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!