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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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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)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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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Amazing Book! Super Excited for WoW BFA

This Book was really amazing. I wish they had closed some plot points. But This book gives some really good insight into the thought of characters that give me a great look at how they will act in the game. My most memorable moment was at the end when Anduin finally learned and tempered the wisdom of Genn Greymane into what would be a battle for azeroth. This Book has taken 8 straight Hours of my life, I am glad to say that I enjoyed those hours, I cried during those hours too. This was really a great Book that I think anyone that is interested in the Lore of World Of Warcraft, wanting to know the lead up to the new expansion or just anyone curious should give a listen to start to finish.

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Must buy!

Well written story. Amazing voice acting! Made me cry so hard. must for wow lore-enthusiast

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Great story

finished it in a day, the whole 9 hours non-stop. totally worth my time for sure!

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So amazing story

The story is exceptional, I enjoyed it a lot. The performance was very good; the only thing I didn't like was Sylvanna's voice interpretation, at least for me sounded like the voice of Megatron.

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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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Not as good as previous books

All in all it was a good World of Warcraft book but I had my hopes up that it would be as rich or richer in lore as previous books were. I felt let down in that notion. The book was well written and I did enjoy the journey it takes you on so I rate it a 4 overall. Hope this helps others.

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Worth buying, but beware of slow and dull dialogue

This one is a little hard to get through, Too much small talk. Anduin is not exactly a super exciting character, so I feel like the arch from beginning to end is a bit too long in relation to the storyline. I think my WoW loyalty helped me stay with it. Again... not the worst, still glad I bought it but not as good as other WoW books. People talking, people talking... something happens, people talking again.

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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.

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  • Hristijan
  • 06-17-18

For the horde

For the horde and ty for the great epilogue for battle for azeroth continue the great work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-18

the story was quite empty and didn't explain many

the story was quite empty and lengthened for nothing unlike the old books like war crimes it was only around one character that is the king of Stormwind anduin and it didn't explain or show anything about the burning of teldrassil it's not what I hoped for

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