''Rise of the Horde'' is a novel by Christie Golden, set in the ''Franchise/WarcraftExpandedUniverse.'' It tells of the events that happened on Draenor before ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}: Orcs and Humans'', focusing mainly on the orcs, though the draenei show up quite a bit. It details how the orcs went from {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s to TheHorde. The main characters are Orgrim Doomhammer and Durotan, but Thrall provides the FramingDevice.
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!!This book contains examples of:
* AlienBlood: Draenei have blue blood. Demons have greenish-yellow blood. Even orcs fit this trope to some degree, as they have blood of so dark a red that it's nearly black.
* AncestralWeapon: The Doomhammer.
* BlackMagic: The fel magic that the warlocks start using.
* ContinuityCameo: Medivh shows up a couple times.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Gul'dan. [[spoiler:When he spies on Ner'zhul as the latter finds out Kil'jaeden deceived them all, he rats out his (horrified) master to the demon lord for power.]]
* DropTheHammer: Orgrim Doomhammer, naturally.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Averted, which is lampshaded in Durotan's thoughts. He thought the weather was way too cheery for what was happening.
* EvilMakeover: The orcs' skin turns greenish when they start using demonic magic, whether that specific orc actually used it or not. Orcs who drank Mannoroth's blood turn really green, their [[RedEyesTakeWarning eyes turn red]], and they become much more muscular.
* FirstGirlWins: The first girl in Orgrim's and Durotan's age group we are introduced to, Draka, becomes Durotan's mate.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: What happens to the orcs who drink demon blood.
* IAmXSonOfY: This is the naming convention of the orcs.
* OhCrap: Thrall's reaction in the epilogue when he finds out that [[spoiler:the Draenei have crashed on Azeroth, and have allied with the Alliance. The second half of the book is basically about the orcs massacring the draenei. This new development crushes Thrall's hopes for peace fairly effectively]].
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: The Shadow Council sacrifices a little draenei boy to open the Dark Portal.]]
* StartOfDarkness: For the orcs.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Mannoroth uses this to turn the orcs into AlwaysChaoticEvil berserkers.
* WeaponOfChoice: Hammers for the Blackrock Clan. Axes for the Frostwolves. Orgrim has the Doomhammer.
* UnwittingPawn: Ner'zhul falls for Kil'jaeden's lies. All of the orc shaman fall for it, and the orcs trust their spiritual leaders. [[note]]There are also [[CardCarryingVillain willing]] [[DeceptiveDisciple collaborators]] like [[TheStarscream Gul'dan]].[[/note]]
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