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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.

©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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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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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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Anduin is WoWs protagonists and I don’t see that as a good thing

The entire story shapes up to make Anduin seem the hero not just of the Alliance or his own story but of the entire WoW universe. He’s an ultra good never do wrong type whose expectations are rarely subverted and his rightness is always on the forefront.

It gets tiring. Some characters and side things seem inserted simply to justify anything Anduin wants to do as a character.

The book suffers further by casting the Horde then as Anduin’s heel. Sylvanas and Gallywix take center stage throughout the novel while the other Horde leaders have almost zero influence on anything. This creates a dichotomy of Horde is bad and Alliance is good. Which blizzard I’m sure continues to love.

It’s an okay story, the end is good, but Anduin is frustrating to read about.

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wait until someone gives it to you

so much hype for such a weak story. The story conmects weakly to the game lore. there is no major breakthroughs or nee lore. just a bunch of the same we already have in game.

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It was okay.

If you play the game then this is an okay book. story was super predictable, but not a waist of time.

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Nothing to do with Battle for Azeroth

I bought this book to see how it connects the WoW Legion expansion to the Battle for Azeroth expansion and beyond some references to other books and some in-game events, there's nothing but filler. The couple of scenes that deal with the Battle for Azeroth are included as cut-scenes in the BFA launch event in the game, so players that don't buy this book won't miss anything.

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was very disappointing...

not enough about the horde. should of been titled self righteous thoughts of Anduin Wrynn

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This book is not for Horde players.

Alliance are the good guys and the Horde are the evil bad guys. Better jump to that faction change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

First Warcraft book I've heard, and I loved it!

Before the Storm has been the first Warcraft novel I've heard, having only read the Chronicle Volume 1 prior, and I absolutely loved it! Christie Golden is a gem that Blizzard has been fortunate to uncover, and I'm looking very much forward to diving further into the Warcraft lore via the books also! A side note is that playing world of Warcraft / having prior knowledge of what currently goes on in the Warcraft universe, is required for full enjoyment of the book.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 07-24-18

Why dafuc i can finish the book

Why dafuc i can finish the book link no avalable to listen

The book 10/10 why i can't

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  • Joel
  • 07-19-18

Amazing narrator, slightly dragged out plot

For fans of the game preparing for battle for azeroth, this audiobook is simply great.
Its on another level compared to other warcraft novels, and even if the plot is not explicitly the driving force of events, it captures the attention of anyone listening.

Josh Keaton is an excellent narrator for this book. Not only does he provide believeable voice inline with ingame counterparts, but as the actual voice actor of Anduin, one of the two protagonists its simply amazing and brings so much immersion to the entire reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

I love it

narrator good...story good...love it
i tottaly recommend to buy this book
Read it people...its worth of it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

well worth a read!

I found this to be a fantastic book, very well laid out for world of Warcraft fans. For those who have not kept up with the game story, it would be a good idea to check that out first, as a great many references are fairly recent developments in the game itself. Josh does voices throughout the book, but it would be nice for such a big project to include some of the more popular WoW voice actors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-18

Good book

a good book, but I wanted to hear more about Sylvannas story. but they are probably saving it to later.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

Not so morally gray

The character development is good overall. Especially all the minor characters.
The biggest flaw of the book is that they make silvanas look so evil. They keep making me see things from her perspective. They keep making me think that she actually has a conscience , but the all of a sudden she is back to the massacre thoughts.

The performance is amazing, and overall it is a good book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-18

Amazing

An original Christie Golden Warcraft book, that not only portrays characters so well, full of emotion and highlighting the morality, but opens for perspectives, still picturing a morally gray world. As for the narrator, I don't have a lot of eperience with audiobooks, but Josh Keaton is an amazing voice actor (best goblin, dwarf and Anduin impersonations). And even that giving voice to female character is so hard for a male narrator, he did an excellent job with the tone of the voice for Sylvanas (playing her ingame voice in my head maybe helped a lot). I totally recomand this book for any warcraft lore fan out there, as for anyone eager for Battle for Azeroth.

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  • Daniel Nielsen
  • 06-23-18

very interesting

I like it alot, gives a good view into whats happening pre bfa and shining new lights on the 2 newcomers in power

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  • Darya
  • 06-18-18

Amazing)

The book is voiced by Anduin's voice actor who is equally skilled in other voices such as goblin. It is super easy to listen.
The story gives nice insight into Sylvanas' thoughts and Forsaken day to day lives and struggles.
We as players are used to seeing both factions without realising what an ordinary aliance human who probably never seen then before thinks of them.
Overall very nicely read and written. Highly recommended listen.