That night, visions mocked Vol’jin. He found himself in the midst of fighters, each of whom he recognized. He’d gathered them for that final assault on Zalazane, to end his madness and free the Echo Isles for the Darkspears. Each of the combatants took on aspects of a jihui cube, faced to be at their maximum power. Not a fireship among them, but this did not surprise Vol’jin.
He was the fireship, but not yet turned to display his maximum power. This was not a fight, though desperate, in which he would destroy himself. Aided by Bwonsamdi, they would slay Zalazane and reclaim the Echo Isles.
Who be you, this troll, who be having memories of a heroic effort?
Vol’jin turned, hearing the click of a cube snapping to a new facing. He felt trapped inside that cube, translucent though it was, and shocked that it had no values on any face. “I be Vol’jin.”
Bwonsamdi materialized in a gray world of swirling mists. “And who be this Vol’jin?”
The question shook him. The Vol’jin of the vision had been the leader of the Darkspears, but was no longer. Reports of his death would just now be reaching the Horde. Perhaps they had not yet gotten there. In his heart, Vol’jin hoped his allies had been delayed, just so Garrosh could dwell one more day wondering if his plan had succeeded.
That did not answer the question. He was no longer the leader of the Darkspears, not in any real sense. They might still acknowledge him, but he could give them no orders. They would resist Garrosh and any Horde attempt to conquer them, but in his absence, they might listen to envoys who offered them protection. They could be lost to him.
Who do I be?
Vol’jin shivered. Though he thought himself superior to Tyrathan Khort, at least the man was mobile and not wearing sick-robes. The man hadn’t been betrayed by a rival and assassinated. The man had clearly embraced some of the pandaren way.
And yet, Tyrathan hesitated when he should not have. Some of it was a game to make the pandaren underestimate him, but Vol’jin had seen through that. The other bits, though, as he’d hesitated after Vol’jin complimented a move, those were genuine. And not something a man be allowing in himself.
Vol’jin looked up at Bwonsamdi. “I be Vol’jin. I know who I was. Who I gonna be? That answer only Vol’jin could be finding. And for now, Bwonsamdi, that be enough.”
©2013 Michael A. Stackpole (P)2013 Simon and Schuster Audio
I'd recommend this book to other WoW players, especially those interested in current lore. The story would be lost on one who does not play the game, as the book does not cover a lot of background. Being a player, I do not think this is a bad quality, but it should be known.
The story is very Horde centered, but the book is primarily about Vol'jin, so that should be expected.
All taken in, I enjoyed the story very much! The voice acting was well done, plus the names all seemed to be pronounced correctly. Again, I recommend this book to other WoW players familiar with 5.3 content!
Scott Brick is top tier in this book. Book starts off a little slow, but gets can'tstopmenow after a bit~
Best Warcraft Audiobooks:
Yes. I love all of the characters involved. Even the token human, who was given a great personality and interesting backstory.
Vol'jin. Easily. He gave an excellent performance despite the Trolls having a Jamaican accent, which could come off as goofy and dumb in a lesser narrator's hands.
Not really, but there were some really great action scenes and even a heartwarming moment towards the end.
Not all of the WoW stories feel "complete", but merely as a springboard into some new expansion the game is releasing. This is one of the few books that felt like it had a solid beginning, middle, and end to me.
The voices Scott Brick did for this were unbelievable! I truly pictured the Troll and Pandaren characters separately as he did the reading! Great story with lots of emotion and thrilling action! Also, the philosophies considered by the characters had me considering my own personal growth and beliefs. Loved it all!
Being a world of Warcraft fan, it was easy for me to follow. Great story line, and I loved being able to learn more about who Vol'jin really is. Great troll lore.
This has a much different pace from the other books in the series. It's much less about war, more about Vol'Jin's personal journey into Pandaria, and him growing as an individual and leader, finding his place in the future. There is a lot of really cool information and descriptions about the troll empires and shadow hunters, but it seemed to lack the punch and the grip the other stories brought.
"Solid Warcraft Story"
Really enjoyed this novel, only reason o never gave it five is I'd personally liked to have seen a bit more action from some of the characters.
amazing narrators performance. well written. nice catchy story with a bit of philosophy. i am recommending.yeah man lol
"Good narration, interesting story of Pandaria"
Narrator was really impressive with the troll accents and all. Mostly listened to follow the whole Warcraft story, this part being not so interesting but it was good nonetheless.
"Pandas talking about feelings"
Narrator was good, made an effort. I like trolls and orcs and humans are a necessary part to any warcraft story but too much panda drama, we get it you are peaceful and make beer but get out the way and let the shadow hunter slay peoples. There are better warcraft books out there, I like the orc ones and the dragon ones, even dwarf ones are better than pandas.
scott brick delivers yet again. a great story centering on one of my favourite characters: vol'jin.
if youre into the warcraft lore then get this book, great reader, great story. recommened
Great individual voice impersonation. Very well written characters development, although I expected more than just a sudden death for Khalak.
"Great insight into Troll and Pandaren mind"
I loved Scott Bricks performance, especially the deliberate and thoughtful performance of the Pandaren.
I loved the insight into the Troll and Pandaren mindset, I have never really got the Pandaren until this book.
An all round great performance, his voice if perfect for a massive and thoughtful Pandaren.
I have read at least 6-7 Warcraft books, but this one gave me a really good insight into two less known races (Troll & Pandaren). On a par if not more so than Lord of the Clans insight into (Warcraft) Orcs.
Another great Warcraft book and a little more thought provoking than your average fantasy. I look forward to more Warcraft books on Audible.
What is there to like?
No, actually detracted from my interest in World of Warcraft Books
The narration was fine, I've listened to Scott Brick in many other books and found his naration to be good quality, however when the content is this dreary there isn't a great deal he can do with it.
After listening to several audio books I decided to give a World of Warcraft audio book a go, as a long time player of the game I’ve heard lots of good things about the books and this was my first foray into them and I must say it has left a bitter taste, I got to chapter 10 and decided I had had enough. I found the content slow and waffling and using a lot of words but not achieving much with them. I certainly will be steering clear of any further World of Warcraft books and will stick to more interesting literature.
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