Quick Summary: Yes its flawed but worth reading. That said...
Wait before I say anything only read on if you want to have some of the book spoiled for you.
So moving right along.
The Apprentice was such a two dimensional character and obviously wore a red shirt. So I wasn't able to get invested in her at all, in fact I was annoyed she took the screen time Pained could of gotten.
the way the Blue Dragons were written irritated me to no end. They all just are in mass depression to the point they don't care about anything at all even helping their once aspect? Preserving their artifact? That's just..wow no. Its so ham handed a way of writing the flight ENTIRELY out of the story because they would be too powerful.
Garrosh's actions are out of character and they even have Bane thinking about the whole stone talon throwing a general off a cliff thing. Im with you that hes being manipulated by the "Evil Bad Guy". Remember they never said we kill Garrosh only we'd defeat him.
Jaina's story irritated me. Hugely. She got a boyfriend so he can be the one to save her cause heavens knows a woman in the depths of grief needs a boyfriend to keep her sane. Or her platonic boy friend. Though to be honest how many female characters was she friends with that they haven't killed at that point?
The fact shes so powerful and then they strip all that power by shackling her to the Kirin Tor's neutrality .. ugh. I can only assume she will be faded out like Ty as real men take care of things in Pandaria.
I liked Kalec despite his origin as a special snowflake friend in that awful Manga. But really if he goes around falling in love and acting that rashly he was a horrid choice for the Aspect. Also wow he isnt very smart.
The relationship is VERY two dimensional except one thing - they barely hold hands. Its some kind of weird vibe so I expect fully they will have some kind of wedding cerimony like the one that Knaak forced.
Rhonin was a special snowflake to the very end *sighs*.
The book's pacing left a great deal to be desired lurching in fits and spurts its best moments when it was unchained by quest dialog/comics/other books. I'm still FURIOUS their going with the alliance side of the Southern Barrens. Putting those words in Baine's mouth damaged his character for me.
Baine was the big bright spot in the book. Except for when he turns Fox News about the Southern Barrens he is believable and incredibly empathetic.
One huge letdown is Thrall. He has more than enough time to go running around the world with his baby cannon but when it comes to his beloved Horde? Eh who cares. Thats not Thrall. He should of been involved but again they had to find a way to write him out of the plot ham fisted as it may be because he could of short circuited this just by spending a few hours in Ogrimar.
That sums it up. Massive huge nits to pick at, aircraft carrier sized plot holes, and eh...here is something positive.