Absolutely correct. I like Golden, but with Shadows Rising, Roux knocked it out of the park in terms of fan-service and character development (although I wished for another outcome in SL with Anduin especially bc of that)
It was a great novel to read tbh, not sure what it will be competing with, but it was good.
Funny how all of that went down the drain in the recent Elune cinematic. Blizz puts in all this work ( and this work was recent ) and then trashes it and blindsides us with... well what we have now.
I hated so much of BfA’s story, but Roux did a good job and deserves this.Unlike many/most narrative devs at Blizzard, she isn’t oblivious to the issues or tone deaf in her delivery.She even “fixed” the Void Elves of BfA - in BfA, the Void Elves committed horrible war crimes that put them on a scale comparable to the Forsaken. But the narrative of questing treated these actions as “good”, I guess because they’re pretty? I don’t know, WoW’s writers are awful. But in Shadow’s Rising, the Void Elves aren’t even half as bad as they were in game, but Roux had the decency to have characters watching them go “Wait, what the hell is wrong with these people?” and call them out on it.
It's fan nominated, not by critics, so I don't take this very seriously. Book wasn't anything special IMO. Didn't really impress me the way Rise of the Horde, War Crimes or Tides of War did.
At any rate, congratulations to Madeleine Roux. I've never read any of the WoW novels, but a lot of the stuff I've seen regarding her work is that she's a good author with a good sense of how the WoW universe and its characters work.
I am an avid fantasy reader and have been since I was a child and way before I ever picked up any WoW books. This one was pretty bad both as a stand-alone fantasy novel as well as a WoW lore book. I legitimately struggled to finish it because the plot was very thin and the characters one dimensional and in many cases woefully underdeveloped with the author obviously relying on the years of established lore to do the heavy lifting for her. The assumption that the reader had played through BfA was also looming through the entire book which is never a good thing in my opinion. The prose was good but that’s about the only praise I can give and just because I like to end on a positive note.
A lot of people are being negative here for their political view on Roux. This novel is definitely one of the best out there. And did someone mentioned critics? I mean who the heck are they? These kind of novels doesn't need critics because they have no idea about a single character.
The first wow book I've read and I loved it.... I still love that line from Tyrande about the kids, ash, vengeance.
For a tie in it's passable. If it was a standalone it would be terrible. Relying on peoples familiarity with the world indicates that you have failed to paint an accurate picture.There's nothing particularly ground-breaking in WoW universe, and you shouldn't really need to rely on the game to tell your story I think is the point the other person is trying to make. No one expects them to have an anthology of all the existing lore but the author did lean pretty heavily on just elaborating on already established characters, which is kind of lazy.I thought the book was ok, nothing special. Cleaning up after BFA was always going to be a hardsell but I honestly can't remember much interesting from it. I remember several scenes in War Crimes as comparison where characterisation was just much better, though they did have better characters to work with.
could have been a CG book, thank goodness
Strange considering how little of the events of the book are referenced in game and if you didn't read it you did not miss any developments. Well I guess that is a step up from important lore events being left out of the game yet being referenced considerably a la Garrosh's Trial or the Gathering.
Wow... I have tried to read this book 3 times now and I just cant get past how bad its written and how angry(?) all the characters feel. It really is one of the worst WoW related books I have read
That is really sad, the book is not a good book in and of itself.So either other books about media is just really amazingly bad or this is not deserved at all.And this book is spesifically made to have little to no impact on the game according to the author themselves and blizzard.The others in the category is: Penitent by Dan Abnett MacGyver: Meltdown by Eric Kelley, Lee Zlotoff Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy by Timothy Zahn
Really appreciated the interior PoV on the very story-relevant self-labeling of the antagonist as a monster because she can't have children. Quality stuff.