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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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published August 28th 2008)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War (World of Warcraft #11), Christie Golden

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 stability remains in the . . .

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Naomi
Sep 01, 2012 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.
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Jack
Sep 14, 2012 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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[Name Redacted]
Sep 16, 2012 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
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Heart1lly
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Kimberly
Sep 04, 2012 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
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Mitch
Mar 17, 2012 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
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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
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Anafielle
Aug 30, 2012 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
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Michael Pate
Aug 28, 2012 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
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Terry Barber
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I always thought Jaina Proudmore was a badass, but this just goes to prove that even more. This book answer so many questions I had about the fate of Theramore Isle; and gave me such a strong craving to play.
Stev Paulson
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Tim Bergmann
Oct 14, 2012 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
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LyD
Oct 04, 2012 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 ...more
Gleth
Sep 22, 2012 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
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⚜️Trea
I read this book, hoping to get a bit of inspiration for the upcoming Kul'Tiran Allied Race coming to the game in the next expansion, Battle for Azeroth. While it didn't give me what I was looking for, it did give me a good bit of insight into one of the pivotal characters of that upcoming expansion.

I remember playing through some of the events in this book, but what really brought it alive for me was the characterization. It gives us an in depth look at the "slice of life" surrounding Theramore
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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
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Tom
Aug 27, 2012 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!
Cynthia
Sep 09, 2012 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!
Jovan Majstorović
4.5/5

Even though majority of the book was spoiled to me by the internet, I enjoyed it quite a lot. A great story set between Cataclysm and Mists about one of the greatest characters in Warcraft. The ending of the book was a little cliffhangery (I know, that's not a word), for obvious reasons, hence the ".5" in my rating. Overall, a great read I would recommend every Warcraft fan read.
Jenna
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Abhinav
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

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

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
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Exhilarating

Exhilarating from start to finish. Tides of War will have your emotions going on a rollercoaster! Jaina Proudmoore is a badass.
Esmée van der Weide
“All things change, whether from inside out or the outside in. That is what magic is. And we are magic too.”



I have to be honest, I have disliked Jaina's character ever since I started playing World of Warcraft. But, I never learned the details of the event that made her so bitter and unlikeable: Theramore's Fall. I knew her city was destroyed by the Horde, but I didn't know any of the details, so as a big lore fanatic I decided to pick up this book. And oh, was I wrong about Jaina.

I enjoyed
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Nayari
Jun 08, 2015 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 job...as 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 ...more
Jeremy
Aug 22, 2012 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
Dave Kirlin
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. I figured it was going to be the same old hero defeats the bad guys and brings peace book.

It was much more realistic, and none of the characters were safe from dying, just like a fantasy novel should be. The writing was, for the most part, excellent in it's descriptions and the characterizations were amazing. In my opinion it's hard to bring high-fantasy characters to life, but the author managed to do just that.

The only thing I didn't like was the author's repeated use
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Samantha
Feb 04, 2013 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
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Kristine
Jan 04, 2015 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
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John
Jul 30, 2013 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 ...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
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