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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

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A good read for Warcraft players.

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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good troll experience

The content was good and the narrator was very trollish per se. I'd recommend to any wow fans, include a good indepth into what happened to voljin

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Awsome book

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

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very enoyable for warcraft fans

I enjoyed the story and it was nice to learn more about Voljin and the shadowpan monks

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Great story for those who love World of Warcraft.

And for those that want to learn more about Vok'jin! Reader brought the characters to life and made them believable. Couldn't have asked for better.

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Need to put your kid to sleep?

Then make them listen to around the first 15 chapters because i fell asleep hearing Chen's calm voice all the time talking about not so much exciting things. However it picks up a bit later in the book in terms of action and interesting plot. overall though i felt it took too long for me to get interested in the plot.

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Exceeds Expectations

I was originally skeptical about listening to this book because I didn't care about Vol'jin that much in game. I decided to give it a try because I listened to the other Mists of Pandaria novels (Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War and Warcrimes).

To put it simply, this book was outstanding. If you love WoW lore, then this book is perfection.

Tyrathan Khort better be with us at the end of Legion to fulfill their promise to get the one that got the other.

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One of the better WoW novels

The untold story of that guy who was warchief for a whole expansion, notable for... that one cutscene where he congratulates you on your tier 3 garrison. Did you know he also helped fight off an army of zandalari trolls using kung fu, with just a few dozen panda monks and his human BFF that never gets mentioned again? Apparently that wasn't cool enough for Mists of Pandaria. Stop whining and do your dailies.

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Amazing

This was a great book! Great to see another side in this great lore. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys World of Warcraft.

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One of the best Warcraft Audiobooks

Scott Brick is top tier in this book. Book starts off a little slow, but gets can'tstopmenow after a bit~

Best Warcraft Audiobooks:

Jaina Proudmoore
Vol'Jin
War Crimes
Wolfheart

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  • Branislav Brath
  • 12-20-16

loved it

amazing narrators performance. well written. nice catchy story with a bit of philosophy. i am recommending.yeah man lol

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  • JAMES
  • 01-12-16

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.

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  • lewis
  • 11-03-15

Brilliant reader.

if youre into the warcraft lore then get this book, great reader, great story. recommened

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  • Alin
  • 10-13-15

Nice

Great individual voice impersonation. Very well written characters development, although I expected more than just a sudden death for Khalak.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

Gr8 book

Really liked this book, only 2 things i struggled with, first one being a slow start, alot of talking in metaphores which i normally like, but i usually listen while im working, so sometimes my Work demands more attention whitch made me have to playback alot of Times to not miss anything. But thats not really the books fault and after 11 chapters it got easier. Second problem i had was to understand how powerful vol'jin really is, there seems to be alot of big talk about how strong he is but the actions in The book didn't allways support that. Other than that the book is Great, loved the ending, the storyteller also makes a good job doing the different characters voices so you can easily tell Who is saying what without the book mentioning it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-24-17

Accents

Would you listen to World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde again? Why?

No, the only reason I kept on listening was because of my love for the game.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vol'Jin, because why not.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

Scott Brick cannot do accents, It's a shame as it deducts from the overall story. It's probably the same in all of his performances.

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  • William Johnstone
  • 05-09-17

So good!

What a fantastic read! It's been fantastic to get a more in depth understanding of Voljin and other characters. 10 out of 10!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-24-17

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.

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  • Tomi
  • 08-02-16

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.

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  • MR
  • 11-30-15

brilliant

scott brick delivers yet again. a great story centering on one of my favourite characters: vol'jin.