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World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde (No. 4) [Mass Market Paperback]

Christie Golden
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December 26, 2006 0743471385 978-0743471381 Reprint
Though the young Warchief Thrall ended the demon curse that had plagued his people for generations, the orcs still wrestle with the sins of their bloody past. As the rampaging Horde, they waged a number of devastating wars against their perennial enemy -- the Alliance. Yet the rage and bloodlust that drove the orcs to destroy everything in their path nearly consumed them as well.

Long ago, on the idyllic world of Draenor, the noble orc clans lived in relative peace with their enigmatic neighbors, the draenei. But the nefarious agents of the Burning Legion had other plans for both of the unsuspecting races. The demon-lord Kil'jaeden set in motion a dark chain of events that would succeed not only in eradicating the draenei, but forging the orc clans into an single, unstoppable juggernaut of hatred and destruction.

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than forty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and several original fantasy novels. An avid player of World of Warcraft, she has written two manga short stories and several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, and The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, and Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War). She has also written the StarCraft Dark Templar Saga: Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and Twilight, as well as the most recent hardcover, Devils’ Due. Golden is also the writer of three books in the major nine-book Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi (in collaboration with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning). Golden lives in Tennessee. She welcomes visitors to her website:

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I must admit I had my apprehensions given that I was slightly disappointed with Lord of the Clans. It was a much anticipated telling of the cancelled Warcraft Adventures which would have fleshed out the beginnings of Thrall, only there seemed to be not enough meat and what was there was predictable, even cliched storytelling.

Thanksfully this is not the case with Rise of the Horde. It is always a mark of a good writer who can make a story enthralling even when the audience very likely knows how it's going to do. You can't help but grieve, emphathise and feel dread for Durotan who has to slowly watch the Horde become perverted by "well intentioned" men as well as others like Ner'Zhul whom the Warcraft universe has not spent much time in portraying in a sympathetic light. Also a bonus is a thorough glimpse into the Dranei and their relationship with the Orcs prior to becoming the Horde and further insights into the Horde way of life beyond World of Warcraft's Horde side.

All in all this is a very strong novel which I was pleasantly surprised and a gripping read from beginning to end. For anyone reading this who thinks since they already know the story, you might wish to pass on this I can assure you that would be a mistake. You *might* know the story, but it was never told like this.

Makes me wish I'd resubscribe to WoW just for TBC to see what has happened to the Draenei!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde November 22, 2009
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World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde, by Christie Golden

"Rise of the Horde" is what a Warcraft book should be. The book is enjoyable, the plot is pretty solid, and the characters are spot on. In the author biography, Golden states that she is a World of Warcraft player and it shows - there are little things thrown in that any Warcraft player will appreciate.

Each chapter starts with a brief introduction from Thrall, the current chief of the new Horde. He is writing the history of the old Horde, the Horde that destroyed their own world and invaded Azeroth, the Horde that perpetuated genocide on the draenei and slaughtered the humans.

The story of the orcs starts with a noble race, living peacefully on Draenor. The orcs have coexisted with the draenei for hundreds of years, ever since the draenei arrived on Draenor fleeing from their ancient enemies. While the orcs take pleasure in hunting animals and bloodlust, they are not killers and have a culture, family groups, a belief system. But all that changes when the Burning Legion turns a key orc to their side, and he leads the orcs on a terrifying descent into madness. Only one clan stands apart, the Frostwolves; their leader Durotan watches helplessly as the orcs are corrupted by demons.

Golden depicts this tale with plenty of emotion; I felt for Durotan's situation. How many of us have watched someone do something we know is wrong, but we can't change their minds? Most of us have, I'm sure. "The Rise of the Horde" details just that, the rise of the horde that descended upon Azeroth, intent on taking the world for their own. The story is known, especially if one is a Warcraft player; but Golden fleshes out the story very nicely. How many Warcraft players have visited Durotar, or Orgrimmar?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 16, 2008
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This was a wonderful book, I really enjoyed the background it gives, it helps to flesh out the story a little better, and gives you more insight into the Orcs, and the Draenei. Well worth purchasing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christie and the Orcs, a good marriage. April 23, 2008
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As literature, it isn't one of the best books I have ever read, but as a book based on a game (or RPG) - what usualy results in not very good histories, and I have read many - it's good. It's well written.
In order to have how to compare my taste would be good to you to know that to me "Tides of darkness" was bad (too descriptive); "Cycle of hatred", tasteless (no emotion, no surprise); "They of the dragon" worse, it's boring; "Of blood and honor" is nice; "The last guardian" is very cool"; and I think that "Lord of the clans is good", but "Rise of the Horde" is a bit better.
It's very cool to "see" guys like Gul'dan, Ner'Zhul, a young Doomhammer and Hellscream, as well as Kiljaeden and Archimond yet as "normal" people (hahaha).
The way it's explained why a shamanistic and relatively peacefull race, became engaged in a war with his very tranquil neybohood, was a great idea (demons rules!)
The rise of the horde (the fact, not the book) is terrifying. Durotan seems a very lucid german, before the second war, seeing the third reich rising and he can't do anything to stop it. Chirstie Golden makes you feel Durotan's pain.
To finish: the book is worth it's price. Buy it! You will have some fun.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Horde: a Burning Crusade companion. January 28, 2007
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Another excellent work of fantasy fiction from Christie Golden, who also wrote the Warcraft novel 'Lord of the Clans', about the origins of Thrall, Warchief of the Horde.

An engrossing story, and one that, if you have any interest in the lore behind World of Warcraft when you play the game, is pretty essential to understand the place of a lot of locations in Outland, and the origins of the Orcs and Draenei.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Warcraft fans March 19, 2009
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A fantastic Warcraft-lore read. It gives insight into not only the history of the orcs and the origins of the Horde, but the Draenei as well (and their flight from Argus).

Seeing Draenor/Outland prior to the events in the "World of Warcraft" was a treat as well. Oshu'gun, the Temple of Karabor (aka the Black Temple) are just a few places covered.

With periodic narrations by Thrall and featuring characters like Velen, Durotan, Orgrim Doomhammer and Kil'Jaeden, it's chock full of Warcrafty goodness.

The characterizations were largely solid, though one may find themselves questioning the validity of some decisions ("Why yes, I think we shall imbibe of this demon blood. Capital idea if I may say so!") made by the key players. Of course, with a continuity mostly in place prior to being written, the author had to work with and around what was already established as canon.

Regardless of that hiccup, this book is a mandatory read for anyone interested in Warcraft lore, especially time periods preceeding the "World of Warcraft" game's setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
As I finished the last chapter I thought, "Okay I'll go to bed and read more tomorrow." Of course, like I said, it was the last chapter. Sadly. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kirsten
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Horde!
Being a Horde lover and a warlock, this book was GREAT! Its a running joke that warlocks are just emo mages, well now I know that Warlocks are really shamans that due to certain... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ariana Pears
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty sweet
This was the first book I have read that pertains to the lore of WoW. It definitely did a good job at making me want to read the other books!
Published 1 month ago by J.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for WoW fans!
This book gives you a lot of back ground should you have started playing WoW later than others, myself I started WotLK so I missed WoW and BC. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas E. Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
First WoW book I've read, and it was awesome. I already knew the story of what happened to the horde and how Kil'Jaden and his brethren were corrupted and all that but this book... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alshara
5.0 out of 5 stars thrilling beyond belief
I have been a fan of Christie Golden for a long time but this book is a masterpiece. It was tough to read. I could only take it in small bites but it was worth it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael A. Crognale
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you WOW?
I wish every player truly understood the "backstory" of the game -- it enriches the game experience so much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Quick read, and was a great backstory on the Horde. I like Christine Golden's writing style and I look forward to reading more Warcraft books by her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Parris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow is always a good read
Great story, well written.. gotta love WOW ! Looking forward to more Wow Books ! yayy for Wow.. Yay for the books too
Published 2 months ago by S. Bond
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this before playing The Burning Crusade
If you enjoy the World of Warcraft mythology, this is a good read. I wish I'd read this before playing The Burning Crusade!
Published 2 months ago by JC
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