Back in 2010 we reviewed The Shattering and we kind of neglected the lore and the books of World of Warcraft. I promised we would catch up and that’s why we are giving you this Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, by Christie Golden, review. The gameâ€™s lore is further ahead, but the book is still great since it contains a lot of details, some of which I honestly had no idea about.
This book was provided by Simon and Schuster. We’d like to thank them for this book and for the future books they will send us.
The first impressions
When only looking at the book cover and title we already can be pretty sure what the book is going to be focused on: Thrall and The Aspects.
We book is a light read, just a bit over 400 pages, some artwork, Thrall’s journey map, and some nice family trees for each dragon aspect. It was pretty strange to see the chapters named “One”, “Two”, “Three” and so forth. I was expecting a real title for each and every one.
The story continues the plot from The Shattering and tells us what happens to Thrall after he reaches the Maelstrom and how the Aspects come into play.
The exact timeline of the whole story is a bit fuzzy. We do know that this happens after the Shattering and, in my opinion, it was after the Elemental Bonds questline, the quests that restore Thrall to his former self after Majordomo Staghelm splits him into 4 essences of elements. But, like I said, this is not very clear from the book.
Only after a few chapters it becomes clear that Thrall is the main character and that everything he does affects the entirety of Azeroth. We will follow him on different tasks given to him by the dragon aspects.
The story starts from three different points: Thrall, of course, who is struggling with his inner self basically; the Aspects dealing with their differences; and the Twilight Father, doing Deathwing’s biddings.
Thrall, who works with the Earthen Ring, soon understands that he doesn’t really know himself and that it is affecting his focus. Ysera, the green dragon aspect, is the one sending him on a journey, away from the Maelstrom, a journey that will change and “fix” Thrall.
The uncorrupted dragon aspects struggle to prepare themselves for the upcoming encounter with Deathwing. They have to stand together if they want to succeed, but to do so they must solve their individual issues. Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder, has to mend her broken heart. Nozdormu, the Timeless One, has to be found. The Blue Dragonflight, needs a new Aspect so they prepare for a special ritual. And last but not least, Ysera, the Awakened, formerly the Dreamer, has to find a way to stop her visions to come true and find something to help the other aspects.
The main antagonist of the story is the Twilight Father, whose identity remains a mystery up to the end. He works for Deathwing and together with some allies and traitors he opposes the aspects and plans for their destruction.
For those who completed most of the quests in Cataclysm, this book will be the puzzle piece that’s missing. Everything will be more clear after reading it.
The ones who completed the chain for the Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest staff are the lucky ones, since they experienced part of the Blue dragon flight ritual in game and they already know the result of that ritual.
Even so, with all the in-game quests, most of the events found in this book are really important and I could understand why the aspect are trusting Thrall the way we saw them when we battled Deathwing.