Anyone who is a fan of or knows some of the lore of Warcraft will probably be aware of the story of Illidan Stormrage.
The poster boy of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, one of the most well-received World of Warcraft expansions to date, Illidan’s story is one of war (weirdly enough), love, misunderstanding and, of course, betrayal.
The book is very well-paced, with each chapter denoting a time period before “Illidan’s Fall”, starting with his imprisonment at the hands of his own people, the Night Elf race, who then free him help them fight back against the demon hordes of the Burning Legion. We then see Illidan taking and presiding over the hellish landscape of Outland with his lieutenants, Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider and Lady Vashj – both prominent characters in the Warcraft universe with their own rich backstories – culminating in the iconic final battle at the top of the Black Temple. Players of The Burning Crusade will remember this fight as one of the most sought-after and highly anticipated boss battles of the entire Warcraft franchise – not just because players who successfully defeated Illidan had a slim chance to obtain the Warglaives of Azzinoth, Illidan’s signature weapons.
King’s writing style allows readers who are both fresh and veteran readers to the Warcraft universe to effortlessly understand and enjoy the rich lore and fully-fleshed characters. While it can be sometimes convoluted and slightly tricky in terms of plot and timeline, it’s still able to be followed even if you need to read the previous couple of pages again. Despite this, King is able to spread out the kinks in a very pleasing manner. The story of Illidan has many different facets and plot lines associated with it, but King has been able to pull all these threads together to form a wonderful web with clear lines between each era and event.
I may be slightly biased as I am a fan of World of Warcraft and Illidan has long been one of my favourite characters. So when I heard there was a book coming out that was specifically about him and explained his story leading up to the most recent expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion, I jumped at the chance to read it and can honestly say I was not disappointed with what I read.
Whether you’re looking for a first read or want to find out what happened to Illidan after the events of the War of the Ancients trilogy, I would recommend giving World of Warcraft: Illidan a go. The question is, however, not if you want to, but are you prepared?