My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Once again, this volume holds four different stories, so I will break it down based upon each story.
First up was Fate, a continuation of the Trag story that started back in the first volume. I want to like this story, because it is the only one that has been in each volume of this series, but I still have issues with the font used. I should not have to hold a book an inch away from my face and squint in order to figure out what the words say. This alone makes this my least favorite story in this volume, and the previous ones. Ignoring that, it’s a pretty decent story, and this section of it was fairly interesting.
Next was Bloodsail Buccaneer. This was my second favorite story in this book. There are a lot of great characters, action and the story itself is one that grabs you and doesn’t let you go. I thought that the main characters grew a lot over the course of this story, as they were really pushed to their limits and had to learn how to survive in order to return home. I would not mind getting to revisit these characters in a future volume to see what is happening in their lives.
The third story was Blood Runs Thicker. This was a story set around the Darkmoon Faire. I’ve never really paid much attention to the Darkmoon Faire when it’s active in game, but this story definitely gave me a new appreciation for it and the characters found within. Let’s face it, as game players, we know next to nothing about these characters, but I think this story really helped to shed a bit of light on them. Plus it gave a nice dark side to the Darkmoon Faire. This one is lied with the previous story as my second favorite.
Lastly, there was A Warrior Made – Part 1. This was by far my favorite story of them all. Anyone who has played Warcraft, or even just read the books, knows the story of Thrall, but so little is known about his parents, and especially his mother Draka. This story focuses on her and her struggles to find her place in the world. I really enjoyed this one, as it goes from her birth until she is an adult, and though the story is not complete (it will finish in the next volume) I really felt like I was finally getting to see what made Draka the orc she is and can see a bit of her in Thrall as well. I really look forward to seeing how the rest of her story unfolds – though obviously I know how it ultimately ends.
Overall, this was a really good book. I think this one was my favorite of the series so far and I cannot wait to reach the next and final volume. Highly recommend to anyone who has an interest in Warcraft and wants to see some stories that don’t necessarily follow the main story of Warcraft.