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 has rapidly become my favorite narrator for Warcraft novels. His tone, pacing, and ability to mimic the vocal idiosyncrasies of Azeroth's races really help draw me into the story. I enjoyed the depiction of Vol'Jin, which really helped me delve into the troll mindset and understand their racial identity in the setting, something I hadn't gotten too deep into despite years of playing Horde. I'd say that the only parts of the story that didn't resonate with me mainly involved Taran Zhu, but that's my personal dislike for the character and not a knock on the writing. Overall, I'd say this is an excellent book for WoW fans and players on either faction.
Really enjoyed the story but compared to some of the other WoW books it just isn't the same caliber. I would recommend it because it answered a lot of questions I had during MOP.
Great story, but wanted more rebellion stuff to be included in the story. Otherwise it was a good addition of lore to my favorite franchise.
Scott Brick is a phenominal narrator, really sold the story.
A great insight to how Vol'jin thinks and acts, a great story for anyone who love the lore of World of Warcraft.
Scott Brick is a very convincing Pandaren.
I loved the novell. The book really puts in perspective who Vol'jin is.
The story of his healing and his moral dilemma to fight the Zandhalari.
You also get to see how Vol'jin fights to maintain in the Loas light.
"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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