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on 21 December 2007
I'm a great fan of the Warcraft universe and play a level 60 Alliance Mage of Stormwind in the online version - World of Warcraft. In this tale, Aaron Rosenberg brings the World of Warcraft universe to life in the telling of the time when the Horde first crosses the Dark Portal and unleases mayhem on the world of Azeroth.

The tale is of the Orc warchief Doomhammer and the assault on my beloved Stormwind; it is the time when the Alliance is formed to meet the Horde challenge. Rosenberg keep faithfully to the background plot and brings all the characters from the World of Warcraft alive. If you play the game (especially if you play a Paladin), you will recognise many of the places (perhaps even been there) and many of the characters. If you don't play the game, you'll be itching to buy a copy.

Overall, a well-crafted fanatasy novel, keeping faithfully to the Warcraft theme and adding much to my overall enjoyment (some say obsession) of the game. If you are thinking about buying this, I would recommend reading the book 'The Rise of the Horde' first as it sets the scene to the Horde's journey through the Dark Portal and The Burning Crusade.

For the Alliance!
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on 14 June 2012
I love Warcraft. I love the games, and the lore. Moreso the lore.
I am not a fan of Richard A Knaak. I find he uses the word "dread" far too frequently, and almost always uses it wrong - he seems to be unaware that there are other suffixes. He also writes a little arrogantly and sometimes seems as though he's taken a perfectly adequate word, searched it in a thesaurus and opted for the longest and most complicated word he can, which really takes you out of the story. However, he's often given the best stories to work at, so I grin and bear it. If it were that bad I wouldn't actually read them.

Aaren Rosenberg doesn't write many of these novels, but he's good at the ones he does. I didn't find the cover image of this book particularly provocative, but the story is a good one. Unfortunately, I read it a while ago and don't remember it, but I do remember enjoying it.
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on 3 September 2009
After playing WoW for almost 2 years, but not having played the previous installments in the warcraft series, I wanted to find out more about the history of Azeroth. And although this isnt the very beggining of the story, it was a fantastic introduction to how the Alliance and Horde were forged. The prologue gave me enough of the history to have a fair understanding of how the Dark Portal came to be, and from there on in I was gripped. With each chapter swapping between Horde and Alliance, I began to feel compasion for "both" sides. I'm an Alliance player, but this story really changed my perspective of the Horde, and thier leader into Azeroth, Orgrim Doomhammer. Compassion, loyalty, betrayal and self confidence are realised from both sides, and as the battle continues you could be torn between which side you align with. An absolute MUST read for anyone who, like myself, feels a little bit ignorant not knowing the real history of the world which we visit everyday in our gaming lives. And by the end of it, you'll know a little bit more about the statues at the gates to Stormwind!
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on 23 January 2015
Orgrim Doomhammer ferocious and determined to bring honour to the Horde pouring over Azeroth's Eastern Kingdoms in a bid to conquer new lands for the Horde to live in is betrayed by Gul'dan and his lust for power. Fighting to the gates of Lordearon and his bitter defeat after the epic battle with Lothar. A fantastic read and glimpse into the mind of the Horde
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on 4 January 2015
I bought this for my 17 year old son and 14 year old daughter who east breath and sleep WOW they love it so it must be a good buy I have bought them in order of the game which can be found on the internet but I'm not sure if this is necessary or not.
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on 3 March 2015
Really enjoy the WoW books, the lore is rich and insightful. Great for anybody who plays the games, or even if you are just looking for a great story based in an already well established universe!
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on 15 May 2009
This is a fairly well written story, but lacks the depth of either Knaak or Golden's stories. I really felt that Aaron was too inexperienced to write something like the death of Gu'ldan, he gave no more information about it than the game. Even the capture of the dragonqueen was written in a rushed manner, there no attention to detail, no eloquent writing style.

The whole book seems to have been rushed with seemingly long portions of the story covered in a few lines. It doesn't really do justice to the epic tale being told. There is no capture of the emotion of the moment, no attempt to extend the story anymore than the basics.

About on par with the lesser Warcraft books like The Last Guardian and Cycle of Hatred, but cannot be counted alongside the works of Knaak or anywhere near the pen of Golden, not even upto the level of Road to Damnation.

If you're reading this book to fill in the gaps of Warcraft lore, it fulfils that, but there are much better warcraft writers out there. Don't write any more, Aaron.
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on 22 September 2014
Fast delivery and a good product
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on 6 August 2014
Daughter loves it
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VINE VOICEon 15 March 2011
Great book, then most of the W O W books I think are great. Good story.

I play the game and like to take these books away on holliday.
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