So I have been thinking of ways to improve the content my blog generates, and I came up with this idea that I should start doing more reviews. It seems natural that I should do this, on account of the fact that I am full of opinions, just ask my mom. This series of reviews will obviously not have a schedule, as I am an extremely slow reader and I won’t always have a book that I am reading. I will, for the most part, attempt to review books that are newer than “classic” and I will try to provide some variety as to the genre.
I am starting this series with a review of The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden. I should preface this review by stating that this novel is in the World of Warcraft series, and therefore might not interest most people. (Yes, I occasionally read about MMORPG’s..I suppose this puts me in a similar category to the people who play an enjoy video games based off of movies.)
The novel starts off strong by throwing the reader into the action right away with a very foreboding prologue. One of the characters, a shaman known as Drek’thar, has a vision about the worlds impending destruction. His aid, an orc named Palkar, chooses to ignore these visions because he believes that Drek’thar’s aging mind is making this stuff up. This turns out to have been a grave mistake which is the tone that overshadows the entire novel.
With the world of Azeroth’s imminent destruction looming on the horizon, the people of Azeroth live in fear of what kinds of turmoil the elements of their world will inflict upon them next. One shaman, Thrall, takes it upon himself to visit Outland – a world that has already gone through a similar tragedy – to learn what he needs to do to help his world.
Overall, I feel like the novel did an excellent job of making me feel like I was in the action. There were times when I could feel my heart racing as I followed along with the story. The author, Christie Golden, does an excellent job of captivating the reader while still managing to provide enough information for readers who might not know the entire back story.
I feel that the novel does fall short in some places. If you don’t read the novel Stormrage and you are not entirely familiar with the lore surrounding what allegedly happens after the fall of the Lich King you might be lost when they start talking about events that happen in the book. I also feel that the novel ends a bit abruptly – I would have liked for it to go into more detail about how Deathwing manages to tear the world apart as well as for it to have touched on who made him so dammed angry to begin with.
Even with these short comings, I feel like the novel was an excellent read that I probably wouldn’t mind reading again.
If you enjoyed this review, or have any suggestions about making it better or even suggestions about what to read next then please, by all means, leave a comment to let me know.