This review of World of Warcraft: Stormage is of the spoiler-free variety. We’ll discuss the deeper meaning of the book in a follow-up post(s).
It’s no secret that Richard A. Knaak is not my favorite writer in the extended universe of Warcraft. The man has penned numerous books for Blizzard, across all their franchises, and has had characters he created become integral parts of World of Warcraft. I’ve enjoyed his story arcs, but balked at his dialog, characters and — here’s the clincher — his lack of understanding the universe he’s contributing to.
When I found out that he’d be tackling World of Warcraft: Stormrage, a book about Malfurion Stormrage (the most famous druid in the universe), I was excited and terrified. On the one hand, it’d be difficult for Knaak to bring in his pet characters to a book about Malfurion Stormrage. But on the other, he could turn Malfurion into an annoying twit just as easily. With much trepidation, I cracked open the second hardcover WoW novelization and dove in.
Hit the jump to see how my swim went. Read more…