World of Warcraft: Wolfheart
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World of Warcraft: Wolfheart

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by Richard A. Knaak
     
 

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Now in paperback—New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak continues the thrilling story begun in the record-breaking MMO game expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

In the wake of the Cataclysm, conflict has engulfed every corner of Azeroth. Hungering for more resources amid the turmoil, the Horde has pressed into

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Now in paperback—New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak continues the thrilling story begun in the record-breaking MMO game expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

In the wake of the Cataclysm, conflict has engulfed every corner of Azeroth. Hungering for more resources amid the turmoil, the Horde has pressed into Ashenvale to feed its burgeoning war machine. There, acting warchief Garrosh Hellscream has employed a brutal new tactic to conquer the region and crush its night elf defenders, a move that will cripple the Alliance’s power throughout Azeroth.

Unaware of the disaster brewing in Ashenvale, the night elves’ legendary leaders, High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind and Archdruid Malfurion Stormrage, conduct a summit near Darnassus in order to vote the proud worgen of Gilneas into the Alliance. However, resentment of Gilneas and its ruler, Genn Greymane, runs deep in Stormwind’s King Varian Wrynn. His refusal to forgive Genn for closing his nation off from the rest of the world years ago endangers more than just the summit: it threatens to unravel the Alliance itself.

Varian’s animosity is only one of many unsettling developments in Darnassus. An uneasiness creeps over the once-immortal night elves as the first of them fall victim to the infirmities of age. While they cope with their mortality, tensions flare over the reintroduction of the Highborne, formerly the highest caste of night elf nobility, into their society. Many night elves are unable to pardon the Highborne for the destruction unleashed millennia ago by their reckless use of magic.

When a murdered Highborne is discovered on the outskirts of Darnassus, Malfurion and Tyrande move to stop further bloodshed and unrest by appointing one of the night elves’ most cunning and skilled agents to find the killer: the renowned warden Maiev Shadowsong. Yet with all that is transpiring in Darnassus, the Alliance might be powerless to stop the relentless new warchief Garrosh from seizing the whole of Ashenvale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451605754
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author


Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times bestselling author of some three dozen novels, including the The Sin War trilogy for Diablo and the Legend of Huma for Dragonlance. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy, Day of the Dragon and its upcoming followup, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars for Dragonlance, the Aquilonia trilogy of the Age of Conan, and the Sunwell Trilogy -- the first Warcraft manga. In addition, his novels and short stories have been published worldwide in such diverse places as China, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

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World of Warcraft 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Elaborate More than 1 year ago
First off, I've read all the warcraft novels to date and I have to say this is probably not the best one by Knaak. The plot was good, but I'm not sure how credit I can give him for that since he probably received some ideas from Blizzard to begin with.

I used to enjoy Knaak's earlier works such as The Day of the Dragon, even though they were slightly less epic in comparison. The problem I had with this one is the repetition/motifs. I understand that he's trying to establish the gravity of the situation, but repeating the same line about Black Rock Mountain being mysterious 30+(it really feels more than this) times in a novel is not going to work. What more? He uses nearly every character to process this same thought so ever 2-3 pages, you see the same idea again, The mountain is mysterious, dangerous, does not make sense, etc. Time and time again, our heros are about to meet their doom...(-_-)really, you can do better than that.

Besides that, the language has been refined very nicely by now. Props to that. As I said, good plot and character development, but the craft is lacking in this one. I want to say I enjoyed reading it, but I can't if each page after halfway through the book makes me want to chuck it at the door for bad writing.
Jadjuka More than 1 year ago
Setting aside the Warcraft universe, Knaak's work is long, drawn out, bounces around, and doesn't hold the reader as well as other fantasy writers do. If you're a fan of the Warcraft Universe, be prepared for a huge disappointment. Knaak is known for turning heroes that already exist and downplays them so that Knaak's own characters outshine existing characters that are already crucial to the story. These suddenly created characters are so ridiculously powerful that it doesn't even make sense or flow with the rest of the Warcraft Universe. Stick with Christie Golden. At least she (as far as I know) plays the Warcraft games and is familiar with the characters and the story and builds upon what already exists with her own books.
RainyReader More than 1 year ago
I play the game and that is what started me reading all the books, since there were previous warcraft games I never played. Malfurion is in the War of the Ancients trilogy, but he really isn't a talked about much afterword. This explains it all, lots of detail about the power of druids, his relatiuonship, and hints upon the next chapter of the world of Azeroth a bit but not too much. Good book.
JDDavis More than 1 year ago
If you are a Warcraft fan and have read some of the other books and comics, then this is a must read. Varian Wrynn is a dynamic character in this book and readers can see the conflict he is having within and how it affects his judgement.
Ryanxia More than 1 year ago
I recently finished this novel and it was very good. I tend to agree that this was not Knaak's best work though. Many aspects of the story felt rushed and more shaken out than having a more creative way put on them. The characters' development and scope were a bit lacking although there were some neat twists developed. This book also tended to be a bit thick on the side stories for my taste, normally I enjoy the side stories and glimpses into other books/games/etc. but either I missed a book or 3 (doubtful) or there were some stories thrown in there that were made up for the sake of 'character history' that really brought the book down a bit. All and all Knaak is an exceptional author, and does very well with this universe. As you can see by my rating this book is still definitely worth the read and ties in pretty well with it's predessesor "Day of the Dragon".
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Disgusting
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A cool story of the nightmare that overtakes the emerald dram, a good compliment to the War of the Ancients trilogy. Brings back stories of old characters.
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Enjoyed it. However not as adventurous as Day of the Dragon, it was still exciting with action and mystery.
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This book is interrsting cool and informative. I recommend this book to fantasy readers world of warcraft playees warcraft players or bored people.
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Richard A. Knaak has made another outstanding book to add to his resume. The characters are all very well-rounded, and the plot's twists and turns keep the reader guessing whats going to happen next. Although there are some subjects that people who aren't familiar with the lore may get confused with, it's still a very good book! A definite buy!
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