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THE BRUTAL SIEGE OF ORGRIMMAR IS OVER.
Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief. His thirst for conquest devastated cities, nearly tore the Horde apart, and destroyed countless lives throughout the... WORLD OF WARCRAFT
Now, on the legendary continent of Pandaria, he will stand trial for his transgressions.
Renowned leaders from across the world have gathered to witness this historic event. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. For many of those in attendance, these glimpses into history force them to relive painful memories and even question their own innocence or guilt. For others, the chilling details stoke the flames of their hatred.
Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice…but also the lives of everyone at the trial.
Written by: Christie Golden
- A treat for fans of World of Warcraft's many charactersReview by Zachary
WAR CRIMES brings together a massive cast of characters, delving into their minds in a way the game rarely affords players. Set during the trial of Garrosh Hellscream, the novel depicts events following the WoW expansion Mists of Pandaria. Instead of telling events exclusively from Garrosh's point of view, the novel delves into the minds of the many characters he has affected. As emotions run high and the success of the trial’s legal proceedings is threatened, beloved characters act in morally ambiguous ways while others are placed in tense and difficult situations.
Essentially it plays out like a fantasy version of Law & Order. Lacking in typical WoW action and dwelling on drama, this form of storytelling is a one-off that won't fully entertain all readers. Fortunately, while I was disappointed in the quality of Christie Golden's writing in Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, she meets the challenge of writing this political drama with success. Golden has clearly improved as a writer, creating a work that has substance and lives up to its premise. There's also no denying she knows her WoW characters and lore. WAR CRIMES delivers unexpected character beats that develop characters from the game in meaningful ways.
This is a fitting conclusion to the events of Mists of Pandaria that rewards readers and players alike for following the story and its myriad character arcs. (Posted on 6/19/15)