Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects

Thrall Twilight of the Aspects When Azeroth was young the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world Each of the flights leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans vast cosmic powers To

  • Title: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
  • Author: Christie Golden
  • ISBN: 9781416550884
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world Each of the flights leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans vast cosmic powers Together, these majestic Dragon Aspects committed themselves to thwarting any force that threatened the safety of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT Over ten thousand years ago, a betraWhen Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world Each of the flights leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans vast cosmic powers Together, these majestic Dragon Aspects committed themselves to thwarting any force that threatened the safety of the WORLD OF WARCRAFT Over ten thousand years ago, a betrayal by the maddened black Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, shattered the strength and unity of the dragonflights His most recent assault on Azeroth the Cataclysm has left the world in turmoil At the Maelstrom, the center of Azeroth s instability, former Horde warchief Thrall and other accomplished shaman struggle to keep the world from tearing apart in the wake of Deathwing s attack Yet a battle also rages within Thrall regarding his new life in the shamanic Earthen Ring, hampering his normally unparalleled abilities.Unable to focus on his duties, Thrall undertakes a seemingly menial task from an unexpected source the mysterious green Dragon Aspect, Ysera This humble endeavor soon becomes a journey spanning the lands of Azeroth and the timeways of history itself, bringing Thrall into contact with ancient dragonflights Divided by conflict and mistrust, these dragons have become easy prey to a horrific new weapon unleashed by Deathwing s servants a living nightmare engineered to exterminate Azeroth s winged guardians.Of even greater concern is a bleak and terrifying possible future glimpsed by Ysera the Hour of Twilight Before this apocalyptic vision comes to pass, Thrall must purge his own doubts in order to discover his purpose in the world and aid Azeroth s dragonflights as they face the Twilight of the Aspects.

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    1. Golden is the only author allowed to write in the World of Warcraft franchise, as she has respect for the characters, the Lore, and the fans. In this book, we see why Deathwing is such a threat to all of Azeroth, and why Thrall stepping down as Warchief was a good thing. Thrall has always been one of the best character in the Warcraft universe, and Golden further develops the Orc into his new role as Shaman within the Eathen Ring. Along the way, he exorcises his demons, unites the Dragonflights, [...]

    2. As with every other WOW book, I enjoyed it because I love the world and characters. The writing itself is only OK. Golden's strength is in the characters and their relationships. She creates some very emotional moments in this book, which makes the whole experience worthwhile. Her pacing felt good – I finished the book in a single day so obviously it drew me in. There weren't a lot of surprises, but I was entertained. (view spoiler)[Thrall inevitably becomes the world's savior yet again. It's [...]

    3. Christie Golden never fails to impress me. I used to play World of Warcraft religiously and still dabble with the game occasionally but more or less for the story. That is the sole reason I have not cut ties with the World of Warcraft because I love its lore. So whenever I can get my hands on a new book that continues its story I'm all over it. "Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects" is a book worthy of praise and stays true to the fans of the game.I originally thought it would be strange having a dif [...]

    4. Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on November 20, 2012.This is a World of Warcraft book, so I wrote this review assuming that you have some knowledge of Azeroth and the general timeline of the Cataclysm expansion. If you don’t, this book is probably not for you, but the earlier WoW books may help you to catch up.After the Shattering of Azeroth by the evil dragon Deathwing, the elements are in turmoil. A group of Earthen Ring Shaman, Thrall among them, are at the Maelstrom trying t [...]

    5. Not a bad story all in all. It's clear that Christie Golden holds the character of Thrall in high regard,and because of this she writes about him well. There were parts early on that helped me learn more about Thrall by answering some questions I had about where he came from and how he became the war-chief of the horde. The cool part is that there are connections to other books that will help answer OTHER questions I have, so there is incentive to read more about that awesome game.I do have a gr [...]

    6. I go into this review with an admission Thrall is not my favorite Warcraft Universe character. A book centered around him did not strike me as an interesting read, and my first notion was to skip it. But when I learned that in addition to being Thrall-centric it also covered important elements concerning the Dragon Aspects, as well as the ongoing struggles with the Twilight's Hammer, I felt compelled to take it up and give it a thorough read-through.The result: perhaps an understandably mixed ba [...]

    7. I can't point to anything here I *didn't* like, and there was much that was good: Thrall's journey from Warchief to shaman, several of the dragon characters. But it didn't grip me the way her previous WoW novels have, and I can't really say why.

    8. Reader Note: I have played World of Warcraft for six and a half out of the eight years the game has been running. The big thing I have loved about the game is the lore and that’s why I go out of my way to read all the books published in this series. I play strictly on the side of the Horde and so I have a definite dislike of the Alliance, but I try to look at the books with a nonjudgmental view in regards to the two factions though my reviews may mention a dislike of this certain character or [...]

    9. I've been playing World of Warcraft since shortly after launch and am most definitely a "lore-nerd." It is an vast world with great characters and epic happenings. I read this book because I wanted to read more about the continuing story of Cataclysm that isn't being portrayed in game, howeverJust as I was unimpressed by the writing in The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, I continue to find Golden's writing juvenile and, in many places, just plain bad. I fail to understand why so many fans pref [...]

    10. I think the only reason I wound up enjoying the book as little as I did was because I enjoy playing World of Warcraft so much. I knew about most of the locations that were in the book (particularly Wyrmrest Temple), so it was kind of fun to see it through the eyes of some of the major NPCs of Azeroth.The book started out fairly interesting despite some weak writing in parts, and I enjoyed the slow set-up of some of the antagonists. Then, about half-way through the book it became stale and the an [...]

    11. As happens with Golden, I tore through this in a day. Where Knaak tends to drag on a bit too long for my taste Golden keeps excellent pace and I had a hard time putting this book down rather than picking it up. One thing I do like best from Knaak's novels though is Korialstrasz. And the way his death is handled in this book is a major, major problem for me. As much as I liked the book, thinking about Krasus has spoiled the story so much that I almost wish I hadn't read it, or had read it knowing [...]

    12. Christie Golden is an extremely talented fantasy author. In this installment of World of Warcraft supplements, we are on the journey of one of Azeroth's most iconic characters, Thrall. As a character that is rich in lore, this book was an integral part of the Cataclysm and the events that followed her book, The Shattering. Unlike so many of her other books, I found that this was incredibly slow paced and wasn't as gripping as I know that it could have been. This was due in part because of the st [...]

    13. Christie Golden succeeds once again in bringing the world of Azeroth to life in her novelisation of the Hour of Twilight arc in the World of Warcraft lore.This story focuses on the difficult chapter in the history of the Dragon Aspects and their ultimate battle with one of Deathwing's most despicable abominations, the five-headed dragon Chromatus, created solely to destroy the remaining Aspects and bring about the order of the unnatural Twilight dragons.This story is set just after the prelude t [...]

    14. Christie Golden proves again her mastery of solid Warcraft storytelling. While the novel is short and sparse, it feels good to once again wander across the face of Azeroth with Thrall, former warchief of the Horde and now a shaman seeking to heal the world's wounds suffered during the Cataclysm. I cannot recommend this novel to anyone unfamiliar with Warcraft lore. Where one of Thrall's previous headlining novels, Lord of the Clans, could be enjoyed by anyone not familiar with Warcraft, this nov [...]

    15. (Spoilers throughout. Don't read if you haven't finished the book.)I didn't enjoy this book as much as Golden's other WoW novels. To start with, it left me with more questions than answers - for instance, how did a certain human and one of the best blue dragons in the game suddenly turn to the Dark Side Twilight's Hammer and why do they want to watch the world burn? When did Thrall regress from the reasonable, level-headed guy who's always keen to hear everyone out to teenage-grade angst and moo [...]

    16. Thrall could not concentrate on his task beside his shaman friends in Maelstrom, so accepted Ysera's offer to find Nozdormu, the timeless Bronze dragon, and then tried to calm down alexstrasza, the life binder after loss of Kerasus, assuming his betrayal, and also help Blue dragons to replace their aspect (Malygos died in battle with other dragons, because he went crazy and decided to kill all alive being) and finally unite all dragon-flights against the twilight dragons and win the war.He manag [...]

    17. Concerning the time fiction genre There are a few simple rules to follow: 1. Don't do time travel if you don't know what you're doing2. Keep in mind there are very few well-written time travel books.3. If you are a successful writer and you have some doubts that you won't be able to write a time travel novel - don't do it.4. If you are a successful writer, a time travel book could be a certain way to fail. 5. It would be better not to do time travel at all.Time fiction is a very specific and a v [...]

    18. Sometimes I wonder how these World of Warcraft books would hold up if I wasn't already so invested in the lore due to playing the game so much. The story is a bit contrived at times, but that's easy to overlook when you enjoy learning more about what is going on in the world where your game character lives.It's no secret that Chris Metzen is in love with Thrall, and this entire expansion is basically "Thrall's Time to Shine" so of course he's going to be very prominent in the books dealing with [...]

    19. This book lacks almost every quality of good literature. In terms of lore, the story brings nothing to the development of the character Thrall, nor to the development of the history of Azeroth. In fact, it invents complications only to resolve them half-heartedly, leaving uncountable numbers of unsolved plotholes in their wake. The relationships in this book are superficial and unexplored. The only good thing about this are a few of the insights that are revealed, such as that there is only one [...]

    20. I enjoyed this bit of fluff, being an avid WoW player. I have read all of the WoW books and Golden is one of the better writers. Knowing the lore of the vast world of Azeroth makes the story lines of playing the game so much more enjoyable. Understanding why characters do what they do is infinitely more rewarding than just hacking and slashing through the myriad of villains in a dungeons and dragons type world. This story of he Orc Thrall and the flights of the world dragons won't disappoint fan [...]

    21. MehAll things considered it's a good read. In my own opinion the story is a bit wild. Thrall an orc basically becomes Jesus. I mean c'mon

    22. Bookworm Speaks!World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspectsby Christie Golden****Acquired: Barnes and Noble BooksellersSeries: World of Warcraft (Book 9)Hardcover: 336 PagesPublisher: Gallery Books (July 19, 2011)Language: EnglishSubject: Science Fiction and Fantasy ****The Story: When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world. Each of the flights' leaders was imbued with a portion of the titans' vast cosmic powers. Together, [...]

    23. To all the fans of World of Warcraft, you will not be disappointed. The story of one of Azeroth's most beloved characters Go'el son of Durotan and Draka, continues in this extract from the Cataclysm series of events (WoW fans would be familiar). The story follows Shaman and ex-Warchief of the Horde, Go'el aka Thrall on his journey to discovering an inner peace he so desperately needs in order to heal a world fractured by the Cataclysm brought upon by Drathwing, the Dragon Warden of Earth, one of [...]

    24. Simple tale of heroic fantasy. The world of Azeroth is crumbling. The orc shaman Thrall undertakes a quest given to him by Ysera, the green dragon aspect. The quest takes him on a journey to save the world and also himself.The hero worship is over done. Thrall can do no wrong. Even worse, the solutions to every problem are almost nothing to do with Thrall himself. One exception is when Thrall is being a basic psychologist to ancient beings of great power. The simpleness of the advice and resolut [...]

    25. I didn't have a chance to review this book when I finished it because my OS had been shot and I was waiting on the discs to repair it. But it was EXCELLENT!!!A note of disclaimer: I usually don't read a lot of series genre fiction. Call it a personal thing or whatever, I just didn't. I guess I didn't really think they'd be good. Kinda fluffy and whatever. So that's my bias going in. Afterwards, I have to admit a bunch of shame at this original thought. And I'm more open to reading series genre f [...]

    26. This was a really well-written book. It takes some understanding of the Warcraft universe to understand, but it still flows incredibly well. I wasn't a big fan of Thrall because I felt as though the story was just a little disjointed and his internal conflict was thrown in just to add some angst. I particularly enjoyed the Aspects, particularly Ysera and Nozdormu. Both didn't have much screentime, but they did have a very interesting personality and twist on the responsibilities of being an Aspe [...]

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