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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.

Praise for Illidan
 
“William King kicks off a great story with Illidan.” BlizzPro
 
“For many people, new and old players alike, this book will be an eye-opening journey.” All Things Azeroth
 
“I enjoyed World of Warcraft: Illidan a great deal.” BlizzPlanet
 
“Damn fun . . . There’s virtually never a dull moment in Illidan.” Cinelinx

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“William King kicks off a great story with Illidan.” BlizzPro
 
“For many people, new and old players alike, this book will be an eye-opening journey.” All Things Azeroth
 
“I enjoyed World of Warcraft: Illidan a great deal.” BlizzPlanet
 
“Damn fun . . . There’s virtually never a dull moment in Illidan.” Cinelinx

About the Author

William King is the author of more than twenty novels, an Origins Award–winning game designer, and a husband, father, and player of MMOs. His short stories have appeared in Interzone and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection. His Warhammer books have sold almost a million copies in English and been translated into eight languages. His novel Blood of Aenarion was shortlisted for the 2012 David Gemmell Legend Award.

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Chapter One

Four Years Before the Fall

Green meteors ripped through the dark clouds that perpetually obscured the heavens over Shadowmoon Valley. The ground shook as the monstrously ornate demonic siege engines on the walls of the Black Temple rained death down on the blood elf forces of Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider, strewing the red earth of Outland with their corpses. Despite their losses, the elves pushed forward, determined to take the citadel of Magtheridon, lord of Outland, the Burning Legion’s satrap in this shattered world.

Illidan paused for a moment and studied the Black Temple. To inexperienced eyes, the defenses might look immeasurably strong, but he saw that they had been neglected. There were too few sentries for the span of the towering walls, the warding spells were starting to unravel, and the metal struts of the gates were stained with rust and verdigris. The defenders responded slowly, as if they could not quite believe they were being assaulted by a force so much smaller than their own. Perhaps they expected to be relieved by demonic allies. If so, they were doomed to disappointment. Illidan and his companions had spent the whole long, hot Outland day sealing the gates through which the demons were summoned. No aid was coming from that source.

Illidan glanced over at Prince Kael’thas. “Magtheridon has grown strong over the years, but he has had few real foes to contend with. He has become decadent and complacent. The boisterous cur cannot match our cunning or our will.”

The tall, fair blood elf prince looked up at him. The fierce joy of combat blazed in his eyes. “This will be a glorious battle, master. Though Magtheridon’s forces vastly outnumber ours, your soldiers are prepared to fight to the end.”

Illidan hoped that would not prove necessary. He needed to seize the Black Temple and mastery of Outland quickly if he was to make himself secure against the vengeance of the demon lord Kil’jaeden. Kil’jaeden had set Illidan a task after he rejoined the Burning Legion—­to destroy the Frozen Throne and hence eliminate a rebellious servant—­and he had not completed it. The Deceiver did not reward failure. Illidan believed that closing the demonic portals could thwart Kil’jaeden’s attempts to locate him. Winning this fortress would give him a stronger base of operations for keeping the portals closed.

An elven sorcerer raised his hand and sent a bolt of arcane energy lancing toward the walls. Badly maintained or not, the defenses were enough to prevent it from striking the siege engine. A ball of fire arced down toward the mage, gouging the blood-­red earth as the defenders sought his range. A company of Kael’thas’s soldiers raced past en route to the shelter of the walls.

Illidan clenched his fists as he sensed the demons within the temple. Here in the foreign world of Outland, he felt the temptation of demonic magic even more strongly than usual, especially after he had consumed the potency within the Skull of Gul’dan. The surge of evil energy from that artifact had transformed him, changing both his physical form and the depth of his power, but it had put him off balance for months. He flexed his newly gained demonic wings, earning a concerned glance from Prince Kael’thas. Illidan took a deep breath and forced himself to be calm.

It was a long, strange road that had brought him to this pass. Since Tyrande had freed him, he had seen the overthrow of the Burning Legion on his homeworld of Azeroth, made a pact with a demon lord, and fled to Outland to evade his enemies, both night elven and demonic. He had been recaptured by his old nemesis, Maiev, and then freed by his allies, the young prince Kael’thas—­whose allegiance Illidan had earned by pledging to help the blood elves sate their addiction to magic—­and Lady Vashj, a leader of the naga. Now he found himself scheming to overthrow the pit lord who ruled this shattered world in the name of the Burning Legion.

Kael’thas stared at him, expecting an answer to his promise of loyalty. Illidan said, “I am pleased by your people’s zeal, young Kael. Their spirits and powers have been honed in this harsh wilderness. Their courage alone may be enough to—­”

“Lord Illidan, new arrivals come to greet you.” The voice of Lady Vashj cut him off as she slithered into view. Great bands of muscle pulsed and bulged as she moved, twisting the coils of her lower body. Her oddly beautiful face, reminiscent of a night elf’s, contrasted with the horror of her serpentine form.

Illidan turned to look in the direction she indicated. A pack of monstrous figures lumbered into view. Illidan recognized them at once. They were Broken, corrupted and devolved former members of the draenei race who had inhabited Draenor before it was shattered into Outland. They, too, were part of Illidan’s coalition, bound to him by promises of aid against their common enemy, Magtheridon.

The Broken were hulking, ungraceful monsters, bearing primitive weapons in their huge hands. Illidan’s mystical senses detected that more of them were nearby, potent magic concealing them from those who lacked his spectral sight.

One of the Broken, even more massive and twisted of form than the rest, limped forward on hoofed feet. “We have fought the orcs and their demon masters for generations,” the figure said. His voice rasped from within his chest. It seemed to pain him to speak. “Now, at last, we will end their curse forever. We are yours to command, Lord Illidan.”

It was Akama, leader of the Broken. He was not a reassuring figure. Fangs jutted up from his lower jaw. Tentacles writhed out from the bottom half of his face.

“You have arrived just in time,” said Illidan. “Those machines on the walls must be silenced, and the gate must be opened.”

Akama nodded and gestured. The near-­invisible Broken swarmed forward across the open ground and clambered up the walls of the Black Temple. A small force of blood elves and naga took shelter against the monstrous fortifications, beneath the firing arcs of the demonic engines. Illidan, Kael’thas, and Lady Vashj moved to join them, along with Akama and his bodyguards.

Once again, the so-­called lord of Outland’s overconfidence was revealed. A properly prepared fortress would have vats of boiling oil or alchemical fire ready to pour down on attackers. The defenders did nothing. Long minutes ticked by. This close to the walls, Illidan could hear the hum of the magical generators that powered the demonic war machines.

Suddenly the sounds of combat came from within the walls, and the great gates of the Black Temple swung open. Akama and his bodyguards raced forward to join the fray. Explosions sounded as the Broken destroyed the generators, and the war machines on the walls fell silent. The main bulk of the naga and blood elf force advanced toward the gate once more.

Akama returned, hideous face jubilant. He had waited a long time for this day. Illidan smiled and said, “As I promised, your people shall have their vengeance, Akama. By night’s end, we will all be drunk with it. Vashj, Kael, give the final order to strike. The hour of wrath has come!”

Through the open gates, Illidan could see a vast courtyard stacked high with bones. Red-­skinned fel orcs milled around in confusion as their leaders bellowed commands and tried to get them into some semblance of order to repel the invaders.

Within the Black Temple, there were probably ten fel orcs for every one of Illidan’s troops. Each had been twisted by foul magic into something far stronger and fiercer than a normal orc. It counted for nothing now. Illidan’s forces swept into the courtyard, a tight wedge that cleaved through their disorganized enemy as easily as their blades sliced orcish flesh.

Illidan plunged his talons into the chest of a fel orc. Bone crunched as he closed his fingers and ripped open a cavity to pull the heart free. The fel orc roared and lunged forward, jaws snapping in an attempt to tear out Illidan’s throat even as the creature died.

Illidan raised the corpse above his head and tossed it into the onrushing squad of red-­skinned defenders. Its weight bowled them over, sending them tumbling to the ground. He leapt amid them, freeing his warglaives from their sheaths. He lashed out, striking to left and right with irresistible force. His enemies fell, decapitated, limbless, mutilated. Blood covered him. He licked it from his lips and moved forward, slashing and slicing as he went.

All around, the dying screamed. Magic thundered as Prince Kael’thas and Lady Vashj unleashed their spells. Illidan was tempted to do so himself, but he wanted to preserve his strength for the final conflict with Magtheridon.

Part of him took pleasure in the clash of arms. There was nothing quite like shedding the blood of your foes with your own hands. Deep within him, the chained demon part of his nature enjoyed feeding this way.

The fel orcs fought well, but they were no match for Illidan and his comrades. The naga were much larger and more physically powerful. They wrapped their enemies within their serpentine coils and squeezed the life out of them.

The blood elves were masters of sorcery and swords. They might not be as strong as the fel orcs, but they were faster and more agile, and bonds of loyalty stronger than life itself drove them to defend their prince.

The Broken fought with the determination of a people driven to free their homeland from the grip of demons. The howls of dying fel orcs rose to the heavens in protest as they dropped before the hungry blades of their enemies. Within minutes the courtyard was cleared, the fel orcs were routed, and the way into the Black Temple’s inner citadel and Magtheridon’s chambers lay open.

“Victory is ours,” said Akama. “The Temple of Karabor will belong to my people once again.”

“The temple will be returned to your people,” Illidan said. He replaced his warglaives in their sheaths. “In good time.” It was true. He fully intended to give back the Black Temple to the Broken. Once he had achieved his goals.

Akama looked at him with rheumy eyes. He interlaced his stubby fingers and bobbed his head, his need to believe etched on his face. The Temple of Karabor had been the most sacred site of his people before Magtheridon’s desecration turned it into the Black Temple. Illidan sensed it had a deep personal significance to the Broken himself. That was a string that could be tugged to make him dance, if the need arose. Not that what Akama wanted counted for anything. Illidan’s purpose far outweighed the desires of any Broken. He had planned too long to let scruples stand in his way.

“When we overcome the pit lord, most of his fel orc lieutenants will support us,” Illidan said. “They follow the strongest, and we will have shown that their faith in Magtheridon was misplaced. Such summoned demons as remain within the temple will be bound in fealty to me, or they will die their final death.”

Vashj nodded. “Cut off the head and the body falls,” she said.

“You will slay Magtheridon, Lord?” Akama asked.

Illidan allowed himself a cruel smile. “We shall do much worse than that,” he said.

“And what would that be?” Akama spoke slowly. Illidan heard the doubt in his voice. Clearly, Akama had reservations about what they were doing.

“You will need to wait and see,” Illidan said.

“As you wish, Lord,” Akama said. “So shall it be.”

“Then let us be about our business,” said Illidan. “We have a world to conquer.”

The doorway to the throne room slid open. The stench of demon assaulted Illidan’s nostrils. Flames leapt around Magtheridon’s throne of bones. The pit lord loomed more than five times the height of a blood elf, a centaur-­like creature with two arms and a quadruped lower half, as massive as a dragon. Magtheridon’s legs were like the columns supporting the roof of some ancient temple. They lifted his underbelly so high that an elf could walk beneath it. In one huge hand, he held a glaive as long as the mast of an oceangoing ship, weighty as a battering ram. Flanking him were two gigantic, batwinged doomguard, each almost as tall as their master, and a force of lesser demons. Illidan sensed their power and their hostility.

The pit lord turned his burning eyes upon Illidan. When he spoke, his voice was deep and guttural. “I do not know you, stranger, but your power is vast. Are you an agent of the Legion? Have you been sent here to test me?”

Illidan laughed. “I have come to replace you. You are a relic, Magtheridon, a ghost of a past age. The future is mine. From this moment on, Outland and all its denizens will bow to me.”

The pit lord lumbered forward, raising his gigantic glaive. The earth shook beneath his tread. “I will crush you like the insect you are. I will feast upon your pulped flesh and devour your soul with it.”

He spoke with the overweening self-­confidence of one who thought his might was unchallengeable. His demonic bodyguards advanced. Illidan sprang, warglaives scything through the air to bite into demon flesh. His blow slashed the arm from a felguard, forcing the creature to drop his axe. A heartbeat later Illidan’s left-­hand warglaive sliced his opponent open from neck to groin.

Illidan’s own forces advanced into the fray. The doomguard were mighty, but they were few. Buffeted by the spells of Kael’thas and Vashj and surrounded by assailants, the doomguard were slain like bears being dragged down by a pack of hounds.

Illidan bounded forward to confront Magtheridon himself. The pit lord’s huge glaive crashed down, biting into the stone where Illidan had stood. He was already away, rolling between the lord of Outland’s columnar legs, hamstringing each of the front ones with a double swipe of his blades. The pit lord roared with fury and struck again. Illidan tumbled forward under his foe’s belly, drawing forth ichor with his strikes. He vaulted onto Magtheridon’s massive tail, ran up his spine, and drove his blades into the demon’s thick neck.

From Illidan’s vantage point, he could see that his forces had felled the pit lord’s bodyguards. The demons were finished. Illidan raised his hands high and chanted the spell of binding. A wave of unleashed magical energy hit the pit lord. Magtheridon flinched as the spell began to bite.

Illidan’s heart thundered as he exerted his will. He felt as if he were engaged in a tug-­of-­war with a giant. Magtheridon’s advance slowed. His face twisted as if he, too, felt the strain.

“You are strong—­for a mortal,” the pit lord said.

“I am not a mortal,” said Illidan.

“Anything that can be killed is mortal.”

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Spencer
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Couldn''t put it down!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2016
I''ll start off by saying that I didn''t sleep last night. I was reading Illidan. :) As someone who has played World of Warcraft for 10 years, and the RTS games before that, this book was a fantastic read. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane as King brought... See more
I''ll start off by saying that I didn''t sleep last night. I was reading Illidan. :)

As someone who has played World of Warcraft for 10 years, and the RTS games before that, this book was a fantastic read. It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane as King brought Illidan back to life in preparation for the Legion expansion of WoW.

The story takes place from Illidan''s point of view. It starts with Illidan''s initial release from millenia of imprisonment. Character development is spot on, and shows one of Warcraft''s greatest villains in a different light. Illidan does things for the right reasons, but in the wrong way, leading him deeper and deeper into darkness.

Attention to detail is deep, but fast enouigh that the reader can continue enjoying the story. When I read a really good book, my imagination turns the detail into a movie in my mind. Not every book can do that, but King made it possible in this one. Having read other Warcraft novels, I was surprised at some of the more graphic scenes in this one. Eyes are gouged out, skulls are crushed, etc. Most readers will be fine, but consider reading somewhere other than the dinner table. I would describe these scenes as "crunchy, yet strangely satisfying".

I definitely give this book 5 stars. If you play WoW and plan to play a Demon Hunter class in Legion, this book will introduce you to characters you will meet in-gmae.
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Lindsey D.
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I''m one of those people that actually like Illidan as a character and have liked all the ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2018
I''m one of those people that actually like Illidan as a character and have liked all the other lore about him, and finishing this book was a trial. There were some good ideas, but the author focusing mostly on Maiev, while somehow making her even more annoying than normal,... See more
I''m one of those people that actually like Illidan as a character and have liked all the other lore about him, and finishing this book was a trial. There were some good ideas, but the author focusing mostly on Maiev, while somehow making her even more annoying than normal, did not do the book any favors. Every time I thought a Maiev section would finish...more Maiev, but with nothing to make her sympathetic. I''ve read maybe six or seven WoW books at this point (not including stuff like Chronicles and comics) and this is probably the worst.
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Dorothy N. Gray
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Not empty praise: a must-read for Warcraft fans
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2016
This is a review of William King''s novel "Illidan: World of Warcraft". Relative to other Warcraft books, the writing is like Shakespeare, IMO. The story is told from the points of view of Maiev, Akama, a night elf Illidari student demon hunter named... See more
This is a review of William King''s novel "Illidan: World of Warcraft".

Relative to other Warcraft books, the writing is like Shakespeare, IMO. The story is told from the points of view of Maiev, Akama, a night elf Illidari student demon hunter named Vandel, and Illidan himself. The characterizations of Illidan and Maiev are very well-done. King paints them both as obsessive, rage-filled, egomaniacal jerks who will pay any price to obtain the outcome they desire -- near mirror images of each other, in fact. However neither of them are presented as being outright evil -- just very flawed.

Also relative to other Warcraft books, it''s explicitly gory and violent, but again IMO, that befits a book about Illidan. If a book about him were to be glossed over, it would feel silly. The sections depicting the training of the student Illidari demon hunters are especially graphic. Do not be eating your lunch while reading these parts.

As far far as characterization of Illidan goes, I feel that he has been given a lot more depth -- something that this character always had the potential for given the right author to bring it out. While our old "ends justifies the means" power-seeking creep is still there (no doubt about that), he is portrayed as still possessing solid core morality deep down and the ability to feel empathy for other living things. He''s willing to cast aside the rules of right and wrong as he needs to and he rationalizes it away as being for the greater good/the ends justifies the means, but there''s still some genuine regret there.

I''m not dinging a star for some very sloppy editing: misspelled words, incorrect timelines regarding things like Illidan''s memory of Nordrassil (he shouldn''t have had one) and Maiev''s memory of Darnassus (she shouldn''t have had one) -- basic stuff that should have been caught before going to press.I''m not that nitpicky although really, if Blizzard was proofing the book, someone should have caught the timeline stuff. Not that big deal in the end because it doesn''t detract from the excellent story.

I hope King is able to write more for Blizzard. I really enjoyed this.
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Ms. Rocki & Fam.
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You are not prepared for WoW: Legion until or playing a demon hunter until you read this book. (IMO)
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Illidan by William King. It helped me better understand the lore behind the Warcraft: Burning Crusade game expansion.The characters pull you into their story, their passion, their drive for what they do what they do. It''s not all cut and dry... See more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Illidan by William King. It helped me better understand the lore behind the Warcraft: Burning Crusade game expansion.The characters pull you into their story, their passion, their drive for what they do what they do. It''s not all cut and dry good vs.bad. There is not a good guy here. Everyone is deeply flawed in their ideals. In the end, if you have played the game, you''re going to likely thing - "Yikes, we made a big mistake here." Or perhaps not.

Even so, you will get to meet new characters. Very interesting, very flawed, very damaged characters. You''ll know and understand the path of the demon hunter. It''s not all cut and dry. There is more to them than meets the eye. Needle fascinated and yet creeped me out. Vandel''s story nearly stole the book. Akama, Maiev, and others are in there. One one brief mention of Khadgar. There is no one runaway shining hero. Nope. None. This is a dark story of vengeance, despair, sacrifice, retribution, bitterness, desperation, hopelessness, arrogance, and hail mary''s. In the end, you may be surprise who you will want to root for.

Illidan lays down some of the framework going into the "Legion" expansion for World of Warcraft coming up in late August 2016. If you play Warcraft and you''re considering RP''ing a demon hunter on the roleplay servers, READ THIS BOOK. It will give you the gist of what it takes to be a demon hunter and create your own original character that falls in line with the lore. I know that I went from - nope, not rolling a demon hunter - to - there is no way I''ll ever play a demon hunter - to - UGH HELL NO - to - well, maybe - to - YES, I''M ROLLING A DEMON HUNTER! BRING IT!

I truly enjoyed reading this book. If the rampant spoilers got you down, please, do yourself a favor. Read the book and see the story in context. Warcraft friends of mine who have also read the book have praised it highly.

Kudos to William King for writing a great story for Warcraft. I truly hope he writes more.

Thank you, Mr. King, for crafting a great story regarding Illidan, the Betrayer.
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Keith Richmond
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You will do nothing but READ FOR DAYS!!!! GREAT BOOK!
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016
AMAZING! This book will take hold of your attention and will not let it go. >>>>NOTE<<<< This review assumes that the reader plays / played World of Warcraft and is familiar with the content of the Burning Crusade Expansion. In the... See more
AMAZING! This book will take hold of your attention and will not let it go.

>>>>NOTE<<<< This review assumes that the reader plays / played World of Warcraft and is familiar with the content of the Burning Crusade Expansion. In the Event the reader is new to the game or has not played before, This book will still act as a great intro to the game.

First, if you are like me, then read about as fast as a herd of turtles charging through an ocean of peanut butter, but you still read. With that said, This book will take you and send you to another world, and then another, and then to an infinity of worlds! This book will bring a chill to the imagination, make the heart pump faster and send the blood coursing through your veins.

Normally, a book of this thickness would take me a month to finish if I was dedicated to reading daily and a hour or more to finish a single chapter of the book (Chapter length on average is about 10 pages (5 pieces of paper front and back)). Such was not the case with this book. I finished this book in a week and completed around 4 chapters a day within about 90 minutes (about 12 minutes per chapter).

This book is an easy and fast read, but this does not take away from its entertainment capabilities; however keep the dictionary app on your phone readily available.

BOTTOM LINE:

Very Well Written.
Very Entertaining / Addicting.
Character development is very well organized.
Story line is very well organized and laid out to the reader.
BUY IT NOW!
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Disappointing offering
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018
Some spoilers included! 1) This book was boring in the extreme for approximately 90% of the story. I understand King was attempting to flesh out the story and provide details, yet the attempt came across as more uninteresting filler than valuable lore. I was... See more
Some spoilers included!

1) This book was boring in the extreme for approximately 90% of the story. I understand King was attempting to flesh out the story and provide details, yet the attempt came across as more uninteresting filler than valuable lore. I was eager to experience more of Outland, but I found myself skimming instead.

2) Illidan''s overall portrayal was disappointing when compared with the storyline we were provided in the actual game. I realize alternate timelines and all that, but Kings portrayal of Illidan presented him as much less focused and alert than in game Illidan.

3) Kings almost after thought of throwing in the horde and alliance was irritating. They were essentially more nameless, faceless, uninteresting filler. Pointless. Same with the Aldor and Scryer forces. Blank.

4) Maiev was supposed to be a triumphant figure, earning redemption, but came across as more of an irritating side bar. One of my big gripes are we still didn''t get to know much about Illidan himself.

5) Finally, Illidan simply stands in his chamber and dies? Stupid ending. The Demon Hunters were already away and Illidan allows himself to be trapped and killed?

Overall this book was slow, ilconceived, stuffed with filler and diminished one of warcraft''s most interesting figures.
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Angelica Lichtner
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A must for WoW lovers and a great start of Legion
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2016
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... See more
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.
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A clever explanation of an Anti-hero
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2016
I''ve been really skeptical about WoW books in recent years and had a great deal of nervousness about what they''d do when actually presenting Illidan''s story. The Burning Crusade screwed up Illidan''s character so much that I didn''t know if they''d really be able to bring him... See more
I''ve been really skeptical about WoW books in recent years and had a great deal of nervousness about what they''d do when actually presenting Illidan''s story. The Burning Crusade screwed up Illidan''s character so much that I didn''t know if they''d really be able to bring him back to the antihero he''s supposed to be. Others will accuse the book of ''whitewashing'' him and trying to make him too noble - No, Illidan is still single-minded here, refuses to consider less destructive options, and still narcissistic about his goals. We even discover some things we WEREN''T aware he did that are pretty dark during the BC time period. The book does not excuse Illidan - it explains him. Whether the explanations are enough to make you side with him or not is up to the individual reader, but I thought it even gave a more nuanced view of Akama and Maieve as well that has been missing. None of them are perfect, none of them are completely evil. All of them make mistakes. The writing isn''t genius or profound but it''s very readable and doesn''t belabor points. It is just descriptive enough to let you clearly envision what is going on without waxing poetic about things any player of the game has seen multiple times. I could barely put it down. I highly recommend it to lovers of lore and those who want more understanding about what''s going on in Legion. Legion is doing a good job of giving everyone the basics even if they hadn''t read the book, the book presents backstory to more fully ''get'' it. Over all, it''s pretty much everything I could want in a companion novel to a game. The back knowledge is just that - back knowledge. Finally, we have a book that doesn''t completely leave those who DON''T read it stumbling in the dark as to what''s going on, but those who do read feel like they understand the story a bit better.
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Lovecraftian
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Nicht schlecht
Reviewed in Germany on August 26, 2016
Illidan ist die "Vorbereitungsgeschichte" zur nächsten WOW-Expansion "Legion". Ich hatte nicht sonderlich viel erwartet, weil mir die letzten paar WOW-Romane nicht sonderlich gut gefallen hatten. Oft ist es so, dass die Autoren für mehrere verschiedene Game-...See more
Illidan ist die "Vorbereitungsgeschichte" zur nächsten WOW-Expansion "Legion". Ich hatte nicht sonderlich viel erwartet, weil mir die letzten paar WOW-Romane nicht sonderlich gut gefallen hatten. Oft ist es so, dass die Autoren für mehrere verschiedene Game- und Serien-Franchises schreiben, und teils merkt man das auch beim Schreibstil... mal positiv, mal negativ, teils zu viel Routine und nach Formel geschrieben. Und Autoren wie Christie Golden haben tolle Momente, teils aber sind immer die gleichen Elemente in den Stories drin, was ermüdend wirkt, und einige dieser Romane fand ich furchtbar, z.B. was die Dialoge oder Story-Elemente angeht. Klar, niemand erwartet Weltliteratur von einem Roman zu einem Videospiel, aber teils waren einige der Romane doch sehr flach, lasen sich wie sehr hastig oder mit enger Deadline geschrieben oder wie "so, fertig, jetzt als nächstes ein Buch für Star Trek, eins für Warhammer usw usw." "Illidan" ist da eine schöne Abwechslung, denn das Buch ist kurzweilig und spannend geschrieben, teils auch etwas brutaler als vorherige Geschichten. Alles dreht sich um Illidan und seine Geschichte sowie die neue WOW Klasse Demon Hunter und wie sie "entstehen". Dabei finden sich sowohl viele Elemente aus der Erweiterung "Burning Crusade" und dem Black Temple-Raid, als auch neue Elemente, die in "Legion" und dem Vor-Patch zu sehen und erleben sind. Wer also schon länger WOW spielt und TBC mochte oder den BT-Raid gemacht hat, wird ggf. lächeln, weil die Ereignisse hier verarbeitet wurden. Der Roman erklärt, wie Demon Hunter "entstehen", ihre Ausbildung, ihre Aufgabe und Denkweise. Ein Überfall auf einen Planeten der Legion wird beschrieben, und etwas ähnliches taucht ja auch im Spiel auf. Insgesamt war ich positiv überrascht, denn nach den letzten WOW-Romanen waren meine Erwartungen recht gering. "Illidan" ist erfrischend geschrieben...griffig, ohne unnötiges Strecken, spannend, und könnte obendrein ggf., auch die Sichtweise auf die eigentlich recht bekannte Figur Illidan ändern. Ich empfehle den Roman Fans von WOW, speziell wenn man vorhat, "Legion" zu spielen und sich mit mehr Hintergrund zu den Demon Huntern drauf einstimmen möchte.
Illidan ist die "Vorbereitungsgeschichte" zur nächsten WOW-Expansion "Legion". Ich hatte nicht sonderlich viel erwartet, weil mir die letzten paar WOW-Romane nicht sonderlich gut gefallen hatten. Oft ist es so, dass die Autoren für mehrere verschiedene Game- und Serien-Franchises schreiben, und teils merkt man das auch beim Schreibstil... mal positiv, mal negativ, teils zu viel Routine und nach Formel geschrieben. Und Autoren wie Christie Golden haben tolle Momente, teils aber sind immer die gleichen Elemente in den Stories drin, was ermüdend wirkt, und einige dieser Romane fand ich furchtbar, z.B. was die Dialoge oder Story-Elemente angeht. Klar, niemand erwartet Weltliteratur von einem Roman zu einem Videospiel, aber teils waren einige der Romane doch sehr flach, lasen sich wie sehr hastig oder mit enger Deadline geschrieben oder wie "so, fertig, jetzt als nächstes ein Buch für Star Trek, eins für Warhammer usw usw."

"Illidan" ist da eine schöne Abwechslung, denn das Buch ist kurzweilig und spannend geschrieben, teils auch etwas brutaler als vorherige Geschichten. Alles dreht sich um Illidan und seine Geschichte sowie die neue WOW Klasse Demon Hunter und wie sie "entstehen". Dabei finden sich sowohl viele Elemente aus der Erweiterung "Burning Crusade" und dem Black Temple-Raid, als auch neue Elemente, die in "Legion" und dem Vor-Patch zu sehen und erleben sind. Wer also schon länger WOW spielt und TBC mochte oder den BT-Raid gemacht hat, wird ggf. lächeln, weil die Ereignisse hier verarbeitet wurden.

Der Roman erklärt, wie Demon Hunter "entstehen", ihre Ausbildung, ihre Aufgabe und Denkweise. Ein Überfall auf einen Planeten der Legion wird beschrieben, und etwas ähnliches taucht ja auch im Spiel auf.

Insgesamt war ich positiv überrascht, denn nach den letzten WOW-Romanen waren meine Erwartungen recht gering. "Illidan" ist erfrischend geschrieben...griffig, ohne unnötiges Strecken, spannend, und könnte obendrein ggf., auch die Sichtweise auf die eigentlich recht bekannte Figur Illidan ändern.
Ich empfehle den Roman Fans von WOW, speziell wenn man vorhat, "Legion" zu spielen und sich mit mehr Hintergrund zu den Demon Huntern drauf einstimmen möchte.
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Uno dei migliori romanzi di Warcraft
Reviewed in Italy on May 7, 2016
L''ultimo romanzo della serie Warcraft è certamente uno dei libri meglio scritti della serie (non che la concorrenza sia particolarmente agguerrita, in verità), oltre che più interessanti: è un peccato che non sia uscito durante l''espansione Burning Crusade (per quanto...See more
L''ultimo romanzo della serie Warcraft è certamente uno dei libri meglio scritti della serie (non che la concorrenza sia particolarmente agguerrita, in verità), oltre che più interessanti: è un peccato che non sia uscito durante l''espansione Burning Crusade (per quanto possibile sarebbe potuto essere, essendo in parte basato sul nuovo lore introdotto da Chronicles e Legion), avrebbe davvero avuto un "peso" diverso (ed avrebbe fatto solo bene alla narrazione molto confusionaria di quell''espansione). Essendo la storia ambientata nel passato, principalmente durante l''espansione Burning Crusade, non è assolutamente necessario essere tutt''ora dei giocatori di World of Warcraft per godersela. La storia raccontata è interessante e mai noiosa, e la qualità si mantiene alta fino alla fine. L''autore fa un buon lavoro nel sistemare le molte incogruenze della trama di Burning Crusade, introduce le premesse "storiche" di quella che sarà la prossima classe giocabile di WoW (i Demon Hunter) e ci da un inedito punto di vista sugli eventi di quell''espansione, dando un senso all''apparente letargia del personaggio di Illidan (che nel gioco sembrava far poco più che attendere che andassimo a fargli la pelle). Una cosa molto particolare è che la narrazione rimane estremamente fedele agli eventi in-game, tanto da diventare nella parte finale quasi la versione romanzata di un raid al Black Temple. Ciò forse abbassa leggermente il livello qualitativo rispetto ad una narrazione classica in cui l''autore si tiene riserva il diritto di alterare gli eventi a beneficio della storia e della leggibilità, ma al tempo stesso è originale e divertente vedere inseriti nella storia personaggi, classi, ruoli, abilità, boss, le frasi che dicono in fight, e persino le loro meccaniche. Nel complesso Illidan mi è decisamente piaciuto, dovessi proprio trovarvi dei difetti questi sarebbero due: 1) il personaggio di Illidan è potente e pieno di risorse, ma ha di fronte un nemico che non è credibile possa battere; 2) nel finale gli viene tracciato un destino che sembra davvero inadatto al personaggio che è stato finora. Forse la cosa migliore di tutto il libro è come l''autore tratta i suoi due protagonisti, Illidan e Maiev, entrambi antieroi con forse più ombre che luci. Non vengono mai addolciti, scusati, giustificati per le loro parole / azioni spesso discutibili : sono quel che sono, due esseri con delle missioni che compirebbero a qualsiasi costo, e come tali vengono rappresentanti. Chi è il buono, chi il malvagio? L''autore lascia che sia il lettore a decidere.
L''ultimo romanzo della serie Warcraft è certamente uno dei libri meglio scritti della serie (non che la concorrenza sia particolarmente agguerrita, in verità), oltre che più interessanti: è un peccato che non sia uscito durante l''espansione Burning Crusade (per quanto possibile sarebbe potuto essere, essendo in parte basato sul nuovo lore introdotto da Chronicles e Legion), avrebbe davvero avuto un "peso" diverso (ed avrebbe fatto solo bene alla narrazione molto confusionaria di quell''espansione).

Essendo la storia ambientata nel passato, principalmente durante l''espansione Burning Crusade, non è assolutamente necessario essere tutt''ora dei giocatori di World of Warcraft per godersela.

La storia raccontata è interessante e mai noiosa, e la qualità si mantiene alta fino alla fine. L''autore fa un buon lavoro nel sistemare le molte incogruenze della trama di Burning Crusade, introduce le premesse "storiche" di quella che sarà la prossima classe giocabile di WoW (i Demon Hunter) e ci da un inedito punto di vista sugli eventi di quell''espansione, dando un senso all''apparente letargia del personaggio di Illidan (che nel gioco sembrava far poco più che attendere che andassimo a fargli la pelle).
Una cosa molto particolare è che la narrazione rimane estremamente fedele agli eventi in-game, tanto da diventare nella parte finale quasi la versione romanzata di un raid al Black Temple. Ciò forse abbassa leggermente il livello qualitativo rispetto ad una narrazione classica in cui l''autore si tiene riserva il diritto di alterare gli eventi a beneficio della storia e della leggibilità, ma al tempo stesso è originale e divertente vedere inseriti nella storia personaggi, classi, ruoli, abilità, boss, le frasi che dicono in fight, e persino le loro meccaniche.
Nel complesso Illidan mi è decisamente piaciuto, dovessi proprio trovarvi dei difetti questi sarebbero due:
1) il personaggio di Illidan è potente e pieno di risorse, ma ha di fronte un nemico che non è credibile possa battere;
2) nel finale gli viene tracciato un destino che sembra davvero inadatto al personaggio che è stato finora.

Forse la cosa migliore di tutto il libro è come l''autore tratta i suoi due protagonisti, Illidan e Maiev, entrambi antieroi con forse più ombre che luci. Non vengono mai addolciti, scusati, giustificati per le loro parole / azioni spesso discutibili : sono quel che sono, due esseri con delle missioni che compirebbero a qualsiasi costo, e come tali vengono rappresentanti. Chi è il buono, chi il malvagio? L''autore lascia che sia il lettore a decidere.
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Un poquito de Illidan.
Reviewed in Spain on January 30, 2019
Prefiero los libros de Christie Golden pero al ser de Illidan debía comprarlo. Para conocedores del lore historia no es desconocida aunque está bien contada (en inglés) y, en su día, con las vistas de la comunidad puestas en Legion era un libro indispensable, ahora cumple...See more
Prefiero los libros de Christie Golden pero al ser de Illidan debía comprarlo. Para conocedores del lore historia no es desconocida aunque está bien contada (en inglés) y, en su día, con las vistas de la comunidad puestas en Legion era un libro indispensable, ahora cumple para los fans. La edición en tapa dura ha aguantado bien el paso del tiempo.
Prefiero los libros de Christie Golden pero al ser de Illidan debía comprarlo. Para conocedores del lore historia no es desconocida aunque está bien contada (en inglés) y, en su día, con las vistas de la comunidad puestas en Legion era un libro indispensable, ahora cumple para los fans.

La edición en tapa dura ha aguantado bien el paso del tiempo.
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Finally
Reviewed in Canada on May 3, 2016
Finally the history of Illidan is recounted. It was more epic than I could have imagined, the schemes, machinations and preparations all perfectly webbed for the final assault. I can''t wait for Legion to finally tell the rest of the story. I just wished the writer would not...See more
Finally the history of Illidan is recounted. It was more epic than I could have imagined, the schemes, machinations and preparations all perfectly webbed for the final assault. I can''t wait for Legion to finally tell the rest of the story. I just wished the writer would not use ancient words that removed me from the world of the book so many times.
Finally the history of Illidan is recounted.

It was more epic than I could have imagined, the schemes, machinations and preparations all perfectly webbed for the final assault.

I can''t wait for Legion to finally tell the rest of the story.

I just wished the writer would not use ancient words that removed me from the world of the book so many times.
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Senja
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Englische Ausgabe mit schlechter Papierqualität und extrem klein gedruckt.
Reviewed in Germany on June 27, 2018
Ist ein "Mass market Paperback". Titelzeile sagt eigentlich schon alles. Ich werde mir nun doch die deutsche Ausgabe holen und darauf achten, dass die Maße des Buches größer sind. Am liebsten hätte ich eine gebundene Ausgabe. Die gibt es aber nicht.
Ist ein "Mass market Paperback". Titelzeile sagt eigentlich schon alles. Ich werde mir nun doch die deutsche Ausgabe holen und darauf achten, dass die Maße des Buches größer sind. Am liebsten hätte ich eine gebundene Ausgabe. Die gibt es aber nicht.
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