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Not the strongest effort.
on 16 May 2014
As one of the expansion bridge novels, it necessarily is going to have to hit certain plot points for the sake of hitting them, but of Golden's efforts this feels the most perfunctory. The whole story feels kind of like 'this thing happens, so this bit happens, and then the table's set for new expansion', which I feel detracts from the overall storytelling.
Characterisation is a bit mixed, Golden seems to understand Jaina except when she has to approach romance elements (which feel very superfluous), and many of the other characters seem a bit one-dimensional, especially [spoiler] the Alliance visiting Theramore near the midpoint.
Horde characterisation is a little stronger, though I would have liked to see more of Baine and Vol'Jin talking shop, seeding their rebellion later in the game.
Jaina's apprentice is also a pretty compelling character, a decent representative of the Gnomes who are often simply background material in the canon. A scene near the end with her family is very well-written.
Overall if you're reading this far you probably play WoW and are interested in the fiction. If this is the first warcraft book you're considering reading, I would recommend pretty much everything else Golden's written over this so far.