Christie Golden: War Crimes

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There are likely a number of folks who are going to look at Christie Golden s latest novel entry and write it off as an episode of Law and Order with tauren and dragons in it So let s get a couple things out of the way first Yes the bulk of the book is a courtroom drama focusing on the rosecution and defense interviewing witnesses in the trial of Garrosh Hellscream Most of what doesn t take There Is No I in Church place in the courtroom has to do with the reactions of folks attending the trial and while a goodortion of that is introspection some of it is a little action y rather than Rules Compendium (Babylon 5 Wars, 2nd Edition) purely dramaticThe big thing about this story is that it works Golden sast novels have always focused on the emotional aspects of the focal characters against the backdrop of the conflicts in Azeroth so seeing that be the How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck primary source of the drama in War Crimes is what we ve come to expect from Golden It s also something thatlays Baroque Rococo perfectly into the context of what s going on during a war crimes trial This is very specifically an event takinglace AFTER a war so it s not really the time for battle or big action seuences though without giving anything away some of those moments take Crooked House place anywayThe book also definitively sets up how Garrosh gets into the circumstances we know he ll be in to start off Warlords of Draenor I ll admit that knowing about thatart of the scenario for the expansion does deflate the action of the book a bit Blizzard has already spoiled the Adaptation (Genus: Unknown, part where Garrosh must survive the book in order to set up the expansionHowever knowing that Garrosh survives doesn t make the trial elements of the book aointless exercise everyone involved in the trial regardless of their role sees their relationships with all of the big Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans, players of the Horde and Alliance shift We were told during the later acts of Mists of Pandaria to watch as the Allianceulls together while the Horde tears itself apart that gets turned on its ear in this book since everyone s relationships get strained or shifted during the course of the book Even some of those characters whom you d never expect to change do so in surprising waysOne word of caution if you ve never read any of the Warcraft novels especially the ones written by Golden herself then War Crimes is going to be a little hard to approach Out of all of Golden s works so far this is the one that reuires some familiarity with A Winter Tale (Lake Emerald Chronicles past works in order to get a solid sense of what s going on Golden does a lot of work to summarize what s gone before through exposition but it s too much information to cover to do it justice and for the reader I think that information isretty vital to really get the most out of the characters arcs that everyone goes through during the bookIn order of importance the books you really should read Dedication and Leadership Techniques prior to reading this book are Jaina Proudmoore Tides of War The Shattering Prelude to Cataclysm Rise of the Horde and maybe even Arthas Rise of the Lich King for a good understanding of Jaina s origins and Golden sarticularly romantic take on Arthas and his downfall If you only end up reading Tides of War then that s really the only one that I feel is mission criticalThat being said How Golden draws upon her 神様 [Kamisama] prior works throughout the trial is actuallyretty ingenious I won t go into detail about exactly how that s done but in terms of a work where Golden retty much lays her Greatest Hits album from across the body of her work in the franchise it delivers in a meaningful way If I didn t know any better I d say this feels like Golden s swan song because of much it ties together all of her The Full Experience past worksHere s a uick list of non spoilery stuff to expect in this bookGolden loves Jaina Proudmoore I don t think there s a single character in the franchise that Golden has written about and it s demonstrated here than ever before Anduin and Thrall likely fill out her top threeBTW Thrall really does go by Go el you guysEvery faction leader gets at least a line in this book For some leaders that s all they get but let s be real writing a meaningful story with arcs for over a dozen characters where they all get eual screentime is an unreasonable reuest for a single novelAfter the book is released and folks have had a bit of time to read it I ll have a spoiler rific review up that digs deeper into the meat of the novel But for now here s the bottom lineIf you re a fan of Golden srior Warcraft novels War Crimes will not disappoint 910 stars 1010 if you re a Chromie fanIf you ve never read a Warcraft novel before War Crimes might be a bit confusing 810 stars with the knowledge that this is an atypical storyhttpwwwblizzprocom20140429sp As a world of warcraft nerd this is You Dont Have to Say You Love Me probably the best warcraft novel I ve read I haven t read that many but still It gives face time to all of the racial leaders apart from Blood Elves who were notable absent I mean the guy had a single line but then literally never got mentioned again Very odd for one of the most highlylayed races but oh wellIf you re not into warcraft there s no real reason to read this book and if you know absolutely nothing of warcraft then I imagine this would be highly confusing After the defeat of Garrosh Hellscream he stands trial in a Pandaren court While many are crying out for a swift execution it is the August Celestials who are the jury and will render a verdict after a fair trial has been Voodoo Season performed Meanwhile the Dragonmaw are amassing allies to free Garrosh and the Windrunner sisters are working together to try andoison Garrosh before the final verdict is givenI struggled with this book I ve read most of the Warcraft novels and to this date I d only been disappointed in one When I The Walking Dead Live! picked up this book I really wanted to like it as I Best WoW novel yet It had a wonderful taste of WoW sast with a fascinating examination of the current climate of Aze. Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth of his title as warchief His thirst for conuest devastated cities nearly tore the Horde apart and destroyed countless lives throughout theWORLD OF WARCRAFT® Now on the legendary continent of Pandaria.

Roth and Pandaria We got to see some characters we haven t really had a chance to spend time with and Anduin becomes and someone I like reading about and less that little kid next to Varian in Stormwind The courtroom section of it is tense smart and absolutely gripping this is a must read for WoW Scotty Scotts Guide to Relationships players and I think even non Azerothians will find something to enjoy here I finally got around to reading this and I just have to get it out of the way and say it s amazingWhenever someone asks me for fantasy recommendations I try to remember to recommend the Warcraft series I suppose it helps that I velayed the games all the way back since the beginning of the real time strategy games because it means that I know a lot of the lore and history of the universe and recognize the characters But even without that I think any fantasy lover would enjoy WarcraftIt s just so vast There s than two decades of world building here with lots subplots and histories running deeper than you can imagine Nearly all of it focuses on the conflict between the races of the Horde orcs trolls and tauren among others and the Alliance humans dwarves and elves to name a few It s amazingThis book reads like a fantasy version of 12 Angry Men when the orc and former warchief Garrosh Hellscream is ut on trial for multiple counts of various crimes Both the Horde and Alliance gather to take art in the trial which is led by the Pandaren both to accuse him and to defend him which might turn out to be the difficult taskI ve sinced stopped laying Warcraft for now but the events in this book were some of the last I enjoyed which happen between the end of the Pandaria expansion and the beginning of the Warlords of Draenor and it s amazing to read this as a sort of behind the scenes kind of thingAs Written in Red Ink per usual Golden Christie s writing is amazing By far my favorite Warcraft author not doubt You ll want to keep reading both for the fascinating trial but also for all the intricate character development you experience along the way I think this might be my favorite book after ArthasHighly recommened for any Warcraft or fantasy fan I would start this review with an admission this is a case where I feel Goodreads does its volunteer reviewers a disservice by not offering the ability to use half stars in one s rating Typically I can work around this limitation by rounding up or down depending on my overall feeling of the work in review but here the subtraction or addition of an entire star would be respectively either an insult to the uality of the book or a well intended lie on myartDispensing with that external critiue let me say that War Crimes may well be the best extended universe offering in the Warcraft vein to date Christie Golden takes on a very complex and interwoven set of stories and tackles them all with skill and aplomb I tallied about about 8 concurrent story lines all going at roughly the same time most of them center War Crimes is the thirteenth book in the World of Warcraft novel franchise transitioning us from the Mists of Pandaria expansion to Warlords of Draenor Lore wise this takes Crash Landing (Bear Creek, place after the the Siege of Orgrimmar after the Alliance Horde and Pandaren have united to defeat Garrosh after he hasoisoned the Vale of Eternal Blossoms a Piper place that was not even open to the world until recently Before and After Vale of Eternal Blossoms Credit Tenton HammerAnd this is why the Horde can t have nice thingsWarning Spoilers aheadIt s a bit awkward reviewing a novel for a game franchisearticularly since it can be hard to tell where Golden s influence ends and where the story developers begins in terms of allotting credit good or bad to story decisions For the The Famoux (The Famoux, purposes of this review I will just refer to Christie Golden as the author responsible for the story decisions in the novel Garrosh s Defense The Job That No One Wants This is a World of Warcraft courtroom drama It slayed entirely serious Now either this is awesome and hilarious at once or it s suspension of disbelief breaking I lean toward the former than the latter Does it make sense that Baine Bloodhoof and Tyrande Whisperwind have either the training or formal speech Dragons Gap patterns of a trial lawyer No Does it make sense that Azeroth has any of the legal traditions of a modern Western trial I dunno does it make sense Gnomes can build rocket trains No but we love them anyway Lastly is it fun Yes very much so Which is bizarre because this is about an unrepentant war criminal High fantasy things like keeping the Red Dragon Aspect Alexstrasza as a slave to breed mounts mana bombing Thera and blowing up dissident orcs are treated with all the gravity of their euivalents in real life War Crimes isn t aarody being a straight example of the genre but it might ualify as satire Fictional characters in an absurd but awesome fantasy world taking conduct in war seriously than Earthlings today seem to be doing The Bared for Her Bear (Wylde Bears premise is Garrosh Hellscream much disliked leader of the Horde has been captured by Thrall I will never call him Go el and Varian Wrynn This is of course references events which happened in game I always feel kind of bad for thelayer characters involved in these sorts of in universe climatic battles because they almost never get even referenced You d think they d get a mention now and then like The Heroes of Azeroth assisted them or something Oh well Garrosh committed many crimes during his tenure of Warchief from elevating the orcs above the other races destroying island nation of Thera and worse Both sides want him executed but Varian believed that having tried and found guilty would have a greater effect They thus turn to the Celestials of Pandaria to serve as neutral judges This is an astoundingly bad idea as Sylvanas Best Seller (English Edition) points out since all loving gods are unlikely to deliver a verdict motivated. 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 dragonflightresent shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities For many of those in attendance these glimpses into history force them.

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By The Lone Star Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romances political expediency This book is almost devoid of action and instead focuses on characterization We get Jaina dealing with her continuing PTSD albeit a violent form than in real life Anduin trying to understand the monstrous activities of Garrosh so he can offer him solace as ariest and Vereesa Windrunner s simmering desire for revenge against her husband s killer We also have a nice little bit of characterization from Sylvanas who has been see sawing between good and evil for awhile now I especially liked the take of the book on her which is that Sylvanas is kinda sorta evil but really mostly insane now Some might see it as a cop out that Sylvanas is mentally ill but I think Christie Golden does an excellent job of illustrating just how twisted her thinking has become I won t spoil the ending but her redemption seems further away than ever How does redeem someone who has come to the conclusion it is better to be a monster Even if the transformation is against your will I think that s an appropriate uestion to ask as art of what makes Sylvanas so interesting is she s not just misunderstood but filled with spite and hatred from her eyes down to her toes Whether she can recover from her current state or not is anyone s guess but I d love to see a Windrunner novel from the author I m kind of iffy on some of the characterization Jaina Proudmoore s sudden turn toward warmonger never uite sat right with me because while the destruction of your homeland would set ANYONE on a roaring rampage of revenge the fact is that she s survived it twice before Jaina was neck deep in the zombie genocide of Lordaeron and the destruction of Dalaran in Warcraft III Reign of Chaos Jaina Proudmoore was never naive but a hardened iece of steel willing to do anything for Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, peace She s closer to Princess Leia meets Rick Grimes than the characterresented here I think Then again clearly To Protect His Mate (Wolfe Brothers, people should be listening to my fanboy interpretations over the who has helped develop this character better than anyone Hehe Still mostly this book does very well in establishing why the Horde and the Alliance has suchroblems reconciling Thrall stands by his decision to appoint Garrosh as Warchief because he s showing he accepts responsibility for his choices He has a very Orcish attitude that you don t wring your hands about the Star Wars Rogue Squadron II Rogue Leader Instruction booklet past but move forward To the Alliance in the audience however he may come off as self justifying Cultural differences are a serious hurdle for both sides to overcome Garrosh himself may feel all manner of horrible feelings about his actions but he is so much of aroud warrior to ever admit it He d rather go down in history as a hated villain than a broken man I regret this book never got into the head of Garrosh Hellscream I would have been glad to have a Boom point of view which finally gave us just what the hell he was thinking half the time I suppose that would defeat theurpose of the book however which is to analyze how a monster s actions may be interpreted by others Still I hope we get a resolution in book form This is too complicated a character to be resolved with a simple raid boss fight In conclusion I recommend War Crimes If you can get over the somewhat surreal use of kings ueens and warlords as lawyers in a Hague style situation then it has a lot to go for it Others may find Jaina Proudmoore s characterization or others to be grating I trust Christie Golden however and am looking forward to the seuel85 Executive Summary I think your enjoyment of this book will largely depend on how much you like and know about the Warcraft loreAudio book Scott Brick is a fine narrator but nothing really special He seems to do accents for the trolls and a few other races but for the most art he doesn t really add much to the story like my favorite narrators seem to Full Review I m a recovering World of Warcraft addict I ve been clean for about a year since my guild s raids fell apart I layed a good Good Morning, Buddha portion of Mists of Pandaria but didn t finish the last tier or two of raidingI knew enough background to know all the majorlayers and that Garrosh Hellscream was the expansion boss this go around I didn t really know any of the details of how it all Personal Delivery played out however I can t speak to how much of this book is in the gameWarcraft has always been one of my favorites games because I loved the big name characters and the lore they ve built up It doesn t always make sense but it s usually a whole lot of funThis book is full of all the majorlayers from both factions and everyone is angry I ve La Viña de Naboth ,Tomo I probablylayed Alliance than Horde over the years but I still like Horde better Thrall is Gettysburgs Battlefield Photographer-William H Tipton probably my favorite character of the series and I was really annoyed when he stepped down as Warchief However as an Alliancelayer I enjoyed being able to work with him on uests in Cataclysm I found myself really not liking many of the Alliance characters in this book In Husband In Training particular Tyrande Whisperwind As my main character is a Night Elf I wasretty disappointed with her I found myself rooting for Baine Bloodhoof and missing my Tauren druid insteadI liked the notion of a trial and the involvement of the Bronze Dragons to Live Wire (Elite Ops, present key moments in Warcraft lore not only for the current expansion but back events involving the history of the OrcsOverall I found this book a lot enjoyable than Vol jin Shadows of the Horde I think this is one that Warcraftlayers will enjoy but that Words of Radiance, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive probably won t offer much to everyone elseIf the goal of this book was to get the reader to want tolay the game they succeeded I was already Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, planning onicking up the next expansion and laying again for awhile but now I m itching to maybe try to do the raid that serves as background for this so Mission Accomplished Blizzard Vol jin Shadows of the Horde World of Warcraft 12 Michael A Stackpole. To relive ainful memories and even uestion 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 tria.

Award winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction fantasy and horror She has over a million books in print2009 will see no fewer than three novels published First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel Athas Rise of the Lich King This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover Fans of the youn