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Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde (World of Warcraft #12)

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Shadows of the Horde follows Vol’jin to the lost continent of Pandaria, where the troll chieftain's loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . .

Aided by the renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout, Vol'jin takes refuge in a remote mountain monastery to recover from his wounds. His time there, however, is far from peace
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Executive Summary:
I reviewed this for SFF audio. I doubt I would have read it otherwise. It might appeal to World of Warcraft fans, but probably no one else.

Audio book: This is the first book I've listened to by Scott Brick. Mr. Brick has a good clear voice. He also does a pretty good Cajun accent for the trolls.

My big problem is apart from that everyone sounds the same. The Trolls (both male and female) sounded the same. I couldn't really tell apart the human character from the Panderan either
Sayomara Vesper
While reading this book, I was taken back to the classic science fiction series Babylon 5, which asks two very basic questions, "Who are you?" and "What do you want?" While Shadows of the Horde asks these questions in different ways, the basic idea is there. The book also has the feel of a Kung Fu movie right after the hero has been beaten by the villain for the first time. The hero goes to a monastery to heal and become stronger before he can strike at the villain again. In many ways this is wh ...more
Ellen Zacarias

Vol'jin: The Next Karate Troll


With all the juicy drama and tension that has been boiling within the Horde, I couldn’t wait to read about Vol’jin, the leader of the Darkspear trolls. However, it left me disappointed from its lack of any believable tension. That’s probably the biggest weakness of the book—the characters are dull, the tension is dull, and even the “climactic” conflict against the Zandalari and Mogu forces is dull because I didn’t get a sense of urgency fro

This is the worst WoW novel, in my opinion. It is the epitome of telling, not showing. Normally WoW novels get my heart pumping with emotional highs & lows, but this was just a steady meh. I miss the richness of character & place that are usually present. The author seemed to place more importance on how blood drips off of various body parts than anything else. Very disappointed.
... What the Hell did I just read?

Honestly, I used to love those books not five years ago, but this was just insufferable drivel from introduction to conclusion. And I still love the game, it's not a case of the whole world being uninteresting.

First, I think one of the most important things for books based of a video game/tv show is to relate to that video game/tv show, which isn't the case at all here. It's important to bear in mind that this is pretty much the Mist of Pandaria novel, an expans
Ian Eppenbaugh
This was a very different WoW novel than we’re used to getting, but Michael A. Stackpole is a very different author from Richard Knaak and Christie Golden. I’ve been a fan of Stackpole since I first picked up X-Wing: Rogue Squadron back in middle school and, as such, was exceptionally thrilled to see him writing a WoW novel.

What we got in Shadows of the Horde was not what I was expecting. It was a much more serious, darker-toned WoW novel. Were there some light-hearted moments? Absolutely, Chen
I've seen a number of people say that this is a darker toned book than we've had before. Personally, I don't know if I would agree. It's certainly not rainbows, kittens, and lollypops. But I feel that Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War was a much darker entry in the series.

I'm starting to think that Blizzard is reaching a point where they can't win in regards to novels. People that buy their games, want to play their games. They want to be able to take part in major events. They want to be able to r
¤Leila | The Fiction Pixie¤
Getting used to the writing style of Michael Stackpole was considerably interesting. The slow points in this book that were story and history based were on the slow side, this really captured that nature of the Pandaren but it also meant for a laborious read. But then in times of war and times of action his writing was action-packed and one blow after the other. This left me on a roller coaster of reading interest; while I absolutely loved this story and everything in it, I slugged through it at ...more
Michael Pate
In terms of the experience for World of Warcraft players, you probably will want to have done the Troll starting zone, watched the 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari trailer, and experienced the Dagger in Dark scenario. But if you haven't you can either watch the videos I linked to or just read the recaps in the story itself.

"Swear! Swear de blood oath with me!"

Like all of the modern novels, this very much takes place right within the (nearly current continuity). And like many of it's predecessors, this
I really enjoyed this book, the story is a lot bloodier and darker than the last few warcraft novels, which I think is a good change. The story definitely reminds me of a kung-fu movie.

Vol'jin is almost killed by an assassin. He is found half dead by Chen (an old character from way back in warcraft 3) and sent to a mountain top monastery where he is cared for by the Monks of Pandaria. Along with a human hunter, after growing to respect each other they work together with Chen and the monks to pr
After Tides of War another pretty good WoW novel, one you enjoy reading without "he's gonna kill them all and then have a cup of coffee" feeling you might've gotten while reading the previous books (Stormrage comes to mind). It explains few things that Mist of Pandaria's quests were not able to, lore wise anyway. The only bad thing about this novel is that it was released too late. It should've been with us before 5.3 at least, preferably before MoP was launched. That detail aside, definately wo ...more
Strong characterizations, particularly Vol'jin, do not save this book from it's back half. I found the first part of the book incredibly enjoyable and Stackpole's writing is solid throughout. Unfortunately because of limitations (that I assumed were imposed by Blizzard) the plot shifts focus on Vol'jin's slow recovery and his anger towards Garrosh to a bunch of trolls I couldn't have cared less about. We are left to return to World of Warcraft to experience the true conclusion to the tale.

As a Warcraft lore junkie I really wanted to like this book, but it really was a disappointment. It was so hard to even finish it.

I always wanted to know more about Vol'jin and troll/pandaria lore. The author did a pretty decent job portraying the characters, but there wasn't really one I could relate to. Chen was fairly interesting but the Vol'jin parts were either pretty good or downright tiresome to read.

If you like to learn more about the Loa or if you particulary like long philosophical tal
Bookworm Speaks!

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

by Michael A. Stackpole


The Story: War is coming. 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 World of Warcraft. Warchief Garrosh's assassins strike at Vol'jin, leaving him at death's door. But fate smile
C.T. Phipps
What does one do when one survives an assassination attempt by your leader, one who has proven willing to do anything to accumulate power and may use your species as cannon fodder in genocidal wars against other races?

Apparently, the answer is sit around and talk a lot.

This is perhaps unfair but this is a strange sort of novel that goes in an unexpected direction after its explosive beginning. There's no lack of action in the book. It's one of the bloodiest World of Warcraft novels ever, thou
The new World of Warcraft novel, Volj’in Shadows of the Horde hits the shelves today, July 2, 2013. Get a first peek review before you buy!
New to the World of Warcraft novel scene, New York Times Bestselling author, Michael A. Stackpole brings a new in-depth look at the leader of the Darkspear tribe, Vol’jin. Slow at start, Vol’jin Shadows of the Horde had me captivated as the troll leader faced his greatest challenge with a tempting option that could benefit his tribe.

Stackpole is not an unfami
Jaime Glanovsky
This is a valuable addition to the lore of the WOW worlds' cannon. Vol'jin is an interesting character with a lot of potential for good storytelling and character exploration and this book takes full advantage of both of those. The book also introduces several new, original characters and makes it easy for the reader to become attached to them. This is good, since the WOW authors have recently killed off many of our favorite characters from previous books. This book gives us more exploration of ...more
While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't quite like the other Warcraft novels. I felt like the others were a bit more in depth whereas this one skimmed the surface. They didn't really get much done and the question of, "Who are you?" and "Who are you going to be?" kept coming up a lot. The ending was nice because of the battle scenes. Other than that, I was hoping for a bit more action going on.
Keri Salyers
If the author doesn't play wow then he is one heck of a fine study on the subject. There exists in this book so many small points that only someone who plays would even note- like how trolls crouch at times when standing about. So many references, my inner lore nerd was thrilled!

For match up purposes, this book is set right after the Blood in the Snow scenario. Garrosh, still the Horde Warchief, gives Voljin a little mission and he accepts fully knowing it was a trap.

I was delighted with this bo
I really miss Pandaria. I was glad to have another chance to revisit the world of the mists when I picked up this book and was doubly excited that it centres around Vol'jin, a character that I felt hasn't been given enough screen time or purpose until the fourth World of Warcraft expansion.

And what an impact this noble character made! From the chieftain of a small group of outcast trolls to the position of Warchief of the Horde, the story told within this book justifies Vol'jin's ascendence to t
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde was not really what I expected it would be. Previous WoW books I have read have been full of non-stop action and heroes saving the day. While Voljin: Shadows of the Horde had plenty of heroes and action it was more about finding one's purpose and embracing the belief of balance in one's life.

Vol'jin was an interesting character, the leader of the trolls of the Horde he was used to being feared, controlling people, and having his way. All this changed when Garrosh
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Mists of Pandaria is the World of WarCraft expansion prior to the current one, Warlords of Draenor, and is one that I’ve played for only a very, very small while. About a year and a half back or so I got some free-time from Blizzard and was allowed to play one level up so that I could be enticed into purchasing the full thing. It proved to be a great experience, but I was unable to go back. But I do remember the
This book enveloped me in a sphere of excitement, joy, and entertainment. As serious as it may seem, going through a story in the eyes of a troll is not common in my novella collection. Having read many WoW books prior to this, I at least grasped most of the terms used in this novel. The excitement came from the very well done battle sequences, and how paced they were. The joy came from the ending primarily, which I won't spoil for those who haven't read this book. And finally, the entertainment ...more
Michelle Gross
Not too bad. Would have liked more detail in the ending. Just kinda seemed to end quickly.
Robert Jones
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde ends up finishing a different story than it started, and it does so poorly, with clumsy prose and a serious lack of tension or urgency. There are absolutely no surprises or twists: everything progressives about how you'd expect from the first few pages. The only thing done well is the character development of the protagonist. Everything else is just bad, even by trashy fantasy standards. I only finished the book because I went into it as a serious Vol'jin fanboy (an ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warcraft fans, troll fans
I Be Not A Crab

First of all, you need to be familiar with the World of Warcraft universe and the storylines in the Pandaria expansion prior to picking up this book. Unlike past Warcraft novels, there is very little hand-holding involved in describing any of the World of Warcraft concepts. Monsters from the game just show up in the book (one of the Mogu summons Quilen, and the only description is "Quilen show up") and you're expected to know instantly what they look like.

As an avid World of Warcr
In the World of Warcraft universe, Vol'jin is the Leader of the Darkspear Trolls, one of the races of the Horde. This novel takes place right at the beginning of the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Players who have played through the Dagger in the Dark scenario will instantly recognize the events that begin this book.

Garrosh Hellscream sends his assassins against Vol'jin, who is wounded. He is then nursed back to health by the Pandaren Shadow-Pan whilst learning about the history of Pandaria, abou
I was really excited about this book when I first heard about it coming out, because Vol'jin has always been one of my favorite characters in the World of Warcraft setting, especially since I actually have played the game itself. While this was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon at work, the story itself was a bit lacking. Having the background of actually playing World of Warcraft, some of the actions that are attributed to Vol'jin in the book seem out of character for him. I also didn't li ...more
Stackpole's first WoW novel is good for the tie-in fiction subgenre. The story follows up on the attempted assassination of Vol'jin of the Darkspear by Garrosh Hellscream's agent, seen in an event in World of Warcraft. Vol'jin survives the attempt--barely--and is taken to the Shado-Pan Monastery by his old friend Chen Stormstout to recover, where Vol'jin learns a few things about Pandaria, himself, his people, and the Horde as a whole.

There's a lot of introspection and musing on Vol'jin's part;
This was a bit more slow moving than other books. Nonetheless, I found it a fascinating read...diving into some deeper issues of self, allegiance, loyalty, and identity. It was well written in my opinion. I also enjoyed an entire book that was devoted to getting to know the lesser known leader of the Darkspear trolls and seeing a lot of that history. I would recommend this book, especially to anyone a fan of the Warcraft universe.
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