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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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His eyes were open now, watching the path of the tiny flame. andlt;Iandgt;If you continue your path, little spark, you will cause great harm.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;I must burn! I must live!andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;There are places where your glow and heat are welcome. Find them, do not destroy the dwellings or take the lives of my people!andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;For a second, he seemed to wink out of existence but then blazed back with renewed vigor.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thrall knew what he had to do. He lifted his hand. andlt;Iandgt;Forgive me, Brother Flame. But I must protect my people from the harm you would cause them. I have requested, I have begged, now I warn.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The spark seemed to spasm, and yet he continued on his lethal course.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thrall, grim-faced, clenched his hand hard. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The spark flared defiantly, then dwindled, finally settling down to nothing more than the faintest of glowing embers. For now, he would no longer do anyone harm.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The threat had ended, but Thrall was reeling. This was not the way of the shaman with the elements. It was a relationship of mutual respect, not of threats and control and, in the end, destruction. Oh, the Spirit of Fire could never be extinguished. It was far greater than anything any shaman, or even group of shaman, could ever attempt to do to him. He was eternal, as all the spirits of the elements were. But this part of him, this elemental manifestation, had been defiant, uncooperative. And he had not been alone. He was part of a disturbing trend of elements that were sullen and rebellious rather than cooperative. And in the end, Thrall had had to completely dominate him. Other shaman were now calling rain to soak the city in case there was another aberrant spark that persisted in its course of devastation.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thrall stood in the rain, letting it soak him, pour off his massive green shoulders, and drip down his arms. What in the name of the ancestors was happening?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written thirty-five novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world (andlt;Iandgt;Lord of the Clansandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Rise of the Hordeandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Arthas: Rise of the Lich Kingandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysmandlt;/Iandgt;) with more in the works. She has also written the StarCraft Dark Templar Trilogy, andlt;Iandgt;Firstbornandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Shadow Huntersandlt;/Iandgt;, and andlt;Iandgt;Twilightandlt;/Iandgt;. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Forthcoming is andlt;Iandgt;Devilsand#8217; Dueandlt;/Iandgt;, a StarCraft II novel focusing on the unlikely friendship between Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay. Golden is also currently writing three books in the major nine-book Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi, in collaboration with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning. Her first two books in that series, andlt;Iandgt;Omen andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;Iandgt;Alliesandlt;/Iandgt;, are on shelves now. Golden currently lives in Colorado. She welcomes visitors to her website, andlt;A href="http://www.christiegolden.com"andgt;www.christiegolden.comandlt;/Aandgt;.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;***andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thrall, wise shaman and the warchief of the Horde, has sensed a disturbing change . . . andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Long ago, Azerothand#8217;s destructive native elementals raged across the world until the benevolent titans imprisoned them within the Elemental Plane. Despite the titansand#8217; intervention, many elementals have ended up back on Azeroth. Over the ages, shaman like Thrall have communed with these spirits and, through patience and dedication, learned to soothe roaring infernos, bring rain to sun-scorched lands, and otherwise temper the elementalsand#8217; ruinous influence on the world of Azeroth.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Now Thrall has discovered that the elementals no longer heed the shamanand#8217;s call. The link shared with these spirits has grown thin and frayed, as if Azeroth itself were under great duress. While Thrall seeks answers to what ails the confused elements, he also wrestles with the orcsand#8217; precarious future as his people face dwindling supplies and growing hostility with their night elf neighbors.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Meanwhile, King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind is considering violent action in response to mounting tensions between the Alliance and the Horde, a hard-line approach that threatens to alienate those closest to him, including his son, Anduin. The conflicted young prince has set out to find his own path, but in doing so, he risks becoming entangled in political instability that is setting the world on edge.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The fate of Azerothand#8217;s great races is shrouded in a fog of uncertainty, and the erratic behavior of the elemental spirits, troubling though it is, may only be the first ominous warning sign of the cataclysm to come.

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In this follow-up to her "New York Times" bestseller "Arthas," Golden delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion.

Synopsis:

In this follow-up to her NY Times bestseller, ARTHAS, Christie Golden delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion!

About the Author

andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen andlt;iandgt;Star Trekandlt;/iandgt; novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of andlt;iandgt;World of Warcraftandlt;/iandgt;, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world (andlt;iandgt;Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Arthas: Rise of the Lich Kingandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysmandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Thrall: Twilight of the Aspectsandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of Warandlt;/iandgt;).andnbsp;She has also written the andlt;iandgt;StarCraft Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn, Shadow Huntersandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Twilightandlt;/iandgt;, as well as the most recent hardcover, andlt;iandgt;Devilsand#8217; Dueandlt;/iandgt;. Golden is also the writer of three books in the major nine-book Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi (in collaboration with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning). Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website: ChristieGolden.com.

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onebookshy, December 20, 2010 (view all comments by onebookshy)
As a former WOW (World of Warcraft) player, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I hadn't read any of the books written about this fantastical game world and I wasn't disappointed. Author Christie Golden captures the feel and spirit of the game while also telling a fast-moving and colorful story. I don't think a person has to be a fan of the game to enjoy the book, although there are several references that a non-gamer might not understand.

The characters, while not Golden's own creations, are well written and engaging. I used to play on the side of the Alliance which is the "enemy" of the Horde leaders who are the center of this story. I learned a lot about the members of the races that make up the Horde itself. The reader is drawn into their world and traveling along with them around Azeroth. This book definitely made me want to go back to playing the game ~ alas, we don't have fast enough Internet out here in the boonies...

I recommend this book to fans of adventure and fantasy, especially those readers who are WOW players. It's an engrossing read no matter which way you approach it.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416550747
Subtitle:
Prelude to Cataclysm
Author:
Golden, Christie
Publisher:
Gallery
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Movie or Television Tie-In
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20101019
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4C tip-in
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this follow-up to her NY Times bestseller, ARTHAS, Christie Golden delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion!
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