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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft Cataclysm Series) [Kindle Edition]

Christie Golden
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Thrall, wise shaman and the warchief of the Horde, has sensed a disturbing change…

Long ago, Azeroth’s destructive native elementals raged across the world until the benevolent titans imprisoned them within the Elemental Plane. Despite the titans’ intervention, many elementals have ended up back on Azeroth. Over the ages, shaman like Thrall have communed with these spirits and, through patience and dedication, learned to soothe roaring infernos, bring rain to sun-scorched lands, and otherwise temper the elementals’ ruinous influence on the world of Azeroth.

Now Thrall has discovered that the elementals no longer heed the shaman’s call. The link shared with these spirits has grown thin and frayed, as if Azeroth itself were under great duress. While Thrall seeks answers to what ails the confused elements, he also wrestles with the orcs’ precarious future as his people face dwindling supplies and growing hostility with their night elf neighbors.

Meanwhile, King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind is considering violent action in response to mounting tensions between the Alliance and the Horde, a hard-line approach that threatens to alienate those closest to him, including his son, Anduin. The conflicted young prince has set out to find his own path, but in doing so, he risks becoming entangled in political instability that is setting the world on edge.

The fate of Azeroth’s great races is shrouded in a fog of uncertainty, and the erratic behavior of the elemental spirits, troubling though it is, may only be the first ominous warning sign of the cataclysm to come.

About the Author

Christie Golden has written for several SF and Fantasy tie-in series. A massively popular author with Star Trek Voyager fans, her Voyager novels include the Dark Matters trilogy, The Murdered Sun, Marooned and the top-selling Seven of Nine. She lives in Colorado.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416550747
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (19 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BEGYCSU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christie Golden has written for several SF and Fantasy tie-in series. A massively popular author with Star Trek Voyager fans, her Voyager novels include the Dark Matters trilogy, The Murdered Sun, Marooned and the top-selling Seven of Nine. She lives in Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Warcraft Fans 2 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Shattering is a prequel novel for the new World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm and explains many of the lore changes that happened in game. It follows many well-known lore characters from the games which most players will know and follows Thrall and Cairne Bloodhoof from the Horde side and Anduin Wrynn for the Alliance, though many more well-known characters from both factions appear along the story.

Christie dose a wonderful job in immersing you in to the characters of Azeroth and the plight that is going on in there world. Both factions are given their own story which occasionally overlaps. The Horde side feels more epic, especially near its conclusion but I found the Alliance side far more engrossing and interesting (I play both factions in game, but my alliance has been swinging more to the, well, Alliance)

The only fault of is that at 350+ pages long it feels like it could have been flushed out more. I for one would have loved to see more set in and around Ironforge and taking more time in introducing and developing Aggra and her relationship with Thrall. I found this to be the problem of Christina other book, Rise of the Lich King, but in this case it is a minor flaw in a very well written book.

All in all, The Shattering is a gripping novel from start to finish that really gets you in the mood for Cataclysm and is a gift for those who are enthralled by the Lore of Warcraft.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 3 Feb 2014
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The story is good but it is pretty straight forwards and the writing style is basic. If you like WoW lore you're gonna like it. Otherwise you might not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 20 Aug 2013
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A good book all around. I had no clue how the cataclysm started and why Thrall was missing. If I could rate it 6 stars I would.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wowtastic 21 May 2013
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Without doubt this is Thralls story and you have to love the big green mega orc. That said I did want to slap him and tell him to get a grip after one too many introspective moans. The surprisingly interesting story is that of Anduin, the young prince and the sad lose of king Mangi. Good story well told full of lore
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shattering - good if a little rushed. 26 April 2013
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I enjoyed this lire book. I was entertained reading about the Orcs and the Tauren were a nice addition. My only gripe: Thrall and Aggra's relationship seemed to develop at an alarmingly unrealistic rate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shattering 19 Mar 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not gotten around to reading this yet but I know Christie Golden is known for her great Blizzard Books, so I would definitely advise getting this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First WoW book 9 Oct 2011
By Kraayto
Format:Hardcover
This was my first world of warcraft book and after playing the game / knowing about the game for several years it's been a very good read and learned a lot about the characters and Lore. Although I had to use the internet to learn the back story of some characters it gave me a different prospective about the game world and I highly recommend this to any wow fan, heck even if you don't play the game the story line is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel from start to finish 27 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
I am pleased to say that I enjoyed every page of this book. The author has a real knack for imagery and keeping the reader engaged. As a player and fan of world of warcraft the settings and characters in the book were immediately familiar and it was fun and exciting to hear them described in a new way.

If you are a fan of world of warcraft or just fantasy novels in general I would definitely recommend this book, just get it.
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