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Lord of the Clans

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Lord of the Clans (Warcraft, Book 2)

278 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published October 1, 2001

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Christie Golden

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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 young paladin who fell so far from grace will get to read his definitive story.

In June, Golden’s first Star Wars novel, also a hardcover, sees print. Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi—Omen is the second in a nine-book series she is co-authoring with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning. Also in June comes the conclusion of Golden’s StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga with the release of Twlight, the third book in the series. The first two are Firstborn and Shadow Hunters.

2004 saw the launch of an original fantasy series called The Final Dance, from LUNA Books. The first novel in the series, On Fire's Wings, was published in July of that year. The second, In Stone’s Clasp , came out in September of 2005. With In Stone’s Clasp, Golden won the Colorado Author’s League Top Hand Award for Best Genre Novel for the second time. The third book, Under Sea’s Shadow, is available only as an e-book

Golden is also the author of two original fantasy novels from Ace Books, King's Man and Thief and Instrument of Fate, which made the 1996 Nebula Preliminary Ballot. Under the pen name of Jadrien Bell, she wrote a historical fantasy thriller entitled A.D. 999, which won the Colorado Author's League Top Hand Award for Best Genre Novel of 1999.

Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists , which introduced elven vampire Jander Sunstar. Golden followed up Vampire with Dance of the Dead and The Enemy Within . In September of 2006, fifteen years to the month, The Ravenloft Covenant: Vampire of the Mists enabled Jander Sunstar to reach a whole new audience.

Other projects include a slew of Star Trek novels, among them The Murdered Sun , Marooned , and Seven of Nine , and "The Dark Matters Trilogy," Cloak and Dagger , Ghost Dance and Shadow of Heaven .

The Voyager novel relaunch, which includes Homecoming and The Farther Shore , were bestsellers and were the fastest-selling Trek novels of 2003. Golden continued writing VOYAGER novels even though the show went off the air, and enjoyed exploring the creative freedom that gave her in the two-parter called Spirit Walk, which includes Old Wounds and Enemy of my Enemy .

Golden has also written the novelization of Steven Spielberg's Invasion America and an original "prequel," On The Run , both of which received high praise from producer Harve Bennett. On The Run, a combination medical thriller and science fiction adventure, even prompted Bennett to invite Golden to assist in crafting the second season of the show, if it was renewed.

Golden lives in Loveland, Colorado, with her artist husband and their two cats.

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472 reviews1,523 followers
April 19, 2015
"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 fantasy works containing orcs, such as several Dungeons & Dragons settings, never caught my interest.

When I started playing World of Warcraft a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stand the orcs here either. They are evil and bloodthirsty, with no mind for anything but combat. However, there was one orc I encountered that I actually liked. His name was Thrall, and he quickly became my favourite orc, or more correctly, the only orc I’ve ever liked. Lord of the Clans is his story, from the utter defeat of the orcs of Azeroth and Thrall’s early years as a slave to ruthless humans, to his fulfilling his destiny as Warchief of the Horde.

I started reading this because I wanted to know more about Thrall. Little did I know that soon after having become my favourite orc, he would be relegated to the second spot. Besides Thrall and his story, this book has quite a few qualities. Most importantly, the character Orgrim Doomhammer; also just the ridiculously awesome name Orgrim Doomhammer. Then there is the brilliant prologue, heavily featuring Orgrim Doomhammer; a fascinating mentor-protegé relationship between Thrall and Orgrim Doomhammer; an awesome character comeback by Orgrim Doomhammer; and in case I haven’t gotten it across yet, I also really liked Orgrim Doomhammer.

But there are other good characters too, including the vile and conniving Lieutenant General Aedelas Blackmoore. Led astray by temptation, Blackmoore is as far from an evil mastermind as a villain can get, even though he’s both intelligent and ambitious. But this guy is simply an everyday villain. He wants power for himself, he’s a drunkard and a xenophobe, and only coincidence transforms him from a brilliant soldier and into a brutal slave owner.

Like the previous Warcraft book, this one is not particularly well-written, and apart from the prologue and the other brilliant parts, it was quite a bit boring at times. But the story and some of the characters were much more interesting, and so I have to rate it higher. I would really recommend this one to WoW and Warcraft players, especially those favouring the Horde.

I’ll close off this review with a picture of um… Orgrim Doomhammer.

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9,566 reviews56.6k followers
March 18, 2018
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 shattered the world's tranquility forever. Now Orcs, Dragons, Goblins, and Trolls all vie for supremacy over the scattered, warring kingdoms -- part of a grand, malevolent scheme that will determine the fate of the world of WARCRAFT
Slave. Gladiator. Shaman. Warchief. The enigmatic Orc known as Thrall has been all of these. Raised from infancy by cruel human masters who sought to mold him into their perfect pawn, Thrall was driven by both the savagery in his heart and the cunning of his upbringing to pursue a destiny he was only beginning to understand -- to break his bondage and rediscover the ancient traditions of his people. Now the tumultuous tale of his life's journey -- a saga of honor, hatred, and hope -- can at last be told....
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ژانویه سال 2016 میلادی
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177 reviews8 followers
December 17, 2012
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 perfectly vile character. I couldn't put the book down once Thrall escaped from Durnholde Keep and began to discover his true identity. Exciting read for WoW fans as Thrall is arguably the most interesting character in the game (especially considering his great destiny in Cataclysm). I will be revisiting the Burning Crusade dungeon The Escape from Durnholde Keep in the Caverns of Time soon as a complement to this novel.
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240 reviews44 followers
January 28, 2021
3,5/5 estrellas.

Leí este libro como parte de mi lectura conjunta sobre el universo de World of Warcraft. Este fue el tercero, luego de "El día del dragón" y "Of Blood and Honor".
Disfruté libro mucho más que los anteriores. Knaak y yo no tenemos una buena relación, y leer a Golden fue refrescante. Se nota que la autora se enfoca mucho más en las emociones, los sentimientos y las reflexiones de los personajes. Más que Knaak, al menos.

Sin embargo, los libros siguen siendo bastante básicos para mi gusto. Es entendible ya que la idea es contar la historia que se plantea en los juegos de una manera mucho más amplia, pero me gustaría que se hiciera con más desarrollo. Que no se utilizara como un "agregado" para los juegos, sino que los libros pudieran sostenerse por sí mismos en su totalidad.

Lord of the Clans empieza de una manera fuerte, donde vemos un poco de lo que les sucedió a los orcos y, principalmente, a los padres de Thrall. Luego se enfoca enteramente en Thrall, y vemos los sucesos que lo atravesaron durante largos años de su vida: desde su infancia hasta su adolescencia-adultez. El personaje de Lodonegro (Aedelas Blackmoore) me pareció demasiado insulso, pero comprendo que en cierto sentido esa fue la idea del personaje. El libro avanza rápido a pensar de que la acción se detiene un poco, hasta un punto clave en donde se vuelve a activar. A partir de ese momento pasan muchas cosas, tantas cosas que siento que no se desarrollaron de manera debida. Por eso lo que decía arriba.
Aparecen muchos personajes y muchos nombres famosos, conocidísimos para aquellos que jugamos a los juegos y de los cuales esperaba mucho más. Sin embargo, solo aparecen en el fondo. Tienen sus cinco minutos de fama y desaparecen. La forma en que Thrall aprende sus poderes también me pareció apresurada y sin muchas explicaciones. Mágicamente era muy dotado para el chamanismo y se convirtió en uno de los más poderosos sin mucha práctica ni mucho conocimiento. Solo porque era puro en el corazón . Estas son algunas de las cuestiones que más me molestan e incomodan de la fantasía vieja, donde no se preocupa por explicar o desarrollar las cosas sino por que la historia avance y nunca deje de hacerlo. Quiere héroes pero no se molesta en moldearlos, sino que hacerlos aparecer.

Lo que más me gustó fue conocer esta parte de la historia de Thrall, que conocía en partes, y ver su desarrollo. Me gustaron muchísimo sus reflexiones, todos los cambios por los que pasa y la manera en que aprende las cosas: algunas solo, otras gracias a Taretha, a los libros o a los demás orcos. A pesar de todo eso, a pesar de haber sido torturado, humillado, de provenir de una de las razas más "violentas, asesinas y sangrientas" del juego, Thrall se mantiene "puro", humilde, amable. Y podemos ver todas las reflexiones que lo llevan a permanecer de esa manera. Agradezco, al menos, haber tenido eso en el libro.

El final me pareció, de nuevo, apresurado y con un ritmo extraño. Me es difícil explicar por qué, se sintió tenso y poco tenso a la vez. Me quedé esperando que apareciera Eitrigg, cosa que lamentablemente no sucedió.
A pesar de todo, es un libro que me enganchó de principio a fin. Lleno de acción, de aventura y mucha lucha.

Como con todo lo de World of Warcraft, tengo muchas ganas de saber más y estoy ansiosa por leer el siguiente libro.
25 reviews2 followers
July 20, 2018
Best WOW book I've read yet! Love the character Thrall!! 😍
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19 reviews
June 2, 2021
I just love Thrall and his story. It didn't matter that I already knew what happened thanks to the caverns of time dungeon, it was just a nice read. It got me so much I want to revisit the story that follows back in Warcraft 3 again.
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105 reviews
November 1, 2022
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, but because I was so into it that I took the book with me everywhere I went and read it whenever I got time.

This book told me everything I had wanted to know about Thrall: his childhood, who his secret helper was and how she helped and influenced him, how he finally found out his true identity and how he transformed from a mere slave to a great Warchief. I had liked Thrall a lot after I'd read Rise of the Horde, now I totally respect him.

The author really succeeded in building characters. All the characters seemed real, even the hateful villain Blackmoore, who appeared to be a pretty complicated character - pathetic too. It would be interesting to analyze him, but I paid more attention to Grom Hellscream. I had always considered him as a mindless leader who only cared about fighting and battles after I read Chronicles of War. In truth, he was a great and wise leader, and what he endured was more than anything I could think of. Even a fierce warrior can have his vulnerable side.

One thing I didn't quite get at first was the friendship between Taretha and Thrall. Even if Thrall had seemed like a younger brother to her, how did she develop such a deep feeling for him? Certainly Taretha was "different" and "special", even as a child. When Thrall stayed with her as a baby, she realized that, even though he was a orc, there were not many differences between them. Orcs were not really such savage creatures considered by many - she might have realized this even before Thrall came. Also, the feelings she had for him in the beginning were more likely to be a mix of curiousity and sympathy, as she herself was a kind of slave too. This feeling deepened as they kept in contact through letters, and Taretha began to consider Thrall as a real friend.

The development of their friendship might seem somehow stiff, but there was no doubt that she had a noble personality. Her belief echoed with one of my favourite quotes said by Tirion Fordring:
Race does not dictate honor. While you remain on my farmstead, I ask that you remember and respect this credo. I have known orcs who have been as honorable as the most noble of knights and humans who have been as vile as the most ruthless of Scourge.
Poor Taretha. She deserved more than she actually got.

If there's anything I need to complain about... it's that the interactions between Orgrim Doomhammer and Thrall are too few. TOOOO FEW. Come on Thrall you were Orgrim's best friend's son! Why you no talk together more?! WHHHYYYYY?! So sad.... *sigh*

For me personally, this book did have too many heartbreaking scenes. Nevertheless, it was a great read and I enjoyed a lot. The story is just great. As a huge WoW fan, I'm totally satisfied. I've no doubt that I will reread it a lot of times.
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398 reviews86 followers
May 21, 2017
He also made a unique friend. One evening, as the clan and their wolf companions gathered around the fire as was their usual wont, a young wolf detached itself from the pack that usually slept just beyond the ring of firelight and approached. The Frostwolves fell silent.

“This female will Choose,” said Drek’Thar solemnly. Thrall had long since stopped being amazed at how Drek’Thar knew such things as the wolf’s gender and its — her — readiness to Choose, whatever that meant. Not without painful effort, Drek’Thar rose and extended his arms toward the she-wolf.

“Lovely one, you wish to form a bond with one of our clan,” he said. “Come forward and Choose the one with whom you will be bonded for the rest of your life.”
The wolf did not immediately rush forward. She took her time, ears twitching, dark eyes examining every orc present. Most of them already had companions, but many did not, particularly the younger ones.

Uthul, who had become Thrall’s fast friend once Thrall had rebelled against his cruel treatment, now tensed. Thrall could tell that he wanted this lovely, graceful beast to Choose him.

The wolf’s eyes met Thrall’s, and it was as if a shock went through his entire body.The female loped toward Thrall, and lay down at his side. Her eyes bored into his. Thrall felt a warm rush of kinship with this creature, although they were from two different species. He knew, without understanding quite how he knew, that she would be by his side until one of them left this life behind.

Slowly, Thrall reached to touch Snowsong’s finely shaped head. Her fur was so soft and thick. A warm wave of pleasure rushed over him.

The group grunted sounds of approval, and Uthul, though keenly disappointed, was the first to clap
Thrall on the back.
“Tell us her name,” said Drek’Thar.
“Her name is Snowsong,” Thrall replied, again, not knowing how he knew. The wolf half-closed her eyes, and he sensed her satisfaction.

Best scene :')
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4 reviews
October 14, 2015
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 one of the human’s patrols, they find a baby orc which they name Thrall (which means slave in “human tongue”). Thrall is than raised to become a gladiator for human entertainment. But what happens next, no one expects.

I think that this book is a must read for anyone who likes World of Warcraft and especially the Horde.This book helped me with the parts of the World of Warcraft story that I didn’t understand. So once again, I believe this is a must read for World of Warcraft fans.
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6 reviews
December 29, 2014
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 she supposedly possesses. I'm hoping that by the time he busts out (c'mon, there's a jail break coming, I can feel it!), she'll have shown us some real sly moves in going behind Blackmoore's back.
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Author 3 books26 followers
August 19, 2017
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 writing this.

Character: 5 (But realistically more like a 3).

If you remove a Thrall, characters are more like a 3. Throw Thrall in the mix and it becomes legendary. A great show of "Rags to Riches" story that detailed the iconic characters rise to fame, his relationship wit other clans and the fel magic. He grows each chapter as he learns and becomes more and more aware of the world around him.
You throw Durotan into this mix...and its game over. Every horse fanboi desire satisfied.

Plot: 5 (Realistically more like a 4).

While simple on a surface the plot is actually pretty solid all around. Very character driven, which I enjoyed. Every twist showed Thrall's personality grow and shape. His interactions had a purpose that made me want to see what happens next. There really wasn't anything extra spectacular here or a tons of "oh snap!!!" moments as far as plot goes, but what was most memorable and important to me is that it was a whole lot of fun to follow.

Setting: 5 (Even after thinking about it, it is still a 5).

No matter how objectively I try to look at the setting and environment this story takes place in, it's just awesome. From the snowy peak of Alterac to the Orc Internment Camps things just fall into place with a great visual. I enjoyed a lot the changes in points of views as the story progressed as it helped see the world through different lenses or perception.
While humans could be labeled as the "bad guys" in this story, since the story is very much orc centric it still is very interesting to follow and see human and or character perspective on the same reality.

All in all, I expected a direct sequel, given that this is Book 2 in the trilogy and while it was a sequel of sorts as far as the timeline is concerned, it was a whole new story all together.

Definitely sign me up for Book 3!

Roman "Ragnar"

5 reviews
January 2, 2010
Warcraft has always had interesting lore, creating an entire universe that has many seperate stories from two different factions: The Alliance and The Horde. Similar to Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars, Warcraft has an expanding fanbase and the books are no exception to the fan base itself, introducing me to the book Lord of The Clans written by Christie Golden. The book takes around the character Thrall, the warchief of the Horde, and revolves around his life on how he grew up, how he got his name, and how he got his shamanistic powers, or the power to control nature to side with him. In the human language, Thrall means "slave", and he got this name when his parents were assassinationed and taken to become a gladiator in Durnholde Keep in the western side of the world known as Kalimdor. He was taught almost every thing a human should know, even hating his own people, the orcs, because they were vicious, even to the point of letting him never look at a mirror to see his own green face. He was treated viciously, almost as his name suggests a slave, until he got fed up with it, and he needed to know who he truely was, and he later found the name of Grom Hellscream. He ran away from Durnholde Keep, and later found Grom Hellscream and the Warsong Clan, who directed Thrall towards the Frostwolf Clan and their leader, Drak'Thar, a old shaman. This book follows a very close story archetype of rags to riches, and a rise to power, as Thrall overcomes Durnholde Keep. This book I would definitely recommend for you to read if you are a Warcraft can, or interested in the game World of Warcraft, or if you are just interested in fantasy stories. The Warcraft books are made by multiple authors, and I would recommend you to read The Last Guardian as well, or just buy the Warcraft Archive.
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60 reviews1 follower
November 22, 2017
Soy un gran amante de los videojuegos y de las historias de caballeros y de la edad media, así que hace algunos años cuando empezaba la universidad, descubrí World of Warcraft y debo confesar que le dedique muchas horas de mi tiempo a construir mi personaje; por cuestiones de tiempo y demás ocupaciones me vi obligado a dejar mi afición, pero seguí amando todo lo que narraban sobre este mundo en guerra, así que cuando vi este y otro libro (siguiente reseña) me emocioné demasiado y me vi casi que obligado a leerlos.

El señor de los clanes, nos narra la historia de Thrall, el líder de la gloriosa horda (así es, esa era mi facción en el juego) y nos sumerge completamente en un mundo rodeado de honor, donde no solo la fortaleza física te saca adelante, también debes ser fuerte de corazón, mente y espíritu. Thrall no nació siendo el jefe de guerra y es precisamente eso lo que nos muestra el libro, todas las dificultades por las que se vio obligado a pasar para llegar hasta ahí.

Jamás había leído a Christie Golden (la autora de este libro), me gustó mucho la forma en la que escribe, el ritmo con el cual maneja la historia es muy bueno y eso hace que se torne muy fácil leerlo, la trama es muy envolvente, me hizo volver a ese mundo de fantasía del cual antes no quería salir y la descripción de lugares o personajes es lo suficientemente buena para hacer las imágenes mentales necesarias.

Calificación: 4.7

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4 reviews2 followers
July 28, 2009
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 her's I can actually tolerate to a degree-the rest are beyond awful.
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Author 3 books17 followers
October 20, 2015
Страхотна книжка, която прочетох почти на един дъх. Толкова завладяваща и интересна, че човек не усеща кога е прочел цели 100 страници, без да спира. Давам пет звезди на "Повелителят на клановете" книга втора от поредицата "WarCraft". Трал е един велик герой от света на фентъзито и за мен, вече е един от любимите ми персонажи. Един нов образ на създанията Орки. Книгата заема място като една от любите ми книги. Чете с лекота и силно запленява!
36 reviews
June 12, 2009
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.
13 reviews
February 6, 2017
Very good book. It had a point and click game based on it that got cancelled, but it was hacked and released anyway.
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318 reviews44 followers
April 4, 2021
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El señor de los clanes es una de las primeras novelas publicadas y uno de los libros más importantes dentro de el avance de Warcraft como universo de fantasía. En este punto de la historia sólo teníamos dos juegos publicados y se veía en el futuro la publicación de Warcraft III en Julio de 2002. Es por esto que Blizzard presentó tres libros El Día del Dragón (en febrero de 2001) este (en octubre de 2001) y El último guardián (en diciembre de 2001). Estos tres libros serían la previa de Warcraft III, el juego con mayor contenido de historia en la franquicia hasta el momento y cada uno se concentraría en presentar a algunos de los personajes más importantes de este tercer juego de estrategia. El señor de los clanes se encargaría de presentarnos por primera vez a Thrall.

Este libro está ambientado en la época entre la segunda y la tercera guerra. Aquí los orcos fueron derrotados por las tropas humanas y aislados de su planeta natal, Draenor, con la destrucción del Portal Oscuro. Este es un momento donde los reinos humanos florecen y los orcos son capturados y mandados a campos de internamiento. En estos campos los orcos empiezan a perder su sed de sangre pero no se convierten en las criaturas chamanistas que fueron cuando vivían en su planeta natal. Si no se vuelven una especie de cáscara sin alma que perdió toda voluntad de luchar y todo orgullo que pudiera quedarles.

Es por estos momentos que conocemos a Thrall, el hijo de Durotan y Draka (líderes del exilio Clan Lobo Gélido). Estos dos orcos son los primeros en darse cuenta que los líderes de su especie están complotando con los demonios y están dispuestos a hablar para no condenar a su especie. Lamentablemente Durotan y Draka son asesinados por saber la verdad y el bebé Thrall es abandonado a su suerte. Por suerte Thrall sobrevive y es rescatado por un grupo de humanos liderados por Aedelas Blackmoore, un hombre despiadado y líder de Durnholde Keep.

Aedelas rescata a Thrall pero no lo hace por buena voluntad. El hombre está convencido de que si puede criar a Thrall como un humano podría manipularlo y con él como líder de los orcos de los campos de internamiento crear un ejército de orcos que funcionen para la Alianza. Con este plan vemos como Thrall crece como un esclavo (su nombre “Thrall” literalmente significa esclavo en inglés) y cómo a pesar de esto recibe los mejores conocimientos que tienen los humanos en cuanto a estrategia, lucha y todo lo necesario para triunfar en batalla. Además vemos como Thrall se hace un amigo muy cercano de Taretha Foxton, la joven hija de Tammis Foxton (uno de los sirvientes de Aedelas).

Luego de aprender a luchar, ser golpeado, maltratado y sufriendo a manos de los humanos, Thrall escapa y decide buscar a su gente. Allí rápidamente conoce los problemas que los campos de internamiento generaron en los otros orcos y como estos no están dispuestos a luchar para liberarse. Thrall sabe que dependerá de él buscar a los líderes de los orcos y convencerlos de luchar para proteger a su gente pero también entiende que no todos los humanos son malos (Taretha fue una gran amiga y sus instructores le enseñaron el concepto del honor y lo trataron igual que a cualquier otra persona). Esto marcará al personaje de Thrall para siempre y le enseñará que si bien hay gente mala no todos los humanos son malos y que orcos y humanos pueden vivir en paz.

Con la búsqueda de Thrall conocerá a dos clanes muy diferentes. Por un lado los violentos y cazadores Grito de Guerra y por el otro el clan de sus padres, los Lobo Gélido. Aquí Thrall no es recibido de brazos abiertos si no que es discriminado por ser un extranjero y al igual que con los humanos deberá ganarse su lugar en cada uno de estos dos clanes. La vida de Thrall con los clanes es una larga “secuencia de entrenamiento” donde aprenderá lo que es ser un orco, como vivir con los suyos, como cazar con los suyos y las antiguas tradiciones chamánicas. Una vez con esto empezará una lucha para liberar a los orcos y crear nuevamente a la Horda, pero una nueva Horda no será esclava de los poderes demoníacos si no que intentará vivir en paz en este nuevo mundo.

El señor de los clanes es un libro muy corto que narra una época súper importante de la historia de Warcraft. Thrall se volvió un personaje tan importante para la franquicia que algunos fanáticos llegaron a apodarlo el “Green Jesús” por su piel verde y su capacidad de salvar el mundo una y otra vez. Con esta importancia en la historia y en la franquicia suponemos que Christie Golden habrá creado un libro excelente pero lamentablemente eso está lejos de la realidad.

En 1996 Blizzard estaba trabajando en la creación de un juego del género Aventura Gráfica que llevaría el nombre de Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. Este juego buscaba contar el origen de Thrall previo a Warcraft 3 pero fue cancelado en 1998. Este libro se siente como una novelización de este juego y eso es algo que siempre es malo (en especial cuando es un juego tan simple como una Aventura Gráfica). El libro intenta tocar todas las partes importantes de la historia pero el tiempo que pasa con cada parte es ridículo. Si, estamos una enorme parte del libro hablando sobre la vida de Thrall con los humanos pero una vez que se escapa Golden pisa el acelerador y nos lleva por un viaje a máxima velocidad por todo lo que le pasa a Thrall.

Esta narración acelerada hace que todos los hechos con los que Thrall interactúa con otros orcos pierdan relevancia. Desde su entrenamiento en las artes humanísticas hasta su amistad con otros personajes se sienten demasiado superficiales y cuando nos queremos dar cuenta de esto el libro termina. Cualquiera que juegue a los juegos y conozca lo importante que son estos personajes para Thrall entiende la importancia de estos encuentros y estos momentos. No estoy seguro si la autora tuvo problemas para terminar el libro a tiempo y por eso lo apuró pero creo que esto sufre mucho a la hora de leerse.

Creo que El señor de los clanes propone un viaje divertido por el mundo de Warcraft y es una lectura que le va a gustar a quienes sean fanáticos de los juegos, de su historia y de la Horda. Lamentablemente para quienes quieran conocer más sobre esta parte del mundo de Warcraft o del trasfondo de algunas amistades o de los personajes secundarios siento que van a quedar desilusionados porque el libro no dice más de lo básico sobre esta historia.
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79 reviews6 followers
September 26, 2022
I've been flipping through video game books for the past year, bad one after worse one, and then this was number three. I started losing hope, thinking that maybe the books by nature were doomed to be terrible. But each of these books has a different author, and Christie Golden showed up here to deliver. Her writing has personality, clarity, detail, character, all the while employing the mythos of Warcraft to expound on the lore. I was surprised, I was immersed, I was moved.

The only things I would ask the book to do (plant more obstacles, show more side stories, give longer setups, dig deeper into character meetings) would make it longer, and I can't seriously criticize the book for those things because genre fiction has its publishing constraints. As it is, this book is wonderful.

To get 4 or 5 stars a book has to matter. Why read this? I was amazed by the discussion it provides about abusers and the abused--the way we think of the people who mistreat us, and the ways that are available to overcome them.
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16 reviews1 follower
May 24, 2018
Nije možda čista petica, ali mi je jedna od dražih knjiga koje sam čitao, nakon nje sam Thralla kao charactera jako zavolio, mislim da bi bila zanimljiva i nekome tko nije toliko upoznat sa warcraft svijetom.
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401 reviews37 followers
June 18, 2022
Taretha is the best part of this book, well her relationship with Thrall is very important. I’m not much of a fan of WoW or the WarCraft games, but I did enjoy the one Golden book I read previously, and this did manage to get some emotion out of me.
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324 reviews
November 21, 2021
Kniha překvapivě nenavazuje na Den Draka a ukazuje čtenáři výchovu Thralla. Navíc příběhově prakticky navazuje na první film Warcraft. Je to tedy ideální pokračování i pro ty, kteří chtějí dalších příběhy ze světa, o který se musí dělit lidé a orkové. Tento příběh Thralla by si měl přečíst každý fanoušek Hordy.
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418 reviews24 followers
May 31, 2016
Pues que buen libro, la verdad.

Es un libro simple, fácil de leer pero que lleva consigo un mensaje, NO TODO LO QUE BRILLA ES ORO.

Nunca había leído un libro en el que trataran a los orcos como seres con honor, con sentimiento de justicia, como seres capaces de sentir clemencia, casi siempre son tratados como unos brutos sin clemencia, sedientos de sangre... y bueno si son así, si se los provoca.

En este libro Thrall me recordó mucho a Conan el Barbaro, quizá por eso sentí mas afinidad hacia el y, si bien, algunas cosas que ocurren en el libro era previsibles lo cierto es que eso viene a importar poco ya cuando ocurren; ocurren de una manera inesperada, ademas el libro es muy entretenido y no es nada pesado.
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272 reviews4 followers
January 12, 2022
The is was an amazing book to read. I loved it. So far, not a single Warcarft book has let me down yet. This story was all about Thrall and his upbringing.
I love that we got to know Doomhammer and Hellscream too, cause depending on where you are in the game, they can be either villains or heroes (not just cause the alliance/horde issues). So having a more direct linear story tells you their rise, fall, etc. And explaining thing you know of from the game.
But the biggest thing for me was Taretha. I love Cavern of Time, and there is a dungeon that has Taretha in it. I knew the there was some kind of relationship between them, but never what kind. Let alone the full stpry, this book tells you all of it. And makes that dungeon even more special.
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76 reviews1 follower
June 14, 2011
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.
32 reviews1 follower
June 17, 2022
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.
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753 reviews42 followers
July 4, 2010
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.
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