NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment’s next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft videogame.
Azeroth is dying.
The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.
For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.
As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.
For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.
Praise for Before the Storm
“This is easily the best book in the World of Warcraft series, and I don’t say that lightly. . . . It’s so much more than a tie-in novel. . . . It’s a beautiful book.”—Blizzard Watch
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I would expect nothing less from a master like Christie Golden, fantastic! However, I really wish Scott Brick had done the narration... otherwise it was great and left me hungry for more. I can’t wait for the expansion to see how things play out! Don’t get me wrong, Josh Keaton does a great job, I just like the familiar World of Warcraft sound/voices of Scott Brick.
Before the Storm
This book is NOT about Anduin. He is, of course, a major player, but there's just about as much in the story about Sylvanas and most importantly, it is a very interesting perspective into the Forsaken race, the way they are perceived by other races within Azeroth, and their underlying thoughts and desires regarding the fate that has befallen them. With the pre-patch quests into Silithus live in the game now we are already touching on the Goblin and Azurite part of the expansion story and this is briefly visited in Golden's book. I'd recommend this story for anyone looking into the new xpac of WoW and especially those who haven't payed much attention to the lore of the Forsaken, Undercity and the heart of Sylvanas Windrunner.
Book is miss titled. Should be Anduin: How the little lion whines.
Disappointed that the book is 80% about Anduin. If I knew that going in then I would not have purchased. Also gives no story as to the lead up to Battle For Azeroth.