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World of Warcraft

Dawn of the Aspects
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 20
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
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Summary

THE AGE OF DRAGONS IS OVER.

Uncertainty plagues Azeroth’s ancient guardians as they struggle to find a new purpose. This dilemma has hit Kalecgos, youngest of the former Dragon Aspects, especially hard. Having lost his great powers, how can he - or any of his kind - still make a difference in the world?

The answer lies in the distant past, when savage beasts called proto-dragons ruled the skies. Through a mysterious artifact found near the heart of Northrend, Kalecgos witnesses this violent era and the shocking history of the original Aspects: Alexstrasza, Ysera, Malygos, Neltharion, and Nozdormu.

In their most primitive forms, the future protectors of Azeroth must stand united against Galakrond, a bloodthirsty creature that threatens the existence of their race. But did these mere proto-dragons face such a horrific adversary alone, or did an outside force help them? Were they given the strength they would become legendary for . . . or did they earn it with blood? Kalecgos’s discoveries will change everything he knows about the events that led to the...

©2013 Richard A. Knaak (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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great!

the prologue was a bit long and dragged but once you get into the story, your hooked till the end!

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Great book

Really made me have a deeper understaning and respect for the Dragon Aspects - Amazing

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amazing 5 stars

love the books and series and the game lore in book form really well done

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Gulletful of a read

The book was good. A decent listen. The most prominent word used in the book is the word gullet. It is used so very often I can't even stomach it anymore

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Loved it

Loved it! As an avid fan of WoW getting a different view of the lore is always a treat. It adds a dimension to the characters I know so well that I did not expect. Recommend highly.

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A 2 hour story stretched out to 14 hours...

I'm a Warcraft lore nerd and already knew how this story ends before going into it, which is probably why I found it a bit.... dull.

The story is fine if repetitive, as is the writing (The amount of times the gullets of dragons are mentioned is staggering). I especially enjoyed the parts where Galakrond is described, you really get a good vision in your mind of how disgusting and gigantic he is. The more action filled parts are great too, I never found myself lost as to what was going on and the animal like proto-dragons savagery is described to great detail.

*Early Spoilers*
However, having Kalec, arguably the main character, occupying the same body as another character for 90% of the book really slows down everything to the point where it is just frustrating and you want to skip ahead. The writer inserts Kalec's reactions and thoughts constantly into every scene, despite already having all other characters who are actually present already react, it's similar to watching a movie with a friend who always describes what just happened in the movie. I hated it.
*Early Spoilers*

But the main problem I have with this is the performance. Whilst Scott Brick has a lovely voice and he did well to pronounce everything correctly (to my memory anyway), you'll struggle to find one single sentence in this audio book that isn't filled with sadness and depression. He reads each line as if it is the final words at a funeral. I had to listen at 1.5x speed to just make it bearable. The parts with action are a bit better but not by much.

I would skip this one unless you really want to know every detail about this obscure piece of lore, featuring an interesting cast of characters (Half of which are now dead...)

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Incredible!<br />

Absolutely brilliant book! Very well read. Galakrond is scary! For Azeroth! FOR THE ALLIANCE! stand as one.

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DRAGONS

Dragons dragons dragons, dragons dragons. D-dragons dragons dragons dragons dragons. Dragons and dragons, dragons dragon.

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First Audio Book and easily my best

This was the first audio book i'd ever listened to. i loved every second of it. highly recommend to any high fantasy fan.

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Dragons rule

Brilliant but short novella set in azeroth. A great way to learn more about wow.

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  • charlee
  • 11-05-16

First Wow book I've heard

This story was utterly amazing. I've never even consider reading a WOW book but this was well worth it. In its own way it brings new light to the game and it was an amazing story that I really wish blizzard would reference more in the game. I wouldn't hesitate to relive this tale in the form of World of Warcraft. The readers voice was a little slow for my taste but at x1.20 speed it's perfect. I will definitely buy more of these books, would totally recommend this!

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  • Harrison
  • 17-11-16

Good Lore on Dragons

This book was pretty good. I enjoyed Warcrimes more. If you like lore surrounding the aspects and dragonflights, this is the book for you. I found it a little boring at times. I was hoping for more involvement with the horde and alliance in the story. Great narrator though.

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  • Jeremy
  • 20-07-16

Good but not great book

honestly I'm a little disappointed because most of these Warcraft books or so spectacular but this one Falls a little short of that it's not a bad book but it's been so long time on an insignificant plot sort of all over the place and I don't know that it was worth 14 hours of my time. the narrator was fantastic but the story was underwhelming if you're into Warcraft I recommend reading it for the sake of the lore in the series aside from that it's kind of just whatever in my opinion

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  • Ayob
  • 06-04-16

the old secret of the aspects, amazing.

Well written, the old vast world of the proto dragons with rich history, really amazing experience going through all this with kalec and malgos

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  • JP
  • 09-06-14

Great story and lore!

Would you listen to World of Warcraft again? Why?

Definitely. It is a world that I have come to love and enjoy and would always appreciate good books to put the world in a broader perspective.

What did you like best about this story?

The untold story of the five Aspects.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kalec was about to witness the titans granting powers to the dragons.

Any additional comments?

The tone set by the reader is a bit cumbersome. I had trouble following along but I think he was in the right to have such a mellow tone. It set it up correctly, just was honestly putting me to sleep haha!

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  • Cole
  • 18-08-17

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I love Warcraft Lore. I was not a big fan of the reading performance though.

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  • Frank
  • 19-08-16

Great story

So much story to build up to the actual good parts but so worth it.

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  • Chris
  • 26-03-16

First world of Warcraft book (spoilers)

I'd like to open by saying I have played wow on and off for several years, although I have not delved to deeply into the lore I can say I have more than"most" players. With that said lets begin.

Ultimately this story only had a few interesting points, I found myself more interested in the prologue than anything. The just is man has not come to earth yet dragons are the supreme rulers. A much larger dragon begins to terrorize and eat the smaller ones (the aspects). In they end the larger dragon chokes and dies by choking on a large rock.

Jania proudmoore is slightly involved in this story although mostly felt shoehorned in for fan service.

In all if you want to know what the "father of dragons" was and the back story of the dragons before they were the defenders of the world pick it up. Otherwise id say there are more interesting Warcraft stories out there and maybe find another.

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  • Edward
  • 26-10-15

brilliant!!

Enjoyed the lore from this book. couldnt stop listening to it. a must for every wow lore nerd out there. especially if you love dragon lore.

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  • Archamedes13
  • 13-06-18

Great book that answers lore questions

I love the game but especially the universe. These books are great and help you keep up on the ever expanding universe of WoW.

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