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!