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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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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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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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Brilliant reader.

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

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Scott brick, WOW

It’s a real shame they haven’t used him for the rest of the Warcraft audiobooks, he simply brings them to life with his brilliant vocal performance. Fantastic story enriched by a great narrator.

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best story of vol'jin

i found the story gripped me from the start i didnt want to stop listening to it with the twists and turns and the sheer elaboration of everything made my mind wonder into pandaria itself and getting to know the back story to Vol'jin and Chen Stormstout and how they met before the story or pandaria came into wow

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Great story

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

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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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well read

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

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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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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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  • lazyaerie
  • 05-09-13

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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  • paul
  • 28-01-15

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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  • Autumn
  • 24-07-18

Amazing

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

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  • Harper Micko
  • 16-07-18

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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  • Skyler S.
  • 17-06-18

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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  • CHU
  • 09-04-15

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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  • Allen Young
  • 05-04-22

Vol’jin deserved better

This book is amazing and exemplifies how wasted Vol’jin was to make room for an edgier character that was brought to the forefront just for her popularity.

I encourage everyone to read this book and enjoy a time when Blizzard cared about their story.

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  • Musikalshark
  • 22-09-21

Started out great.

For as great as the first 21 chapters were I can’t believe how repetitive and boring the last third of the book was. Disappointing.

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  • john lynch
  • 18-07-21

love voljin

it really let's you see Collins character along with the warcheifs. lived the pandas also.

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  • Paul Chabot
  • 15-01-21

Very Enjoyable and Unique WoW Book

I found this book very enjoyable to listen to, though it is distinctly different from other WoW books I've listened to with a narration that fits well with the tone of the book.

The writing of this book is much more focused on thoughts and philosophies than descriptions and details as is the case for many other writing styles. In general, things are only described if they give you a sense of what someone believes or understands about them. You don't get imagery for the sake of imagery, only for the construction of your understanding about something or what someone thought about someone or something.

At first that made me think the book would be bland, as many things were not described in the great detail I'm used to and enjoy, but as the book goes on you begin to understand what the imagery provided does for your understanding of situations, and I personally found that satisfying. You do end up getting some more thorough descriptions as the book goes on, so don't fear that the book is devoid of imagery.

The book heavily emphasizes philosophical themes throughout. Characters rationalize and grow their understanding of the world and their place in it with thoughts that can be relatable to readers / listeners with little effort. We all wish to understand our place in the world, and this book felt insightful to me despite addressing themes through the eyes of epic heroes.

The narration was fitting for the nature of the book. His voice was a bit slow and thoughtful in tone which melded well the philophical thoughts, discussions and analysis by the characters in the story. The style would not be as suitable for faster paced, more action filled stories, but it worked exceedingly well with this thoughtful and deliberate book.

Overall, I think the book was very good with excellent narration and is worth reading / listening to.