So I finished the (audio)book. Must I say Patty did not disappoint. Her narration made the book a worthy listen regardless of the content.
Now everyone knows I’m a die hard Sylvanas fan, so I had to get my hands on this. I did not stop until I finished it. I have mixed feelings about it.
I found Sylvanas’ journey to be realistic and well presented. Golden gave us a good insight of her mind and feelings. I appreciate the accurate portrayal of her character from both her life as elf and as undead.
I especially appreciate it that they made things right regarding the Wrathgate events. That was a retcon I could never accept and sticking to the Wotlk narrative was the best thing they could do.
I’m all about cheesy romance and I enjoyed the Sylvanas - Nathanos affairs, well I’m not too fond of one particular “hot scene”, not because I didn’t think it could be inserted in her book, but because the whole setting and timing of it was really awkward and illogical. I call it “a Hollywood moment”.
The book does fairly well on answering most of my questions, but it doesn’t change the fact that the story is ultimately dumb and Sylvanas’ arc is just a waste of resources and character development.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think a person taking a dark path when dealing with severe PTSD is relatable and realistic, but I still struggle to understand how she fell for the Jailor’s trick, even with the Valkyr taking her around Shadowlands. Is it that the story was changed mid way and the Jailor was supposed to be a good guy after all? Why is it that the Shadowlands looked so bad then and now it’s all fine, everything is fair and dandy?
Will we end up in a few expansions realizing Zovaal was right all along and Sylvanas got thrown in the Maw for no reason?
Overall, I liked the book even though I’m disappointed in the story as a whole. I regret losing such a great character and I hate seeing yet another Horde leader canned and “judged” by the Holy Alliance of Humans and Friends.