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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read
Im a Warcraft lore fan and I really enjoyed this book.
Nice and easy to read. Recommended if you're a fan of the game.
Published on 5 May 2012 by David J Hamer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately lacking
Having read Richard A. Knaak's Moon of the Spider book, in my opinion a wonderful read, I was looking much forward to reading his Stormrage. The book being about the impressive night elves and their headstrong leaders Malfurion Stormrage and Tyrande Whisperwind, I imagined to dig into some powerful writing, but was, unfortunately, let down. The book feels costly rushed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read now!!!, 27 May 2015
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Epic book, used up all the charge on my kindle constantly reading it, I just couldn't put it down it was so good. Would recommend for anyone who likes fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reading., 8 Mar. 2015
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Another great read from Knaak, by far the best WoW lore author. I was engrossed from the start and it's left me wanting for more. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Druidtastic, 28 Nov. 2010
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This is a must read for Malfurion fans and a good read for Warcraft fans. Knaak's writing is fair and this book is easy to read, in fact my only complaint is that it's a huge world event storyline that must of already happened as Malfurion is now awake in the game and yet we have seen none of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 17 May 2013
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Was a awesome book specially if you have to audiobook to follow with. I recommend that you read War of the ancient before this one though.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Knaak's best., 3 July 2010
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This book is a very good read for the Warcraft and Knaak fan.
With Stormrage you can feel that Knaak has used some of the same style as he did in War of the Ancients, if you were a big fan of those then this book is one I think you should definitely read.
The book started a little slow but as the momentum picked up pace you find your self picking up the book at every free moment.
It brings back some classics and introduces some new things that are bound to take a place with the greats.
It's hard to give this book credit without accidentally spoiling the story so I'll stop here but to give you an idea of the quality of this book you should know that upon reading it I bought a second, signed and numbered copy of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 20 April 2015
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If you love fantasy literature, or wow lore, it is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 Nov. 2014
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Great read, some background in Warcraft Lore will help
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Mar. 2015
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Great for warcraft lovers who also enjoy reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stormrage WOW, 15 Mar. 2011
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Another well written, easy to read NOT comic strip book for all the World of Warcraft players to take off on holiday - so they can get their daily fix of WOW.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet more Knaak., 17 Jun. 2010
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For those who like brief sum ups, I'll explain this book in one paragraph, then work on a greater more detailed review:
If you find Knaak's depiction of women offensive, if you find his retcons and forced involvement of his own created characters irritating or simply find his constant obsession with teen power fantasy style fanfiction writting this is yet more of said content and should be desperately avoided.

In detail, no spoilers:
This book, Stormrage, is yet another piece from Richard A. Knaak specifically focused on the Kaldorei. The previous triology covered the War of the Ancients, this one is set in the current time period of World of Warcraft just before the arrival of the Catacylsm expansion.

Unfortunately thats nearly impossible to detect without it being spelled out. Both characters who are carried across, Shandris and Tyrande, continue to be depicted as helpless damsels, incompetant leaders and ineffectual women who have no place in politics. Tyrande is several times depicted as being unable of carrying out any decision or showing any of the bold, passionate leadership she presented in Warcraft 3 and its expansion.

Shandris, the chief General of the Sentinel Army is depicted as prefering to do girlie things than lead armies, because apparently in Knaak's mind thats how you show 'depth' in a character. By making a ten thousand year old warrior General want to plan weddings. The depiction of Malfurion comes across as simply a Mary Sue in all respects. The character is not characterised well, he doesn't come across aswell as he did in WC3 or its expansion.

The story of the book suffers very much from the same problems as Day of the Dragon, where a majority of the book is spent knowing what is already meant to happen and Knaak presents himself as incapable of filling in the middle of the book between realising who the badguy is and the ending epic battle.

The usual batch of Knaak's characters play, thankfully, a much smaller part in this book compared to his normal pieces. However he still seems uanble to resist having Tyrande break into a two paragraph long lament about how wonderful Broxigar is. Rhonin of course does arrive in the book, his part to play not only shows him taking part in the biggest, most ridiculous farce Knaak's books have ever depicted (See the spoiler section for information) but yet see him go further and not only perform something that can only be described as lore-rape while, I kid you not, actually shoving Rhonin's twin children Beckham style into the face of the book and screaming about how gosh-darn beautiful they are, (infact, in Knaak's words much, much more beautiful than your average half-elf child.)

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A more detailed description of several areas of the the book that have led to many a laugh from wide sections of the community:

-Knaak makes use of hearthstones, not only in character but also to point out, needlessly, that hearthstones are infact made by arcane magic. Which Kaldorei are banned from using, but its okay to use this 'kind' of arcane because its apparently blessed by Elune. This hearthstone is used, probably, because Knaak seems unable to come up with an interesting way for the heroes to travel from Stormwind to Darnassus.

-Knaak has Malfurion and Tyrande wed at the end of the book. Lore has, up until this point, stated that they infact do not get married and simply pick mates out as an entirely private affair. This wedding not only breaks the lore previous, it has them wedded by the Queen of the Dragonflights, of which the entire race of dragons are entirely polygamus and the idea of a dragon marrying a pair when the Queen herself has several consorts barely makes any sense. This is followed by Rhonin appearing and shoving his children into the limelight, to announce how beautiful they are, note, this is Knaak's words, not even Rhonin's. Rhonin then performs a fireworks display, using arcane magic, again something that would and should have freely offended every Kaldorei present.

-Knaak introduces his own, next in line, mary sue to the mix in this book mainly as a plot device. This child, Lucien, is apparently the first human born in the Emerald Dream and is apparently capable of at will shifting between them. Something only Cenarius, a Demi-God, has been capable of in the past. This child frequently appears and teleports the heroes randomly around the Emerald Dream leading to two scenes in the book that are exactly the same. They are 'accidently' teleported to grand foe of the book and then.. run away again, twice.

Conclusion.

If you like Knaak's male teen power fantasy, this is the book for you. Its stuffed full of Knaak's usual low standard writting quality, bad characterisation, bad environment description, retcons and lore-rape. If you like that kind of thing, good for you. For those who don't want to see the Kaldorei race beaten into a clone of humans with purple skin and pointy ears, or who dislike seeing female, previously powerful characters, beaten into being nothing more than trophy wives for the supreme men featuring in this book then this isn't for you.

In my recommendation, I'd give it zero stars if I could.
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