Before we start this review, let us take a moment to explain that I’m not a Warcraft fanatic or even a Starcraft hardcore gamer. In college, I was more of a Command & Conquer fan and played a lot of it, especially during final weeks from what I remember. With the release of the live-action Warcraft film this weekend, this paperback novel Warcraft: Durotan is the prequel storyline for the Warcraft movie.
This tale begins with the young Durotan learning how to be a leader of the Frostwolves orc clan from his dad Garad and mother Geyah. For generations, the Frostwolves have been living in Frostfire Ridge near the Greatfather Mountain, which provide food and shelter. A mysterious warlock Gul’dan appears and tells of a new evil coming to destroy their lands. Gul’dan asks Garad to join their united orc clans – the Horde. He promises a land to the South where there is much food, fresh water and better lands. Chieftain Garad dismisses Gul’dan as evil, but over the years the area of Frostfire Ridge becomes increasingly harder to hunt for food with harsher summers and winters.
Born weak and exiled by the orc clan years ago as a child, Draka reappears and she is welcomed back by Durotan and the Frostwolf clan. Durotan is now the Chieftian and wonders if he’s leading his people correctly and if Gul’dan is right. When an volcanic eruption and then a earthquake hits upon their land for generations, like Moses, Durotan will have to lead his Frostwolves to a new land and join Gul’dan’s Horde. This tale will lead up to the Warcraft film.
If you’re new to the World of Warcraft and want to familiarize yourself with the major players in the movie: Frostwolf leader Durotan, wife Draka, the magician Gul’dan and slave Garona, then this is the book to read. If you got questions, this prequel Warcraft: Durotan will answer most of it.
Paperback: Warcraft – Durotan
Author: Christie Golden
Publisher: Titan Books