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!
Top notch story,I play alliance and have no love for the horde, So I thought I'd give it a go as I've listened to all the other warcraft books. To my surprise it was one of the best books I've listened too. It had me engrossed from start to finish, with top notch narration from Scott brick as always. A must read/listen for all warcraft fans (even if your alliance :p) just stay away from the stormrage piece of **** book
Big fan of WoW stories. On this one we follow the Horde leader Vol'jin as he struggles with what it means to be a troll. Very well paced, it starts very nice and progressively gets more intense and action packed
I enjoyed the book a lot. I especially liked taran zhu, the different life lessons/parables and the differences between tushui and huojin compared through the boardgame jihui and ofcourse Chen and Yalia.
It was 15 hours long so it took me a while, but was definitely worth it. Scott is a wonderful narrator.
The only downside was the part with kha'lak on the isle of thunder took too long.
If there is a book with an Elf, I have read it. If there is a book with knights and dragons, I have read it. Medieval books are my life.
Hearing the voices of the character brings the story to life.
Vol'jin and his "unknown" human counterpart depending on each other to heal and survive.
brings the characters to life with the voices and mannerisms.
I do not watch movies.
The compelling story line and the relevance to characters.
This was my first book.
He did a very good job, and was very good at the accents.
No I just wouldn't be able to listen to this in one sitting its was just so overwhelming
Anyone who HAS to know what happened to Vol'jin before becoming Warchief will want to pick it up
This book was aweful. I LOVE the warcraft books, and am a huge fan of the games, in general, but this book put me to sleep so many times. The narrator has the most monotone, dreary approach to reading the novel, that you just can't help but think that it might have been, at least, somewhat better if you had just read the hard cover book and not the audio book.
NOTHING happens in this book. It's the most uneventful waste of time i've ever experienced. The writing is not engaging, and for 95% of the book, not a damn thing happens. It's just talking. Useless talking. Vol'jin at least does some things towards the end, but it's not even exciting. A huge yawn.
I have no idea. Someone who could raise their voice to represent fear, or dread, or excitement? Someone with some emotion.
There are no redeeming qualities of this book. It's beyond boring.
I hope they don't do another book that even closely resembles having ANYTHING to do with Vol'jin and/or Taran Zhu.
"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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