I'm going to start off by saying that yes, I think Christie Golden is a fantastic author. She's one of my personal heroes if you can believe that. As a struggling author myself, I idolize that she basically gets paid to write good fan fiction for several genres, in addition to her original works (She writes for Star Wars, and I believe she did some Star Trek too? Can't remember off-hand. Anyway...)
So when I say this, I'm not in any way insulting Ms. Golden or her work. Blizzard squarely dropped the ball here. This was a huge missed opportunity.
What they should have done was put in just enough information, leave just enough bread crumbs through the in-game mechanics to hint at several events in the novel, as opposed to leaving players more confused than when they started.
With more information, they would've made players curious in a GOOD way, making us want to read Tides of War not because players felt jilted and forced to buy a book they otherwise wouldn't, but because it sparked their curiosity.
As it is, this is just going to cause more hard feelings misdirected at Christie, and lost revenue as players boycott "on principle". :(
I understand scenarios weren't meant to be these huge lore plot wells, but Theramore should be the exception to that, considering how many players are already upset at losing the city, and Jaina appearing to turn neutral (which remains to be seen, but I'm staying out of that debate entirely)
Edited by Trinxie on 9/17/2012 8:29 PM PDT