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Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

(World of Warcraft #9)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,986 ratings  ·  112 reviews
When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world. Each of the flights' leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans' vast cosmic powers. Together, these majestic Dragon Aspects committed themselves to thwarting any force that threatened the safety of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT. Over ten thousand years ago, a betra ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (World of Warcraft #9), Christie Golden

When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragon-flights to safeguard the budding world. Each of the flights’ leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans' vast cosmic powers.

Together, these majestic Dragon Aspects committed themselves to thwarting any force that threatened the safety of Azeroth.

More than 10,000 years ago, a betrayal by the maddened black Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, shattered the st
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Golden is the only author allowed to write in the World of Warcraft franchise, as she has respect for the characters, the Lore, and the fans.

In this book, we see why Deathwing is such a threat to all of Azeroth, and why Thrall stepping down as Warchief was a good thing.

Thrall has always been one of the best character in the Warcraft universe, and Golden further develops the Orc into his new role as Shaman within the Eathen Ring. Along the way, he exorcises his demons, unites the Dragonflights,
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
As with every other WOW book, I enjoyed it because I love the world and characters. The writing itself is only OK. Golden's strength is in the characters and their relationships. She creates some very emotional moments in this book, which makes the whole experience worthwhile. Her pacing felt good – I finished the book in a single day so obviously it drew me in. There weren't a lot of surprises, but I was entertained.

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Scott Callaway
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Warcraft Players
Christie 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 dif
David Octavian
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reason why this book should be 3 stars:
- KnaaK type of writing style which made me skim a few sections
- Magic system with a weak explanation and suddenly characters can do X and Y abilities out of nowhere

Reason why I'm giving it 4 stars:
- Alextrasza, the Life-Binder
- Thrall
Anika Claire
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on November 20, 2012.

This is a World of Warcraft book, so I wrote this review assuming that you have some knowledge of Azeroth and the general timeline of the Cataclysm expansion. If you don’t, this book is probably not for you, but the earlier WoW books may help you to catch up.

After the Shattering of Azeroth by the evil dragon Deathwing, the elements are in turmoil. A group of Earthen Ring Shaman, Thrall among them, are at the Maelstrom trying to
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad story all in all. It's clear that Christie Golden holds the character of Thrall in high regard,and because of this she writes about him well. There were parts early on that helped me learn more about Thrall by answering some questions I had about where he came from and how he became the war-chief of the horde. The cool part is that there are connections to other books that will help answer OTHER questions I have, so there is incentive to read more about that awesome game.

I do have a g
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Warcraft Universe
I go into this review with an admission... Thrall is not my favorite Warcraft Universe character. A book centered around him did not strike me as an interesting read, and my first notion was to skip it. But when I learned that in addition to being Thrall-centric it also covered important elements concerning the Dragon Aspects, as well as the ongoing struggles with the Twilight's Hammer, I felt compelled to take it up and give it a thorough read-through.

The result: perhaps an understandably mixed
Ryan Cunningham
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects is an excellent book to read. The plot is very interesting and it's very entertaining! The characters in the book are written pretty good and show lots of emotion and are not annoying or boring. The story also doesn't have a lot of plot convenience too, everyone in the book is not insanely strong and they have their own struggles. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, it was a fun read for sure. My favorite part of the book is when the Twilight Hammer raised the chro ...more
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
Reader Note: I have played World of Warcraft for six and a half out of the eight years the game has been running. The big thing I have loved about the game is the lore and that’s why I go out of my way to read all the books published in this series. I play strictly on the side of the Horde and so I have a definite dislike of the Alliance, but I try to look at the books with a nonjudgmental view in regards to the two factions though my reviews may mention a dislike of this certain character or fa ...more
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: WarCraft Lore-Nerds
I've been playing World of Warcraft since shortly after launch and am most definitely a "lore-nerd." It is an vast world with great characters and epic happenings. I read this book because I wanted to read more about the continuing story of Cataclysm that isn't being portrayed in game, however...

Just as I was unimpressed by the writing in The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, I continue to find Golden's writing juvenile and, in many places, just plain bad. I fail to understand why so many fans p
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Christie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of Azeroth's most iconic characters, Thrall. As a character that is rich in lore, this book was an integral part of the Cataclysm and the events that followed her book, The Shattering.

Unlike so many of her other books, I found that this was incredibly slow paced and wasn't as gripping as I know that it could have been. This was due in part because of the st
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Christie Golden proves again her mastery of solid Warcraft storytelling. While the novel is short and sparse, it feels good to once again wander across the face of Azeroth with Thrall, former warchief of the Horde and now a shaman seeking to heal the world's wounds suffered during the Cataclysm.

I cannot recommend this novel to anyone unfamiliar with Warcraft lore. Where one of Thrall's previous headlining novels, Lord of the Clans, could be enjoyed by anyone not familiar with Warcraft, this nov
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(Spoilers throughout. Don't read if you haven't finished the book.)

I didn't enjoy this book as much as Golden's other WoW novels. To start with, it left me with more questions than answers - for instance, how did a certain human and one of the best blue dragons in the game suddenly turn to the Dark Side Twilight's Hammer and why do they want to watch the world burn? When did Thrall regress from the reasonable, level-headed guy who's always keen to hear everyone out to teenage-grade angst and moo
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Thrall could not concentrate on his task beside his shaman friends in Maelstrom, so accepted Ysera's offer to find Nozdormu, the timeless Bronze dragon, and then tried to calm down alexstrasza, the life binder after loss of Kerasus, assuming his betrayal, and also help Blue dragons to replace their aspect (Malygos died in battle with other dragons, because he went crazy and decided to kill all alive being) and finally unite all dragon-flights against the twilight dragons and win the war.

He manag
Светослав Александров
Concerning the time fiction genre... There are a few simple rules to follow:

1. Don't do time travel if you don't know what you're doing
2. Keep in mind there are very few well-written time travel books.
3. If you are a successful writer and you have some doubts that you won't be able to write a time travel novel - don't do it.
4. If you are a successful writer, a time travel book could be a certain way to fail.
5. It would be better not to do time travel at all.

Time fiction is a very specific and
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, warcraft
Sometimes I wonder how these World of Warcraft books would hold up if I wasn't already so invested in the lore due to playing the game so much. The story is a bit contrived at times, but that's easy to overlook when you enjoy learning more about what is going on in the world where your game character lives.

It's no secret that Chris Metzen is in love with Thrall, and this entire expansion is basically "Thrall's Time to Shine"... so of course he's going to be very prominent in the books dealing wi
Håvard Bamle
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
This book lacks almost every quality of good literature. In terms of lore, the story brings nothing to the development of the character Thrall, nor to the development of the history of Azeroth. In fact, it invents complications only to resolve them half-heartedly, leaving uncountable numbers of unsolved plotholes in their wake. The relationships in this book are superficial and unexplored. The only good thing about this are a few of the insights that are revealed, such as that there is only one ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this bit of fluff, being an avid WoW player. I have read all of the WoW books and Golden is one of the better writers. Knowing the lore of the vast world of Azeroth makes the story lines of playing the game so much more enjoyable. Understanding why characters do what they do is infinitely more rewarding than just hacking and slashing through the myriad of villains in a dungeons and dragons type world. This story of he Orc Thrall and the flights of the world dragons won't disappoint fan ...more
John Carter McKnight
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can't point to anything here I *didn't* like, and there was much that was good: Thrall's journey from Warchief to shaman, several of the dragon characters. But it didn't grip me the way her previous WoW novels have, and I can't really say why.
Thomas Manor

All things considered it's a good read. In my own opinion the story is a bit wild. Thrall an orc basically becomes Jesus. I mean c'mon
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

by Christie Golden

Acquired: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Series: World of Warcraft (Book 9)
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (July 19, 2011)
Language: English
Subject: Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Story: When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world. Each of the flights' leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans' vast cosmic powers. Together,
Callum Forsyth
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally charged and penetrating, Twilight of the Aspects continues Thrall's adventures during the events of Cataclysm and follows him on an intense journey that provides an incredible perspective and some important world lessons in the form of a compelling story.

Having read Twilight of the Aspects years ago, I immediately dismissed it as just a fun adventure that Thrall goes on. My re-read has actually delighted me more than I thought it would. While I can understand why some Warcraft fans t
Trey Stone
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely amazing - and though I love all the Warcraft books written by anyone - Golden is simply superb.

To give you some plot: Thrall, former warchief of the Horde, now shaman of the Earthen Ring, is given a personal quest, by none other than Ysera, Aspect of the green dragonflight. Thrall must leave the Earthen Ring and his duties to heal Azeroth to go find Nozdormu, Lord of the Bronze dragons and Aspect of the bronze dragonflight, who's gone missing. But Nozdormu isn't missing just
Alaa Abdel-Rahman
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
To all the fans of World of Warcraft, you will not be disappointed. The story of one of Azeroth's most beloved characters Go'el son of Durotan and Draka, continues in this extract from the Cataclysm series of events (WoW fans would be familiar). The story follows Shaman and ex-Warchief of the Horde, Go'el aka Thrall on his journey to discovering an inner peace he so desperately needs in order to heal a world fractured by the Cataclysm brought upon by Drathwing, the Dragon Warden of Earth, one of ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Simple tale of heroic fantasy. The world of Azeroth is crumbling. The orc shaman Thrall undertakes a quest given to him by Ysera, the green dragon aspect. The quest takes him on a journey to save the world and also himself.

The hero worship is over done. Thrall can do no wrong. Even worse, the solutions to every problem are almost nothing to do with Thrall himself. One exception is when Thrall is being a basic psychologist to ancient beings of great power. The simpleness of the advice and resolut
Gauthier Myard
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christie Golden is one of my favourite writers: she is so easy to read and is always very good at putting the events of her books in context. A big plus when you don't play the game and thus, don't know all that transpires. In this book, we follow Thrall as he struggles to become a true shaman. Deathwing is once again causing trouble and Thrall will revisit his past while trying to help the Aspects counter the current threat. While WoW is a bit repetitive in terms of bad guy (I mean, how many ti ...more
Keri B.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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