My Top 5 Lord of the Clans Moments

Hello everyone. As the title suggests, this review will be about my favorite moments from Lord of the Clans. This means that there will be some major spoilers for the books or at least more spoiler-heavy than my previous review involving this book. If you don’t have a problem with that for whatever reason then read on and enjoy. Let’s get started shall we?

 

 

 

Number Five: Thrall meets Grom Hellscream.

Most player would probably know of Grom from the game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and personally I always thought that he was, overall, a controversial figure. After all, by being the first to drink the demonic blood of the Pit Lord Mannoroth, he was the one that jump-started the enslavement of the Orcish race to the Burning Legion even though that wouldn’t have happen without Gul’dan’s manipulation. Killing lots of people both on Draenor and Azeroth in crazed fits of blood-lust doesn’t help build a popular reputation on either, at least on most circles. And yet, he was also the one that destroyed Mannoroth in the end, thus freeing his race from the demonic taint in the process and cleaning, to a degree, the mess he started. 

Thus he was both the bane and liberator of his people. Ironies of life but at any rate, I certainly found his character development interesting. The difference between Grom’s mind-set by the time he meets Thrall is way different from his personality at the time of Beyond the Dark Portal, over a decade and a half earlier. And his new-found wisdom made its way to Thrall in a way that helped shape him into the orc he is in the present day, to quote Drek’Thar.  

I found a lot of relevance in that meeting because Thrall finally had visible proof that his people weren’t all warmongers, that while they may all be willing and eager to fight when need be, the kind of experience that Grom accumulated over the years can help reform them from the savage ways of the Old Horde if nothing else. It gave Thrall hope after hearing all his life that the people of his race were nothing but monsters. And hope is very important, especially for a soon-to-become political leader.

 

Number Four: Sergeant apologizes to Thrall after he was beaten for no reason.

Sergeant was easily my favorite character that was introduced in Lord of the Clans that has yet to appear in another source of Warcraft canon. His tolerance and praise for well-earned merit was refreshing in a novel full of bigotry and slavery. Plus, he was definitely a great fighter considering most of what Thrall knows about fighting with weaponry he learned from Sergeant. And the time he agreed to appeal for peace with Thrall’s Horde when given the chance shows he was a smart man and that he cares for the people under his command.

Still, it’s the moment from the title above that really raised my opinion about him he most. Thrall was beaten in cruel punishment when he was wounded and exhausted for losing against a huge Ogre despite the fact he already had won eight battles in a row! Lothar’s ghost, they should have awarded him with honors instead. And when that was over, Sargeant was the only one with enough courage in his guts and logic in his mind to realize the treatment of his kind against Thrall wasn’t right and to voice it out in his presence; essentially apologizing in behalf of his race. In a society where hatred for the Orcs has been ingrained deeply into its roots, this act was powerful stuff.

 

Number Three: Orgrim Doomhammer names Thrall his successor.

I really liked this moment because I read Rise of the Horde and Tides of Darkness before reading Lord of the Clans; therefore, I have read a lot of content involving Orgrim and, of course, content regarding the prophecy of the Doomhammer. So, reading the fulfillment of that old prophecy was a bit of epic closure for me. At least where that particular storyline is concerned.

By culling most of the Orc’s fel corruption and leading them on a path of conquest for a new home now that their home-world of Draenor was unfit to sustain their vast population, he brought glory and salvation to their people at first but he also doomed his people by eventually losing the war to the Alliance and most of his brethren were imprisoned; forced to endure terrible shame. But salvation came again before he drew his last few dying breaths in the form of Thrall; an orc not of the Doomhammer line but still fit to lead his people and make them great again. Thrall wielded the war hammer as a symbol of hope, and the young orc liberated his race and rekindled the pride and heritage that the orcish people had abandoned as the bloodthirsty Horde. And with that, Orgrim Doomhammer joined his ancestors, knowing he could rest in peace.

Number Two: Thrall becomes the first shaman of his generation.

If there was a moment of spiritual significance in the book that would reverberate for years to come it was the moment the spirits accepted Thrall as a shaman. For about two decades the spirits of the elements had denied their might to them, ever since they started their war of extermination against the Draenei race and, worse, turn their back on the elements in favor of fel magic instead of trying to make amends with their ancestral source of faith and power. Some repented properly, like Drek’thar and were allowed to regain access to the power of the elements but those shamans were old. If the spirits didn’t initiated young orcs soon, the path of orcish shamanism, old enough for its people to have forgotten its origin, would be lost forever.  

That’s why Thrall gave his people so much hope, not just as a warchief, but as a shaman. His initiation showed his people that the spirits were finally ready to start forgiving them for their sins and that Thrall would certainly become one of the greatest if not the greatest shaman in orcish history. And considering the orcs were facing at the time one of the darkest hours in their entire history, having a champion of such caliber to rally behind was exactly what they needed.

 

Number One: Thrall avenges Taretha

There were many moments in Lord of the Clans where I wanted nothing more than for Thrall to rip his “owner” apart. I really hated Aedelas Blackmoore during the entire book. Which is good, as it means Christie Golden did a majestic job writing this character in order to convey such strong emotion in her readers. But man, when he ordered Taretha’s death and tossed her severed head to Thrall…I was shocked and outraged like I hadn’t been in a long time, at least when reading a book. And it made me cheer all the harder when Thrall finally killed him. So yeah, this moment was my favorite one because it made me feel such a strong emotional response.

Well, that’s it for now everyone. My next review will probably be for what could be consider the prequel of Lord of the Clans: Rise of the Horde, also written by Christie Golden. I liked the book a lot and besides, with the Warlords of Draenor expansion arriving in November there may be fans who would be interested in knowing the backstory of the conflict, even if it was altered by time travel. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!

 

 

 

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Lord of the Clans: From Gladiator to Warchief

Hello everyone. Last time I told you that my next post would be about the only other Warcraft book I have read in a single day; which is Lord of the Clans also by Christie Golden. This review enters in my category of minor spoilers so while there will be a few, those that hadn’t read the book can read this easily enough. Let’s begin shall we?

Well, for starters, I found this book interesting one way or another in every page. Right from the start, it caught my attention immensely. Moreover, any fan of the Warcraft series will be able to relate to the book, and even those who aren’t should be able to pick it up and understand what’s going on. Obviously, someone who hasn’t played the games won’t be familiar with all the names and characters mentioned, but you don’t need to have a firm grasp on the Warcraft story-line to appreciate the actual book.

This book also provides the necessary background for everyone who didn’t understand what appeared to be an abrupt shift in the mind-set of the Horde during Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Yes, the New Horde under Thrall looked far more honorable than the previous incarnation but many wondered why. This book should clear up that question and more. There are also a few familiar faces from other books and from the Warcraft games, especially from the non-online games.

Also, this book is one of my favorite Warcraft books for many reasons. I love the themes, it provided the back-story for one of my favorite characters in-game, but mostly because this is the Warcraft book that has shocked me the most despite the fact it’s also the shortest one I have read. There were several parts where I literally gasped and my mind thought “no way, did that just happened?”.

Besides, if I wouldn’t know any better I would have said that Christie knew both Thrall and Blackmoore intimately because the way she wrote their characters so convincingly was next to perfect. And I can’t remember the last time a writer made me hate a book antagonist with a passion so much that near the end I really wanted Thrall to kill him.

Some readers think that the book was a bit predictable and to a degree it was but I believe it was an entertaining sort of predictable because I never got bored even though I did have an idea of where the plot was heading. Still, the parts of utter shock made me re-think that a few times.

Overall, the only flaw I can really spot in this book was that it was so good 278 pages seem too few in retrospective. As I have said, I finished it in a day and I wouldn’t have mind to take a week to finish it if there would have been more of such awesome a plot to entertain me.

Because this book is definitely one of my favorites and the other reasons listed above, I give it a solid A+.

Well, that’s it for now. Thank you very much for reading every one. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!

My Top 5 War Crimes Moments

Thanks to everyone who read my first post. Like I said, this post will deal with my top 5 moments of the War Crimes book so, be warned, as that means there will be spoilers from the book. I don’t know if this post will be more entertaining than the Darkmoon Faire but I certainly hope it’s good enough for you to give it a standing ovation. Let the review begin!

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–          Number five: Alexstrasza gives her testimony.

Even though the dragon queen isn’t known as the “Defender of Life” (among other titles) for nothing, her testimony was quite beautiful to read. While that part of the story may make more sense for the readers who have read Tides of Darkness and/or Day of the Dragon first it was explained in good enough detail to show new readers her obvious pain when she was enslaved by the orcs of the Dragonmaw Clan and forced to lay eggs for the orcs to use her children in battle. Even though it’s in her ingrained nature to be compassionate pretty much everyone in the courtroom, expect perhaps the August Celestials, expected her to feel some level of resentment. And then she says that not only does she has no quarrel with the mortal races but that if any of the orcs that did those terrible things to her would ask for her forgiveness she would give it to them as if doing so would be the easiest thing in the world. Such is the beauty of the Life-binder; her presence alone echoes peace and she takes it with her every step of the way.

 

–          Number four: Sylvanas and Vereesa Windrunner meet again for the first time since Sylvanas became the Banshee Queen.

It’s no secret that players and readers alike have been wondering when exactly the sisters would meet again for several years and it finally happened during the book. While it was a highly anticipated moment and I indeed enjoyed their earlier interactions, this event isn’t higher on my list because I was quite disappointed with how they handled the ending. Alleria may still be on another planet at the moment but if the way Sylvanas reacted to Veressa’s final decision was any indication I highly doubt a reunion between the two eldest Windrunner sisters would matter much at this point. I can only imagine what nefarious and utterly dark road Chris Metzen has in store for her and while I am sure when the time comes that plot will be well-made I had hopes for Sylvanas that are pretty much as dead as she is now.

 

–          Number three: Garrosh gives his final speech.

Be honest, even if you despised Garrosh and I am pretty sure most of the players did, that little speech near the end of the trial was enough to make you at least chuckle, wasn’t it? Even after every testimony that made him look bad, after every vision of the past that made the people in the courtroom all the more outraged, and even after he turned like 99% of the planet’s population against him he still had the nerve to make a speech to curse pretty much everyone, including both former allies and honorable foes. Yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. He is pretty much the devil you know when it comes to the orcs in every sense of the word, at least if you exclude Gul’dan and Ner’zul but at any rate his speech made me laugh real hard.

–          Number two: Jaina finally makes her peace with herself.

It was a gradual shift but it appears that the rollercoaster of pain and madness that started when Garrosh unleashed that Mana-bomb on Jaina’s city slowed down considerably by the end of the story. To say the history of the leadership of the Lady of Theramore was difficult would be a serious understatement but one way or another Jaina always pulled through with a smile on her face. Until her city-state and its citizens were vaporized during Tides of War, that is. The shocking event traumatized her; perfectly understandable and I am glad she didn’t just forgive that like some other major things but she looked so consumed in revenge I kind of dreaded she would go through such a dark path that Blizzard would make her a Raid Boss in a coming expansion. I really wouldn’t have been looking forward to that. But as of the end of War Crimes it appears her emotional wounds are finally starting to heal and I bet Kalecgos would be there to attempt to accelerate the process. She may never be her old self again but I for one will rest easier while waiting for additional books/game-storylines knowing it appears she has been driven away from a road potentially as dark as Sylvanas is currently on.

 

–          Number one: The August Celestials reveal that everyone in the courtroom was actually on trial.

I don’t know about anyone else but for me this was one of those moments where I go “oh I did not see that coming but I should have known”. And indeed, I feel like I should have but alas, I just didn’t make the connection in time. Still, in retrospective that makes perfect sense when you look at the main themes of the book. If I would have to summarize it in one word I would say the main theme was change. As the life-binder said and I quote “change is inherent in life. As long as something lives, it can grow.” And she is right. Many believe quite rightly that Garrosh deserves to be executed a thousand times over but that presents a slight problem: the not knowing; as it’s only by ending life that you remove any possibility for that change to happen. That is why Garrosh would have been sentenced to life in prison at most by the August Celestials instead.

So, why this trial in the first place? Because all the major character needed to understand. This event was all about healing old wounds. We readers and players know all the events as outsiders but not all the characters from the Horde and the Alliance were on the same page. The trial brought about the first meeting between all the racial leaders of both the Horde and the Alliance for over a week and that capitalized what King Varian set in motion when he agreed to end the war with the rest of the Horde after Garrosh was overthrown. It allowed for understanding to dawn in all their heads and that could help consolidate a more lasting peace while they prepare to face the true enemy, like Wrathion keeps telling them. So yes, I think the whole theme of changing, growing and making different choices was the central thematic of the novel, and when the heroes fought their evil copies from alternate timelines they realized that as well when they had to recognize that everyone has a potential Garrosh inside, and that the choices you make are the ones that set you on track with those who seek to follow the road of evil, or set you apart from it.

Well, that’s it for now everyone. My next review will be about the only other warcraft book I have read in a single day. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like my posts and until next time guys, see-ya!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christie Golden Delivers Yet Again

Hello everyone. So I decided to start this blog about reviews for some books I have read. My top priority at the moment is to post my reviews for some of the World of Warcraft novels as I love the mythology that Blizzard came up with and as a fan of the game myself I know that many players get confused when it comes to the background information of certain events and characters because, well, a lot of those stories are explained in the books. Keep in mind, however, that my reviews will involve my own personal opinions on the Warcraft novels and your opinions may be very different. The first books I will review will be those I have read of which I feel are great books to begin with if you have never read other Warcraft books but if you have read some books, just never read these ones in particular, I would still recommend them. Finally, I will post two reviews per book: the first one will be shorter and aimed toward an audience that already has some level of background knowledge because they played the game and/or simply wants to know a little bit of what the story is about without too many direct spoilers. In other words, the first one will contain spoilers but only on an overall minor scale. The second review will be posted later and it will be aimed for people that already read the book I am reviewing and wants to know my own detailed opinion. Now that these announcements are out of the way, let us begin this post.

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  As most players would know by now, the next expansion for the game coming up this year is going to be called Warlords of Draenor. This book does a great job to tie that in with the ending of the last expansion, Mists of Pandaria. As the title suggests, someone has committed war crimes and is getting a trial. That someone is Garrosh Hellscream, the former Warchief of the Horde who turned most of the world against him and who the players kicked out of the mantle of Warchief in the ending of Mists of Pandaria. Christie Golden did an amazing job and managed to put in pieces from eight different Warcraft books in order to explain, who was Garrosh? What has he done; especially that isn’t public knowledge? And who were directly affected by his warmongering ways? Of those eight books we get details from, some were written by Golden herself so she has an understanding of what worked well in the past to bring into this novel. The scenes from the ones that weren’t written by her are still portrayed well enough and either way this must have been a huge literary task. Because of all these past references and so many major characters from the game making appearances I would argue War Crimes is currently one of the best books to start reading the Warcraft novels and for those who already read the content of some of the books referenced here it can be even more enjoyable as you read how those epic scenes from previous books relate to the current plotline. For those who loved Pandaria’s legendary questline, Wrathion’s scenes alone may be enough motivation to start reading as many things regarding his character become clear. As for Jaina, the questions that may have been confusing you since she cease being a pacifist are very well explained in this book, as is a hint of her immediate future. And for those who love Sylvanas for whatever reason, there is a big trigger for character development in the book along with something fans have waited for a while now. Can’t say what it is without spoiling but let’s just say that a long awaited meeting takes place in the book. Overall, I give this book an A- mostly because while I really enjoyed almost everything I feel like they wasted said long awaited meeting. Well, this is it for my non-spoiler review. Hope I grabbed your attention because that book is absolutely awesome and well worth your time and money; not to mention it’s one of the only two Warcraft books I started and finished on the same day. For those who already read the book, my review where I will discuss my top five parts of War Crimes will be posted soon enough. Thank you very much for reading everyone. Leave a comment if you have anything to say to me. Follow me if you like this post and until next time guys, see-ya!