Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
Warchief Garrosh's assassins strike at Vol'jin, leaving him at death's door. But fate smiles on the wounded Darkspear leader when renowned brewmaster Chen Stormstout transports him to the safety of an isolated mountain monastery. There, Vol'jin wrestles with old hatreds smoldering between the Alliance and the Horde as he struggles to recover alongside a mysterious human soldier.Yet this is only the beginning of Vol'jin's worries. Soon, he becomes embroiled in an invasion of Pandaria launched by the Zandalari, revered trolls driven by dreams of conquest and power. This ancient tribe offers Vol'jin a chance to seize the glory that is the birthright of all trolls... an offer made even more tempting after Garrosh's brazen treachery.Amid these troubling events, Vol'jin is rocked by intense visions depicting his race's grand history. As he questions where his loyalties lie, he knows he must make a choice about his own destiny that could save his people or damn them to languish under Garrosh's heel.
Part of the Warcraft Expanded Universe
- Acrofatic: The Pandaren.
- The Archer: Tyrathan.
- Arc Villain: Kha'lak is far from Vol'jin's Arch-Enemy, but is the main antagonist in this book.
- Armor-Piercing Question: As Vol'jin is preparing to set out on a rescue mission for Tyrathan in which he has little chance of survival and less chance of success, Taran Zhu asks him if he's motivated by a desire to save Tyrathan or keep up his perception of himself as a hero.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Vol'jin and Chen, on the cover but not in the story.
- Bigger Bad: Lei Shen to the Zandalari. Additionally, Garrosh's desire to have Vol'jin killed sets the story in motion.
- Black Magic
- Chekhov's Skill: Vol'jin uses the hand-to-hand combat skills he developed with the Shado-pan to kill Kha'lak during their final duel.
- Covers Always Lie: On the book cover, Vol'jin and Chen are Back-to-Back Badasses. This scene never happens in the book, and Vol'jin never fights with a spear like on the cover, but either with a glaive or bow. Also, while the cover will make you believe those two are Bash Brothers, Vol'jin actually is this moreso with Tyrathan.
- Everyone Has Standards: Vol'jin wonders if using the same magic that made the Sauroks would help against his enemies, but realizes that he would be corrupted in the process.
- Evilutionary Biologist: The Mogu are described in this regard.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Naturally, there's a fair amount between the Horde and the Alliance.
- The different troll tribes, while united, don't fully trust each other, and the Zandalari tend to look down on the other groups.
- The Mogu and the Zandalari. It's clear that the Mogu don't think much more of the Zandalari than the other races they enslaved, and the Zandalari are using the Mogu for their own purposes.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Vol'jin and Tyrathan
- Healing Factor: Somewhat downplayed; Vol'jin has one but it still takes a fairly long time to recover from the wounds that almost killed him.
- The Last Dance: Vol'jin, Tyrathan and the others defending the Shado-pan Monastery think they won't survive the final attack of the Zandalari, but they do.
- Our Trolls Are Different: Much of the plot involves the split between Vol'jin's tribe and the Zandalari.
- The Promise: Both Vol'jin and Tyrathan make one to each other. Tyrathan promises Vol'jin that he personally will craft the arrow Vol'jin uses to kill Garrosh, and Vol'jin promises that he will kill whoever kills Tyrathan one day.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Mogu and their Zandalari allies don't always get along, fairly aware that each is using the other for their own ends.
- War Is Hell