Orcs is by Stan Nicholls. This book is a compilation of the entire first trilogy: Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder, and Warriors of the Tempest. Stryke, the leader of the band of orc warriors called the Wolverines, leads his team to recover an artifact their queen Jennesta wants. Once they have it, they discover the device is one of several pieces of a magical instrumentality that might save their world. The Wolverines set off on their own to find and collect all the instrumentalities, hunted by Jennesta, humans, and seemingly every other race in Maras Dantia. This series has a very interesting premise, a fantasy tale from the point of view of orcs. It is violent and contains some profanity. Boys will enjoy this tale, there is also a female orc warrior girls might relate to. The plot does not seem to live up to its promise however.
Ratings: 9th grade - 7 out of 10 - V (violence) - P (profanity).