The last hope of the orcish people lies with the once so powerful shaman who guided them into the future once before This was definitely the best Warcraft book so far besides the ones written by Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal wraps up the story of the invasion of Azeroth and the first clashes of orcs and humans, the story that began with Rise of the Horde and was continued in Tides of Darkness.
World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal, by Aaron Rosenberg and Christie Golden "Beyond the Dark Portal" is a novelization of the video game Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. The heroes of "Tides of Darkness," the previous book (and video game) in the series - Khadgar and Turalyon, learn of the orcs' plans and take the Dark Portal to Draenor, intent on stopping Ner'zhul to save Azeroth - and other worlds - from the devastation of the Horde. I wish Christie Golden had solo written this book, rather than pairing with Aaron Rosenberg.
If you are one of the 12 million people playing The World of Warcraft MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game) you will appreciate how this book incorporates the game lore into the current game play in The Burning Crusade.
If ever I think I could make it through a war story, this book proved to me I cannot. I have become very attached to the alliance through these books and I truly didn't think that was possible.
Apparently a great number of orcs and Dark Knights escaped the first war, because they returned to the red wastes of Draenor and are trying to push Ner'Zhul into taking command of the reaming horde. Even though Gul'Dan died in a cave and all the remaining orcs were killed or had fled in the last book. If anyone read the books that dealt with the war of the orcs against the draenei, you would remember that Ner'Zhul as well as Durotan and Orgrim had realized that Gul'Dan was working for demons and all of them wanted an end to the war and a return to the simpler life they had before the horde was united. Ner'Zhul gets Gul'Dan's skull and starts thinking about opening a gazillion portals so the orcs can spread and conquer them. Deathwing makes a deal with some of the orcs to carry some things to Draenor and in return he will help them steal the artifacts. So they easily dispatch the orcs only to find out that Ner'Zhul has escaped and gone to the Black temple to cast the spell. Apparently he is still planning to open the portals and conquer the worlds even though the numbers of orcs remaining should be laughably small. So the alliance troops split up to try and get the artifacts back, Ner'Zhul has a couple of them and Deathwing has Gul'Dan's skull that is needed to close the portal. A bit of chasing happens, an arakkoa is introduced then a draenei tomb, some more fighting with ghost draenei helping for no reason, then Ner'Zhul teleports with one of the Death Knights from the tomb to the Black temple and start opening the portals. Still, the portals are opened, Khadgar manages to get back some of the artifacts but Ner'Zhul escapes through a portal and reaches Kil'Jaeden who promptly kills him. The alliance forces "team up" with some ogres and start killing the young black dragons, and end up destroying Deathwing's eggs as well. Deathwing leaves and swears revenge, the world is doomed, Khadgar closes the Dark Portal once and for all and all of them remain trapped on Draenor. Ah i had forgotten to say that Grom Hellscream was the one that lead the orc troops against Nethergarde, and then tried to defend the Dark Portal from the alliance. When i say men, i would imagine that they are just male orcs as women are never mentioned, and why would you send women to battle alliance force when you never did so before in the first place. So that is kind of it, Deathwing should be stuck on Draenor with a big bulk of alliance forces, Draenor is almost destroyed but not really, and some orcs are on Azeroth.
"You have no reason left to fight! With the handful left, you could find a place the humans have never gone and claim it without shedding a single drop of blood!" "Where would be the glory in that?" one of the other orcs shouted. That is not fighting to save anyone, or to win anything, or even for glory.