''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.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Gul'dan betrays his master Ner'zhul to Kil'jaeden, but the work suggests that Gul'dan was never exactly of wholesome character ''before'' that incident.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Blackhand convinces Krol, an ogre chieftain, and others of his clan to form an alliance by promising freedom and protection from their AbusivePrecursors, the gronn, and and a new enemy to fight in the draenei.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: When an innocent Draenei child is killed to open the Dark Portal, Durotan loses his cool and starts fighting the orcs loyal to the Shadow Council. His clan follows him into battle, and the only thing that saves them is the portal's activation.]]
* BlackMagic: The fel magic that the warlocks start using.
* ContinuityCameo: Medivh shows up a couple times near the end.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Easily one of the darkest books Blizzard has ever put out.
* DeceptiveDisciple: Gul'dan. 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.
* DoomedByCanon: Anyone who's played the Warcraft games and their MMO sequel will know the draenei are ''this'' close to being doomed to extinction, and that Ner'zhul's attempts to undo his mistakes are doomed to failure because otherwise orcish history past the events of the book wouldn't make sense.
* DramaticSitDown: Thrall does this after he's informed that the Draenei are in Azeroth, and have joined the Alliance.
* DropTheHammer: Orgrim Doomhammer, naturally.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Averted, and lampshaded in Durotan's thoughts. He thought the weather was ''way'' too cheery for what was happening.
* EtTuBrute: Part of the reason Kil'jaeden hates Velen so much is that they were as close as brothers before the split, which makes their parting that much more bitter.
** Ner'zhul has a similarl feeling when he discovers Gul'dan betrayed him.
* EvilFormerFriend: Archimonde and Kil'jaeden to Velen.
* EvilIsPetty: Kil'jaeden's grudge against Velen seems to be part of the reason he turned the orcs against the draenei.
* 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.
* FreudianTrio: According to Velen, he was this with Kil'jaeden and Archimonde. He was the Ego to Archimonde's Id and Kil'jaeden's Superego.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: What happens to the orcs who drink demon blood.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Any and all attempts to prevent the orcs from becoming TheHorde are vetoed.
* IAmXSonOfY: This is the naming convention of the orcs.
* KickedUpstairs: Ner'zhul is placed in a meaningless, decorative position to prevent him from interfering with the Shadow Council's plans (which he ends up becoming privvy to) and those of Kil'jaeden.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ner'zhul is horrified by the realisation that he has beeen tricked into committing genocide, and vows to undo his mistakes. He is stopped from doing this.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ner'zhul is placed in a powerless position where he becomes privvy to all the Shadow Council plans he will be unable to stop so Gul'dan can rub his failure in his former mentor's face. This allows him to become
* NobleTopEnforcer: Doomhammer becomes this to Blackhand.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Ner'zhul thinks he is doing what his ancestor's want and protecting his people, as do many of the orcs fighting the draenei. The discovery that he isn't is a harsh landing.
* OddFriendship: While not technically forbidden, Durotan and Orgrim Doomhammer's inter-clan friendship is considered against tradition.
* 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]].
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Ner'zhul notes that Kil'jaeden's vitriolic hatred of the draenei is inconsistent with the behaviour of the other Draenor spirits, not the least because the ancestors do not harbour such resentments towards the living.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: The Shadow Council sacrifices a little draenei boy to open the Dark Portal.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** Velen is polite and cordial to Durotan and Orgrim when he meets them, arranged for his people to peacefully interact with the orcs whose planet they landed on and saves his people from total destruction.
** Ner'zhul is seen as this at the start, being revered by the orc clans for his connection to the spirits and the ancestors, and is probably as close as the orcs have to a unified leader; the only blotch on his copybook is that he wants a different kind of power that he doesn't have yet -- that of true authority over the clans. This makes him an easy target for Kil'jaeden's machinations.
** Durotan joins in the orcish attacks on the draenei only on the basis of MyCountryRightOrWrong, is disgusted by many of the darker practises that take place and eventually refuses to drink the Blood of Mannoroth when Ner'zhul sends an anonymous letter warning them all not to do it.
* StartOfDarkness: For the orcs.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Mannoroth uses this to turn the orcs into AlwaysChaoticEvil berserkers.
* 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]]
* WeaponOfChoice: Hammers for the Blackrock Clan. Axes for the Frostwolves. Orgrim has the Doomhammer.
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