Book Review: Warriors of the Tempest by Stan Nicholls

Warriors of the Tempest is the final book in the Orcs: First Blood Trilogy by Stan Nicholls.

Quick Review (read on for full review)

Fast paced and action packed, Warriors of the Tempest was a fantastic final book in the trilogy. Exciting, unpredictable and unputdownable. 4.5 / 5

Summary (from Goodreads)

The third volume in Nicholls’s critically acclaimed fantasy finds Maras Dantia drowning in war. Stryke, head of the renegade orcs, and his warband have found the long-lost relic they need–but still do not know how to use it. And, while they try to figure it out, enemies hunt them from every corner. Worse yet, the three sisters are close to forming an alliance that will overturn history. Time is running out to save the world. Nicholls’s masterworks are the first to tell the story from the other side–from the point of view of the orcs, the villains of Lord of the Rings.

Favourite Quote

Jennesta’s chariot was decked with flowers.  She’d had the whirling knives removed.  It wouldn’t do to upset potential subjects by cutting their legs off.

(Warriors of the Tempest by Stan Nicholls, pg 625)


I’m reading the omnibus edition of the Orcs: First Blood trilogy, (Bodyguard of Lightning (see my review here), Legion of Thunder (see review here) and Warriors of the Tempest) which also includes a short story, The Taking, and I will be reviewing the books separately.

Now I’ve got to the end of the trilogy, I can say wholeheartedly that this is one of the best fantasy series I have read in recent years.  Honestly, I felt a little sad when I finished it.  I never imagined how entertaining orcs as main characters in a book could be.  Not only that, I never thought that I would find myself rooting for them and hoping they would come out on top.  Stan Nicholls has seriously changed and challenged my view on Orcs.

I couldn’t possibly pick one single favourite character but I thought Stryke was a great leader; he was insightful and perceptive and I can see why others wanted to follow him.  Coilla was feisty and Alfray was wise.  Haskeer was amusing and Jup dependable…Outside of the Wolverines, I thought Krista, the High Priestess from Ruffet’s View, was interesting and provided a counter balance to the portrayal of humans in the story.

This was a fantastic end to the trilogy.  Once more, this volume was fast paced and action packed, full of battles and unexpected plot twists.  The ending was exciting, unpredictable and unputdownable.

Again, we got to see places not yet visited in the previous two books.  Maras Dantia was an interesting world to explore, both geographically and with regards to the people who lived there.

Warriors of the Tempest was a great final book in Orcs: First Blood. Though I’m at the end of the trilogy, I’m pleased to see that there are more books in this series, which have been duly added to my ‘Have To Buy’ list…I can’t wait to read more about Stryke, Coilla and the rest of the Wolverines.  In the mean time, I have the short story, The Taking, to read and review…


4.5 / 5


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Warriors of the Tempest by Stan Nicholls

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