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
Customer ReviewsSee All
Very well-written and surprisingly powerful.
If you told me that a book could span the breadth of the Warcraft universe and develop the key characters in the story, I wouldn't have believed you.
And I would have been (un)dead wrong.
Beautifully writen, with scenes that actually brought me to tears, this book will connect you to the heroes and villians that lead the charge into Battle for Azeroth. I hope to see you all there!
For the Alliance!
Shallow and disappointing especially for the Horde..
This book adds nothing new to the WoW lore, and goes straight against some. Sylvanas is portrayed like a crazy tyrant, and most of the book is drivel about two weak Alliance characters. There's also some weird relationship between a goblin and gnome that's just dumb. Pass on this book and read the lore online. You'll learn nothing about BFA by reading this trash.
Decent but slow to start
Decent but slow to start