Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel

Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel

by Christie Golden

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ISBN-13: 9781783299607
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,196,359
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Award-winning and seven-time New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has written over 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, nearly a dozen for gaming giant Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and StarCraft novels, and three books in the nine-books Star Wars series, Fate of the Jedi,with Aaron Allston and Troy Denning.

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Warcraft: Durotan: The Official Movie Prequel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the story you know, nor is it supposed to be. This is the Warcraft MOVIEverse version of the events leading up to the invasion of Azeroth and the first war - and is NOT considered canon in the GAMEverse. No Burning Legion. No Ner'zhul. You will find different-yet-same characters you know and love though: Garad, Geyah, Durotan, Draka (who honestly in my opinion is much more interesting in this tale), Orgrim (who in this universe was always a Frostwolf and becomes second-in-command). Drek'thar (who, again, I actually enjoyed more than before), Garona, and the always cunning (doesnt change here!) Gul'dan. I found myself really wishing some aspects WERE cannon in overall lore. To avoid spoilers I will leave it at this: it is worth the read and should be easy enough for even a non-Warcraft fan to get into. But keep all you know at the door and realize this lore is supposed to be different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And i still enjoyed it.
Mattbyers40 More than 1 year ago
Author Christie Golden exudes that something magical in all of her writing, but especially in her latest work, Durotan, the prequel to Duncan Jones' film, Warcraft. Many fantasy authors have tried to grant humanity to races typically regarded as evil. (for example, J.R.R. Tolkien's orcs) And many fantasy authors have failed. However, Golden transforms this cliched group of beings into something so emotive; so believable and real that the reader finds the deepest rooted humanity in every character, be they good or evil. Don't let those previous words mislead. Her ability to radiate the gray areas of this world ushers forth dimensions in Durotan, his father, Garad, his mother, Gesha, his wife, Draka, shaman and mentor Drek'Thar, and his closest companion, Orgrim Doomhammer, so deeply in sync with human nature it would seem she merely lived among the Frostwolves and recorded eye witness events. If ever there was a Dian Fossey for orcs it's Golden. Durotan opens with a lesson in hunting from Frostwolf Chieftain, Garad, to his son, Durotan, regarding the honor of making his first kill. No spoilers as this review resonates the author's authentic nature, intending not to summarize. The story immerses the reader in the world of Draenor in a manner not experienced since Tolkien first introduced us to Middle-earth in his classic tale, The Hobbit. But the engrossing nature of her story about family, love, loss and loyalty only deepens as it effortlessly glides along page after delightful page. The bond of the young and old exhibits a family dynamic reminiscent of many Native American tribes. The role of the mother and wife of the chieftain seen in Gesha allows for many insights into women in this orc clan. Add in Draka, the former Exile, and the strength and feminist icon many have sought but failed to receive bursts forth with the explosive bliss of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Her level of awesome makes Katniss Everdeen's skills seem novice. Place her with Durotan and a love stronger than death reveals itself. Edward and Bella of Twilight have nothing on them. Friendship explored in the two Frostwolves, Orgrim and Durotan, brings to mind David and & Jonathan from The Old Testament. No closer bond exists than that of these two, save Draka and Durotan's love. No doubt many couples will be quoting, "Whatever happens." "Whatever happens," once reading Golden's novel. Throughout it, theme after theme explored resonates and permeates each character. Garona will surely please, as will Gul'dan in his wickedness. The Spirits and the shaman's role in religious and spiritual activity combine with laws of the clan in opposition and relation to other orcs, especially the Frostwolves' foil, the Red Walkers, creating the most unique and individualized fantasy novel in decades. By the end of the story, the journey is complete to the point necessary to prepare the reader for what comes next in Jones' film. Pick this book up and escape to Draenor. Then see the movie read Golden's upcoming Warcraft adaptation. Until then, Aka'Magosh!