Too busy to read World of Warcraft: Stormage yourself? Then you’ve come to the right place. Unlike the proper review, this installment of TL:DR brings you the important events of Knaak’s best Warcraft novel to date.
As close to the Emerald Dream as we've come.
Stormrage is about the Emerald Dream/Nightmare from start to finish. Knaak painstakingly introduces us to the world, the characters he’s going to use, and this other realm during the first half of the book. It’s slow going, but the time lets us realize that Malfurion isn’t just trapped in the Nightmare. He’s being used by Xavius, Queen Azshara’s former second-in-command, to strengthen the Nightmare while Xavius attempts to bind the mortal plane with the dreamworld. Xavius uses this opportunity to toy with Malfurion, attacking him psychologically and morphing his dream form into a gnarled tree, much like Xavius’ new guise.
In the mortal plane, Tyrande, Broll and a pair of newcomers fight against an encroaching slumber. Those that succumb end up joining its nightmarish ranks, much like the Scourge and its plague. After fruitlessly battling the apparitions, the group stumbles upon Eranikus and launches a daring rescue attempt – One that sends their mortal bodies into the Emerald Nightmare after Malfurion. Eventually, the archdruid is freed. And the second half begins.
Thanks to the thick plot and exhaustive description early, Knaak uses the second portion to unleash the action. We discover that Fandral Staghelm, the druid in charge during Malfurion’s nap time, and Remulos have been corrupted by the Nightmare Lord. Staghelm, in turn, corrupts Teldrassil, further increasing his master’s power. Remulos distracts Malfurion until the druid sees through the plot. The force of Malfurion, Tyrande, Broxigar’s axe, Eranikus (who dies), Broll’s ascension and Ysera barely overcame Xavius and his master’s plan.
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Malfurion Stormrage is to be a major character in Cataclysm and returns to lead the Cenarion Circle.