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Cycle of Hatred (World of Warcraft #1)

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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  2,134 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief, Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive -- Lady Jaina Proudmoore. But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar's holdings sugg ...more
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Published January 31st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tyler James
The Cycle of Hatred was a nicely developed book because it included many details and lore pertaining to the history of the Warcraft Universe. The lore was interesting and made me want to read on because I simply love the Warcraft Universe and play World of Warcraft, a game based upon this universe. However, the reason that this book was rated lower was due to the lack of a real conflict and upon reading this book it seemed to not really have a 'danger' to make you want to keep reading. If you we ...more
El-jorro
Of all of the Warcraft Novels that Bookworm has read Cycle of Hatred has been considered one of the worst.

Is this true?

Let’s find out:

The Burning Legion has been defeated, and eastern regions of Kalimdor are now shared by two nations: the orcs of Durotar, led by their noble Warchief, Thrall; and the humans of Theramore, led by one of the most powerful mages alive -- Lady Jaina Proudmoore.

But the tentative peace between orcs and humans is suddenly crumbling. Random attacks against Durotar's hol
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Debra Akageorge
I love all most things that are Sci-Fi/Fantasy: books most, then games and movies. I have been playing World of Warcraft since friends introduce to it when Burning Crusade game out. I love the idea of the the game, especially the cut scenes or quest that tell you the back story. Finally I thought I would read one of the WoW novels, plus my friend had been bugging me too. I read Cycle of Hatred (World of Warcraft #1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido. This is my first novel from Blizzard, as well as, WoW. ...more
Leeanna
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred, by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Set a year prior to the opening of the World of Warcraft MMO, "Cycle of Hatred" would perhaps better be titled "Cycle of Blah." Unlike most novels set in the Warcraft universe, this one doesn't really add anything at all to the world.

The plot is mediocre and has no twists or turns - it's straightforwardly flat. You easily guess what's going to happen. Jaina Proudmoore and Thrall aren't true to their established characterization; it fee
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Amy
Being that this is only the second WoW book I've ever read, I only have one other book and author to hold it up to and that's Christie Golden's Athas... This book in comparison is really not that good.

But, as usual, I still loved Jaina Proudmore AND Colonel Lorena was an awesome new character for me to get to know and enjoy. This book had three powerful woman at the hem of it and that's the reason it got a 3 star instead of a 2 from me. Jaina, Lorena, and Aegwynn were refreshing to read and qui
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Daniel Peterson
World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred written by Keith R. A. DeCandido.

This book starts out right after the war againest the Burning Legion. The orcs and the humans made an alliance during the war and, as the title describes, things are on thin ice between the two. Lady Jaina Proudmoore and Warchief Thrall are the leaders of the two races and are feverishly working to keep the alliance between the two races. While Thrall and Jaina are working on keeping the alliance, a force is trying to rip the al
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Benjamin Epstein
Though I like Fantasy, I don't think I ever read a book before based on a popular video game series. Still, I did enjoy the game, and was inspired by the depiction of Orcs for my own work, so I picked up the first book in the Warcraft series and took a look.

I was more impressed than I expected.

Granted, it has what you expect from a Warcraft book: fighting, politics, demons, secret cults. But most appealing of all is that it has clever characterization, even from particular people you would not
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Max
Alright, so there a couple of expectations you need to set before you attempt any Warcraft book. First, you need to expect that geography will play a huge part and that your familiarity with Azeroth (and, in certain cases, Draenor) will benefit you hugely. Second, you need to expect a very different sense of experience from the gameplay, especially in World of Warcraft, where the subtleties of warfare and magic are boiled down into easily repeated animations operating on a time-based set of mech ...more
Dan
I really wanted to enjoy Cycle of Hatred, but there are just so many things holding this book back from realizing its true potential. It is a novel difficult to recommend to newcomers of Warcraft due to its reliance on existing lore, and likewise difficult to recommend to veterans since it adds so little to the Warcraft experience with its simple characters and their tendency to spout endless exposition at eachother. The plot never really goes anywhere and readers will quickly grow frustrated at ...more
Nicole
Cycle of Hatred was a fun, easy, read rich with lore from the World of Warcraft characters I adore.


Lady Jaina Proudmoore takes center stage and I adored reading about Jaina. Revered as one of the most powerful mages alive and a leader Jaina has a lot on her plate. With the Burning Legion pushed back Jaina focuses on working on the alliance between humans and orcs. While she is eager to work with Thrall to come to a solution not all the humans who follow Jaina are eager for that solution to come
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Toeni
Like all of the World of Warcraft novels, I enjoyed this book. Familiar, beloved characters were featured while at the same time new characters were also introduced. This story takes place after the Burning Legion has been defeated by the combined efforts of humans and orcs. Now, an uneasy alliance has been formed. Jaina Proudmoore and Thrall work together to solve their problems. Unfortunately, those that serve underneath them do not see things as they do. Tensions continue to build up between ...more
Blake
Dec 27, 2007 Blake rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Huge Nerds
My brother gave this to me as a joke for Christmas, since we both play World of Warcraft with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

The book, of course, is deadly serious about things like orc/human race relations...

I think it's funny and mostly harmless, thought it may be killing my brain.
Jesse Lehrer
I liked it! It gives me serious WoW aches...like I want to play it so bad, but nothing will bring me back to how I originally felt. Nostalgia is a powerful fucking drug! The second it mentions dreadmist peak at the end I got a flashback of my first time finding that mountain while playing the beta 10+ years ago and being like "holy shit this is so cool wtf is this place!!!!" and calling a friend over to check it out. It definitely does what it set out to do - it's not amazing but definitely lots ...more
J
Feb 18, 2015 J rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Warcraft Players, Fantasy readers
Cycle of Hatred is a story set in the Warcraft universe created by Blizzard Entertainment. Despite being listed as the first in a series, relies heavily on the reader being aware of previous story.

A time of tense peace has settled over the continent known as Kalimdor. Two States have emerged following a war against demonic forces. One, of humans ruled over by the most powerful wizardess to have ever lived. The other, a nation of Orcs, former slaves of both the Demons, and then the Humans, under
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S.M. Johnson
This book makes me wish there was a 3.5 stars. I dunno, it certainly wasn't bad and had its moments, but I'd reserve a 5 star rating for "classics" and a 4 star rating for stuff like my favorite Warcraft novel, "The Last Guardian".

Anyways, this book. As I said, not bad for what it is, which is Warcraft-related light reading. My main issues with it were primarily that a.) there is never really a huge sense of danger, and b.) there's nothing really gripping about the story as a whole. You're readi
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Doris
Pretty good so far, with a somewhat choppy writing style.

However, I was just jarred out of the story by an idiotic mistake that any speaker of English ought not make: on page 87 "she destroyed only his avatar....until [she] sired..." end of idiocy. At least thus far.

(For those who are not native English speakers, a she cannot SIRE anyone. A she can produce, birth, create, or have, but to sire requires male input (pun intended).)

Okay - another complaint. SITE is not the same as SIGHT: the first i
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Andrea
It's been on my to-do list for ages to read all the Warcraft novels out there. I've been playing the games since Warcraft 2, might as well owe up to it! Years ago I read Day of the Dragon and genuinely disliked it. As Blizzard put just about all their lore developments prior to MoP in books and comics, I wanted to read up.

Goodreads told me this is the first book, so off I went. It's incredibly short. Set three years after Warcraft 3, pretty much at the start of the World of Warcraft, it is set i
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Kyle Kleier
This book is amazing. It dates post burning legion/ warcraft 3 and pre world of warcraft. It shows the adventures of jaina and thrall as well as insight into the hatred the humans have for the orcs and the orcs for the humans. It shows the hardships of diplomacy and the struggle for peace. 8/10
Nayari
Started the book. Finished the book. Somewhere in the middle I read the book.

Unfortunately it really read like an amateur fanfiction, not unlike 'Of Blood and Honor'. The plot was predictable and simple, Aegwynn's story almost like an afterthought thrown in to make the story longer, and much of the actual book told in simple, direct terms, like a lecture, rather than the characters telling it (if that makes sense).

Nice lore. Otherwise unimpressive.
Petr Čapek
tady hodnotit nebudu... každopádně mhouřím obě oči a dám tři i když na ně nemá, na druhou stranu dvě jsou možná málo někomu by se to líbit i mohlo

http://pcapek.blogspot.cz/2014/02/kei...
Richard
a good introduction into Warcraft lore
Keeana
started off good then blah!
Jeremiah Johnson
Forcing the Alliance and Horde to be enemies once again was a poor decision in my opinion. I really wish that World of Warcraft had continued the story with them working toward peace with something else instead of once again pitting them against one another. This really hurt the story in my opinion, and this book suffered because of it.
The story wasn't very well written, but that could be due to it being an afterthought after the game was released.
Carol
Pretty much all this book did for me was give me a better understanding of Jaina Proudmore and her place in Warcraft lore. I wasn't too fond of DeCandido's characterization of Thrall, but he managed to bring more life out of his minor characters, such as a certain all-too-serious female lieutenant. Overall, it was pretty good, but I still prefer Christie Golden among the Warcraft authors.
Bob
I thought this book was enjoyable and engaging. I've seen it slammed on Amazon, but I thought the book was well-written with an engaging storyline. I play World of Warcraft occasionally, but I don't think familiarity with the game is necessary to follow the book. If anything, having read the book might enrich the game-playing experience as one goes into areas that are described in the book.
Marco
The frail alliance between the orcs and the human in Durotar is shaky and some forces are working to destabilize them even more. Lady Proudmore and Thrall appears to be the only one believing in it. Even if the scale of the events of the story is not as epic as the one the previous volumes got us used to, the plot is quite intriguing and this short book is quite hard to put down once started.
Banyarwinkyaw
i wanna read that book. that shitty website is complicated for me. tell me how to read
Tatiana
The writing style was mundane, I wrote similarly in the 8th grade, I'd like to think I'm past that point. A a lot of action was squeezed (rather poorly) in very few pages, the action didn't exactly had space to unravel. Otherwise, it has been informative.
It wasn't such a bad novel, but it probably is one of the not-so-good books in the series.
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