Into the Light
Still reeling from the fallout of the Battle for the Broken Shore, Khadgar learns Azeroth has less than one month left before Illidan rises again as Sargeras's avatar. While the battle for Illidan's soul rages within the Nether, Khadgar must gather the quarrelling nations, find and breach the Chamber of the Eye, and stop Gul'dan before it is too late. But at what cost?
In the endless void of the Twisting Nether, Illidan wakes, formless. His fallen body-long housed in the Vault of the Wardens-has been stolen, his awakened soul trapped by the immense powers of the Necromancer Gul'dan, servant of the Dark Titan Sargeras.
Taken away and hidden deep within Suramar's ruined Temple of Elune, Illidan's body hangs suspended in fel energy, transforming into a powerful dreadlord. Gul'dan, his new master, shows Illidan his destiny. Through Gul'dan's eyes, Illidan's terrifying future unfolds, he is to be the avatar of Sargeras, the Commander of the Burning Legion. He watches, horrified, as he eradicates his home world, consuming all life, leaving Azeroth burning in eternal flames.
But Illidan's fight is not yet over. By waking him, Gul'dan has granted him one final chance to settle an ancient score: to bring an end to the Burning Legion once and for all. As his soul drains little by little into the Titan's avatar, Illidan realises he cannot stand against the Legion alone. In so much darkness, there must be light. There can be only one.
The memories return, of an age long past, of the one he loved with all of his heart. Even in the silence of the Nether, his heart still longs for her. From beyond eternity, The Betrayer calls to her, asking the impossible.
Finalist in Good As Gold Awards Jan 29, 2017
Ranked #219 Mar 2, 2017
Published November 29, 2016