So yesterday it arrived...and was promptly snatched out of my hot little hands by my greedy husband...but he was sick so I relented and allowed him to read it first...it was agony.
Ms. Golden did a superb job on this latest entry in the World of Warcraft Lore cannon. Her pro trail of Arthas through out his life from earliest childhood to present day makes sense and is a quick and easy read. Other major lore figures such as Jaina Proudmore and Sylvanas Windrunner are fleshed out in ways that give true depth and motivation as you see how they relate to the Lich King now.
The book also gives you a better sense of time line and just how YOUNG Thrall is in comparison to the other leaders in World of Warcraft. (Jaina is stated to be age 35 at present day which would make Thrall only in his mid 20s and Varain around 40.)
The romance between Miss Proudmore and Arthas is believable and poignant. You can see how it effects decisions made by both of them even to present day. It is done is a tasteful manner that doesn't over whelm the story.
Over all I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something to do during their next maintenance day.