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Behind the legend stands an individual hungry for justice and vengeance - as the adventure, intrigue, and heroism of World of Warcraft rise to a new level.

You are not prepared.

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few - and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

Long ago, the night elf sorcerer Illidan infiltrated the demonic Burning Legion to ward off its invasion of Azeroth. Instead of hailing him as a hero, his own kind branded him the Betrayer, questioning his intentions after he appeared to aid the demon lords. For 10,000 years he languished in prison - vilified, isolated, but never forgetting his purpose.

Now the Legion has returned, and there is only one champion who can truly stand against it. Released from his bonds, Illidan prepares for the final confrontation in the alien realm of Outland, gathering an army of grotesque fel orcs, serpentine naga, cunning blood elves, and twisted demon hunters to his side. He alone knows what deeply hidden motives guide his hand; he alone understands the price that must be paid to defeat the enemies of creation. Yet as before, he is assailed by those who see his schemes as a cynical quest for power, including the night elf Maiev Shadowsong, his former jailor. Warden Shadowsong and her Watchers have pursued the Betrayer to Outland to exact retribution for his crimes, and she will not rest until Illidan is in her custody...or in his grave.

©2016 William King (P)2016 Random House Audio

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A Great Listen for WoW Players!

You'll never look at the Burning Crusade the same way again! It truly puts the expansion, the threat and Illidan's actions into perspective. A Great way to get prepared for Legion!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story and anexcellent voice performance.

What did you love best about Illidan: World of Warcraft?

It was compelling and I couldn't stop listening almost from the very start.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Illidan of course. I've always hated that his story went south. He wasn't the ideal guy and didn't always have the best motivations but he did try to make things right when he learned the truth of the Burning Legion. I can't wait to see how this plays out in the next expansion and beyond. Also, please Blizzard, please have William King write more books. I was uncertain about a new author but have been bored with Knaak for a while. King is such a great story teller and a breath of fresh air. Please let him do more.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a great job. He didn't try to pitch his voice to sound feminine or to do a voice that was outside of his natural range, which always annoys me with other voice actors. I felt the whole time as if I was just sitting and listening to a great story teller unraveling a tale. I loved every minute of his delivery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good lore and unaccounted events explained

The book takes us into the mind of illidan and several other characters of note, some new some familiar. I enjoyed the music from Warcraft at the start of certain chapters for an all too familiar sense of immersion. Many parts of the story play out as one will remember if they played WoW, but the filling in the gaps was very well done. Many unaccounted for events were expanded upon which seem like they will be explained in the legion expansion.

If you enjoy Warcraft lore you will like this novel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A must read for WoW players

I tried imagining I didn't play the game and I think I would have still enjoyed it. But there's no doubt that this was made for the Wow players. Great narration and build up to the final moments. This will totally change how you see both Tbc and Legion

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

First audio book, enjoyed every minute, if you enjoy burning legion lore then this is a fantastic book! The battle at the end "raid" was pretty amusing.

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Thank god its not Scott Brick (sorry Scott Brick)

What made the experience of listening to Illidan: World of Warcraft the most enjoyable?

the Narrator was pretty nice, I haven't heard them on anything else, but would love to hear more from Graeme. I have grown so tired of listening to Scott Brick whine about things (no offense Scott, you have a great voice and give a great performance, but it sounds whiny to me)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Illidan: World of Warcraft?

Oh goodness that ending!

Have you listened to any of Graeme Malcolm’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

nope, but will seek him out now

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the ending yo!

Any additional comments?

Its a Warcraft Book, better than Dawn of the Aspects, not as good as Arthas. In the same way bacon is better than ham, but not as good as steak.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Paceless and bland

I can't imagine this being of interest to anyone who does not already know the setting from the computer game. I've played the game for years, am interested in the literature, and found it a chore to complete this audiobook.

The lack of detail is stunning, and the dreary pace remains consistent throughout. To be fair, I'm not sure the narrator could have done a better job, given the material.

The presentation of characters is superficial and there is no development at all.

I regret the time I spent on it. Almost entirely unrewarding.

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The title character is the least interesting part.

The story seemed to drag on at times, and I didn't find Illidan himself very interesting. Vandel seemed like a generic Demon Hunter OC from an RP realm, and I found him very predictable, and bland.

Maiev Shadowsong, and Akama are by far the most interesting characters of the novel. It made me appreciate them more, especially Maiev, who I didn't really care for before reading the novel.

If you just want to understand the lore, I'd recommend just reading a summary, because the Lore information that's important is widely available, and the story involving Vandel, which isn't important to the game, isn't that interesting (at least in my opinion).

Unless you're an avid reader of all Wow novels, I'd say either skip this one, or put it at the bottom of your reading list.

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The Best Audiobook Thus Far

A fantastic performance that complimented the fantastic story very well. This one is my new favorite in the WoW novel series.

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Best Voice narrator

the book in its self is truly a master piece and Graeme Malcome with his comfortable voice brings the story to life