Orcs by Stan Nicholls
Forged for War

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Orcs: Forged for War is the first graphic novel in Stan Nicholls' beloved Orcs universe. The fantasy landscape in this world is brutal and unforgiving, and populated by a race of unlikely protagonists: the powerful and violent warriors, orcs.


Orcs: Forged for War is an original story--a new entry in this series, not an adaptation of old material. It follows a ruthless and deadly cohort of warrior orcs as they fight their way free of the dominion of an evil human enchantress. Sitting on an exhilarating peak with high fantasy on one side and the thrilling, gruesome battlefields of graphic novel classics like Frank Miller's 300 on the other, Orcs presents the world of its ogre-like protagonists with technicolor violence and moments of unexpected sympathy.

 

About Stan Nicholls

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Stan Nicholls is the author of more than two dozen books, most of them in the fantasy and science fiction genres, for both children and adults. His books have been published in over 20 countries. Before taking up writing full-time in 1981, he co-owned and managed West London bookstore Bookends, and managed specialist SF bookshop Dark They Were and Golden Eyed. He was also Forbidden Planet's first manager, and helped establish and run the New York branch. A journalist for national and specialist publications, and the Internet, he was the science fiction and fantasy book reviewer for London listings magazine Time Out for six years, and subsequently reviewed popular science titles for the magazine. He received the Le'Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature in April 2007.
 
Published June 18, 2013 by First Second. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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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

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Sent to fetch a magical relic, Stryke, the Orc captain of the Wolverines, discovers that his band is being hunted not only by his usual enemies (humans, hostile Orc tribes, etc.) but by his queen, Jennesta, the very one who had sent him on the mission.

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Humans, those ""rapacious interlopers,"" brought strife and environmental devastation to the ancient land of Maras-Dantia, but the warlike orcs may be its saviors in Stan Nicholls's gory sequel to Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder.

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For those fantasy readers with a weakness for orcs, Stan Nicholls (Legion of Thunder) delivers Warriors of the Tempest: Orcs First Blood: Book 3.

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This shelf-bending omnibus comprises the first U.S. release of Nicholls's Orcs trilogy (Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder and Warriors of the Tempest), originally published in the U.K.

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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.

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Ho for the orc, staple of fantasy fiction: invariably green, ugly and violent, with dubious personal hygiene and a serious image problem.

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The British Fantasy Society

And that sums it up rather nicely… There is plenty of action, plenty of gore, plenty of betrayal, plenty of fighting, plenty of violence, and indeed ’tis a graphic novel of plenty indeed – including some plenty excellent (albeit erratic) artwork to boot.

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The novel takes us to a world where Orcs, while still brutal, are not the mindless, soulless, evil creatures we have come to know and loathe – adapted from and based on two trilogies of novels, also by Nicholls entitled Orcs: First Blood Trilogy and Orcs: Bad Blood Trilogy.

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