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An Atomic Moo Book Review of the Official Movie Prequel

I play a lot of WoW. Probably too much, but the point is, I’m a fan and I think it’s pretty awesome they just released of a Warcaft movie. I also think it’s pretty awesome that I get to review the official Prequel novel: Durotan! Damn. I love being a geek blogger.

Anyways, Durotan (named for the principal character and released by Titan Books) takes place before the first Warcarft game. Not the MMORPG, but the very first Warcarft. Which, I really want to play again – having read this book. The world of Draenor is falling apart. Literally, not figuratively._86564582_warcraft In these last days of a dying world, Durotan has taken over as chief of the Frostwolf clan of orcs, and now it’s up to him to not only lead his tribe, but save them from annihilation. Adding to his problems is the corruption of the spirits, murderous other orcs, and a creepy green orc named Gul’dan. Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

Part of me really enjoyed this novel. I’ve played WoW since 2008 (just about when Wrath of the Lich King released), but I never got into the lore of the story. Reading about the orcs, the Draenor (the blue space goats), and Gul’dan’s origin was interesting. In a way, it also covered the birth of Shamanism in the game, as well as Warlocks, and why the orcs game to Azeroth. However, I don’t see anyone who isn’t a Warcraft fan enjoying this book. The story is very “noble savage” and I think does a bad job of mixing the role of an honorable warrior with the idea of a blood thirsty killer. It’s like reading Kilgon fan fiction, but with talking blue space goats. Okay, that actually does sound better, but I still don’t like the idea of “everyone’s a good guy.” I think this story would have been a better read if it had just backed off the nobility and honor shtick. Let ’em be bad guys! Other than that one criticism, I did enjoy this book, and it even got me to roll a Shaman (I named him Ood. He’s a Tauren. Since starting Atomic Moo, I tend to play a lot of cow characters) which I’m having fun with. So, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, Durotan is actually a good introduction to Warcarft and something I think WoW fans will enjoy.

You can get you’re own copy of Warcarft: Durotan at book stores everywhere, or order your copy online at Titanbooks.com. For the Horde!

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