Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Illidan: World of Warcraft - William King (Book review)

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Behind the legend stands a being hungry for justice and vengeance as the adventure, intrigue, and heroism of World of Warcraft, the global phenomenon, rise to a new level.

You are not prepared.

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few—and trusted by even fewer. Illidan’s righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

Long ago, the night elf sorcerer Illidan infiltrated the demonic Burning Legion to ward off its invasion of Azeroth. Instead of hailing him as a hero, his own kind branded him the Betrayer, questioning his intentions after he appeared to aid the demon lords. For ten thousand years, he languished in prison—vilified, isolated, but never forgetting his purpose.

Now the Legion has returned, and there is only one champion who can truly stand against it. Released from his bonds, Illidan prepares for the final confrontation in the alien realm of Outland, gathering an army of grotesque fel orcs, serpentine naga, cunning blood elves, and twisted demon hunters to his side. He alone knows what deeply hidden motives guide his hand; he alone understands the price that must be paid to defeat the enemies of creation. Yet as before, he is assailed by those who see his schemes as a cynical quest for power, including the night elf Maiev Shadowsong, his former jailor. Warden Shadowsong and her Watchers have pursued the Betrayer to Outland to exact retribution for his crimes, and she will not rest until Illidan is in her custody . . . or in his grave.

My Thoughts
As a fan of World of Warcraft I was happy to get my hands on Illidan, and it is easy to see why this book is released now. This book does explain the first expansion The Burning Crusade but from more another perspective and it is the start of Legion, who soon will be released.

The story itself is very interesting and is focused on Illidan and the fight to recapture The Betrayer. It was great to see Maiv and Akama and their part and vision on Illidan along side with himself and everything he has been working on. Sometimes on the other hand, I felt it was more about Maiv and not as much about Illidan, even if it was her crusade. This made me loose interest in the book and this parts is, according to me, not as necessary for the story as you may think. They really dont tell you anything and it is a lot of repetition about Maiv and how obsessed about Illidan she is and how she hates how everyone not want to help her. It is good to some part but it is to much for me in the book.

The language and word use is sometimes a bit awkward and weird. It sometimes felt like the author didnt really know how to drive the story and use the language to drive it on its own.

If you dont know anything about World of Warcraft and haven't played the game, then you shouldn't really read this book because it is really written for fans and fans who has knowledge from games and other books in the lore. This is not a good high fantasy book as it is and not the best in the books written with World of Warcraft in focus but I still enjoyed the book and the second part was much better even if there is plenty of loose thread that could have been better. If you like World or Warcraft and want some background reading before Legion, then this is a good book for you but to get the full story about Illidan you have to look at other books. This start with him being freed after ten thousand years in imprisonment and ends where Legion is about to start.

Overall I enjoyed the book and I dont regret buying or reading it. it is a must for WoW lovers.

MATRONLY DUTY by Melissa Kendall (Release Boos)


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Friday, 8 July 2016

Blood of the King by Bruce Blake (book review)

I got my hands on this amazing fantasy book so here is the review for it

A kingdom torn by war. A curse whispered by dying lips. A hero born against his will.

Khirro never wanted to be anything more than the farmer he was born to be, but a Shaman's curse binds him to the fallen king and his life changes forever.

Driven by the Shaman's dying words, Khirro's journey pits him against an army of the dead, sends him through haunted lands, and thrusts him into the jaws of beasts he wouldn't have believed existed. In one hand he carries the Shaman's enchanted sword, a weapon he can barely use; in the other he holds a vial of the king's blood, the hope of the kingdom. His destination: the Necromancer's keep in the cursed land of Lakesh. Only the mysterious outlaw magician can raise the king from the dead to save them all from the undead invasion, but can Khirro live long enough to deliver the vial?

Can a coward save a kingdom?

My Thoughts
I love good written epic fantasy and it can be hard to find a fantasy book that pulls you in and is well written and well developed. "Blood of the King" is one of the best new fantas books I have read in a very long time. As a reader you get pulled in from first page you are stuck until the very last page and there you feel like you want more, you need more.

The writing style is very nice and works good for this story and the writing style and the language helps to pull the book and the story forward and helps to deepend the story. A lot of modern fantasy uses a easy langauge when trying to build a plot and do not deepend the story or the language and it ends up with something not enjoyable. This book has a very well developed language where the author is not affraid to use the language to deepend the story. This kind of language who drives the story and is deep and evolved is something you see in older, greater fantasy and I am so happy to have found a book and soon a series that is new and so good and developed.

The characters in the book is typical and still uniqueue. They are there for a reason and drives the story in a good way. They are not cliche and even if thier roll in the story isnt always clear, it is easy to understand they, in some way is important even if it is just for a short time. I like the character development in the story and how we are readers get to know the characters.

In the end, this story is truly amazing and I really loved reading it. It is a fresh hardcore epic fantasy book that is one of the best new once I have read in a very long time. It has helped me to have hope for the modern fantasy specially when it comes to modern epic fantasy that is written for adults. This is truly a must read and a must have for all fantasy lovers.

Blood of the King by Bruce Blake (Release Tour)

Wulkin Legacy by T.F. Walsh (promo tour)