''Warcraft: Lord of the Clans'' is a novel by Christie Golden based in BlizzardEntertainment's ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' Universe. It was published by Pocket Books. The story of the novel was originally going to be used in the adventure game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans until it was canceled. It is the second book released in the Warcraft Universe after ''Warcraft: Day of the Dragon''. It is part of the Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse.


The book tells the tale of Thrall, a young orc orphaned by assassins who kill both his parents. After being found by a human named Blackmoore, Thrall is taken to his castle, where he is raised to fight in gladitorial games to earn the alcoholic Blackmoore money. After escaping the castle with the help of a human girl, Taretha, Thrall travels to reunite the orcs.

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!!This book contains the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The original source for the plot was a FullThrottle-like game starring Thrall, which was then cancelled due to it not meeting Blizzard's quality standards. Someone managed to get a hold of it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ6tg1Id6-c here]]. The original game had ''a lot'' more [[ContinuityNod continuity nods]] to ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'', and some of the major plot points were greatly revised in the book (though it is hard to tell how much due to missing cinematics). There is no sign of sympathetic human characters such as Sergeant or Taretha in the game either.
* TheAlcoholic: Blackmoore.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subversion is the whole point. This is the beginning of the the end for Orcs' long-standing reputation as the embodiments of nastiness.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Blackmoore comes from a shamed noble house. He is willing to reclaim the family's position by any means necessary, including [[spoiler: raising Thrall to use as a puppet general, thereby gaining command an army of orcs to use against Lordaeron.]]
* CaptainErsatz: A lot of Thrall's backstory owes itself to Ben Hur and Spartacus. Thrall, of course, ends up better than Spartacus.
* TheClan: The Frostwolves are all a bunch of uniform good guys. They're JERKS to Thrall in the beginning, but they're good guys.
* DropTheHammer: The Doomhammer, which becomes Thrall's iconic weapon.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Grom Hellscream, despite being a BloodKnight who has killed many, demands that his orcs not kill an abducted child, and instead return him to his family.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Sergeant.
* FantasticRacism: Thrall is frequently subject to this.
* GeniusBruiser: Thrall is a lot more intellectual than most Orcs, but is also a very capable hand-to-hand fighter.
* GetIntoJailFree: Thrall lets himself get captured in the first phase of his and Orgrim Doomhammer's campaign against the internment camps.
** {{Inverted}} with the Orcs who simply break out of jail and Meta wise this novel is part of the card Orcs are dealt as they to go from {{always chaotic evil}} to {{noble savage}}s in Warcraft.
* GladiatorGames[=/=]GladiatorRevolt: Thrall's backstory, explaining his martial skills.
* HidingBehindTheLanguageBarrier: An orc tries to tell Thrall [[spoiler:to run while he protects him]], but this fails because Thrall doesn't know Orcish.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Blackmoore raised Thrall to be the perfect warrior who could lead the orc armies against the rest of the human Alliance. Thrall did eventually become the Warchief of the Horde... and then led his army against Blackmoore.
* TheHorde: Thrall makes The Horde 3.0. It's not yet an Alliance, consisting of just orcs.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. The main villains of the story are all human, and by the end of it, you're cheering Thrall on as he and the Horde storm Durnholde. At the same time, however, Thrall is well aware of humanity's capacity for good as demonstrated by Taretha and Sergeant, and when he sees the collective spirit of the human race during his shaman training, he finds that it's closer to his human friends than Blackmoore.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Langston to a certain extent. Blackmoore is actually just a gigantic bully but does too much evil to be considered sympathetic.
* JerkAss: Blackmoore, ''at his best''.
* KickTheDog: Blackmoore has dozens of moments like this in his treatment of Thrall and Taretha Foxton.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: It is ''immensely'' cathartic when Thrall corners Blackmoore and puts an end to him.
* LethalChef: Blackmoore hired an old comrade from the war as a chef, whose fish has made Taretha ill more han once.
* MagicKnight: Thrall is proficient in both melee combat and spellcasting (as a Shaman).
* MeaningfulName: Thrall keeps the name, which means "slave", so that neither he nor Blackmoore will forget what the latter has done when the former comes back with a vengeance.
* MessianicArchetype: Thrall is basically a cross between Moses and Spartacus, plus some green paint.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: During the siege, Sergeant sees that Blackmoore's gone mad and that Langston is completely useless, but takes up the responsibility of defending the keep because they all think that Thrall won't stop until Blackmoore's dead.
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted. A reference to the "stench of urine and feces" is made a couple of times when describing battles.
* NoNameGiven: Sergeant. Lampshaded a couple times.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Thrall has this moment just before his final battle with Blackmoore.
* TheObiWan: Thrall has a couple of mentors. The most prominent being Warchief Doomhammer.
** Regarding shamanic stuff, Drek'thar definitely fills the role.
** Drek'thar also points out, in a strange and roundabout sort of way, Blackmoore was one too.
* OhCrap: Sergeant and Langston's reaction when Blackmoore pushes Thrall too far, triggering his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Roaring Rampage of Revenge]].
* OldMaster: Sergeant is the only decent man in Durnholde.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: A bit of FridgeBrilliance when you realize that the previous two books chronologically had treated them as total monsters.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Thrall, though an intellectual among his people, still feels pride for their martial heritage.
* RedRightHand: Amongst the orcs, Thrall's blue eyes mark him as untainted (relatively, as ''[[WorldOfWarcraft The Burning Crusade]]'' and ''Literature/RiseOfTheHorde'' later reveal that green skin already indicates ''some'' level of exposure to fel magic).
* ReLex: The words in the orcish phrase "Kagh! Bin mog g'thazag cha!" seem to match the English words, [[spoiler:"Run! I will protect you!"]] one-to-one.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The big finale. Thrall is a tremendously mellow guy, for an Orc. The measures necessary to get him up to this are damn near ridiculous. [[MoralEventHorizon And horrifying.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Drek'thar demands respect from Thrall after meeting him, but is impressed when he refuses to accept being treated like a slave, noting that he proved that he was humble, but not an ExtremeDoormat.
* SmugSnake: Blackmoore
* TheSiege: Completely subverted. The bad guys are the few defenders manning the great fortress, while the hero is leading the massive horde trying to rip the place down. They even succeed too.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Sergeant, for Durnholde.
* WhamLine:
** When Thrall defeats an orc who insulted the Frostwolves.
-->"My name, son of Durotan, is Orgrim Doomhammer."
** Thrall gets a ''very'' unpleasant surprise in the final assault on Durnholde.
-->"[[spoiler:Taretha's blue eyes stared sightlessly up at him from her severed head]]."
* WhatTheHellHero: Thrall gives this to some of his men when he finds out they killed unarmed humans.
* WhosLaughingNow: Thrall does this to Langston, reducing him to a crying baby,
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Thrall feels this way after being complimented by [[spoiler: Blackmoore as the latter is mortally wounded and tells him "You are... what I made of you... [[SoProudOfYou I am so proud]]..."]]
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