World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

by Christie Golden

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Overview

In her NY Times bestseller, THE SHATTERING, now in mass market paperback, Christie Golden delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439172742
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: World of Warcraft Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 202,793
Product dimensions: 3.94(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world. Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
AFKAutoShot More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Christie Golden's "The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm," and in the spirit of actually working on this blog again, I'm reviewing it for your edification. Or annoyance. Whatevs. The novel follows Thrall's quest to understand what's happening to Azeroth, and his pain at the torment his beloved elements are enduring. It also shows the internal strife present in the Horde, and the treachery of the Grimtotem clan, and chronicles Cairne's death, Thrall's more permanent appointment of Garrosh as warchief, and Moira's return to Ironforge and the death (I'm assuming he's dead) of our pal Magni. Off the bat, a few things got me hopping mad about the book, none of which can be blamed on the author. First, Cairne's death. Dammit, I liked him. Second, Magni's death. Huh!? Two of my favorite leaders, gone. The horde being led by a hothead, and Ironforge ruled by a sociopath. Regardless of why she became one, the fact remains that she's a sociopath. No good can come of this. Now that that's out of the way, on to the novel itself. One thing that comes through time and again is the balance Christie Golden is able to walk while bringing major lore characters to life. Do too much, and they change materially. Too little, and they seem as though they're cardboard cutouts with no personality. Personally, this is my chief complaint with some of Knaak's work. it seems as if he's scared to approach the major lore figures, and as such they come off very wooden. As in Arthas, Christie's treatment of Thrall, Anduin, and others does not disappoint. It manages to be true to the existing lore of the characters while giving a perspective on each of their inner turmoils and struggles. Anduin in particular is wonderfully done. His simultaneous love and disdain for different aspects of his father's personality shines through, and we get to see what he's become: a developing leader with a great amount of empathy for others. I loved this guy. I also think that the novel, particularly later in the story, has done a great job of undoing some of the general dislike towards Garrosh. Garrosh, from in-game sources, has come across as a jerk. In the novel, although we see that he's hotheaded and sometimes stupid, we also see his great sense of honor at being robbed of a proper kill in his battle with Cairne. We also see humility, when he realizes the losses the Horde has suffered, and the consequences of his brashness. Golden's descriptions of Thrall's struggles in Nagrand were particularly revealing. You sense the pain he feels at his world's suffering, and his reluctant mentor Aggra eventually feels it too. Thrall casting off the plate armor and taking up the traditional Shaman garb marked what I think will be a drastically different direction for the character, although like others I am disappointed that his romantic interest ended up being someone other than Jaina, although I understand why it had to be that way. I think it's probably tough to write a novel when most of the major points of the story are already laid out for you. That said, Christie Golden did as great a job as she did on Arthas. Her ability to bring major characters to life without changing their essence is extremely valuable in this genre, and separates her work from the heaps of trash in the Warcraft and Star Wars universes that I can only describe as glorified fanfic. I enjoyed the book immensely!
yio More than 1 year ago
A recommended book if you want to know more about Cataclysm's lore. Christie Golden did a excellent job depicting the story with rich detail and accuracy. If I could rate this 1000 stars, I would
Trey Johnson More than 1 year ago
wow bro, keep your crap comments like that to yourself. Any way, great book.
Alicia Haas More than 1 year ago
If you play the game you will love this book. Gave great insight to new expansion. I want to read it again!
stefferoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With the World of Warcraft expansion looming on the horizon, I thought it prudent to give this one a read before the cataclysm descends upon us all. As it turns out, my timing couldn¿t have been better. Elemental invasions and other pre-Cataclysm events are unfolding on the live servers even as we speak. Since the novel deals with important WoW characters and their struggle to understand the increasingly unruly behavior of Azeroth¿s elements, I felt it complemented my in-game experience nicely.That said, if you¿ve been following the pre-expansion coverage closely, nothing in this book should surprise you. Still, it¿s worth the read especially if you¿re a lore buff and wouldn¿t mind further insight into the events of the game. For instance ¿ Thrall in Nagrand. The quest line that went active recently will send you to see him and give you a general idea of what¿s going on, but for more details and a deeper understanding of his role in Cataclysm, you absolutely have to read The Shattering. As for me, I don¿t follow WoW news or play the game as much as I used to, so I only have a vague sense of why things are happening the way they are. Well, this novel was able to answer a lot of my questions.The writing isn¿t bad either¿surprisingly. I say this because when it comes video game tie-ins, 4 out of 5 books are likely to give me a headache. These kinds of novels are often written for a wide age range, and are meant to be quick and easy reads ¿ and I accept that. Still, generally when I pick up any gaming franchise novel, it¿s for the story and not much else. I was also a little wary of Christie Golden¿s writing after reading her last WoW book Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, because I found it too rushed and unconvincing.But I have to say, as Warcraft books go, The Shattering was excellent. Some sections still felt rushed, but for the most part the book was well-paced. The quality of the writing wasn¿t as consistent as I¿d hoped, but there were a few parts that completely blew me away. I don¿t want to give away any spoilers, so let me just say towards the end of the novel is a chapter where Thrall goes on a vision quest, and I felt that it was one of the best characterizations of a video game protagonist I have ever read. Christie Golden has succeeded tremendously in fleshing out his character and story.In the end, ultra-casual WoW players or folks who don¿t have a Warcraft background probably won¿t find The Shattering too compelling. It¿s not a bad book, but it was clearly written for existing fans of the game with prior knowledge of its lore and characters. Without that background, I¿m afraid the book may seem shallow and confusing. On the other hand, this book will serve as decent support material to anyone curious about what the Horde and Alliance are up to in the events leading up to Deathwing¿s return. I would not hesitate to recommend The Shattering to anyone who has an interest in Cataclysm, or Warcraft lore in general.
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Best game of 2012, playing since 4.2.5 in Cataclysm.
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This book is great.good lore and story line for a lot of carecters that you can meet in the video game. If you read this book you can't look at some of the carecters the same way again.
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What happened to the cover? It is wrong! I need it fixed for my NOOK.
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Valiant More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome in depth book about everything you need to know pre-cataclysm. A world of warcraft lore fans must have, only one thing....... The cover of this Ebook shows up as Twilight Aspects and not the Shattering, someone please fix this! It makes it difficult to tell the difference on Nook Simple Touch if you have both books. I find myself opening the wrong book to read and its very annoying, other than that I would give this book five stars.
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