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World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Stackpole

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A brand-new novel set in the universe of the record-breaking, internationally bestselling video game World of Warcraft!


Vol'jin, courageous leader of the Darkspear tribe. His strength and cunning are unmatched even among the Horde's most exalted champions. Now on the legendary continent of Pandaria, the troll chieftain faces his greatest trial yet, one that may redefine his purpose in the…


Warchief Garrosh's assassins strike at Vol'jin, leaving him at death's door. But fate smiles on the wounded Darkspear leader when renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout transports him to the safety of an isolated mountain monastery. There, Vol'jin wrestles with old hatreds smoldering between the Alliance and the Horde as he struggles to recover alongside a mysterious human soldier.

Yet this is only the beginning of Vol'jin's worries. Soon, he becomes embroiled in an invasion of Pandaria launched by the Zandalari, revered trolls driven by dreams of conquest and power. This ancient tribe offers Vol'jin a chance to seize the glory that is the birthright of all trolls…an offer made even more tempting after Garrosh's brazen treachery.

Amid these troubling events, Vol'jin is rocked by intense visions depicting his race's grand history. As he questions where his loyalties lie, he knows he must make a choice about his own destiny that could save his people or damn them to languish under Garrosh's heel in the…


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Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning novelist, game designer, computer game designer, graphic novelist, screenwriter, editor, and podcaster best known for his New York Times bestselling Star Wars® novels I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's written over forty-five novels, has books translated into ten different languages, and has an asteroid named after him. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. In his spare time, he dances, plays indoor soccer, and logs a lot of hours in World of Warcraft.



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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Warcraft Novel at It's Best 2. Juli 2013
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Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde is Michael A. Stackpole's first World of Warcraft book, and it doesn't disappoint. In the far off land of Pandaria, an outcast troll, a Pandaren brewmaster, and a deadly human archer join together to stop a ruthless invasion. Yet the story dives far deeper than simple warfare. Against long odds, the characters must fight battles within themselves as they struggle with identity and balance. Alongside bloody battle scenes and amazing feats of combat, there's a rich exploration of the characters. If fan's of World of Warcraft have been waiting for a book that would do Vol'jin justice, then the wait is over.

The premise of the story revolves around Vol'jin and his examination of just who he is and where he should be heading. For those new to setting, Vol'jin is the leader of the Darkspears, an elite tribe of trolls allied with the Horde. The current leader of the Horde is an orc named Garrosh. Unfortunately Garrosh and Vol'jin don't see eye to eye, and the orc tries to assassinate the troll. But Vol'jin is no ordinary troll. He's a shadow hunter. Think of him as a mystical figure head for his people, a role model they look to for wisdom and guidance. He has a strong relationship with the troll spirits and in turn, he's a rather powerful figure. His near death experience, however, causes him to reevaluate his life. Why is he wasting his time serving a group that tried to kill him? What reason is there in following the will of his bloodthirsty gods? Who is he really? These questions and more are thoroughly explored through the novel. Stackpole does a great job of diving into the character's head and providing insight on Vol'jin's reasons and questions. But Vol'jin is not alone in this novel.

Alongside the mighty troll is a human named Tyrathan. Like Vol'jin, Tyrathan is seriously injured at the beginning of the story and forced to recuperate. During that rehabilitation, he too questions his purpose in life. Stranded in Pandaria, both characters have the opportunity to start over, to remake themselves as new people. In his past life, Tyrathan was a skilled archer for the Alliance. Yet he is haunted by his apt skill on the battlefield. When it comes to killing, he has a true knack for it. But that talent has driven a wedge between him and his family.

Then there is Chen. Chen is a Pandaren, a brewmaster and an adventurer. As his people like to say, he has chased the turtle, for the world rides on the turtle's back, and he has traveled across it to see what else is out there. Still, he has found himself back in Pandaria, and now he's thinking about making a home and settling down. With the arrival of Vol'jin, Tyrathan and unforeseen threats, Chen's plans get sidetracked. His serene conflict between adventure and taking roots is supplanted by a new dilemma: maintaining one's soul in the carnage of warfare.

Throughout the entire book, all three characters struggle through self-discovery and maintaining balance. Those themes often touch on philosophy. Early on, two concepts are introduced in the story. First there is the philosophical way of the Huojin, people who are quick to action, practical and adventurous. Then there is the Tushui, a practice of contemplation and measuring acts against ideals of justice and morality. For the Pandaren, they strive to find a balance between the two. For each of the three main characters, they have their Huojin and Tushui traits, and they must strive to find a balance if they wish to persevere.

For readers who aren't so concerned about rich character explorations or philosophical puzzles, there's plenty of intense action in the later chapters of the book. Ancient enemies invade Pandaria, and it's up to Vol'jin, Chen and Tyrathan to stop them. But for readers who like a bit more meat to their stories, you'll find plenty to dine upon in this one. Stackpole shows that there is plenty of storytelling potential left in the World of Warcraft franchise, and I dare say he breathes new life into it. Readers should be prepared to have some new favorite characters after reading this story. For exceeding my expectations and raising the bar for what a World of Warcraft novel can do, I give Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde a five out of five.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Delightfully Philosophical Look at the WoW Universe 9. Juli 2013
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Unlike most of the other World of Warcraft novels, Shadows of the Horde is primarily focused on the internal conflicts of the characters, philosophy, overcoming cultural differences, friendship, and destiny. It is ANYTHING but a humble approach to these topics, however. At least one other reviewer here said that the book wasn't a "page-turner" compared to the more action-oriented Warcraft novels, but I believe that the lack of action sequences makes this one all the more worth reading.

This unique approach to the franchise was penned by Michael A. Stackpole, and this is his first entry into the WoW cannon of books. I honestly believe this is the strongest author Blizzard has snagged yet, and I wait with great anticipation for his further works in this universe. Please, please Blizzard, get this man back to write more. This was, by far, the most excellent entry in your line of books.

With some amazing lore tidbits for World of Warcraft fans, a deep examination of the Alliance and Horde philosophies, a humbling view of Vol'jin and his human counterpart, and a reminder that Chen is probably the most benevolent of the WoW main characters is enough to make this book more than a good read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful must buy for any fan! 4. Juli 2013
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I absolutely love this book, I bought it yesterday and it did not disappoint me.
This book makes me absolutely love Vol'Jin's character even more.

The book is well written and has a great story that reeled me in the moment I started reading it.
It is great book for any book lover or geek or fan, whatever you are, you won't want your money back.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Impressive. 7. November 2013
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This stackpole guy be writing good stuff. Very poetic. I never be reading a warcraft novel so deep,and intelligent..he Gonna be giving trolls a new respect.
spect. Hahaha. Thumbs up.
5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent read 13. April 2014
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The story of Vol'jin should have long been told before now. I am glad it had come though. The war chief of the horde deserves all honor.
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