Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Land Will Weep . . And The World Will Break

As many of you know, I LOVE World of Warcraft. When I first played WOW, it was on a Friday evening. The next time I looked up, it was early Saturday morning. Since that time, I have loved and hated characters, explored ancient lands with wide eyes, and killed many, many enemies. Not to mention create a lot of Blood Elf characters. Glory to the Sin'Dorei!

However, I will admit that to date, I have not played the latest expansion - LEGION - for a myriad of reasons, and that I haven't played in several months. Something about writing books and making tea blends. So, it was a special treat for me to return to Azeroth through Christie Golden's book, The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. For those of you who don't play WOW, Cataclysm is the event when Deathwing, a dragon of terrifying existence, escaped his prison and returned to Azeroth with destruction in mind. In fact, thanks to him in the game, Azeroth was forever changed after he broke free - many of the lands changed into something remotely like their former selves. There was even a goal that involved Deathwing killing you for no reason. The only "warning" you had would be that the land under you would suddenly turn red, followed by fire and death and a note claiming that you achieved that goal. Um, right . . .

The Shattering, however, tells of the events that took place BEFORE Deathwing's escape, affecting both the Alliance (good guys) and the Horde (bad guys). I won't go into the plot yet I will state that Golden has a way of telling a story that you already know and making it her own. She is quite gifted when it comes to storytelling; the first time I ever read her work was when I discovered the Ravenloft series - Vampire of the Mists was AWESOME.  About a third of the way in of The Shattering, I realized that I had read the book before, yet that did not lessen my enjoyment of it. It was simply great to be in Azeroth again. If you are interested in playing WOW, this is a great book to read to familiarize yourself with some of the most well known characters in the game - King Varian of Stormwind and his son Anduin; Jaina Proudmoore and her "friendship" with Thrall, the leader of the Horde who is also a mighty shaman; Garrosh Hellscream, the leader of the Horde who is courageous, fearless, and quite brash and dangerous. Plus, The Shattering also delves into many of the lands of Azeroth; Golden makes you feel as though these lands are real and can be visited at any time via zeppelin or boat, or even the Deeprun Tram! She is also a delight to meet, as I was overjoyed to meet her at MidSouth Con this year!

Looking forward to reading War Crimes very soon, yet I received a message to return to Mid World. Seems Roland and his Ka-Tet need me to find the Dark Tower.


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