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Lord of the Clans (WarCraft #2)

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In the mist-shrouded haze of the past, the world of Azeroth teemed with wondrous creatures of every kind. Mysterious Elves and hardy Dwarves walked among tribes of Man in relative peace and harmony -- until the arrival of the demonic army known as the Burning Legion shattered the world's tranquility forever. Now Orcs, Dragons, Goblins, and Trolls all vie for supremacy over ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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"I have no fear of killing those who deserve to die. I do not choose to kill those who do not."

I hate orcs.

Really, they’ve always been one of my least favourite fantasy races. I grew up with Tolkien’s books, and he was the first to shape my perception of all the traditional fantasy races. Later, when I played games such as The Elder Scrolls, the orcs, while different from Tolkien’s, were still too twisted and ugly and mindless and brutish for me to sympathise with them in any way. And other fant
"Kagh! Bin mog g'thazag cha!"

Translated to human tongue, this means: (view spoiler) And with these words, I fell in love with the Orcs, their culture, their beliefs and this book.

Golden has a gift. She wove the tale of Thrall's childhood, his succession into power and his grand leadership with skill and grace. This book made me cry. It is rare for me to shed tears over a book, although I have been known to slam some shut in indignation or throw them a
Christie Golden writes Horde characters extremely well as I first discovered in Rise of the Horde. Lord of the Clans is the best Horde-based book I've read in the World of Warcraft series. This is Thrall's story from birth to Warchief. No shortage of legendary Horde characters here--Durotan and Draka of the Frostwolf Clan, Grom Hellscream of the Warsong Clan, Drek'Thar, shaman of the Frostwolves, and Warchief Ogrim Doomhammer of the Blackrock Clan. Thrall's captor, Aedelas Blackmoore, is a perfe ...more
Michael Crews
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I sometimes try to criticize the book I'm reading. Usually I can't come up with anything(except when the book is so obviously horrible that even I can see it), but at least I'm able to put down the book and think for a while.

With this one, I just couldn't.

I started this book a few weeks ago, but I couldn't continue because I was too busy. I picked it up again yesterday, thinking that I would be able to finish this (relatively) thin book in no time. And I did. Not because the story was short, bu
So far, I love this book. Golden depicts her villains well, though at times their evil is rather ham fisted. Blackmoore as a drunken moron plotting to use Thrall to propel his political career is appropriately dispicable. I feel like Golden is attempting to give him complexity through the alcoholism, but it mostly falters as Blackmoor is either evil or pathetic. Usually both.

I do love her portrayal of Thrall and Taretha, though I wish we could SEE more of Taretha's intellect and sarcastic wit sh
Pros: For fantasy, Golden is an excellent storyteller. The rise of Thrall as the leader of the orcs (and basically the Horde) follows along the lines of a Ben-Hur / Spartacus / Gladiator type epic saga. Great fiction!

Cons: I don't have anything terrible to say about the book. It is intended for teenagers - but I knew that before reading it.

Overall: I'd recommend this book to any fans of WoW or any fans of fantasy looking for a new series.
TL Jeffcoat
This story is not only emotional, it's fast moving. Exciting adventurous and well written. This is a wonderful story about how the most powerful and wisest ruler of the Horde came to power. This story is so good, you can travel to these exact locations in the book inside a dungeon in the MMO. Yeah, it has a dungeon focused on portion of this story. That's how pivotal it is to the entire world of Azeroth.
Sam Gaume
Lord of The Clans is another book based off of a popular video game series. It does not appeal to everyone, but I thought it was an outstanding book. The main character is an orc named Thrall and is a slave to the humans. He is trained to be a gladiator and fight and kill other orcs in captivity. Thrall decides that he should rally all of the other slaves and break out of their internment camp. Thrall becomes the leader of the biggest orc clan and recruits many others to fight by his side. The t ...more
So far very pleasantly surprised about this series of books. This one perhaps more than the last one I read, Day of the Dragon. It is able to be more of a standalone book, then really required reading after you've played some of the game.

To tell you how good this is, makes me almost want to try out an orc character, but I've been Alliance too long maybe to test that out.
Pocas veces he odiado tanto a un villano en un libro...
No soy fan de Warcraft (y sin conocer casi nada del folclor de esta saga), entendí perfecto la historia y me encantó.
Esta es una excelente novelización de un videojuego, se nota que la escritora estudió a fondo el mundo de Warcraft, ya que cumple como un producto para fans y a la vez para extraños en el universo warcraft y que buscan una buena novela fantástica.
El libro es fácil de leer, es corto, entretenido y tiene frases que aunque las d
Jun 12, 2009 Ben added it
I recommend this book to anyone that likes fantsay. This is baout a othe end of the 2nd war between the humans and the horde. A human have find a baby orc and has train him to be a warrioir, a gladiator, and a slave. However Thrall the orc escape from the humans and has reclaim his rightful place the horde as their warchief.
Andy Laishes
I really like the plot of this book, it shows you how Thrall came to be Warchief and shows you the conflicts he goes through. It is well written with twists and turns. It shows how Thrall reunites the clans and puts the Orc race in the correct direction, not one of war and ravage, but one of peace and intellect.
Ryan Nicholson
Sep 15, 2011 Ryan Nicholson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Warcraft Fans
This book was amazing!!! The story was awesome following Thrall and his rise to be Warchief of the horde. This book gave me laughs and tears and as playing Alliance made me feel sorry for the way humans treated the orcs. Brilliant read highly recommend it for anyone into warcraft lore.
Aik Koh
Favourite book of the first three books of the Warcraft series. It's a standalone story about a young orc and his rise to the Warchief to lead it's people. Author simply wonderful in expressing the emotions of the protagonist and it's slow rise to power. Read it almost 3 times.
As if I couldn't love Thrall anymore, this book showed me that I could. His life, his struggles, his accomplishments. He shows us clearly that there is REAL good in the Horde. This book also shows many evils of the humans. Wonderful read.
I play the online game so it was sort of interesting to learn more about one of the characters in it. This even prompted me to go to the instance that follows Thrall's escape from Durnhold. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Raymond Lee
I finish this book when I was in cancun. It talk about the life of thrall on how he rise to power. Golden is a outstanding writer, I never found the wow into reading and I don't know if it's her writing or the story but now I love to read.
Simon Widman
I loved this book. I cannot bring myself to give it less then 5 stars for a few reasons. One is that I have always liked Thrall as a character and he is my favorite representations of an orc character in fantasy( if one excludes his recent character development into somewhat of a mary sue)
It is a story of rebellion, freedom and identity told well but I would have liked it to be longer as the story moved very quickly and even if that is good from a getting to the action perspective, I would have
Hugo Saraiva
This book is about the life of the great Horde Warchief Thrall. What his parents went through, how he was raised by the humans and what he went through to get to where he is now. Great Book.
Really well-written insight into Thrall's past, psyche, and what drives his need for leadership. Well-rounded characters all around and a villain in a lovely gray area.
Ken Badertscher
My favorite Warcraft book. Golden does a brilliant job of describing the birth of the Horde, and making the Orcs... uh, human? Well, realistic and believable.
Amazing story of Thrall and his early years. Makes me respect the leader of the Horde that much more! (He still is leader in my eyes!) For the Horde!
Robert C.
This book was one of my favorites of the warcraft series. I loved it so much that i finished it in 4 days!
A touching and inspiring story, one of Golden's best works. Truly loved Taretha and all she did for Thrall.
Thrall, son of Durotan...slave...gladiator...shaman...warchief. For the Horde!
The story of Thrall. A must read for any fan of the Warcraft universe.
A good book, but too short.
Mike White
Fantastic book
Nicely written background story of Thrall. If you played Warcraft1,2 and 3 and liked the whole story, you should read this book. It's not too hard to read, quite enjoyable and easygoing.
You'll find out about Thrall and some other Characters of the first two Warcraft-Games and get information on how the Horde was treaded after their loss of the second war.
Fans of the Warcraft-Universe will like it, people who don't know about Warcraft should play the games first or at least read about the mainsto
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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror. She has over a million books in print.

2009 will see no fewer than three novels published. First out in late April will be a World of Warcraft novel, Athas: Rise of the Lich King. This is the first Warcraft novel to appear in hardcover. Fans of the youn
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