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

  • by Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: World of Warcraft
  • 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.”


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- lazyaerie

Horribly boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who HAS to know what happened to Vol'jin before becoming Warchief will want to pick it up

What was most disappointing about Michael A. Stackpole’s story?

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.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

I have no idea. Someone who could raise their voice to represent fear, or dread, or excitement? Someone with some emotion.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There are no redeeming qualities of this book. It's beyond boring.

Any additional comments?

I hope they don't do another book that even closely resembles having ANYTHING to do with Vol'jin and/or Taran Zhu.

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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-30-2013
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio