Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde (World of Warcraft #12)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There's a lot of introspection and musing on Vol'jin's part; ...more