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Warcraft: War of the Ancients #1: The Well of Eternity: The Well of Eternity [Kindle Edition]

Richard A. Knaak
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Many months have passed since the cataclysmic Battle of Mount Hyjal, where the demonic Burning Legion was banished from Azeroth forever. But now, a mysterious energy rift within the mountains of Kalimdor propels three former warriors into the distant past -- a time long before orcs, humans or even high elves roamed the land. A time when the Dark Titan Sargeras, and his demon pawns persuaded Queen Azshara and her Highborne to cleanse Azeroth of its lesser races. A time when the Dragon Aspects were at the height of their power -- unaware that one of their own would soon usher in an age of darkness that would engulf the world of...War Craft®.
In the first chapter of this epic trilogy, the outcome of the historic War of the Ancients is forever altered by the arrival of three time-lost heroes: Krasus, the dragon mage whose great power and memories of the ancient conflict have inexplicably diminished; the human wizard Rhonin, whose thoughts are divided between his family and the seductive source of his now-growing power; and Broxigar, a weathered orc veteran who seeks a glorious death in combat. But unless these unlikely allies can convince the demigod, Cenarius, and the untrusting night elves of their queen's treachery, the burning Legion's gateway into Azeroth will open anew. And this time -- the struggles of the past may well spill over into the future...

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About the Author

Aside from his extensive work in Dragonlance, Richard A. Knaak is best known for his popular Dragonrealm series. His other works include several contemporary fantasies, including Frostwing (Time Warner) and King of the Grey (Time Warner). In addition to LEGACY OF BLOOD, he has written Day of the Dragon for the Warcraft series and will soon return to Diablo for a second tale.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743471199
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (30 Mar. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,480 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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RICHARD A. KNAAK is the New York Times bestselling fantasy author of some three dozen novels and short pieces, including The Legend of Huma and Empire of Blood for Dragonlance. He has also written numerous novels for Warcraft and Diablo.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 14 Nov. 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off I would like to say that this is an excellent book to read even if your not a fan of the games. I found it very hard to put it down and had to force myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep.

The trilogy is based around the Time when the Night Elves and Dragons were at their height of power, when the Burning Legion (an seemingly infinite army of Demons whose soul purpose is to destroy worlds) first invades the world of Azeroth, leading to the cataclysmic explosion of the Well of Eternity that tore the continent apart.

In this first book, we are re-introduced to three heroes from the book "The Day of the Dragon", Krasus the Dragon Mage, Rhonin a human wizard and Vereesa the Elven Ranger. Unfortunatly due to circumstances i cannot reveal for fear of spoilers, Vereesa does not accompany the two Mages on their journey to discover the cause of the Energy Rift in the mountains of Kalimdor.
Also, two orcs, an veteran named Broxigar who seeks a glorius Death in battle, and a young warrior are sent on a similar mission as the two mages when a Shaman forsees the Rift in a vision. Once all there, the rift suddenly becomes unstable and propels the two mages and the Veteran Orc into the past.

In the past itself, the Highbourne, the upper class Night Elves favoured by their beloved Queen, work in secret drawing the powers from the well of eternity to open a portal that will eventually lead the burning legion into their world. The Legions leader, Sargeras, has promised the queen that once the world is cleansed of its lesser races, he will aid her in crafting a new world in her image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and Uninspiring 10 Aug. 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As an avid World of Warcraft player, I was rather looking to picking up Richard Knaak's trilogy, mainly because I was interested in all the lore and background, but also because I heard quite a few positive reviews about his Dragonlance novels.

Unfortunately, while the trilogy fully satisfied my craving for the former, it was an utter disappointed in terms of the latter. Knaak's writing isn't just horrible - it's downright atrocious, to the point where you honestly start to wonder whether the book was dumbed down to suit a more juvenile audience or whether it really takes that little to become a NYT bestselling author. Character exposition is, well, exposed - there are absolutely no subtleties and Knaak has no qualms about reaching into his characters' heads and presenting their most complex motivations with just a few lines. His description of Broxigar's survivor guilt was so bland and in-your-face that it made be cringe. At no point does Knaak ever leave you guessing about his characters or asks you to think for himself - explanations for even the most complex emotions are presented in an oversimplified, overexposed manner that literally leaves nothing to imagination.

Bottom line is, if you like World of Warcraft and want to familiarize yourself with its lore, then by all means read this book. If, however, you just finished reading the Wheel of Time or Song of Ice and Fire (I'm not even mentioning LOTR), please, do yourself a favor and give it a miss. Your literary taste will thank you for it.

Or, to put it differently, if you thought Terry Goodkind's earlier SoT books were the masterpiece of literary talent, then you will most likely enjoy Knaak's WoW books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 31 Mar. 2014
By Renny
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Amazing read, learnt so much lore already. Love having played WoW and seeing characters from the game and learning more about them
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking 23 Mar. 2014
By Josh
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A great read for anyone who enjoys the lore. Only drawback in my mind is the whole time travel aspect of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Locke 7 Mar. 2014
By Bennie
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Great story told ok, the lore is great and characters r true to the game hope there's more of Azhara in next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 1 Sept. 2014
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After years of playing I decided I needed to learn some of the lore. The book was easy to read, held my interest well and gave enough info without looking sight of the plot
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