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Stormrage (World of Warcraft #7)

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When the world of Azeroth was young, the god-like titans brought order to it by reshaping its lands and seas. Throughout their great work, they followed a magnificent design for what they envisioned Azeroth would become. Although the titans departed Azeroth long ago, that design endures to this day. It is known as the Emerald Dream, a lush and savagely primal version of th ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Pocket (first published January 1st 2010)
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Patrick
This was my least favorite book set in the World of Warcraft universe, even worse than Arthas by Christie Golden. The reasons are many, these are the three I had the most issues with:

- The characters are boring and uninspiring.
- The story doesn't radiate "WoW" as other books do.
- The suspense goes up and down. One minute everything is lost, then everything is won. Over and over.

It's sad because I really enjoyed the Well of Eternity trilogy by Knaak and I was looking forward to the return of Ma
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Jeremy Preacher
This was a terrible book. I expected this. I read it anyway. I'm not sure why.

From the most generous possible perspective (meaning, let us assume that I care deeply about the subject matter, which is not particularly true) it's still a terrible book. The writing is godawful - stilted dialog, weird, artificial plot developments, confusing action and terrible pacing. Knaak spends far, far too many paragraphs describing in detail the clothing and/or armor of the characters in what appears to be an
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Angel
Reading this I was not surprised to find afterwords that it is the same writer from their manga. Which had gorgeous pictures and horrible writing. This book had me torn through the whole thing and was pretty frustrating. For those that love the warcraft lore and are wanting to know what is going on in the emerald dream I recommend it because it does let you know what happens. It just turns one of your favorite warcraft heroes into a sniveling whiner, is often confusing switching between characte ...more
Wendy Hines
I have to say, Mr. Knaak has done his homework! He knows things that I had no clue about. Stormrage is about the Emerald Dream and its guardians, the dragon flight.

The druids enter the dreams to monitor life on Azeroth because life and nature must have a balance. But recently, those dreams have turned into nightmares and the druids find themselves trapped in the dream world. Even the renowned druid, night elf arch druid Malfurion Stormrage may be a victim of these horrifying nightmares. Thus, b
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William Bentrim
Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak

This book will no doubt be a major hit with World of Warcraft fans. It details Malfurion Stormrage’s part in the Emerald Dream.

I am normally a major fan of fantasy. I guess I am just not a fan of Knaak. I wasn’t a fan of Beastmaster Myth either, the only other book of his I read. I can’t even point my finger at what I don’t like so my supposition is there is just something about his style that doesn’t resonate with me. I mean, how can you not like a book whose main
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Heather
Loved it. I have always been a fan of the author although so many readers seem to look down on him for what characters he has chosen from the Warcraft universe to write a history for - something I have never understood as an author has to pick characaters, they can't not have characters nor can they choose all.

Anyway. I have read his previous Warcraft books, and especially loved this one for being up to date and set in the WoW universe that players are currently actually experiencing in game. So
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
World of Warcraft: Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak is the latest game-related novel I finished. I’ll admit I picked this one up solely due to my fascination with its eponymous protagonist because in fact, I am not a big fan of Knaak’s writing at all. The War of the Ancients trilogy, for example, is the last thing I read by him and it was a torturous ordeal just to try and force myself to get through all three books. I find his style overly simplistic and at times vapid and flavorless, though to be ...more
Melissa
The book was interesting for any Warcraft fan. But I agree with the other reviews, parts of the plot seemed to drone on or repeat themselves during the second half of the book. I don't want to say that it is the writer's style to be that way, because the war of the ancients trilogy was fantastic. This one seemed to lack in plotline and story.

Seeing as I have read the previous ones (The War of the Ancients) this book should have been exciting for me to revisit the fantastic characters. It was a b
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Chris Tucker
This is not a prequel to the next Expansion in the World of Warcraft but is a story that bring Malfurion Stormrage back into the current story line. What I love the most about these books is the abilities that are not currently in the game and just thinking about how cool they would be if Blizzard added them. The story is great and consequences seem very real. Malfurion especially has many things he has to work through in his mind and heart as he makes the effort to overcome his foe. Fun read an ...more
Craig Boston
I would like to start this review by stating that I am an avid World of Warcraft player, so I was very excited to read about the legendary Malfurion Stormrage, but this book is so poorly written that it was tedious to finish. In fact, the only reason that I finished this book is that I am currently deployed in Afghanistan. First, the book is filled with iconic characters from World of Warcraft, they are EPIC heroes, yet the author portrays them as mundane adventurers, who are so poorly developed ...more
John Potiris
The book Stormrage is based on the fictional character Malfurion Stormrage. Who is the ArchDruid of the Night Elves one of the races in World of Warcraft. In this booked he is stuck in the Emerald Dream and has to be saved from this realm in the world of Azeroth. This book was written by Richard A. Knaak a writer of several books based around World of Warcraft and wrote several books for other games made by Blizzard. He has only written fantasy fiction books many of which based on video games. T ...more
Denise
I've been listening to all the books in the WOW series that are available on audible, though I have a couple lined up that I'll actually have to read. I've found them extremely interesting for all the lore since I play the game. I can relate things in the story to quest lines in the game that really brings so much understanding and cohesiveness to the game I've got to get back to playing.

A lot of the other audible books are narrated by Scott Brick who I like a lot more than Richard Ferrone who n
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Sam Gaume
Stormrage is another book based off of a popular video game series, meaning it will not appeal to just any reader. The main characters are brothers, Illidan and Malfurion Stormrage, both of them are called night elves, a creature that never ages. It is a story of corruption and how the brothers are fighting to help save this thing called the Emerald Dream. The Emerald Dream was corrupted by a demon presence. Malfurion becomes corrupted by the same evil, but his brother frees him and is corrupted ...more
Christina
For all Knaak's faults I love the tie in's to the game story. Preceding this Malfurion finally appears within the game and of the brother's he was one of my favourites.

Even if his in game appearance is a bit unsettling.

Guiltily I am a fan of Knaak's story telling however, and how this one was told. Especially that it meant finally we would see Malfurion's return.
Sire
I love this book because undoubtly my second favorite character besides thrall and Arthas is Malfurion Stormrage this book is a great intro telling me of his experiences trapped by the nightmare lord and being betrayed by fandral and him escaping not the best wow book I've ever read but it's Malfurion so I had to read it
Peyton Durand
Started off to be very good. I would recommend reading the first half and then imagining the rest of it. It really just does not take off like i would have liked it to.
Nickolas
The description of this book is false! I know the real tale. This book relates the War of the Nightmare.
Toeni
After reading the last couple of World of Warcraft books, I had despaired of finding another book in the series as good as the first that I had read. I was kind of disappointed by this book. This story focuses primarily around Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage and the love of his life, the High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind. Sensing a darkness in the once tranquil Emerald Dream, Malfurion leaves Tyrande behind to investigate it. In the process, he is captured by a mysterious evil known as the "The N ...more
Allie
As somebody who thoroughly enjoys Night Elf lore and anticipated the awakening and return of Malfurion Stormrage, this book was a massive let-down. I was thoroughly disappointed in Knaack's story-telling, as I've enjoyed his other novels in the past.

The story was slow-going and the fabled Malfurion seemed always at a loss and feeling hopeless. If there was ever an actor to play Malfurion's role in a movie, Woody Allen would be the only viable candidate. Whiney, helpless and ineffectual.

I don't r
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Debra
this book was so good that once i started it i found it hard to put down.
Ciante
The beginning started off slow but I grew to like it.
Bernard Doddema Jr
Pretty good book. This book would make an awesome movie!
Christopher
Great Read : )
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Calvin Christopher
For the sake of brevity: awful, absolutely awful.
I naturally dip my standards when picking up a book based on Warcraft; I'm here for the lore, not to be stirred from within. That being said, this is one of the worst books I've ever picked up. The author is all over the place, failing to juggle six different plots at once. And who wouldn't? The fact that this book even made it to the publisher's desk is an atrocity of justice and perfectly highlights the pitfalls of freedom of speech.

If you stumb
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Daley
There were good points in this book.
There were nice twists that I did not expect.
There were too many words, for me.
This is my opinion after constantly wondering about the bulk of the story VS the repetition and drawn out feeling I felt while reading it.
I got the impression that the author was being paid per letter.
I don't necessarily mean that to sound rude. If I put a book down and don't read it for a few days by choice, it's just not a fun book.

I don't like to talk about the specifics in any
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Jordan Mclaughlin
The book Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak was a very interesting book and had many different unique ideas that one would not find in most books. Richard’s references to nature and how nature was intertwined with everything that happened in the book was confusing at first how but it ultimately worked. The main character, Malfurion, was connected to nature. The way to best explain the genre of the book, and the importance of nature is to compare it to Avatar. In Avatar the planet where all of the cha ...more
Peter Anargirou
While I love Christie Golden's Warcraft books, this was my first by Richard A. Knaak, and I found it severely lacking. The story seemed a bit sloppy, and I didn't care for the writing. However, the overall story was an important part of the on-going Warcraft story.

The story centers around something that should be a huge event in the Warcraft universe. I'd expect this to be listed alongside the war against Illidan, the War in Northrend, and the Horde-Alliance War after the Cataclysm. It's an epic
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Allen Christianson
While I have read it once before, I found myself unable to finish it a second time, though that may due in part to me acquiring another book I found myself more inclined to read.

I could talk about repetitive story elements, grandiose descriptions or the uninteresting characters, or even about the derivative plot and overall incredibly confusing writing style. However, reading Stormrage is best explained through an analogy.

It's like someone is giving you a cake. You trust this friend with the cak
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Kyle Marie
Also reviewed here: http://porcelainulairi.wordpress.com/...

There is a lot of information you need in order to truly process this book, but I will give a short run down for those who might have no idea what Warcraft is about. Many races dwell in the land called Azeroth. The races are split into two factions who are constantly at war with one another. Other creatures inhabit the world, including dragons. One matriarch, the green aspect Ysera, presides over the Emerald Dream. This is most easily d
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Anna
I couldn't quite put a finger on how, but I felt that Mr. Knaak's writing was all over the place in this book. If he was trying to convey a sense of intense confusion via his writing to reflect what I am guessing as the feeling of terror and helplessness of being caught in the Nightmare's hold then in some sense, he succeeded but at the same time, made the events incredibly hard to follow.

I wanted to find out what exactly happened within the corruption of The Emerald Dream as I have always been
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, Dragonrealm (his own creation), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written five non-series fantasy books.

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