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For the computer game that was cancelled by Blizzard before release, see Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.
Lord of the Clans
2016 cover
Author(s) Christie Golden
Artist(s) Samwise Didier
Pages 278
Publisher(s) Pocket Books (2001)
Blizzard Publishing (2016)
Publication date October 1, 2001
January 29, 2002 (digital)
February 2009 (audio)
November 15, 2016
Format(s) Paperback, Digital, Audiobook
Retail price US: $6.99 (2001)
  $14.95 (2016)
CAN: $9.99 (2001)
EU: €6.99 (2001)
UK: £5.49 (2001)
ISBN 10 0743426908
074342316X (digital)
0989700119 (2016)
ISBN 13 978-0743426909
978-0743423168 (digital)
978-0989700115 (2016)

Lord of the Clans is a novel by Christie Golden telling the story of Warchief Thrall's rise to glory after the collapse of the Horde. It is an adaptation of the cancelled Blizzard game Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. It was republished in 2016 for the Blizzard Legends series.

An audiobook version read by Dick Hill was released in February 2009.[1]


"I will not be here long," said Thrall.

"Come spring, I will rejoin Grom Hellscream, and help his noble clan storm the camps and free our people."

"Grom Hellscream," sneered the stranger, waving his hand dismissively. "A demon-ridden dreamer. I have seen what the humans can do, and it is best to avoid them, believe me."

"I was raised by humans, and believe me, they are not infallible!" cried Thrall. "Nor are you, I would think, you coward!"

"Thrall--" began Drek'Thar, speaking up at last.

"No, Master Drek'Thar, I will not be silent. This stranger comes seeking our aid, eats at our fire, and dares to insult the courage of our clan and his own race. I will not stand for it. I am not the chieftain, nor do I claim that right. But I will claim my right to fight this stranger, and make him eat his words sliced upon my sword!"

The strange Orc laughed heartily and rose. He was almost as big as Thrall, and now, to his astonishment, Thrall saw that he was completely clad in black plate armor, trimmed with brass. Uttering a fierce cry, the stranger opened his pack and pulled out the largest warhammer Thrall had ever seen. He held it aloft with seeming ease, then brandished it at Thrall.

"See if you can take me, whelp!"[2]

Back-of-book description[]

Slave. Gladiator. Shaman. Warchief. The enigmatic orc known as Thrall has been all of these. Raised from infancy by cruel human masters who sought to mold him into their perfect pawn, Thrall was driven by both the savagery in his heart and the cunning of his upbringing to pursue a destiny he was only beginning to understand—to break his bondage and rediscover the ancient traditions of his people. Now the tumultuous tale of his life's journey—a saga of honor, hatred, and hope—can at last be told....


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  • An unofficial Warcraft III campaign has been made to cover the events of this book.[3]
  • Players take part in Thrall's escape from Durnholde Keep in a Caverns of Time instance in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. The events depicted in-game are very different than the events portrayed in the book, due to the interference of the Infinite dragonflight.
  • Golden later wrote Rise of the Horde, a prequel to the book Lord of the Clans, which was partly narrated by Thrall. In it, it describes the early history of both the draenei and the orcish clans, the friendship of Durotan and Doomhammer, and the demonic corruption that led to the extermination of the draenei.
  • Members of the Shadow Council make an appearance in the novel's prologue.
  • The manga Fear depicts a summary of the book's story.



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