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Lord of the Clans

(WarCraft #2)

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Lord of the Clans (Warcraft, Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Pocket Books
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Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, warcraft
"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
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Lord of the Clans (WarCraft #2), Christie Golden
Warcraft: Lord of the Clans is a novel by Star Trek novelist Christie Golden based in Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft universe. It was published October 1, 2001 by Pocket Books.
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 shatte
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warcraft
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
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best WOW book I've read yet! Love the character Thrall!! 😍 ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bookshelf
I thought that Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden was a great book. The book is one of the many books in the Warcraft series which is based of the Warcraft video game series. I love the Warcraft series and I especially like this book because it is the backstory to one of the most important and my favorite character Thrall.

The story begins in the land of Azeroth, a land populated by humans, dwarves, orcs, and many other races. The orcs are weakened and are losing their war with the humans. On o
Roman Kurys
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Warning. I am super biased about this book. I played Warcraft aeries as a kid and put in a good amount of time into the World of Warcraft as well. To be able to see where Thrall (who is iconic in Warcraft universe) came from in a book, was like a wet dream that went on for a few days.
I do not think I am really able to write a balanced review here. Well, maybe I am, but I really do not want to.
I feel like this story was a 5 stars for ME, so that is what it gets. Thank you to Christie Golden for
Michael Crews
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
I absolutely cannot stand the way this author writes, yet she seems to write in several areas/series I want to read, and because they're "big sellers", she's still in business. When it comes to Warcraft, the lore and most of the story is already in place, it's a matter of fleshing out the characters and "filling in between the highlights", as it were, and she is TERRIBLE at it. How you can turn such potentially awesome story into a mediocre read (at best) is beyond me. This is the only book of h ...more
Jun 12, 2009 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.
Alexander SMith
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. It had a point and click game based on it that got cancelled, but it was hacked and released anyway.
TL Jeffcoat
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: wizards
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.
Andy Laishes
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Ryan Nicholson
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Raymond Lee
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aik Koh
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Antonia & the Universe
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read in one day, this beauty had me build a tremendous respect for orcs. They are noble and wise creatures and Thrall's character was portrayed so tremendously strong. Christie Golden did a great job at that!! ...more
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
The story of Thrall. A must read for any fan of the Warcraft universe.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good book, but too short.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Hugo Saraiva
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Robert C.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of my favorites of the warcraft series. I loved it so much that i finished it in 4 days!
Ken Badertscher
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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.

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