• Before the Storm

  • A Novel
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Josh Keaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8,292 ratings)
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By: Christie Golden
Narrated by: Josh Keaton
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Publisher's summary

New York Times Best Seller

An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment's next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft video game.

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth's devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite's power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war - a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

Praise for Before the Storm:

“This is easily the best book in the World of Warcraft series, and I don’t say that lightly.... It’s so much more than a tie-in novel.... It’s a beautiful book.” (Blizzard Watch)

©2018 Christie Golden (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Amazing Experience

This book is just great. It's narrated by King Anduin's voice actor from the game, who performs excellently in every role (except Moira, but I'll give him a pass because the rest were great). Each chapter starts with a minute of music from the in-game location the chapter takes place in. On top of all that, the story is gripping and compelling, with enough background and context added to be enjoyable to players of World of Warcraft and casual readers alike, which is rare in a novel of this type. All in all, a fantastic experience I heartily recommend.

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Amazing voice acting, great story

The book is voiced by the guy who voices Anduin in world of warcraft. But he also does a bang up job voicing every other character in the book! (Except for Moira but there’s only so much he can do with a lady dwarf voice)

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much left to be desired

It was over just when it was starting to get good. It felt like the whole book was a setup for 1 interesting chapter. I wish they would put out a meatier novel sometime.

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Terrible

The storyline is just terrible. It is dull for most of its parts and it doesn’t solve anything in a plot line of Battle for Azeroth.

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I need Battle For Azeroth now!

This is the first time I've experienced one of the Warcraft books before an expansion coming out. It's made me laugh and cry. Cry a few times really. And I enjoyed every moment of it.

I can't wait to see what the game's expansion has in store!

There are plenty of descriptions to let your imagination build the world and the characters if you are unfamiliar with the content, but knowing the lore of the land and the characters helps a bunch. Knowledge of the lore and the experience of the games will have great effect on the enjoyment of the book.

Definitely a must read/listen for any avid Warcraft fan!

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Love WoW, not a big fan of the story.

All-in-all I really love World of Warcraft's environment and interaction with its main characters as a whole. Getting to see the inner monologues of the two of main leaders controlling the alliance and horde is kind of awesome. My issue more comes from the story not being it's own its story in the contacts that it has A beginning, build up, and conclusion it's pretty much just a prelude to the game and that doesn't make a good book. IMO

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A whole lot of nothing..

Mild spoilers ahead.

This is the worst wow book to date for a simple reason that it is supposed to lead into the Battle for Azeroth expanssion yet it spends 1/3 of the book dealing with goblins setting up camp to mine and do research on azurite and the rest on setting up the meeting in Arathi Highlands where nothing that would lead us into a full out war happens. The narrator did a good job, the story however is one that we could have gone without and nothing would be missed. I usually like books written by CG but this, for me at least... missed the mark.

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I want my time back.

Don't get me wrong. The book was well written and performed. My issue is that this book was not what I believed it was represented as. I understood that it would add to the lore and storyline. It simply told the story of events that were already revealed.

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A half and half really

I really liked the voice performances but there were so many character arcs that I didn't care about, I did like that Anduin's character was built more through this book, I play horde so I don't see much from the other side. Overall it was decent, and got me thinking about some in-game reasons for the war and what's to come, but think the story could've been told in a shorter manner.

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ok

the narrator was outstanding, but the story itself was kind of meh. nothing of real significance happened in the story. seems like the book was just a money grab to sell the next expansion, unlike many of the other books.

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