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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 August 28th 2008)
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Sep 01, 2012 Naomi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft
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.
Sep 14, 2012 Jack rated it did not like it
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
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Sep 18, 2012 [Name Redacted] rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, philosophy, tripe, war
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
Sep 10, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
Allen Christianson
Sep 11, 2012 Allen Christianson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: game, fantasy
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,
Sep 06, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2012 Dana rated it did not like it
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
While I may play World of Warcraft off and on, one constant is my interest in the lore behind the game, an interest that extends to pretty much all MMOs I play, in fact. I’m always devouring every piece of lore and background information I can find, even if that means putting up with some not-so-well-written novels every once in a while. I’ve long discovered that looking for quality writing in most video game tie-in books is a lost cause.

Admittedly, I didn’t think Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
Michael Pate
Sep 01, 2012 Michael Pate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stev Paulson
Mar 08, 2016 Stev Paulson rated it it was amazing
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Tim Bergmann
Oct 14, 2012 Tim Bergmann rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2014 Lynda rated it really liked it
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
Sep 22, 2012 Gleth rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 05, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
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!
Sep 09, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Action packed, equally distributes point of view between the alliance, the horde and the dragon flights. Great lore!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jan 19, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War (World of Warcraft #11), Christie Golden
Jun 15, 2015 Nayari rated it really liked it
I have read several reviews saying this book is awful. I don't know why. I thought Christie Golden did a magnificent she tends to do...of showing characters' inner and outer conflict. I thought the new characters that showed up were well-developed for the roles they played. I thought the pacing of the story was done well and Golden's superb descriptive prose made what happened in Theramore hit harder than I probably needed to have it. The deaths in this book broke my heart (though not q ...more
Jun 12, 2014 Abhinav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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
Aug 31, 2012 Anafielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Kristine Aquilina
Jun 28, 2015 Kristine Aquilina rated it it was amazing
I must say, this book was brilliant from start to finish.

Golden really knew how to develop the characters well. I got to know more about a number of characters, especially the amazing Kalec, also known as Kalecgos of the Blue Dragonflight. His character was so lifelike and so brilliantly constructed, as well as Jaina Proudmoore's.

I really loved this storyline as it grabbed my attention right from the start of the book. I also loved the relationship between Jaina and Kalec as it developed through
Jul 31, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
It really brings out exactly how human Jaina Proudmoore really is. People that play World of Warcraft get a feeling from major NPCs like Jaina or Thrall that they're invincible. Taking 40 man raids to pillage a village and take out its leader gives these NPCs high expectations, but as Jaina has multiple major cataclysms all happening at once, the limits of this incredible being gets pushed to its max and we see the peace binding mage go outside her borders as she starts stepping on what she feel ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Christie Golden once again proves that she's the best author when it comes to the Warcraft universe! This was amazing, I couldn't put down the book, even though I knew what was going to happen, I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was a bit concerned how the character growth of Jaina would be presented but it was pretty believable and also about time, I was getting a little tired of her peace loving antics while Garrosh steps all over the Alliance. A must read for any fan of Warc ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Perseus rated it really liked it
Have you ever had to be responsible and help your friends and family? Have you had to face seemingly impossible problems? Well, the fantasy book Tides of War (based off of the World of Warcraft series) written by Christie Golden may be just for you. In this book, memorable characters such as Jaina Proudmoore, Ruler of Theramore and an experienced mage. Kalecgos/Kalec, Leader of the Blue Dragonflight. Kinndy Sparkshine, Apprentice of Jaina Proudmoore. Garrosh Hellscream, Warchief of the Horde an ...more
This is such a wonderful peek into the Horde culture for Alliance players. The death of the elder Bloodhoof really upset me. He's not one of the major Horde leaders but I have a great deal of respect for him because if he does not agree with decisions made by Garrosh Hellscream, he will find an alternative - often with assistance of the Alliance. He, like Thrall, has a good relationship with Jaina and Anduin. The future leaders of the Alliance.

Eh, the new war chief will probably Vol Jin
Feb 21, 2015 AmbushPredator rated it it was amazing
I recently got back into WoW after a hiatus (missed most of Cata and all of MoP) due to lack of time, plus a creaking rig; but having bought a new gaming PC before Christmasi got back in with the WoD expansion.

And so decided to catch up on some of the lore by reading a few of the novelisations. And this one was a cracker! No wonder it was the top seller it turned out to be - a marvellously crafted look at the Fall of Theramore and the rise of Grommash's threat, it was unputdownable!
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Feb 20, 2016 Angelya (Tea in the Treetops) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review posted on Tea in the Treetops in February 2016:

Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War was released just before the launch of Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft's fifth expansion, and coincided with a scenario in-game in which players take part in the major battle from either the Alliance or Horde sides (called Theramore’s Fall). By the way, if you’re still a player, you can currently still experience this scenario by visiting Lorewalker Fu in the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossom
Sep 01, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, warcraft
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.
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Implications 3 28 Oct 08, 2012 11:05AM  
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  • World of Warcraft: Ashbringer
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  • The Last Guardian (WarCraft, #3)
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  • World of Warcraft, Vol. 3
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
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  • Wolfheart (World of WarCraft, #10)

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