Warcraft Literature

Today we are taking a look at the various Warcraft books, comics, and other literature that contains the lore of Warcraft.


Table of Contents (Chronologically Arranged)




Surrounding the the Events of
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans

The Well of Eternity
Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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The Demon Soul
Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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The Sundering
Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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Death From Above

Robert Brooks - Short Story
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The War of the Shifting Sands
Micky Neilson - Short Story
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Rise of the Horde

Christie Golden - Novel
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Unbroken
Micky Neilson - Short Story
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The Last Guardian
Jeff Grubb - Novel
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Surrounding the events of
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal

Tides of Darkness

Aaron Rosenberg - Novel

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Beyond the Dark Portal
Aaron Rosenberg & Christie Golden - Novel
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Day of the Dragon

Richard A. Knaak - Novel

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Lord of the Clans
Christie Golden - Novel
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Of Blood and Honor
Chris Metzen - Novel
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Road to Damnation
Evelyn Fredericksen - Short Story
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Surrounding the events of
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne

Ashbringer

Micky Neilson - Comic
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World of Warcraft: Death Knight
Dan Jolley - Manga
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The Sunwell Trilogy: Dragon Hunt
Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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The Sunwell Trilogy: Shadows of Ice
Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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The Sunwell Trilogy: Ghostlands
Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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Vol'jin: The Judgment

Brian Kindregan - Short Story
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Cycle of Hatred

Keith R.A. DeCandido - Novel
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Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
Christie Golden - Novel
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During the events of
World of Warcraft

Shadow Wing Vol. 1: The Dragons of Outland
Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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Shadow Wing Vol. 2: Nexus Point

Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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During the events of
The Burning Crusade

Night of the Dragon

Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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World of Warcraft: Illidan
William King - Novel
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World of Warcraft: Mage
Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War
Sarah Pine - Short Story
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Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun
Sarah Pine - Short Story
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During the events of
Wrath of the Lich King

Pearl of Pandaria

Micky Neilson - Graphic Novel
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Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night
Dave Kosak - Short Story
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Stormrage

Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

Christie Golden - Novel
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World of Warcraft: Shaman

Paul Benjamin - Manga
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The Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron
Matt Burns - Short Story
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During the events of
Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Dark Riders
Mike Costa and Neil Googe - Graphic Novel
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Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short
Cameron Dayton - Short Story

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Tyrande & Malfurion: Seeds of Faith
Valerie Watrous - Short Story

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Baine Bloodhoof: As Our Fathers Before Us

Steven Nix - Short Story
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Gallywix: Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince
Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie - Short Story
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Curse of the Worgen

Micky Neilson and James Waugh - Comic
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Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack
James Waugh - Short Story
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Wolfheart

Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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Velen: Prophet's Lesson
Marc Hutcheson - Short Story
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Varian Wrynn: Blood of Our Fathers
E. Daniel Arey - Short Story
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Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
Christie Golden - Novel
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Charge of the Aspects

Matt Burns - Short Story
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World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn
Doug Wagner - Comic
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Surrounding the events of
Mists of Pandaria

Strength of Steel


Raphael Ahad - Short Story
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World of Warcraft: Traveler

Greg Weisman - Novella
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The Spiral Path (World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 2)
Greg Weisman - Novella
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Quest for Pandaria - 1
Sarah Pine - Short Story
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Quest for Pandaria - 2
Sarah Pine - Short Story
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Quest for Pandaria - 3
Sarah Pine - Short Story
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Quest for Pandaria - 4

Sarah Pine - Short Story
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Trial of the Red Blossoms
Cameron Dayton - Short Story
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Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
Christie Golden - Novel
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Dawn of the Aspects
Richard A. Knaak - Novel
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Bleeding Sun
Matt Burns - Short Story
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The Blank Scroll
Gavin Jugens-Fyhrie - Short Story
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Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
Michael Stackpole - Novel
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Over Water

Ryan Quinn - Short Story
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The Jade Hunters

Matt Burns - Short Story
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War Crimes
Christie Golden - Novel
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Surrounding the events of
Warlords of Draenor

The Untamed Valley
Robert Brooks - Short Story
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Hellscream
Robert Brooks - Short Story
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Blackhand
Robert Brooks - Comic
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Gul'dan and the Stranger
Micky Neilson - Comic
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Blood and Thunder

Raphael Ahad, Alex Horley, and Clem Robins - Comic
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Code of Rule

Ryan Quinn - Short Story
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Apocrypha
Matt Burns - Short Story
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Surrounding the events of
Legion

Magni: Fault Lines

Matt Burns - Comic
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Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar
Matt Burns - Comic
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Anduin - Son of the Wolf
Robert Brooks - Comic
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Nathanos - Dark Mirror
Steve Danuser - Short Story
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A Mountain Divided

Robert Brooks and David Kegg - Comic
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Surrounding the events of
Battle for Azeroth

Before the Storm
Christie Golden - Novel

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Reunion
Andrew Robinson, Cavallini, and Tenderini - Comic
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The Speaker
Matt Burns and Suqling - Comic

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Three Sisters
Steve Danuser, Christie Golden, and Andrew Robinson - Comic
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Elegy
Christie Golden - Short Story

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A Good War
Robert Brooks - Short Story

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Reference, Non-Canonical, and Other Works in
The Warcraft Universe

From various points in Warcraft History

World of Warcraft: The Comic Vol. 1
Walter Simonson - Comic
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World of Warcraft: The Comic Vol. 2
Walter Simonson - Comic
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World of Warcraft: The Comic Vol. 3
Walter Simonson - Comic
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World of Warcraft: The Comic Vol. 4
Walter Simonson - Comic

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Li Li's Travel Journal

Blizzard Entertainment - Short Story
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Warcraft: Legends Volume 1
Richard A. Knaak and Dan Jolley - Manga
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Warcraft: Legends Volume 2
Richard A. Knaak, Aaron Sparrow, and Dan Jolley - Manga
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Warcraft: Legends Volume 3
Christie Golden, Dan Jolley, Richard Knaak, Troy Lewter - Manga
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Warcraft: Legends Volume 4
Christie Golden, Dan Jolley, and Richard A. Knaak - Manga
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Warcraft: Legends Volume 5
Christie Golden, Grace Randolph, Richard A. Knaak, et al. - Manga
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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated and Expanded
Blizzard Entertainment - Reference
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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

Blizzard Entertainment - Reference
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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
Blizzard Entertainment - Reference
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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
Blizzard Entertainment - Reference
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Non-canon works, including those in relation to the Warcraft motion picture

Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood
Paul Cornell and Chris Metzen - Comic
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Warcraft: Durotan - The Official Movie Prequel
Christie Golden - Novel
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Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization

Christie Golden - Novel
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Snow Fight: A WarCraft Tale
Chris Metzen - Graphic Novel
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World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook
Chelsea Monroe-Cassel - Cookbook
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Collections and Anthologies

War of the Ancients Archive
The Well of Eternity, The Demon Soul, The Sundering
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Warcraft Archive

Day of the Dragon, Lord of the Clans, The Last Guardian, Of Blood and Honor
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The Essential Sunwell Collection
Dragon Hunt, Shadows of Ice, Ghostlands, Legends (Trag Highmountain)
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5-Book Collection Set
The Shattering, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, Stormrage, Vol'Jin: Shadows of the Horde
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World of Warcraft: Paragons
A Collection of the Short Stories available on Battle.net
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This article was originally published in forum thread: Warcraft Literature Chronology started by chaud View original post
Comments 89 Comments
  1. klaygor's Avatar
    Very nice work. I shall certainly be diving in to this.
  1. Acelius's Avatar
    Damn, I had no idea how much litterature Warcraft had. Imagine if they could convey all this story in-game. Then we'd have way more stuff to do.
  1. THEORACLE64's Avatar
    “Pearl of Pandaria” should be under Pandaria and not Wrath, surely. Especially seeing as it came out in 2012.
  1. sopeonaroap's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MoonTiger View Post
    Might be so, but it is extremely helpful for those of us who want to sort our books chronologically and gave us a nice list where we can get the short stories from, so I definitely appreciate it
    10 years ago wow fans were too busy playing the game to reorganize their books

    times have changed
  1. El Caballero de Olmedo's Avatar
    Its annoying how much of the world's and games lore is lost to these books. I'm not saying that they arent good, but I barely even know that's happening right now in wow.

    Every piece of lore (and some of it quite important I might add) is scattered in a dozen different books, instead of the game. Its no horrible, but it is annoying.
  1. Soulwind's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by El Caballero de Olmedo View Post
    Its annoying how much of the world's and games lore is lost to these books. I'm not saying that they arent good, but I barely even know that's happening right now in wow.

    Every piece of lore (and some of it quite important I might add) is scattered in a dozen different books, instead of the game. Its no horrible, but it is annoying.
    Chronicles did a fairly decent job at being the one book (well, three) that you need to read to know what's what in Warcraft. They even retcon some of the information from the other books, which means reading anything but Chronicles would just be confusing and unhelpful.

    Of course, Chronicles doesn't cover the more recent expansions, but those do have most of the lore available in game one way or another. At the very least the quests mention the important stuff. You'll miss some details and interactions, but still know who everyone is and what's going on.
  1. det's Avatar
    That's a lot of books...I was certainly unaware of all that

    Then again....I only ever tried Arthas by Chrissie Golden and I think I grew out of that kind of writing with the Dragonlance series at the age of 16 :P
  1. AbalDarkwind's Avatar
    The only canon pieces on this list I haven't read are Elegy, A Good War, and the two Traveler novels. I should probably get to those...
  1. Sigxy the Lemming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ArenaDk View Post
    So you would rather have the lore not exist in the first place / cut a raid tier to show it ingame or have it summarized by a random dwarf in a 5 min quest ?
    I'd gladly cut a raid tier and have more quests with more engaging questlines indeed! And doesn't have to be a random dwarf, that's a silly statement. You can communicate with important characters (afterall, eversince Legion we're basically the most important people around anyway so would make sense to talk to other important figures.)

    And, of course: more cutscenes.
  1. Mekh's Avatar
    Simply amazing how many books this silly, silly IP has spawned.

    I mean, sure I love me some WoW and have been subscribed for like 12 years in a row now, but the story has never not been patently ridiculous, with some glimpses of rare genius thrown in.
  1. Accendor's Avatar
    The problem is that none of this matters, because literally everything got retconned at some point. Just stay with the Chronicles.
  1. Al Gorefiend's Avatar
    The Warcraft mangas were an abomination. I'd burn them but concerned about how they'd make my chimney smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy the Lemming View Post
    I'd gladly cut a raid tier and have more quests with more engaging questlines indeed! And doesn't have to be a random dwarf, that's a silly statement. You can communicate with important characters (afterall, eversince Legion we're basically the most important people around anyway so would make sense to talk to other important figures.)

    And, of course: more cutscenes.
    Yeah same. Raids are fast becoming obsolete content anyways.
  1. Gourmandise's Avatar
    Now how much of that is retconned
  1. Muckey's Avatar
    Thanks for the nice compilation, MMO-champ!
  1. Powerogue's Avatar
    pro tip: the ones that don't say "amazon" on them are the ones you can read free on their website. I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far + the one book I have bought so far, the BFA prequel.
  1. eolthedarkelf's Avatar
    ˈlɪt(ə)rətʃə/Submit
    noun
    written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.


    Nope.
  1. Toppy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by EternalBany View Post
    Cant think of anything more boring than reading books about mist of pandaria
    Ironically the writing that took place during MoP was some of the best they've had. Unless you count War Crimes and Tides of War which were god awful (war crimes more than Tides, though Tides was its own special sort of "whats going on this doesnt make sense why is that character acting that way?")

    Though I suppose Tides was more a Cata thing, and Crimes was more a leading into WoD thing.
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    I don't see myself buying any of the books other than the few I bought back in WotLK. I hate how they leave important lore events in game that should've been there to make any sense of how the story is going. And all the retcons are getting rather annoying but I guess they look at is as a necessary thing for good writing.
  1. Dracullus's Avatar
    Wow, it's really slow month, isn't it? 5x more "WoW is dying" threads than usual, Kotaku crap in news section, now overwiew of Warcraft books. What next, analysis of Warcraft movie? ;P
  1. ArenaDk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sigxy the Lemming View Post
    I'd gladly cut a raid tier and have more quests with more engaging questlines indeed! And doesn't have to be a random dwarf, that's a silly statement. You can communicate with important characters (afterall, eversince Legion we're basically the most important people around anyway so would make sense to talk to other important figures.)

    And, of course: more cutscenes.
    Okay how would you add the night of dragon ( sry I have it in german so I can’t say the English Titel ) added? It’s the story how Rhonin , Korialtratz aka Krasus fight Sinestra and her first twillight spawns. Rhonin exploded , Krasus exploded himself , Sinestra almost died while sleeping with Deathwing and died afterwards heavy wounded and the twillight dragons are hiding to recover if one survived this event and if that one would even talk to us.

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