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Excellent lead up to Cataclysm,
This review is from: World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (Hardcover)
WARNING: Review contains spoilers! Don't read if you don't want to know some major plot points!
Christie Golden has always been my favorite Warcraft author. Far better than Knaak (though thats not saying much). Here, she once again proves how amazing she is at writing Warcraft lore. This book was both sad and chilling. The Grimtotem coup and Cairne's death had me almost spitting with rage. Magatha has earned my eternal hatred. What happened to Magni, and then Moira's story, nearly brought tears to my eyes. They both misunderstood each other and I hope that Magni can be revived in the future so that he and Moira can have a long talk like they need to. Anduin and his storyline also intrigued me. The Light responding to Anduin like it did could easily mean he's going to become a priest or paladin in the future. His father wants him to be a warrior, but I can very easily see him becoming a paladin, since thats basically a warrior that can heal and touch the Light, and Anduin so wanted to help everyone in this book. His grief over the dead was very real and believable for a thirteen year old.
Thrall's interactions with Aggra were the only things in the novel that didn't seem perfect. He chose her for a mate rather fast, with very little build up. It almost seemed rushed and forced. I don't blame the author, she may have had a deadline to meet and may not have been able to add any more. With more build up, I could see Thrall and Aggra as mates. In this novel, I just couldn't. In this WoW player's mind, Thrall has always belonged with Jaina, human or not. Garrosh was also played in a more sympathetic light. Brash and hot headed, like his father, but also honorable, like his father. He is truly Grom's son in The Shattering, and I don't hate him anymore (I play Horde, and have hated Garrosh since he was a whiny brat in Nagrand), and think Thrall made the right decision making him Warchief. Saurfang would have been a good choice, too, but like Thrall thinks in the book, he's too set in the old ways and could not rally the Horde like Garrosh can (don't cleave me, Saurfang, but its true!)
This book evoked powerful emotions from me and I just couldn't put it down until I was finished, despite the minor flaws. Any author that can do this is truly amazing.