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Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War (World of Warcraft #11)

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The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance. Yet of late, escalating tensions have pushed the two factions closer to open war, threatening to destroy what little stabil...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Hey readers. Female Protagonist: Tides of War is a novel written by Richard A. Knaak, under his lesser-known pen name to avoid publication scrutiny.

This book is about the Alliance! Well, okay, almost 50% of it is not, but the Horde are so cool!

More importantly, however, here it is folks, it's the one we've all been waiting for, it's about Jaina! "How can we appease those stupid feminists, complaining about our sexist portrayal of female characters?" Metzen asks Golden, taking a massive toke of...more
Shattered. That's my only reaction at the end of this book. I am a huge Jaina Proudmoore fan and wanted to see where this adventure would take her.

I have read several Warcraft books: Rise of the Horde, Of Blood and Honor, Arthas, Lord of the Clans, Stormrage, The Shattering and The War of the Ancients series, but this has by far been the most memorable

Jaina Proudmoore is a cool headed alliance diplomat. Her choices again and again have made her a friend to many of the horde and to the alliance....more
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This book is awful. Just. Plain. Awful. It's named after Jaina Proudmoore, but she's only in ~1/3 of it, and barely does anything at all -- and when she does act, even though her actions are fully justified and reasonable, everyone (eg: the countless male characters who occupy the other ~2/3 of the book) rushes to stop and condemn her (which they should have done to her attackers BEFORE her friends and kingdom were slaughtered by male sociopaths).

It's misogynistic, it's horribly paced, and the...more
Let me be completely honest: I'm not a reader of fantasy books. I've played World of Warcraft for 8 years (paladin!) and I think it's skeezy to ask us to buy books to give us additional story to a game we already pay monthly for. I've read bits and pieces of the other Warcraft books that my husband (warlock!) bought and left on the toilet tank. And I aways chuckled at the overt word count padding.

But I actually spent $12.99 cash on the ebook version of Tides of War. Why? Because I'm one of thos...more
Christie Golden promised in her dedication in Arthas: Rise of the Lich King to write the best books possible for World of Warcraft fans and she hasn't failed to deliver yet. Tides of War is probably her best written Warcraft novel since Lord of the Clans, if not ever, but I think I still prefer The Shattering overall. The nature of the tie-in novel really hits this book hard, unfortunately.

Strangely enough, this is an ensemble book. I don’t know why, Rise of the Lich King and Twilight of the Asp...more
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Allen Christianson
I'll start off by saying that I own and have read almost the entire collection of Warcraft books. And this is quite possible the best, most well written of them all.

There are so many good points to the book, I can barely wrap my head around it. It has one of the best romances I've seen in the book. The conflict between the characters is believable and real, lending you the chance for you to feel great empathy for their concerns and their goals. The tragedy that serves as the climax to the book,...more
Tim Bergmann
I wanted to like this book. I like Christie Golden as an author. She's typically easy to read and the story flows well. And those things are essentially true. The problem, for me, is everything else.

I think the main flaw in the book is that it seems like she is essentially being told exactly what to write and can't deviate from the outline. Things that I think that would've added some backstory is why Garrosh is starting to go batshit crazy. Who is Malkorok? And while WoW as a game might explain...more
Michael Pate
It is really amazing how much better the last few novels have been. It feels like since Stormrage Blizzard has really wanted to actually do novels that move the story forward and this one is no exception.

Jaina is a character who plays a prominent role in the game at times but really comes alive in the novels. She has always been kind of a tragic figure because of the whole Kael'thas/Arthas love triangle - it is hard to reconcile that the two men who once loved you became consumed by evil. And he...more
If was possible for this Horde player to hate Garrosh any more than I already did, Christie took me there. Garrosh has shown time and again that he is nothing more than a bloodthirsty animal, hellbent on genocide of ALL beings. Even if he were successful in rooting out the Alliance, his thirst for war would lead him to attack the Tauren, Darkspear, then Undead and Blood Elves. Once only orcs are left, they would then fight amongst themselves and destroy Azeroth, just like the did their home worl...more
It honestly floors me that with 11 million active players, Blizzard can't find better authors for its series.

I don't really have a problem with the plot. I love cheesy books and cheesy games, and WOW is nothing if not cheesy. I like fanfiction and I like series fiction. But here is my problem-- Golden is a really mediocre writer. Someone handed her an outline of "what happens" and she just told the reader everything. That's all. This book is all tell.

She's about as dry as a rock. Cookie cutter...more
Jan 04, 2014 Lynda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: wow
"A really good, fast read. Christie Golden knows her Warcraft and knows it well. She has an amazing grasp on the woman and what exactly is going on inside her head. Tides of War is at its core a story of transformation, of accepting that all things, be it beliefs, standards, or friendships, will inevitably be tested. It's a story of uncertainly trying to find a place in a world that seems to have no place for you, be it as a diplomat inexplicably standing for peace in a time of war or a flight o...more
Aug 29, 2012 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the "Warcraft" universe
I was of two minds about this book from the outset, given that the showcase character of Jaina Proudmoore is not one I've ever had great interest in. Personal foibles aside, however, I would say that this book is perhaps the strongest of the World of Warcraft offerings yet released - even managing to compete with and perhaps surpass my previous favorite in the series "Arthas: Rise of the Lich King." Kudos to Mrs. Golden for being able to spin a tale that reinvested me in a character for whom my...more
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War is the story of the events leading up to one of the big story arcs for the up-coming World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria. Rather than looking at the Pandaran arc, this looks at the growing tension between the Horde and the Alliance, and covers a pivotal moment in WoW's history set around the Isle of Theramore.

This book drew me in and played my emotional strings with a rare mastery. I found all the characterisations fit what I knew from the game, but with...more
I have to hand it to Christie Golden, this is probably one of her best Warcraft books yet. I think I've read most of the ones she's written, and I was amazed at her exploration of the characters and their losses and emotions. I understand the segue between Cataclysm and MOP much better, as well as the background of the fall of Theramore. There were several times in this book I was nearly in tears.

Even if you've never played World of Warcraft, most of the books are a good dive into fantasy. The...more
Nicole Trainor
Christie Golden is a great World of Warcraft author. She gets and understands the setting and really develops the characters within it to a believable extent. I love her Jaina Proudmore. I also love her development of Kalecgos, who I started liking with the Sunwell trilogy manga. This book did a great job setting up the Fall of Theramore scenario and has me anxious for Mists of Pandaria.

As a side effect, however, I no longer want to play my Horde characters. Besides now having a deep and abidin...more
If you are a Warcraft Lore hound such as myself. No, wait. If you like fiction. READ THIS BOOK. By far one of the most well written Novels i've read in quite a while (Next to Exile) I was hooked from beginning to end. I wanted more after it was over! Needless to say, Mists of Pandaria cannot come soon enough, so I can take in the Brilliantly told story from a better prospective. Blizzard and Christie Golden Deliver yet again with this book!
I probably shouldn't have expected much from yet another Warcraft book, but I still couldn't help but be disappointed in the quality of writing. The plot points are interesting and I did like how Kalecgos was portrayed, but it seems Jaina Proudmoore is never going to be the character I want her to be.

Still, I'm sure it will tie in nicely with the upcoming events in game and I suppose that's all one can hope for from these books.
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Quite unintentionally, I’ve started on a sort of WarCraft kick this year as far as my reading is concerned. First it was The Shattering: Prelude to the Cataclysm and then it was Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, novels that were set in the World of WarCraft: Cataclysm expansion, and they both proved to be really good reads all the way through. They also helped me reconnect with a game that I’d long stopped playin...more
Joshua Fox
Books based on computer games tend to fall into 2 categories: it was more fun playing the game or I don't recall these events that you are now fleshing out from the perspective of the non-playable characters in the game. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War is firmly in the latter camp.
Tides of War is not a bad read. It moves quickly and shows a portion of the events that led to the titular character leaving Theramore and leading the Kirin Tor in Dalaran. The novel also fills in some background on th...more
I was really hoping for a strong female character given the lack of them found on the alliance side since Tyrande's recent regression. I guess Sylvanas will do for another expansion.
A great read. Although the major plot points are already known to most of the WoW community, this book is still worth the time. Can't wait for the in-game scenario and Mists!
Loved this book! Action packed, equally distributes point of view between the alliance, the horde and the dragon flights. Great lore!
I really loved this book. I laughed and I cried. It was wonderful. I can't wait until the next Christie Golden WOW book.
This is a wonderful book. So far great surprises. I can't wait for 9/18 to see this happen in game. :D
C.T. Tunnell
This was a fantastic book. Christie brings some of my favorite characters to life, and gives them sharp, relatable personalities. I found that, while her descriptions were excellent, she could over describe a bit. The battle scenes were a bit of a problem, too. Her descriptions of the assault on Theramore by the Horde, while full of drama and action, were also a bit confusing. The military planning and Garrosh's use of rogues reminded me of a battleground group. If this was intentional, then it'...more
Another great lore novel from Christie. I just wish it had been longer.
Miranda Opiela
I absolutely love the World of Warcraft novel series that delves further into the heroes and character found in the MMPORG World of Warcraft (WOW). I have read other works by Christie Golden which I will also review but I felt she did an excellent job with this tale. It was almost as though I was actually playing a campaign in the game. Her descriptions of the people and places were spot on and I could see them clearly in my mind's eye map. Read More on my blog:
Anna Vuong
The Horde has been assigned a new Warchief as Thrall steps down to take up the mantle of responsibility left by Deathwing. In his new role as Aspect of Earth, Thrall appoints Garrosh Hellscream as the new Warchief, despite protestations from his former counsellors. Has Thrall made a terrible mistake in putting his faith in the young, headstrong orc?

Now, with the power of the Horde behind his every command, Garrosh calls for war against the Alliance as he plans to claim the continent of Kalimdor...more
Golden has described various situations and feelings of Jain in this book. From the time she was acting as a diplomat to bring peace and tranquility, to the time she was hopelessly seeking revenge and finally, knowing what she must do.

As in 'Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects', where Thrall found Aggra, she pursues the same line to get a mate for Jaina, suggesting that having some on your side to share the task with, makes life more joyful (as Thrall told Jaina).

Short review of the book:
Garrosh ma...more
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn...more
More about Christie Golden...
Omen (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #2) Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (World of Warcraft #6) Allies (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, #5) Rise of the Horde (World of WarCraft, #2) Lord of the Clans (WarCraft, #2)

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