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Before the Storm

(World of Warcraft #15)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,170 ratings  ·  334 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment's next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft videogame.

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Del Rey Books (first published June 12th 2018)
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Francisco M Neto This book is extremely biased towards the Alliance. Even though it was supposed to cover both Horde and Alliance, and fall neatly into the "shades of…moreThis book is extremely biased towards the Alliance. Even though it was supposed to cover both Horde and Alliance, and fall neatly into the "shades of gray" morality that Blizzard has been claiming, it fails at that task. Sylvanas is portrayed as a fanatical, paranoid maniac while Anduin morally flawless, almost to the point of becoming a Mary Sue character.

As a Horde player, I feel insulted and I resent the story group for trying to make me hate my own faction.(less)
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Nicko Moknu
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I haven’t mentioned much about my also being a gamer and I sometimes find it hard to pick which I like more: the books I read or the games I play. *lesigh* This is my constant dilemma as a bookish gamer.

May contain spoilers! Read at your own risk!

One of the first truly marking stories I have ever experienced as a gamer was Warcraft III.
It was the first time I was introduced to the lore of the Warcraft Universe and when I realized that I wasn't just content with that single story. So I went on to
4 stars

We cannot go back to happier times.
We can only live in the present, and right now that present is painful.

John Goode
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap!!

This was...holy crap!! I

If you’re going to play BFA read this book. If you love the world of WOW read this book. If you want to know why this expansion is going to be balls out blood, read this book.

It’s amazing, funny in places, very touching in others and gives fantastic character development. So many stars from this WOW player.
Megan M
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you play Horde and have been waiting for Christie Golden to bring more of that same Sylvanas magic she did with War Crimes, don't rush to read this book. Very disappointing from a Horde perspective. The racial leaders for the Horde barely appear and when they do, it is because they are being bullied by Sylvanas. There was a rumor before the Christie Golden was working on an Anduin centric book and this is definitely it. The book is deeply Alliance biased in every way with only a few ...more
Pippa DaCosta
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WoW is my get-away. It's where I go to escape and while I don't have much time to play anymore, when I do grab a few hours it feels like coming home. With that in mind, I've followed the stories of the characters via the game, for years. Seeing young Anduin grow into his role as king is an absolute delight. And here, we see the young king take up the mantle of his father's legacy, and perhaps naively assume he can broker some kind of 24 hour peace between the Horde and Alliance. You can't blame ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Golden's finest work.

Book is pretty straightforward, both factions are recooperating from the events of Legion. Sylvanis is a plotter who doesn't really want to be Warchief or like anyone not Forsaken. Her only motivations are creating more Forsaken and getting weapons to kill Alliance.

Then there is Anduin and the Alliance. All you need to know is that everyone in the Alliance feel everything so very deeply. All the time. If Thrall was a problematic Mary sue that had to be gotten rid of,
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Troll Priest, always been horde, Kul Tiras

first thing first, I have never liked or trusted Sylvanas. with that being said, this book!! it almost makes me want to change sides but I gotta stay loyal to Thrall, Baine and honor Vol'Jin.
Anduin is so brave and noble in this tale. I admire his efforts and vision. The story is never dull, I enjoyed all of it and the narrator was just fine. I had no problems with his reading. the only thing that I wasn't sure about was calia's sudden "I must claim
belle ✨(bookishlybelle)
Before the Storm is the second Warcraft novel I've read, and it has totally regained my happiness in the WoW novels! I enjoyed this book so much; Christie Golden found the perfect balance of epicness, wit, and emotion. The locations around Azeroth were perfectly described, as were so many of the characters. Anduin is the most precious cinnamon roll of a human, and Sylvanas is as badass as always. Even though it is HIGHLY biased towards the Alliance, I enjoyed every second of it!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, games
A solid intro to the events of BfA, for the most part I enjoyed it. I've been playing WoW since launch weekend of vanilla - on both horde and alliance side, because I'm a story nerd and wanted the story from both sides - and so I'm admittedly not a generic audience member for this book. So YMMV.

I do want to touch on Sylvanas, because she was the toughest thing to swallow in this book. Firstly, prior to Legion, I found her to be a complicated yet compelling character. Someone I had great sympathy
Wes Tucker
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In nearly a decade of immersion within the World of Warcraft, not once have I ever felt any sympathy for the Alliance... Not until now.

This book was a big surprise. I didn't expect to feel much when I purchased the book, but the story hit on some emotional plot points that really got me. And I will definitely have to explore more books within this universe. As somebody who plays the game, this book has reshaped the way I see the world and will certainly alter how I play the next expansion. It
Francisco M Neto

There are certain issues with this book that make me wonder whatever happened to the Christie Golden that wrote the masterpiece that is Arthas: Rise of the Lich King.

Despite what other people may be saying, the writing style of this book is mediocre. While internal perspectives of the characters can be interesting, the book relies too heavily on them, leaving no space for actual descriptions or interactions between the characters. Several plot points that are
Vanessa Court-Payen
My jaw is on the floor.

I called that last death, but I didn't imagine...

Wow. Just wow.

I mean, I completely understand the Horde's point of view on this. But, Anar'alah Belore, Sylvanas, was *was* that??? My heart has been pierced by a black arrow and has shrivelled like Forsaken skin.

It was brutal, but.

I loved it.

I got to see Sylvanas, and Sylvanas, and more Sylvanas. Much more Anduin than I wanted to, it is true, but I still got Sylvanas. We don't talk about the wolf.

And that ending when
Brooke Johnson
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(caveat: I am big into WoW lore, I play Horde, maining a Forsaken mage, and I have Sylvanas's shoulder armor tattooed on)

I'm conflicted about this book. I would have rated it 5 stars but for the very last page, because I worry that Blizzard is going to pull another Garrosh with Sylvanas, and that doesn't sit well with me. That may be Horde bias, but I worry about what is going to happen to her for "plot reasons". I don't like what she does in this book, but I understand her reasons, and I
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Spoiler free review.

For fans of the Warcraft universe, this book is a thoughtfully-crafted bridge between the end of Legion and the beginning of Battle for Azeroth.

Though short,the book is heavily character-driven, exploring the nuances of life as a Forsaken, the shouldering weight of a young, new king, and the delicate nature of wartime politics. Though this is only the second tie-in novel I've read (the first being Arthas: Rise of the Lich King), I found Before the Storm to be as well-written
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read this book but ultimately let down by it. The tensions leading up to outright war between the Horde and the Alliance were a great canvas to paint upon that felt unutilized. The story was overall pretty bland and empty. The one main event in the book wasn't really strong enough to be the focus of a whole book itself. It could have and should have been part of a bigger story. Too little seemed to happen and that which did happen didn't occur until literally the last 20 or so ...more
James Watt
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I have ever read. I gave up half way through after getting utterly fed up of a one sided story that was going nowhere interesting. Chapter after chapter after chapter of tedious back story and scene setting minutia left me dreading the next page. If you're a fan of the Alliance then you might get off on the endless pages on Stormwind and the rest of the faction. If you're a fan of the Horde then you will probably feel seriously let down and wanting your money back. Whilst ...more
Well... What a bleeding heart Anduin is. I feel very proud of him in a maternal way, but can't seem to think that he should man up a bit more. This cute adolescent act while he'd been through loads of bad situations, seems forced. And Calia Menethil?! What was she thinking. I enjoyed Sylvanas, she was perfect. The book was slow and didn't really give any information that I as a player didn't already know. The writing was juvenile but I understand that the game is PG12 therefore I expect young ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My first ever WoW novel but I was not overly impressed. It was a good enough story, but I felt like Anduin was annoying as hell and much too goody-goody. There was little suspense and little reason for Sylvanas to act the way she did imo. I had basically expected a lot more than I ended up getting out of it. Okay for some lore background but not super impressive as a novel.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be a four for diehard Warcraft fans, and maybe a two if you're coming in as just a fan of fantasy. In the end, going with three on the Goodreads scale, as that's meant to reflect "I liked it."

I liked this book, it's an easy read and I read it in an afternoon. At its best, it does a good job putting you into a world, and more particularly, one major event that helps you feel what some war-and-magic-torn characters might feel. As a World of Warcraft player, I wanted to know what would
Karolina Kat
The story itself was ok, nothing too engaging, but not boring either. The main letdown was the Polish translation.
A lot of times, the World of Warcraft novels get a bad rap, because they're tie ins, prequels, what have you, but I think that the vitriol that is aimed at them is due to the fact that they take beloved characters and turn them on the heads of our preconceived notions. I came into this book having returned to the game about 6 months prior. In game, I felt a bit lost and uncertain, so I turned to the novels to try to find my bearings again. What I discovered instead was a new way to look at an ...more
Ari ☾
4.5 Stars

"I believe,” said Anduin Llane Wrynn, “that Sylvanas Windrunner is well and truly lost.”

I really really enjoyed this book. Christie Golden always does such a fantastic job at writing these stories.

I really loved getting this development for Anduin. I did feel this novel was Alliance heavy, but honestly was super needed since most of the game right now seems to be Horde heavy. But thats just my opinion.

The novel seems to be mainly focused on Anduin and his ideas. And FINALLY, some
Tomas K.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warcraft
(World of) Warcraft books are hard to write reviews/comments for. Partially because stumbling on a spoiler during the beta test of the next expansion is far too easy. Anyway, I think this goes to my favorites among Warcraft-related books with ~90%.
As the author said, she was working with the game developers more closely than ever and it's visible at the beginning where the two in-game cutscenes are done with more detail added to them.
Now, I will admit I am biased. I've started considering
Chibi Rikki
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-goals
The feelings I have. Such intense feelings.

I want to wrap the forsaken up in a blanket and protect them.

Slyvanas... sigh. I have feelings.

Longer review will come when I am done with the feelings
Vinny Hiemstra
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
To be very honest, I was expecting more from Christie Golden, especially after her excellent previous books such as Rise of the Horde.

Before the Storm tries to be important while at the same time not being so important that you miss out if you don't read the book before playing BfA (like War Crimes). This makes it so that nothing much really happens.

The plot is incredibly predictable, long winded and devoid of any big twists. It only picks up a bit near the end when people meet that should have
Harry Flaskos
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was extremely well written. Christie Golden consistently writes the best World of Warcraft novels in my opinion, which is why I feel obligated to bump my rating up to four stars. Other than that, this book was very dialogue heavy and hard for me to finish. I couldn’t help but feel like there was a severe lack of substance here, though I have a sense that Blizzard wanted to control how much story from the expansion was in the book before the release of BFA.
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Annie (Putt)
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Let me first preface this review with two things: I am a die-hard member of the Horde and I did not find this book at all offensive. I thought it very well portrayed the fact that Anduin has ALWAYS strove for peace between the Horde and Alliance whereas Sylvanas wants nothing more than to destroy the Alliance for reasons.

I thought
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I read Before the Storm because it's a Warcraft book and I've been reading Warcraft books ever since Lord of the Clans (incidentally one of Christie Golden's best works) first came out back in 2001. I'm not that young anymore, and I'm not as easily impressed when Blizzard seems hell-bent on rehashing the same ol' character archetypes and predictable plots.

There are unmarked spoilers beyond this point. If you haven't finished the book, stop reading now.

The plot in Before the Storm, in a nutshell,
George Dziuk
Books set within World of Warcraft are considered canon. I'm fine with that. It's never been necessary to read these books in order to understand what is going on in the game. Blizzard doesn't want to alienate its player base by requiring reading in order to follow the story. The consequence of that is you don't often get very many major events going on that directly impact the game. The books often only support where the game storyline is headed. That's been the case ever since Garrosh killed ...more
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