Written by Christie Golden, Lord of the Clans carefully weaves the origins of Thrall during the Second War and how the poor orcish infant lost his parents and was consequently found by a madman with violent tendencies, huge ambitions and a profound desire of everything liquid that contained alcohol.
After losing his parents to Gul’dan’s assassins, Thrall was found by Aedalas Blackmoore, the Lord of Durnhold which is located in Hillsbrad. The cunning and odious man thought to raise the infant in the arts of combat, so that perhaps, one day later, this orc would rule the Horde through Blackmoore’s command and overthrow the Alliance, thus placing him as High King of whatever was left of it.
Having learned not to harm any human right at the start, the infant was taught how to speak the human dialect and was named Thrall, slave in the common tongue. He was also taught the various forms of combat with several weapons and soon became a gladiator in the arena, but not before having learned to write and read. Thrall had somehow formed a bond with Taretha, daughter of Blackmoore’s majordomo Foxton, whose family had earned the good graces of their lord once the majordomo’s wife breastfed Thrall in his infant period, thus preventing him from dying.
Along the years, Thrall read a lot of books in his cell and traded correspondence with Taretha through the bag of books that he received once in a while. Having matured to a point where he became aware that nothing good would come from where he was, Thrall decided to escape and with the help of Taretha, he did.
The Horde was dismantled and divided across several internment caps to rot away spiritless. Thrall visited one of the camps and left it with ease, but barely escaping his self-proclaimed owner. Now wandering through the wilds, Thrall encounters Grom Hellscream, the legendary chieftain of the Warsong clan and then Drek’thar, shaman and current chieftain of the Frostwolf clan who now resided in the Alterac Mountains.
Thrall learned of his heritage and became connected with the five elements while Drek’thar taught him the path of the shaman. But only after a hermit whose name was Orgrim Doomhammer arrived at the camp of the Frostwolves, did Thrall finally realized his purpose. Together with the former Warchief of the Horde, Thrall would liberate the camps and inspire the orcs through the old ways.
After much sacrifice, Thrall reunited the Horde under his command and marched west, leaving us at the beginning of the events in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
If Day of the Dragon was the most adventurous book yet, this one has to be the saddest. Thrall’s story is filled with pain, injustice, suffering and very few moments of happiness to cling to. Despite all, he continued to think a lot more before acting and trailed off to know his legacy and fulfill his destiny, where he liberated the Orcs from the internment camps and reformed the Horde under a new leadership.
I must give my compliments to Christie Golden’s work, I felt completely in tune with my beloved Green Jesus, as he is commonly known by the players, throughout the whole of the book. Thrall’s origin was one of the harshest, and perhaps that’s why he is one of the wisest characters within the lore. Combat, exploration, characterization, and suspense are great key points in this book. This book is a must to understand that the newly reformed Horde is very different from the one that came to Azeroth in the first place. The Orcs had found themselves again.
Here are some places and characters that you might recognize in the book. Thrall, his parents Durotan and Draka. Orgrim Doomhammer, Grom Hellscream, and Drek’thar. Sergeant and Taretha Foxton of course (yes, the boss from Old Hillsbrad and the NPC at the end of the dungeon). Langston and Aedelas Blackmoore. Durnholde Keep, Tarren Mill, Alterac Valley and Durotan’s Rock!