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(World of Warcraft #7)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,521 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: video-game
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
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Brooke Johnson
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I had to force myself to finish this one. it's somehow both too dull and too epic, with an overly complicated plot that could have been pared down a bit to further develop the few interesting characters in the story rather than go on and on and on about Malfurion and Tyrande's 10,000 year relationship. and Jesus Christ what a plot device Lucan is. everything seemed to be over described to the point of exhaustion and the story suffers so many plot twists it feels neverending. 2.5*
David Octavian
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a night elf fan, even with all the heavy writing, I could not put this book down. I am giving it a more generous rating because I chose to keep the good from it and because it's about my favorite part of the world. A heavy read, yet still it reminded me of my passion for the game.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
*Somewhat of a spoiler I guess?*

Beautiful book! I am relieved to be finished with it though, I felt it just dragging a bit. But the wonderful ending made up for it. Absolutely magical wedding for the two love birds.
Wendy Hines
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Chris Tucker
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Bernard Doddema Jr
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Pretty good book. This book would make an awesome movie!
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The description of this book is false! I know the real tale. This book relates the War of the Nightmare.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The beginning started off slow but I grew to like it.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nookbook
this book was so good that once i started it i found it hard to put down.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read : )
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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
Craig Boston
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
William Bentrim
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-swap
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
Luna Martin
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queens-champion
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
Mariana Suarez
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boring, didn't hook me at all and although it sheds some light on the events in Valsharah, and basically the plot of the Emerald Nightmare raid, it doesn't transpire passion.
Malfurion seems to be constantly hesitating about everything, and every single event looks like is building into a grandiose finale, just to be crammed into a rushed end with a pretty wedding. There is no WoW atmosphere as there is in other books.
Seems like Illidan is the better brother, also in the literary aspect.
Dec 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Richard A. Knaak is my least favorite Warcraft author, and I found this book to be the worst of the series. Uninspired descriptions ("great" isn't a great adjective) and cliched themes combined with a whiny Malfurion Stormrage made me question if Mr. Knaak thought he was getting paid by the word, or if he believes that the length of a book solely determines whether it's epic.
Ryan Cunningham
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak is a fantasy book set on the planet Azeroth. Unfortunately, it is a mediocre book at best. The progression through the book is very slow and tedious at times. A lot of the characters are very strong and don't have a ton of personality usually there may be a stutter sometimes but that's about it. The action is pretty good when there is some and I could still find enjoyment out of it even if it was not a lot. One of my favorite parts in the book is when the group was ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! The writing is beautiful and the characters are so relatable and loveable just as they are in game. If you love any of the night elves' storyline, check this book out!!
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
Lit Witch
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best WoW Lore subjects

This author is not my preferred one, but this work of his is much better written than his other books in the WoW series.
The 5 star is solely for the lore content and biased because of my Nelf Druid. This lore has always been near and dear to my heart and while I wish it was told better with a different author, worthy of the task, I still enjoyed reading this book.
For those who don't know, this book encompasses Malfurion Stormrage and his love, Queen of the nig
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book although I find some parts a little draggy because the Characters were going into the Emerald Dream and coming out continuously which make the story longer. The Characters were portrayed well. I am able to imagine them as I read the book as how Richard describe their personalities fit them nicely.
Peyton Durand
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, the Dragonrealm and Black City Saint series (his own creations), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written several non-series fantasy books.

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