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Die Orks

(Orcs: First Blood #1-3)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,998 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Collects Bodyguard of Lightning (1999), Legion of Thunder (1999), Warriors of the Tempest (2000) and The Taking (2000) in one volume.
Paperback, German Edition, 799 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Piper (first published 2002)
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The Crimson Fucker
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To those I hate!
Recommended to The Crimson Fucker by: Karen and Mr. Greg.
I finally finish the daunting/masochistic task of reading the 745 pages of crap that this book contains… now as promised my review:

Look I’ve read crap in my life… but this was just ridiculous… if you ever played one of those random RPG games for the Game Boy back in the early 90’s you know what talking about here… you get your generic main character an Orc named Stryke, you also get the traditional cookie cutter motley crew of retards: Haskeer who is stubborn and stupid and is supposed to be the
Mar 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truly-awful
I was tricked into reading this - my copy had a quote on the cover by Tad Williams. I adore Tad Williams' work and the premise sounded neat (Orcs as you've never seen them! or something to that effect), so I bought the book.

First problem: The writing style drove me up the wall. It felt juvenile, with lots of telling rather than showing, and generally the writing seemed clunky and lacked polish. Oddly enough, the writing for the dream sequences were an exception; they were well-written, conveyed
Jan 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I sure would have liked this when I was 14! I should have put it back on the shelf when I saw the lead character's name was Stryke. It would have saved me the descriptions of how exotically sexy the half-orc sorceress is. NOTE TO AUTHORS: if you are describing any of your characters' pubic hair, you are probably going down the wrong path.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up Orcs by Stan Nicholls again, having bought it a couple of years ago, gotten about a third of tthe way through it and then abandoned to leave it languishing on my shelves. And for the life of me, I couldn't remember why.

Then I started reading, and by the time I hit the third chapter, I remembered.

The good guys in this book are reasonable - interesting characters, for all they aren't particularly orc like - even if I find the narrative a bit monotonou
William Collins
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for the first time many years ago, so nostalgia probably colours my review. Orcs is a great book, and the first of its kind that I read that told the story from the orcs pov.

I loved all the relentless action and gore, as well as the dark humour laced throughout. Yes, the plot isn't all too complex, but the world-building was very well done and the fight scenes were the highlight.

The beginning and the middle of the series were definitely superior to the last third, but the endi
Nov 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am almost embarrassed to put this on my list. I did start reading it. I got almost halfway through by sheer perseverance. Then, I found myself flipping to the end of the tedious fight scenes to see what happened next. Then I realized that about every second or third page, the characters did something so profoundly and inexplicably stupid as to completely distract me from enjoying the story. Finally, I threw the book against the wall and moved on to something else. If I can ever remember the na ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Just don't. No matter how good the back sounds, just don't.
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book more than i expected to, but i was a little let down by the story behind Jennesta and her sisters - not what i expected, but i thought they'd have a bigger role.

Stryke was so obviously Thrall from Warcraft through ;)
I got a kick out of this novel. It wasn't the best written nor was the topic all that deep, but when it came to amusing me, I enjoyed the heck out of it. My biggest issue was the writing - the battle scenes were repetitive: lots of hacking and slashing starting from one main character and then following the circuit to show the others in their battles. And he did this for every skirmish and major altercation - it just grew a little dull to me. I enjoyed the subject - the orcs reminded me of the o ...more
Have you ever wanted to read about someone getting beaten to death with their own arms? Dirty unicorn sex toys? Had you ever even thought about such possibilities? If you have then this is the book for you.

Let me start out by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book while I was reading it. It reads like a graphic novel. It is bloody, gory, sexy, and completely over the top. If you are looking for something understated, or feel that reading about “glistening entrails caught on someone’s halbe
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I just don't get it. Maybe I'm not Mr. Nicholls intended audience. Whatever the case may be, this is an awful, awful book that squanders a truly intriguing premise with the most generic, boring, and clumsy writing I've ever had the displeasure of reading. I cannot stress enough how horrible this book is. There is absolutely zero character development throughout the entire novel; every single cast member is a generic cliche, from the visionary young lead, the unrelentingly and stupefyingly ...more
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a bit of a cookie cutter story to it (in terms of typical fantasy), but I like the idea of telling the story from the Orcs perspective. If your into fantasy you will know that Orcs are a much maligned race and are cast as a wicked warrior race controlled by others (most famously by Tolkien in the Lord of the Rings). The author here goes out of his way to try and change the stereotype and demonstrate that Orcs have an intelligent and personable side as well. Although, you don't want ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this omnibus edition some years back and I really rather enjoyed it. Despite several negative reviews, which I tend to disregard, this was an entertaining set of three novels. Different from the usual fantasy I have read, as it is told from the standpoint of the Orcs, hence the title. The edition that I bought had a recommendation from David Gemmell on the cover, that pretty much sold it to me on its own. I liked it and would recommend it to others that enjoy D&D style dungeon ...more
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book with a neat twist, the main characters are the Orcs who in most other Fantasy novels are the cannon fodder.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very formulaic fantasy story, with a single twist - it was about the bad guys instead of the good guys. This was a great imagining of what orc culture would be outside of the rather one dimensional interpretation of J.R. Tolkien (no disrespect to the master intended - they were monsters, not characters in Lord of the Rings). They have everything that makes them scary - violence, strength, aggression, anger, and fierce fighting ability - but they also had real feelings, and a deep sens ...more
Ryan Abe.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orc-life
This book quickly establishes that it is going to be different than any other fantasy book you read pertaining to Orcs. (Christi Golden Exempt). you see humans how they see humans, without honor, untrustworthy, resource hogs and destroyers, and incredibly full of them selves. they think they own the place. Orcs in their general fashion, warlike, honorable, and not the sharpest tool in the shed but they still manage to trim the hedges with the best of em. it also shines an interesting light on Or ...more
Well, so far I'm struggling to get into this one. I'll give it another few chapters till I decide to let it go.

CRAP!!!! This book is total crap. I would rather saw my legs of with a spork than finish this garbage. I have closed the book never to be opened again.
Eric Peusa
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a new look to what Orcs really are. They are not always the blood thirsty animals we think, they have brains, and they can use them.
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Just not good enough. I understand the supposedly fresh view point but there is way too much mediocrity in fantasy literature right now and this is one of it. I have put it aside after one-third.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wonderful fantasy book with a lot of action. The author gives us a vast world with a wide spectrum of many elder races. Apart from cover design, I love the world of orcs and can't wait to read the next omnibus!
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
The shadowed brute on the cover of Orcs caught my eye, and it's got endorsements by great authors like David Gemmell and Tad Williams, but it was this teaser on the back cover that got me hook, line, and sinker:

"There is fear and hatred in your eyes. To you I am a monster, a skulker in the shadows, a fiend to scare your children...... Feel the flow of blood and be thankful. Thankful it was me, not you that bore the sword. Thankful to the orcs; born to fight, destined to win peace for all"

Wow! No
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time round reading this book. First time I greatly enjoyed it but I guess this time it lost my attention a little bit. It is fast-paced and full of action and adventure, perhaps a little too much. I got a bit bored of endless description of battles and limbs falling off. I noticed the plot kind of fell into place all a little too easy second time round. The orcs pretty much have to collect instrumentalities, or stars, which reside in every stronghold in the land. Yet they mana ...more
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I loved this book. Yeah, it was a little preachy at times but that's the author's prerogative. Sure, the battles were all pretty much the same but isn't that how real battles are? There are only so many ways to kill an opponent with a sword. I found it a little unbelievable that the orcs didn't lose more members but hey, it's a work of fiction. I'm willing to suspend reality for the sake of a book. I was also a little disappointed that the orcs weren't as orcish as they should be but overall, a ...more
Bob Phule
On one hand, it is just the same old story line. Hero gets task, hero finds he is on the wrong side, hero destroys the 'baddies'. Same bumbling crew of side kicks. Predictable story and side lines.

On the other hand, how many books star Orcs. The fodder for so many heroes. Some might say one too many. Eff them.

This is not a book for those wanting to read something new or different. Not a high brow, sophisticated humor, or life simple pleasures. It is a book about rogue Orcs who are just tired of
I spent a long week on this volume. In the end, I am getting rid of it. It is a decent story, but when every few pages the characters are using english expletives it tends to turn a reader off. When has a fantasy character needed to use the f word? Not once, but many times. I like Coilla, Jup, and Haskeer. But I don't recommend this book. Not at all. Read at your own peril. Technically though, I found no typos and the plot moves along well. The characters are fleshed out okay. Beware though that ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was such a fun book. Nicholls takes the fantasy kicking boy villian, the orc, and tells a tale from his viewpoint. The heroes are the orcs of the warband Wolverines, and some of the main villians? The humans who are aggressively colonizing the orc's homeland and destroying the environment.

The battle sequences are fantastic and the plot development is spot on. This is a great book.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reading
Took me a while to get into this one, but once I got to the last 6 or so chapters, I couldn't put it down! Absolutely LOVED the ending!! Looking forward to picking up more of Stan Nichols' novels about orcs!
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like violent fantasy books, this is the one for you. It takes Orcs, who are most notable from Tolkien's LOTR triology, and makes them likable, but still incredibly dangerous creatures.
Marshal Lewis
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it was pretty long and there was a lot of filler info, and a lot of unnecessary diction, it seemed, with some far too drawn out fight scenes, but, it was a good book, with a simple, yet solid story. I actually teared up at the end.
Jan 18, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Good story-telling pure and simple.
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Stan Nicholls (born 1949) is a British author and journalist, working full-time since 1981. He is the author of many novels and short stories but is best known for the internationally acclaimed Orcs: First Blood series.

Other books in the series

Orcs: First Blood (4 books)
  • Bodyguard of Lightning (Orcs: First Blood, #1)
  • Legion of Thunder (Orcs: First Blood, #2)
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