I’ve been sitting on this one for a few days, in part because my wife was still reading the book. I wanted the chance to talk about it before posting this, simply because more than one perspective is a good thing. That said, it’s two thumbs up for this book.
I had the fortunate distinction of getting Prelude To Cataclysm as a Christmas gift from my son. I waited a couple of days until I knew I had some time to delve into it. Not surprisingly, I read the whole thing in relative short order.
I’ll keep things spoiler free for those who haven’t read it yet, but I can tell you the story revolves around Thrall, Prince Anduin, Cairne Bloodhoof, Garrosh Hellscream and the Bronzebeards. Granted, if you’re even playing the game at this point you have a good idea where things have gone with a number of these characters. For me, I knew going into it where these characters were in-game. What I wanted to know was the meat and potatoes of how they come to these points and honestly the one that surprised me most was Garrosh. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like him much but I do give him a touch more credit and there’s less loathing than before because I realize he actually isn’t responsible for the death of a character I was fond of.
Speaking of deaths, since Cataclysm is a month in now (close enough), it’s suffice to say Magni Bronzebeard is not at the helm in Ironforge anymore. I was surprised that what happened to him just kind of…well, happened. It was very anti-climactic. His remembrance was bloody brilliant, though. It’s exactly what I expected it should be.
The book doesn’t go quite into detail on a couple of things that I would’ve liked more information on, but that might come from in-game events or quests for all I know at this point. I will say that Christie Golden does an incredible job of capturing the essence of characters we’ve come to grow and build emotional attachments with. She also weaves together an excellent story. It really fills in some gaps on what happened between the Lich King’s fall and Deathwing’s escape, while doing an amazing job of pulling in the aspects of the Shaman class. After reading this, you certainly understand their roll in Azeroth and how their powers work. If you’re a lore fan at all, I definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy of The Shattering: Prelude To Cataclysm.