Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects is a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time. Unlike a few of the other World of Warcraft novels I’ve read lately, this one deals specifically with a character I find to be very compelling and it deals with the dragon Aspects in the game, which I also find to be interesting, and I don’t know a lot about.
I’ve read books written by Christie Golden before, so I knew what kind of writing style I was going to get and I sort of knew how she was going to do things with the characters, but even then, I think this has been one of her better books as a complete package. She was given the chance to focus on just one or two characters instead of a massive cast of them and her writing was the better for it. She really managed to give Thrall, former Warchief of the Horde, newly instilled member of the Earthen Ring, some depth and emotion that is difficult to convey in a video game setting. I appreciated that as a fan of the game and as a fan of the game lore.
The book focuses on Thrall’s journey to discover who he really is and what his part is going to be in dealing with the various dangers that present themselves to Azeroth. Is he supposed to be leading the Horde? Is he supposed to give himself over fully to being a shaman of the Earthen Ring? Is he supposed to leave all of that behind and do something completely unexpected? Thrall simply does not know and he wants to find out, so he sets himself on a journey of discovery.
Guided through the early parts of his journey by the gentle prodding of Ysera, the Aspect of the green dragonflight, Thrall begins to understand the unity he must find between his former role as leader of the Horde and his new role as a guardian of the elements. He cannot be one or the other, he must be part of both. But, to be both he must learn some things as well as teach a few things to others, especially the powerful dragonflight Aspects who must band together to defeat an abomination that could spell doom for all of Azeroth if it remains alive.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects gave me a lot more to think about when I come across dragonflight characters inside the video game and it gave me a new appreciation for Thrall and what the game designers have been doing with him lately. These type of World of Warcraft novels do a lot of good for readers wanting to know more about the video game they are playing and I’m glad Christie Golden did a good job with this one.