The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft, #8)
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The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft #8)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  2,167 ratings  ·  127 reviews
His eyes were open now, watching the path of the tiny flame. "If you continue your path, little spark, you will cause great harm.""I must burn I must live ""There are places where your glow and heat are welcome. Find them, do not destroy the dwellings or take the lives of my people "For a second, he seemed to wink out of existence but then blazed back with renewed vigor.Th...more
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Published October 19th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
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Ernie Jr.
I was fortunate in a way in reading this novel by Christie Golden. My wife became pregnant with twins in March of 2009 and I shut down my WoW account just before making it to Icecrown in the game. This means I have not played Cataclysm yet. As a high school teacher and a parent of twins, I really don't even see much of the gaming world these days except for the occasional Hearts or Minesweeper game during my off period.

The Shattering took me back into that world, advancing an already terrific st...more
Chris
Any review of The Shattering, like a review for any franchise novel, has to be written with a big caveat: Do you have any interest in the franchise?

I am a Warcraft guy. I play regularly. I've read several of the books. I am fairly, though not 'religiously' well versed in the lore.

As Warcraft books go, The Shattering is excellent. Well written, nicely paced, and there are some compelling details and insights for those of the lore nerd persuasion.

If you have followed the widely available pre-Catac...more
Adrian Faulkner
As a rule, I don’t have a problem with Tie-In Fiction. I’m very much in the “you like what you like” camp and don’t think you should ever be ashamed of your reads.
The argument against tie-in fiction is often that it is of a lesser quality, that because it is work for hire, authors don’t give it the same attention they would their own creation. I don’t think that’s necessarily true any more.
However, I have encountered more than a couple of tie-ins which fail to capture the spirit of the property...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
If you're a World of Warcraft player you'll know what this book is about before you start, although perhaps not predict which of the actual events leading up to the Cataclysm are in it.

One of the things that most annoyed me with the way the Shattering was handled in the World of Warcraft game is that, overnight (with a content patch), the story jumped forwards an undisclosed amount of time. The events described in The Shattering happened, only explained by a few quest lines here and there. Sudde...more
Brian
I really don't understand how this has so many positive reviews. I mean, there's not too much that is good in this book. I'd say maybe people who read Blizzard books have very low standards, but I ready "Heaven's Devils" and that was pretty good. This isn't. Some of the parts with Thrall are interesting, and that's about it. The biggest problem with this book in my opinion is Anduin. The book spends WAY too much time on him and he is the least interesting character in the story! It's been severa...more
Jeremy
Nov 16, 2010 Jeremy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Warcraft Universe
I found "The Shattering" to be pretty entertaining, but I definitely felt as if the book was not a standalone offering. Unless you are a fan, and more importantly pretty knowledgeable of the Warcraft universe, this book would be both muddled and confusing to you. Some issues kept it from garnering a higher rating in my appraisal... the primary issue was the feeling of moving from scene to scene in a disconnected fashion, a push and pull that detracted from the smoothness of the piece. But the vi...more
Stephen Roode
I am a huge warcraft nerd and I adore the lore HOWEVER the tie in books are frankly terrible however Golden really has a passion for the property she writes in her Fae of the jedi series is fantastic. I do not believe in giving tie ins 5 stars because they are not original they have a backdrop already However while nowhere near as beautifully written as Arthas it is probably the best since Rise of the Horde.

Pros; well described, vivid and a real sense for the world

Negative; pages 100-200 are a...more
John Carter McKnight
A gripping, superlatively well-told fantasy - set in the Warcraft universe. This could easily stand alone as an excellent story, but WoW players and lore geeks will adore it. The political upheavals of Cataclysm are set in an entirely sensible context, with every character rendered as complex and fully-nuanced, even fan fave-hates Garrosh and Varian.

Impressively for a fantasy novel, teenage prince Anduin Wrynn is presented as a genuine, complex young man, not a Hero of Destiny or a Cute Precoci...more
Angie
So I play World of Warcraft, and recently I've begun reading the novels because I'm interested in the background and lore of Azeroth. I have to say that this installment is quite a bit better than the previous one, Stormrage. As a hardcore WoW fan, I enjoyed learning more about King Magni and the dwarves, Jaina Proudmoore's role as diplomat, how Hellscream came to lead the Horde, and how Aggra came into the picture. That said, I'm not at all convinced this would be a compelling story for anyone...more
Tobias Bremner
Of all the World of Warcraft books I have read this one was my favourite (Canadian spelling). From the get go to the end there is action and excitement. First we start with a great battle between the horde, under Cairne Bloodhoof and Garrosh Hellscream, and the ghostly kvaldir outside Warsong Hold. The battle illustrates that while the Lich King may have been defeated peace is still a pipe dream with small wars still raging and a much larger one between the Alliance and the Horde rising. Unbekno...more
Tatiana
As usual, Golden's books tend to be more to my liking than other authors that have contributed to this series. I like her descriptive passages not overly embellished or lacking definition, which happens to some authors, I also like that the characters really have a personality and story that you can relate to and feel the joy or sorrow of the said character, which makes it turn alive and imprint in your memory.
This book is indeed nicely developed and written and the only reason I can't give it a...more
Abhinav
You can read the full review over at my blog:

http://sonsofcorax.wordpress.com/2014...

As far back as I can remember, the first video game that I owned, good and proper, was the Game of The Year edition of WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness. An elder cousin, on holiday from college in US, got me the game and I was hooked on it immediately. It was my first real taste of a fantasy game like this. I finished both campaigns, Human and Orc, in short order (a few weeks or something), and spent several weeks...more
Jules
As a former WOW (World of Warcraft) player, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I hadn't read any of the books written about this fantastical game world and I wasn't disappointed. Author Christie Golden captures the feel and spirit of the game while also telling a fast-moving and colorful story. I don't think a person has to be a fan of the game to enjoy the book, although there are several references that a non-gamer might not understand.

The characters, while not Golden's own cr...more
Tyler
Like Christie Golden's Star Wars work, this was a strong representation of the world she's writing in, though perhaps not an amazing one.

This books gives a comprehensive image of the shifting and unstable political state of Azeroth prior to the Cataclysm, and in particular of the big changes in the Horde as Garrosh becomes the acting warchief and of the death of Cairne Bloodhoof and the Grimtotem rebellion.

It also follows Anduin Wrynn and tells of the changes in the Alliance, particularly of th...more
Jennifer
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Navi
Protip: You are not going to understand half of what this book is talking about if you don't play World of Warcraft. Cause, well, most of the stuff that is referenced in here is in the game. And it doesn't really explain itself because they expect that you play the game or at least have a decent amount of knowledge about it.

Seriously, though, if you're willing to look past that or you play World of Warcraft, The Shattering is actually really, really good. I do wish that they had taken some time...more
J
The author of this book, the 8th in a set assumes that a reader has a solid background with the lore and setting of Warcraft. I having played the first two games in the series many years prior, have only aged and rudimentary remembrances to assist me. I must say there were a number of places where it was simply not enough.
Shirking on descriptions of animals and races left me making guesses at what some of the oddly named beings must be. The story has come a long ways since the Tides of Darkness...more
Paul Hamilton
A capable, breezy read probably exclusively interesting to those who play or have an existing interest in the game World of Warcraft not because the book reads like a video game but because the sense of place and history implied is probably accessible only to those who have a familiarity with the setting.

Golden weaves a mostly political tale that primarily serves to chronicle the stories behind the changes to the leadership of several factions in the game once the latest expansion is released. T...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
With the World of Warcraft expansion looming on the horizon, I thought it prudent to give this one a read before the cataclysm descends upon us all. As it turns out, my timing couldn’t have been better. Elemental invasions and other pre-Cataclysm events are unfolding on the live servers even as we speak. Since the novel deals with important WoW characters and their struggle to understand the increasingly unruly behavior of Azeroth’s elements, I felt it complemented my in-game experience nicely.

T...more
Luxorien
Better than Lord of the Clans, which I also enjoyed. I read Christie Golden before she was cool (Vampire of the Mists BAM) and I knew when she turned her hand to a media tie-in it would be a real novel. I've read some of the other authors who have done work for Warcraft. They aren't novelists. Christie Golden is. It's a shame she's such a traitorous HORDE LOVER, but what can you do?

I already liked Anduin and she made me like him more. I've always hated Garrosh and I still do, but he's a bit more...more
Gavin
The Shattering is a prequel novel for the new World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm and explains many of the lore changes that happened in game. It follows many well-known lore characters from the games which most players will know and follows Thrall and Cairne Bloodhoof from the Horde side and Anduin Wrynn for the Alliance, though many more well-known characters from both factions appear along the story.

Christie dose a wonderful job in immersing you in to the characters of Azeroth and the pligh...more
Jared
The Shattering Review
By: Jared Epperson
The Shattering written by Christie Golden is possibly one of the most well written novels I have ever read. As Christie Golden is my second favorite author I will try to make this review as unbiased as possible. Ms. Golden has also written Beyond the Dark Portal and Rise of The Horde both of which I would suggest reading before The Shattering. As any fan of the World of Warcraft novels would know, all of these books lead into one another and are based on Bl...more
Laini
So World of Warcraft: The Shattering tells the story of the lead up to "The Shattering", where Azeroth is attacked by Deathwing. I was expecting it to be about the events of the Shattering, ie the world falling apart, however it turned out to be more about the polotics of Azeroth than anything else. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed by this at all, I relished finding out more about Thrall and even about the Alliance side in Ironforge. As a Horde player myself, I have to admit, I don't kn...more
Anna Vuong
I didn't manage to explore the Cataclysm expansion arc of World of Warcraft when it was first released and after reading The Shattering, I highly regret that.

Like Stormrage (which was a bit more of a filler novel), The Shattering bridges the gap between The Wrath Of The Lich King and Cataclysm and details the events leading to the start of the breaking of Azeroth cinematic from the beginning of Cataclysm in game, which players of Warcraft would deem as pretty epic stuff.

The Shattering felt like...more
Josh
I was not prepared for how much I enjoyed this, especially considering it was a gift and not something I would immediately pick up myself.

I was immediately drawn into the story because I was instantly familiar with all the characters and settings; Jaine Proudmoore in Theramore, Thrall in Orgrimmar, Anduin and Varian Wrynn in Stormwind ... these are all places and people that I have interacted with while playing World of Warcraft. Having forged my own journey in this incredibly complex world thro...more
Benjamin
Overall the story does seem to drag on in multiple areas and some significant pages are dedicated to diversions that were not impactful to the prevailing storyline. Some scenes are very interesting and gripping, though, and for the most part it does a great job of filling in the holes between the already pre-established game lore of the Warcraft universe.

A big problem I had was what a lot of similar fantasy novels also seem to suffer from. I tend to prefer fantasy novels that go heavy on the mys...more
Aurora Celeste
This book reminded me of why I don't really like media tie-in books. It was very, very good, but with media tie-ins (the Star Wars and Star Trek books are the biggest, best example) there is always more of the universe than you can fit in your book. There's tons of history, lore, previous movies and books, etc that all have to fit in to the universe, and it's really hard for an author, even a skilled one, to utilize it in a way that pleases the fans who know all the history and yet still appeal...more
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
When the Elementals of Azeroth break their link with the world’s shamans, the fragile relations between the Alliance and the Horde begins to fall apart. The leaders of these two factions will have to deal with the possibility of an all out war while each of them facing problems of their own. Thrall, leader of the Horde, is trying find out what is bothering the confused Elementals. To do so he must travel to the old orc home world, otherwise called the Outlands. Meanwhile, King Varian of Stormwin...more
Aik Koh
One of the last few books I have read for this series. It continues where the game, World of Warcraft(WoW) left off. It is much more like a ramp or platform to further explain the events during the game's new expansion.

The novel starts off by having weird and erratic weathers troubling the lands of Kalimdor and Azeroth. Thrall, who is now Warchief of the Orcs and leader of the Alliance, finds that he cannot control the elements or seek their cooperation like before. He gives his command to a you...more
Abby
I quit playing WoW several months before Cataclysm released. Before quitting the game, I never read into the lore very much, and dodged around the story line a bunch in-game. Now, I am sorry I have done so, because the story line is so rich and compelling. After reading Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, I decided that I wanted to continue with the lore, even though I was no longer interested in playing a game that consumed my life.

The Shattering is the prelude to Cataclysm, and though I heard brie...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
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