''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.
* 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. [[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.]]
* 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 Draenai are an Azeroth, and have joined the Alliance.
* 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.
* 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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