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Of Blood and Honor (WarCraft 0)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,691 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 128 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Pocket Books
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Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, warcraft
The days of war against the Horde are over. Relative peace now reigns throughout Azeroth. It is in this time that we meet Tirion Fordring, a renowned paladin of the Order of the Silver Hand. While out in the woods one day, Tirion suddenly faces a deadly challenge, and a bond of friendship that will turn his existence upside down.

Written by the creator of the Warcraft universe himself, Of Blood and Honor is a mediocre, but enjoyable addition to it. Both in length, plot and number of characters it
Ahmad Sharabiani
Of Blood and Honor (WarCraft 0), Chris Metzen
The world of Azeroth teemed with Elves and Dwarves walking among tribes of man in harmony. Now comes the demonic army known as the Burning Legion. Orcs, Dragons, Goblins, and Trolls all vie for supremacy over the scattered, warring kingdoms -- part of a scheme that will determine the fate of the world of Warcraft. The noble Paladin, Tirion Fordring, must decide who are the men, and who the monsters.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Warcraft Fans
Shelves: gaming
More of a Novella than an actual novel, this is one of the better books in the Warcraft universe. It takes place shortly after the events of Lord of the Clans, and is a nice background for one of the main characters in Wrath of the Lich King, Tirion Fordring.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have ever read, right under Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, by Christie Golden. Chris Metzen has some extremely great writing skills, and reading this book inspired me to write my own 50 page fan-fiction dedicated to my WoW Character named Brunden Valorwind. Great book, and I recommend it to any fantasy lover and especially any Warcraft Lore-hound! :D
Kevin J.J. Carpenter
Feb 15, 2015 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warcraft Loremasters, Fantasy Fans
Shelves: warcraft
I don't care what anyone says, I like Warcraft. The lore may not be on the level of Tolkien, and it may be nothing more than a blender-mix of every fantasy trope ever conceived, but it's one of the most epic sagas you will find in this genre. It's not high-class literature and it doesn't try to be. It knows the field it's playing in, and it doesn't try to be anything else. If you're willing to leave your over-zealous criticism at the door, and experience Warcraft as the fun fantasy it is, you're ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, while short, did not lack the grandeur that those of longer length may have. It was an incredible story that gave you a more in depth explanation of Tirion Fordring's life than was given to you by the MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The characters had much depth, and the reader will likely find them self loving certain characters and hoping they succeed, and hating others. The theme of honor was also interestingly explored, creating a perspective which one might not expect to have. All in ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff. I like Metzen's writing a lot.
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
A well written story about Tirion. A quick read but definitely a worthwhile book for Warcraft fans.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story was entertaining but some what hard to ingest considering I’m for The Horde! The book takes place during very dark days turning anew. There was a glimpse of hope during a turmoil time of war.
Michael Crews
Of Blood and Honor takes place in the Warcraft universe, where the events of World of Warcraft takes place. This story is a reletively short one, and takes place prior to the times after Warcraft 3. The main character in this story is Tirion Fordring, a paladin in the human and dwarf meeting called Knights of the Silver Hands. Tirion Fordring has grown up to believe that orcs have no sense of mercy, and since a paladin has always protected his village from them. However, in an unexpected act of ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent pally story. Even Arthas the paladin makes an appearance.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started for the lore - I stayed for the nice writing quality and exciting passages! This book gave me invaluable insight into the actuality of what it means to be a paladin and some disillusionment with Uther's fabled wisdom.
However, I would not recommend it to someone without basic knowledge of the world, races, wars and key figures.
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Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read.
Gives a very interesting insight into the sense of honor that both Horde & Alliance are attuned to.
I didn’t put the book down, & as it is a light read, I finished it rather quickly.
Metzen is a very good writer, dialogue being one of his strong suits.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Warcraft, or otherwise a fan of general fantasy.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warcraft, fiction
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Gio Castellon
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story, I'm not an alliance fan but every single character on this books is very important on the whole story, and Tirion is the paladin that gives the example great book and good story, good job Chris
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick and insightful.
Vedran Karlić
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are not Warcraft fan - skip this one. I'm, and it was a solid story about Paladin in oaths conflict. Nothing more than that, but it was fun and fast read.
Maksym Ohorodnikov
The very case when people begin to forget their vows and codes of honor. I recommend to read. Very short, but good story
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic short story about Tirion Fordring. Emotional, thrilling, fast paced and well written. Props to Metzen!
Цветозар Бонев
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"By the grace of the Light, may your brethren be healed."

I completely adore the Warcraft universe, I'm just going to state that right now. I've never really enjoyed the games but god damn the universe is a fantasy marvel in my eyes. That being said this is a story by Chris Metzen, the creator of the Warcraft universe himself and does he do a good job with Of Blood and Honor? Hell, fucking, yes!

Okay, so how do you know you've created an astonishingly expansive and engaging fantasy universe? Write
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Lukas Lovas
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad at all. I started reading warcraft books, when I was little, and I enjoyed the books a lot. After I grew up, I noticed an interesting thing. The six books I read (the first two warcraft trilogies) were still good, but not quite as awesome as I remembered. However, the world of warcraft books felt almost disappointing. I'm not sure, if they really got worse, or if I'm just not judging them through the eyes of a little kid anymore...possibly, I was unlucky in the choice of the specific boo ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite having a rather generic title and being based on a game series, whose most famous entry consists mostly of hacking and slashing play, Chris Metzen's novel manages to tell a moving, nicely structured story, with a well fleshed-out characters, avoiding many of the fantasy clichés. Instead of focusing on mindless action, the author tries to develop the psychological aspect and interpersonal relations, while placing in the centre a moral dillema, rather than the good old black-and-white good ...more
Jennifer Chough
I really enjoy/enjoyed the warcraft books and all of the various authors who wrote them....except for mr. metzen. his strengths lie elsewhere -- he has been such major contributor to the look and feel of these games with is art work and design. but writing isn't his strongpoint, i'm afraid. he's not bad...but he's not good either, especially standing next to the other authors who have delved into this world.

the story itself was interesting but i think it could have been so much more under someon
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nice, short novel about a paladin and his internal struggle about honour and doing the right thing... Having a Horde Palla 85 myself I found it very nice to read this book. It has inspired me to do more battlegrounds and slay my enemies there with even more respect and honour then before :). The novel shouldnt have been any longer and has just the right amount of pages.
Perfect read while yr wow subscription has ended and you have to wait for the next sunrise to purchase more playtime at your loc
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Warcraft #14.
Tirion Fordring, lord of Mardenholde Keep, encounters an aging Orc in the local woodland and engages him in combat. The series of events that follow lead the orc to save Fordring's life, and the lord swears that he will protect his saviour from harm by humans. This proves harder than he thinks when the orc-hating people of Mardenholde hear of his promise.
An intriguing story about orc-human interaction.
Heidi Joy Niswonger-Dulom
I enjoyed this book. It might be true that you should be a WoW player to enjoy it, I'm not sure. All I know is that I pictured the scenes of the familiar animated lands and faces as I read- and even heard portions of the WoW soundtrack in my head along the way.

I am determined to read all of the WoW novels to give myself a better game experience. I wasn't disappointed in this book. It wasn't Tolkien, but it was still my beloved Azeroth.

It's also a *very* quick read.
Eli Skinner
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite warcraft books, its actually amazing how metzen ties so many things into this very small book many characters from the warcraft franchise make appearances even if they are very minor.

I found this to be a highly enjoyable read, and i've actually read it twice now. It's a great tale of a highly noble individual who struggles between his concept of honor and right and wrong, I'd recommend this too people even if they aren't a fan of the warcraft franchise
Thach Pham
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel which I've read by Chris Metzen and I have to said that he is one of the best.
Even the novel tells a short story and doesn't relate much to main storyline of Warcraft but this is very moved novel.
As the Title, the man has to suffer his pain because of his oath. I can't say too much because the story will be spoiled.
I think this is a must-read-novel.
Thank you Chris Metzen.
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