likes of Wrathion to the Dragon Aspects on top of the leaders.
It gives us 3 major plot lines that will carry on as we play throughout WoD on top of that behind the scene with those who followed Garrosh and still believe in his Horde.
The book is easily one of the most fluently written Warcraft books since World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects!
I cannot write this review without also adding that this book has ties to 8 other novels written in the Warcraft universe and gives us alternate perspectives on moments we read in previous books during the trial thanks to the Bronze Flight.
Great story which covers part of the lore for the expansion I skipped - mists of Pandora. really enjoyed it.
"an enthralling story"
it was an engaging story line with lots of twists and turns through out that kept me wanting to hear more and more
"With respect, I protest."
I absolutely loved this book. As a fan of the game but stopped playing a few years ago, this was a great opportunity to catch up on the epic tale of azeroth.
"Law and Order: Stupid Panda Unit"
90% of this book takes place in a courtroom with flashbacks to making Garrosh seem like a genocidal warmongering monster while not looking at his justification of what he did for his people and in the bad situation Thrall left him in.
No because other books are better
Yeah it's as good as anything else he narrates.
Trolls suck, Orcs rule, Sylvanas is worse than Arthas and doing the same things. Anduin will run the alliance into the ground.
"Well worth the time"
Well written and read , more in depth part of wow lore and shows emotions of otherwise still standing characters ingame well worth the time
"Fantastic Book Packed With Great Lore"
This is my first ever audio book and I loved it. The performance was outstanding and the story was heavily intriguing.
This books is heavily focused on World of Warcraft. If you enjoy the game, you should enjoy this book!
Scott has a great variety of voices that adds depth to each of the characters.
I wanted to, but unfortunately could not due to life. Was great for travelling and when working. Listened to it in a week.
"11/10 - IGN Would Listen Again."
What you be waitin for human, It be very good mon' - Vol'jin Warchief of the Horde.
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