World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: World of Warcraft, Book 21
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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!

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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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Amazing

Anyone can discover some inner peace. Much respect for voljin even tho I'm for the alliance

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I'm a sucker for this kinda thing

I'm a big fan of parables and metaphors as well as stories of personal definition, so I'm biased. but damn good tie in if you ask me

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Amazing Tale from the Warcraft Saga!

The story was amazing. The edit was fantastic. The voice actor was absolutely perfect! Definitely worth the purchase.

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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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10/10 DO RECOMMEND

out of all the w.o.w. books in the saga, this on had by far been my favorite this far. although I can't pin it to a specific reason for being such. all around amazing storyline and performance

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Best wow narration

Not only was the story amazing, but the narration blew it away. This was a great listen and highly recommend it to other wow fans.

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This is Vol'jin deserved to become Warchief

This novel precedes the Siege of Orgrimmar, and sets up the Dark Spear rebellion very well. I'm sad Vol'jin didn't get to spend longer as Warchief, he stood beside Thrall in Orgrimmar when I first started playing WoW, and that Thrall chose Gorrash over him is startlingly stupid. And I'm still trying figure out why Vol'jin chose Sylvanas Windrunner as his successor.

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long live the warchief love vol'jin

look mon I have been around like the trees have leaves and the deeps have water the lowwa will take you brotha and we will live as you lead

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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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  • 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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  • steampunk god
  • 04-15-20

Great story<br />

Loved good filler story for MOP. If you like trolls and pandaren this story is a good one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

A great story with interesting characters

I really enjoyed this WoW novel, it was full of tense action and charming conversation. My only issue was, in my opinion, that the narrator was a bit low energy.

It wasn't a huge issue but sometimes I would zone out and start thinking about something else... and it's a bad sign that an audiobook can't keep your attention when you're on a treadmill, staring at a wall! I'd be completely lost at times. Maybe that's more my fault but his voice is definitely... too dramatic and slow.

I'd still recommend this book for any fantasy or Warcraft fans.

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  • Brett
  • 07-03-19

well read

well read, great accents and brilliant story. such a shame theres no more about vol jin.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

This was simply amazing!!

The narration was the best I have ever heard, I will look for more audiobooks narrated by Scott Brick cause he truly brings the story alive. The story itself however is just as amazing and I am stunned and in awe of the work.

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  • FloE
  • 08-11-18

Pandaria

Bad story and reading, no introduction to the setting or the characters at all either

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  • iron sovereign
  • 07-20-18

better than I expected

I'll keep it short cause I'm at work

it made me think about many things in many different ways.

Also made me return to the game after being 100% set against ever returning.

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  • Abrattsti
  • 07-18-18

good read

It was a good book, the narrator made every one sound familiar but you could sort out the voices after a while.

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  • Rinike
  • 06-25-18

Vol'jins life <3

Wonderful insight for Vol'jin's life!
Might be hard to understand everything in the books if you're not familiar with World of Warcraft.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-19

Starts slow but becomes quite good

Slow burn bit good story.
Much darker than expected. If you are a fan of the Warcraft Universe it's quite enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-18

immersive

i loved the story. would recommend to any warcraft fans. especially the horde among you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

Great Warcraft Novle

Great Warcraft Book overall, I found it a bit slow and harder to follow than some other Warcraft Audio Books I've listened to, but otherwise entertaining and worth the listen. Narration is good, and the portrail of Vol'jin feels accurate, narrator even does the Troll voices (accents), a welcome touch.