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Stan Nicholls

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"Look at me. Look at the Orc."

"There is fear and hatred in your eyes. To you I am a monster, a skulker in the shadows, a fiend to scare your children with. A creature to be hunted down and slaughtered like a beast in the fields.

It is time you pay heed to the beast. And see the beast in yourself. I have your fear. But I have earned your respect.

Hear my story. Feel the flow of blood and be thankful. Thankful that it was me, not you, who bore the sword. Thankful to the orcs; born to fight, destined to win peace for all."

This book will change the way you feel about Orcs forever.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jul 25, 2011 – Spawned from author Nicholls's series of novels featuring the titular creatures, this comes as a real surprise. Coupled with Flood's deceptively simple and clear visual storytelling, the story centers on a troop of Orcs bound in service—or, more accurately, slavery—to a vicious, magic-wielding queen and tasked with protecting a secret weapon under the control of a goblin sorcerer and his underlings. The Orc commander, Stryke, must lead his soldiers and maintain order in their occasionally fractious ranks while also putting up with abuse from both the queen and the goblins, whose race has long been bitter enemies with Stryke's people. Not to be confused with the variety made famous by Tolkien, the Orcs of this narrative are noble warriors from whose point of view the reader witnesses events and immediately comes to sympathize with their situation. A cracking good tale from start to finish, this is strongly recommended for those who seek a realistically violent and profane heroic fantasy.

Customer Reviews

Smashing & bashing

Not a weighty book by any means, but fun reading. The fantasy equivalent of a pulp novel. I've read the whole series and enjoyed them all.

Good twist!

For those who only think the orcs are just a blood thirsty war savages, well your in for a different kind of story. Really this puts a new twist on the classic creature, it's a good story that really sets a new tone for orcs. Not a overly deep story but good characters with decent evolution. A good read for any sci-fi fantasy lover


Great book. I love this boom

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Sep 08, 2008
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 784 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Orcs
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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