As, apparently, one of the only people who read the first two books, I've noticed a surprisingly large number of people misquote or misinterpret a lot from these books.I hope Nobbel gets everything straight in his video.Anyway, I enjoyed the first two books. They're a little too kid friendly at times, but they honestly do a lot for world building that the game doesn't really do anymore. They do seem to play a bit fast and loose with the timelines, heights of races, and especially currency values that don't really add up. The stuff in Feralas doesn't really match up with the events that took place in Cataclysm either, but I don't really mind too much, as this is easily the best portrayal of Gnolls. They present Gnoll cannibalism and brutality not as something villainous, but as a simple practical matters of survival.I also really like that Gadgetzan more or less resembles what it should be represented as in-game - a large sandstone brick city (like Mos Eisley) and not Hearthstone's meme-y New York.I haven't read the third yet, but the first two were pretty solid (especially the second), and I recommend them.
At any point do they grind for reputation, get camped by high-level PVPers, have to kill an arbitrary number of mobs for a random questgiver, or collect body parts from creatures they kill?No?Then it's not proper World of Warcraft. :)Still, they sound interesting, and I'm surprised I never even heard of them!
This honestly doesn't surprise me, to an extent.At the end of the second book, it definitely sets up the possibility of picking up the pace, but they still have a lot to do, narratively. I honestly don't think it would be possible for it to end well in a single book. There was definitely more than enough left to stretch into two or three more books. Possibly more, depending on the side plots and pace they set.Sounds like they changed authors and just rushed to get it over with because of that.
My son read these when he was in 5th grade last year, and the newest one when it came out around the holidays. He loved them and decided to share them with a classmate whose older brother and dad are players, and she loved them too.The characters are very easy to relate to for kids 10-12 years old.