The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf.
World of Warcraft: The Shattering
c/o Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 14th fl., New York, NY 10020
9781416550747 $26.00 www.simonandschuster.com
World of Warcraft: The Shattering is a new fantasy novel set in the universe of the popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The Shattering is a prelude to the game's upcoming Cataclysm expansion, following several different leaders who are troubled by disturbing omens. Thrall, orc Warchief of the Horde and legendary spirit caller, is disturbed by the increasingly restless and rebellious attitude of the elemental spirits; for ages, shamans have communed with them and harnessed them to benefit rather than bring harm to the world of Azeroth and its people. But now the elemental spirits are increasingly confused, uncooperative, and destructive - what could be driving them to such levels of rebellion? As food and supplies dwindle, increased tensions between the orcs and the night elves may yet precipitate renewed bloodshed between the Horde and the Alliance. Meanwhile, King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind, leader of the Alliance, has taken a dim view of the increasing tensions between the Alliance and the Horde. His harsh stance against the Horde may yet play a role in sparking renewed war; even those closest to him question his darkened view of the future and what should be done about. Varian's son Anduin, who is at heart more of a thinker than a warrior, is searching for answers, but the increasing political instability of his environment is potentially as dangerous a threat to him as any battlefield. An absorbing novel of conflicted choices and problems with no easy solutions, set in a world on the brink of great and terrible changes, The Shattering is a "must-read" for World of Warcraft fans and highly recommended to anyone who loves epic fantasy.
The Blackness Within
PO Box 24323, Lexington, KY 40524
The gods of old still roam and are as cruel as they ever were. "The Blackness Within: Stories of the Pagan God Moccus" is a collection of thirteen short stories surrounding the figure of the Celtic god of fecundity and his wrath during his life and his death. Riveting, dark, violent, and endlessly exciting, "The Blackness Within" is a gripping collection that will be hard to put down.
The Truth of Valor
375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014
9780756406202, $24.95, www.dawbooks.com
THE TRUTH OF VALOR provides a fine Confederation novel and tells of Torin, who is trying to build a new life with Craig on his ship the Promise. Pirates attack, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin left for dead, and Torin must call in the Marines to get him back and keep the pirates from even more dangerous intentions in this riveting military science fiction saga.