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    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft)

    Penguin Random House Audio

    Narrated by Josh Keaton

    9 hr 42 min
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    An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment’s next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft videogame.

    Azeroth is dying.

    The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

    For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

    As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

    For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.
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    Publisher
    Penguin Random House Audio
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    Published on
    Jun 12, 2018
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    Duration
    9h 42m 0s
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    ISBN
    9780735289161
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    Language
    English
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    Genres
    Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
    Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
    Fiction / Media Tie-In
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    "Garrosh Hellscream. You have been charged with war crimes, and crimes against the very essence of sentient beings of Azeroth, as well as crimes against Azeroth itself. You are also charged for all acts committed in your name, or by those with whom you have allied."
    Garrosh merely stood there, silent and still.
    Taran Zhu continued. "The charges are as follows: Genocide. Murder. Forcible transfer of population. Enforced disappearance of individuals."
    The list of the heinous crimes alone was powerful enough to make Jaina tense. She glanced over at where Vol'jin and the other Horde leaders sat. She had heard of the treatment of trolls under Garrosh--and what the orc had tried to do to Vol'jin himself. "Enslavement. The abduction of children. Torture. The killing of prisoners. Forced pregnancy."
    Anduin winced, and Jaina could not blame him. She thought of Alexstrasza and the horrors that had been perpetrated upon the Life-Binder personally and the red dragonflight in general. Kalec was very still beside Jaina. She looked up at him, meaning to offer him comfort, and instead found him looking down at her. He knew what was coming, and slipped an arm around her.
    She braced herself.
    "The wanton destruction of cities, towns, and villages not justified by military or civilian necessity."
    The Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
    Theramore.
    "What say you to these charges, Garrosh Hellscream?"
    Garrosh did not reply, and for a wild second, Jaina wondered if maybe, just maybe, hearing the charges so bluntly laid out before him would move the former war-chief. She had heard of his anger at an underling who had slain innocents in his name, knew that the one thing even Garrosh's enemies must give him credit for was a passionate devotion to his race. And, at one time, he had also been given credit for honor.
    She stared at Garrosh, hardly daring to blink or even breathe, not knowing if she wanted him to break down and ask forgiveness for his atrocities or to stand firm-- so that they could kill him with impunity.
    And then Garrosh smiled, beginning to slowly applaud, although the chains about his wrists hampered the gesture.
    "The show has barely commenced," he responded, sneering, "and already I give it a standing ovation. This promises to be more entertaining than the Darkmoon Faire!" His contemptuous laughter rang through the hall. "I will not say that I am guilty, for that denotes shame. Nor will I protest innocence, for I claim no such. Let the comedy begin!"
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