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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great read., 14 Nov. 2007
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.
Once the heroes are in the past, a chain of events leads the three from being prisoners, to escapee's and eventually unlikely allies who must persuade the "Lesser" Night Elves of their Queens trechery.
Other notable characters we are re-introduced to are Tirande, Illidan and Malfurion, all at a very young age and not in their high standing positions. Others are a memorable few from the burning legion but i shall leave them unnamed.
In all regards it is an excellent first book and the next two just get better. The only things that I find wrong with the story, is that the energy rift, though explained more in detail in the book, is given no origin or explaination of being. Also a slight annoyance is the piece on the back of the book where is mentions that "Rhonin, whose thoughts are divided between his family and the seductive source of his new growing power". It is not once mentioned in this book or the next two that Rhonin values his power over his family, his only thoughts and worries are that he will never see them again. Apart from that, i have no quarrel with the book. It has a great story, the characters are very well done and the battle scenes are excellent.