Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
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
His throat cut on the orders of his treacherous warchief, a troll washes up on a riverbank in Pandaria. He is Vol'jin, son of Sen'jin, chieftain of the Darkspear tribe, and he has been pushed the last step towards open rebellion against the leaders of the Horde.
I choose to hide behind the Goodreads rating system while justifying my rating for this book. This was okay. But it was actually a really good book.
The writing is ridiculously good for a Warcraft book. But ...more
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. ...
Vol'jin son of Sen'jin, takes refuge in a remote mountain monastery to recover from his wounds. His time there, however, is far from peaceful, as intense visions of the past assault the Darkspear chieftain, and the ancient Z ...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
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
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 urgen...more
While the story is mainly focused on Vol'jin and his personal struggles, we also got some insights into Chen Stormstout's life. Basically, Chen's few chapters are quite calming, sweet and funny which makes an excellent contrast to Vol'jin's chapters which are way darker. In general, this book was quite dark.
You can criticize this novel for not being as action-packed as you might be used to from other Warcraft novels. But r ...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
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
I started this book because it was the only one I'd ...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
If Mists of Pandaria encapsulated the exotic beauty and tranquil spirit of a new piece of Azeroth's landscape, then Michael Stackpole's 'Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde' goes a step further by exploring the moral values which drive Pandaria's denizens.
Parallels between Eastern philosophies on life and being saturate characters' dialogue, begging existential questions which transcend the pages and draw the reader into that though ...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
This book is centered on the troll character Vol’Jin, as the title p ...more
Unfortunately, the first half of the book is just a massive vomiting of pages and pages of exposition and infodump with unclear plot and dry characters used merely as plot devices. There is no grounding in the world or scene and 0 descriptions of the setting - the story suffers from the "white room" syndrome.
Luckily, that is the worst part, because the 2nd half of the book everything changes. Suddenly the characters have ...more
I did not enjoy the (imo slow and over detailed) writing style this book had. I was looking forward to the characters in this book (as a Warcraft player and lover), but things just.... did not move. Characters were... not interesting and things happen as they should happen but without any flare or colour to it.
Big note on this: I did not finish this book. I did not even make it half way. I said to myself that I would at least do that, but it has gathered dust for the ...more