Christie Golden has done very well depicting the major lore figures of Warcraft by almost making them her own since The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm. War Crimes continues that trend with the added bonus of showing us interactions between characters who under the usual circumstances do not get the chance to face each other in non-hostile situations. The novel largely is a courtroom episode with two faction leaders suddenly are expert litigators. This is easily forgiven though as the alternative was to make up two minor characters just for this purpose. It also has the bonus though of putting one of the faction leaders in a very awkward position. It does tie in nicely with Golden's previous Warcraft novels as well as a handful of moments from the game are referenced during the course of the trial. As it is mostly a fantastical law procedural story there is not much in the way of action scenes, but a good one does occur even though it feels a little rushed.
This is an easy recommendation for fans of the MMORPG and its lore. It is also a given that if one has already read Golden's previous World of Warcraft novels then this novel is also heavily recommended. If one has never played the game or read any Warcraft related materials at all, then this not a good place to start. To that end, I would point towards The Shattering if one is wanting to get into the story without playing the game. Overall, an enjoyable read and looking forward to future tie-in novels to World of Warcraft.
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Here is the synopsis:
The national bestseller and direct tie-in to the new game expansion pack Warlords of Draenor—a thrilling novel set in the universe of the record-breaking, internationally bestselling video game World of Warcraft!
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.
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.
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