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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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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.

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  • lazyaerie
  • 05-09-2013

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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  • CHU
  • 09-04-2015

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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  • paul
  • 28-01-2015

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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  • Ezra Sharp
  • 19-04-2018

I want more!!!...

I'm giving it 5 stars although I did find the end to be some what anti-climactic.

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  • Jesper
  • 28-03-2018

The monks' strength is all over the place.

If you want to hear Taren Zhu possibly being a god among men, or Chen creating peel off faces, this is what you need.

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  • Edward Englehart
  • 24-01-2018

Voljin is over rated

Voljin is over rated I think this even after listening to this novel. He is the true traitor to the Horde and his appointed war chief.

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  • Teddy Nichols
  • 21-01-2018

One of my favorite Warcraft novels.

I had to say out of most of the Warcraft novels on here, this was my most favorite book to listen to. I fell in love with the character Vol'jin, really well done in character development and growth.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-12-2017

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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  • Brandon
  • 04-12-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-2017

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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  • Branislav Brath
  • 20-12-2016

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
  • 12-01-2016

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
  • 03-11-2015

Brilliant reader.

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2017

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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  • William Johnstone
  • 09-05-2017

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
  • 24-04-2017

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
  • 02-08-2016

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
  • 30-11-2015

brilliant

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

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  • Alin
  • 13-10-2015

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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  • allen
  • 26-01-2014

Great insight into Troll and Pandaren mind

Would you consider the audio edition of World of Warcraft: Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde to be better than the print version?

I loved Scott Bricks performance, especially the deliberate and thoughtful performance of the Pandaren.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the insight into the Troll and Pandaren mindset, I have never really got the Pandaren until this book.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

An all round great performance, his voice if perfect for a massive and thoughtful Pandaren.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

Another great Warcraft book and a little more thought provoking than your average fantasy. I look forward to more Warcraft books on Audible.