* {{The Dog Shot First}}: While the novel's depiction of humans is bad, the novel is set after two wars the orcs started first, and the orcs were still responsible for mass murder and enslavement of intelligent beings (the dragons). Even the current {{retcon}} paints the orcs as invading Azeroth because they very nearly destroyed their own world, which could have been avoided by refusing to cooperate with the Legion.
* MoralEventHorizon: When exactly Blackmoore crosses this is probably grounds for a full internet discussion since there's so many damn things to choose from.
** Undoubtedly, the ultimate crowning moment of evil is [[spoiler: murdering Taretha and throwing down her severed head just to screw with Thrall's head. Granted, she had betrayed him, but throwing her head to Thrall was unnecessary, and refusing an opportunity to surrender cost the lives of more than a few of Durnholde's defenders.]]
* {{Narm}}: Some might find Christie Golden's prose to be replete with this. But the manner in which the Orcs talk is a more particular example of this. Aside from that, Draka spitting in Durotan's face and how we're supposed to take that as being an expression of their mutual love is... well.
* NeverLiveItDown: Even though there had to multiple prisons for the imprisoned Orc's armies this novel's depiction of a single camp is often cited as why {{humans are the real monsters}} in Warcraft, ignoring that even with the {{retcon}}s, the orcs still tried to exterminate them.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler: When he was young, a captive Orc broke free and ran towards Thrall, screaming a phrase repeatedly in orcish before being cut down. Thrall assumed it was was an attack or challenge. Grom later translates it for Thrall; the orc was actually yelling "Run! I will protect you!"]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Explain to me your reasons for taking your wife and child with you on that perilous journey to Doomhammer, Durotan? Needless to say, this act leads to his son being enslaved by humans.
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