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, including her own sister, Alleria, 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’s whereabouts.
The Horde now stands at a crossroads. The various factions form a council, leaving the mantle of warchief to rest. Thrall, Lor’themar Theron, Baine Bloodhoof, First Arcanist Thalyssra, and many other familiar faces rise to this new challenge. 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.
Meanwhile, Nathanos Blightcaller and Sira Moonwarden have been tasked by the Dark Lady with a terrifying gambit: to kill the troll loa of death himself, Bwonsamdi.
As Zekhan and Talanji work to save Bwonsamdi, their journey will be a key turning point in bolstering the Horde against the coming darkness and finding themselves along the way. Failure to save their allies and the trickster god will surely doom them—but through success, they may rediscover what makes the Horde strong.
Perfect Setup for a New Expansion
This book is absolutely wonderful. It’s basically canonical fan fiction and I absolutely love it.
The author portrays the characters exactly as I imagine them. Also the way that she plants the little seeds of foreshadowing for Shadowlands makes my little writer heart so inspired.
The only real gripe I have with this book is that I just wanted more!
Highly recommend for any fan of the Warcraft universe as this is a great addition!
I had just bought the book when I saw the author’s comments on “white males” on Twitter and then she proceeded to deny the comments were real, even photoshopped, even after they were verified by archived posts. Clearly a lie. She dedicated her book to passionate Warcraft players, which I find interesting considering they are predominately white males. I sincerely hope Blizzard reevaluates allowing this author to write for them in the future. I’m a Warcraft fan, but can no longer support this.
Honestly a breath of fresh air to welcome in the new expansion. Madeleine Roux absolutely handles the story and characters with such grace and care, Susan Wokoma is a fantastic narrator and does an awesome job! Highly recommend every WoW player to check this out before Shadowlands releases, or after, either time is a great time for this book!