on 2 December 2010
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.
on 6 January 2016
Loved it. It was good to finally have some in depth explanation behind some of the events that took place before Cataclysm was released. After hearing the rumours confirmed that Garrosh was becoming leader of the horde and other slightly unbelivable rumours, I was a little bit shocked to hear that they were all true. But now after reading this novel I can understand where the writers/designers were coming from, and their reasoning behind such decisions.
I absolutely loved being able to read about and see from the perspective of two characters who are usually overshadowed by their fathers; Anduin Wrynn and Baine Bloodhoof. Such interesting characters and I'm really hoping more is written about them.
on 3 January 2011
The title says it all! I was absolutely astounded at how well thought out and written this book was. I enjoyed every waking moment reading this book and took it just about everywhere! (Not when i was sleeping ofc). The way she speaks about the characters makes you feel as though you are imbursed within the book yourself, asif you could almost touch them with your own hands. This may of been my first of Christie's book but surely wont be my last, excellent Author, excellent book, 5 Stars !
on 9 October 2011
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.
on 31 January 2011
This was bought for me as a present and my expectations were not high, books (and films) of video games are usually dire, but I was pleasantly surprised, even delighted. The writing is a little bit stiff in places (but still streets ahead of such authors as Dan Brown or Tom Clancy) and the plot moved along nicely with some well-drawn characters. All in all a satisfying read.