I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Warcraft: Durotan by Christie Golden
Series: Warcraft: The Official Movie #1
Published by Audible Studios on May 3rd 2016
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In the world of Draenor, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul'dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the Clan's chieftain, must make an impossible decision: Abandon the territory, pride and traditions of his people, or lead them into the unknown.
This is a prequel to the movie and it covers the Frost wolf clan, a group of honorable orcs who are challenged by the dying of their world Draenor.
I really loved this book. I’ve never followed World of Warcraft lore much, but I was a fan and player of the original 3 Warcraft games. This book goes into so much detail about who the orcs are and how they live. The Frost Wolves are noble and honorable, only doing what is necessary to survive off of the animals and land. It has a real Native American (or even Klingon) vibe to it. They are brown-skinned (not green), and very intelligent. They are also very spiritual and the spirits of their world play an active and important role in the story. However, the world is dying and the Frost Wolves must change or perish. Led by Durotan, they leave their home and head towards the seat of the spirits to figure out how to save their world. Meanwhile, a dark sorcerer named Gul’dan tries to unite all the clans to leave the world and go to a new one that they can conquer (and this is where it starts tying into the games and movie). The book was very well written and there weren’t any slow spots for me. Durotan was really well developed and you could follow his inner turmoil and his wisdom. Several of the other characters in his clan were also very well done. Gul’dan didn’t have a lot of depth but perhaps that will be expanded on in the movie/sequel. The audiobook was great in that the narrator has a wonderful accent and is able to switch voices with ease. Overall, this was a great intro the world and really makes me excited to go see the movie (and read the sequel).