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Publisher's Summary

An all-new official prequel novel to Shadowlands, the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's legendary online game World of Warcraft.

"The Horde is nothing!"

With those infamous words, Sylvanas Windrunner betrayed and abandoned the Horde she vowed to serve. The Dark Lady and her forces now work in the shadows as both the Horde and Alliance race to uncover her next move. Struggling to shoulder the crushing weight of leadership, King Anduin entrusts the void elf and High Exarch Turalyon to uncover Sylvanas' whereabouts. The Horde now stands at a crossroads. The various factions form a council, leaving the mantle of warchief to rest. But the threats are numerous, and the distrust runs too deep. When the council is derailed by a failed assassination attempt on Talanji - the Zandalari queen and a key ally - Thrall and the rest of the Horde leaders are forced into action. They empower the young troll shaman Zekhan, still grieving the loss of Varok Saurfang, with a critical mission to aid Talanji and help uncover the rising threat against her.

©2020 Madeleine Roux (P)2020 W F Howes

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  • 10-20-20

Worst audiobook I have ever listened to.

Firstly the overall writing of this book is poorly formed and very disjointed,more importantly the narration is terrible, it appears that this is the 'artists' first read through. The forced 'Received Pronunciation' is almost unbearable from the first syllable. There is so much wrong with this title another book would need to be written to explain it. (Neither the author nor the artist needs to apply)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-20

This book is WoW fans only.

Without knowledge of WoW this book is atrocious - there is almost no explanation about events or characters or their motivations. Narrator does not help as well - female trying to do deep male voices falls flat really hard for me.
Also - forced inclusion of LGBT at the end of the book with Shaw reqlly put me off.
I do not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Jack
  • 12-21-20

author sucks

have a quick Google of the author and make your own mind up on her

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  • Jeanie Bell
  • 11-17-20

I just could not get into this.

I really didn't enjoy this book, pace was poor and the story not gripping at all.
Struggled with the accents and didn't feel connected with the characters.

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  • Johnny Doe
  • 11-17-20

Mediocre story, even worse narrator

One of the worst WoW books in recent history, with a narrator performance that makes it even worse. Gives off the impression of trying too hard to impersonate the characters, while failing utterly at it. Also, the story is a jumbled mess of continuity errors with no narrative structure or thought put behind.
"Mediocrity" and "forgettable" are the key words here. As well as "refund". Don't waste your credits.

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  • Thomas Cunliffe
  • 10-30-20

Shadows are definitely rising

A novel well worth reading if you currently play the game. I was very invested and enjoyed the book. Certain mentions and interactions of characters I didn't expect were definitely the best part.
Only negative I can think is the mispronounciation of some words by the narrator (Lich King was said as Linch King once for example) and some of her male voices kind of take me out of the story sometimes. Her female voices are absolutely excellent though, especially Talanji

Bwonsamdi is involved heavily in this book, which I absolutely loved. He's my favourite character in the Warcraft universe and the author writes him absolutely perfectly. Zappy boy gets great writing too

I've seen some people say Talanji is out of character, which I also thought at first, but the further you go, the more you realise she isn't

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  • Rob Maddison
  • 11-30-21

A bit slow

Some great follow ons in terms of key character stories carrying on from the previous book but there are periods where not much happens. some areas of the narrative are well developed where some were lacking.

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  • 10-26-21

big disappointment

big disappointment really struggled to finish. story was not even close to how good I thought it would be

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  • 09-27-21

Mediocre,

The story is slow and boring and the narrorator is horrendous and unable to distinguish between character, quite upset that audible is allowing a refund for this.

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  • joel harrison
  • 05-11-21

weird audio clipping

often missing the starts/ends of words in the recording, listened to the prologue and it was hard to listen to because it kept clipping like this so will not be able to listen to the rest until there is an alternative version available, bit gutted because I was looking forward to this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

Superb narration

Story wasn't captivating from start to finish, had great moments and captured the lore. good preamble to Shadowlands!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-21

Ehhhh

narration really ruined it for me, should have gotten a proper voice actor to do it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-20

Good book, terrible, terrible audio balancing.

STOP LETTING WRITERS DO THE VOICE ACTING.

PLEASE START USING AUDIO BALANCING SOFTWARE WHEN YOU PRODUCE AN AUDIOBOOK.

Audible, this book, sounds like it was balanced on Audacity.

the audio goes from whisperingly quiet, to screaming loud. if you try to sleep to audiobooks this isnt for you.

on top of that, the voice actress can't do the accents of the races, every troll sounds like a bastardized african accent.

can't tell the difference between, Nathanos, thrall or baine, at all.

the lady character voices are really great though.

overall, Amazingly written. but so awfully performed and produced.

go to a book store for this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-20

Great book. Good fun.

Nice tie in to the 2 releases. Good development on some well known but under explored characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-20

good but needed oomph

the story was good. the writing was ok. voice acted VERY well but needed punch