While not the most exciting of the Warcraft novels, Wolfheart does a good enough job on exploring some issues that I hadn't previously put a lot of thWhile not the most exciting of the Warcraft novels, Wolfheart does a good enough job on exploring some issues that I hadn't previously put a lot of thought into, but did wonder about. But would I recommend this novel to just anybody? Definitely not. This is a novel strictly for fans of Warcraft lore.
Issues like the Night Elves renewed mortality and the obvious effects it brings them as a race, the duty driven Maiev has finally made a reappearance since her the final battle with Illidan had taken place, Varian Wrynn's personal struggles, The Highborne's return into Night Elf society, the worgen's integration into the Alliance, and the Horde's movement in taking Ashenvale is all discussed in Richard A. Knaak's newest Warcraft release - Wolfeart. Definitely, what sold me into wanting to read this book was the Worgen, however, I was left a bit disappointed because once again Knaak kept with his traditional way of writing about the Night Elf Race. Not that I have anything in particular against that, because they are important concerning Worgen lore, but I wish there was more Worgen and Varian Wrynn than there was Night Elf struggles.
Although there is no denying that this book answered a lot of questions like why were the Highborne allowed to return to Night Elf society and what happened to Maiev. However, it all didn't make for very exciting reading. I felt like there was a lot happening all over the place. Even the war in Ashenvale felt boring to me right up until the very end, where it got a little more exciting. And so that is the reason why I feel like this book is meant only for lore fans. It felt like there are so many subplots that it only helped in tying together things that weren't very well explained in-game.
I liked Wolfheart, and that's about it. It did nicely in exploring Alliance story issues that needing some more talking about, however it didn't move me like some other Warcraft novels did. But boy was I ever glad that Knaak brought back a certain hero from the War of the Ancients!...more
I used to play World of Warcraft religiously and still dabble with the game occasionally but more or less fChristie Golden never fails to impress me.
I used to play World of Warcraft religiously and still dabble with the game occasionally but more or less for the story. That is the sole reason I have not cut ties with the World of Warcraft because I love its lore. So whenever I can get my hands on a new book that continues its story I'm all over it. "Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects" is a book worthy of praise and stays true to the fans of the game.
I originally thought it would be strange having a different author write about the Dragon Aspects since Richard A. Knaak has been a pioneer in their character development. I was wrong. The only character I found to be slightly different from the way Knaak originally portrayed her is Ysera - but nothing major. The story itself revolved heavily around the struggles of the dragonflights with, main character, Thrall being at the center of it all. Thrall's great journey of self-discovery and healing was, in my opinion, fantastic!
The story paced itself well and revealed mysteries that I've been wondering about for a long time which I am ultimately satisfied with. My only criticism is that she tried to emphasize something a little too much and it become annoying, but that's a very minor criticism. Overall the story was really great and I tip my hat to Golden. She stays true to the fans and is one of the best Warcraft novelist Blizzard has writing for them....more