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Interested in reading some of the Warcraft publications, but unsure where to start? Here's the answer! Your very own novel guide.

Contents

Warcraft imprint

These books were published using the WARCRAFT trademark.

Original Series

  1. Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak
  2. Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
  3. The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb

Despite being clearly numbered, The Last Guardian is set years before either Day of the Dragon or Lord of the Clans. These novels can be read in any order, as all contain spoilers for the events of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

War of the Ancients

  1. The Well of Eternity
  2. The Demon Soul
  3. The Sundering

All by Richard A. Knaak

Though acting as a prequel to the events of all Warcraft games and novels, this trilogy involves characters from Day of the Dragon traveling through time, and thus has spoilers for that novel and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Though reading Day of the Dragon and Reign of Chaos are helpful for understanding events and characters, they are not required.

WoW imprint

The following novels were published under the WORLD OF WARCRAFT trademark (this is the publication order):

  1. Cycle of Hatred by Keith R. A. DeCandido
  2. Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
  3. Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenberg
  4. Beyond the Dark Portal by Aaron Rosenberg & Christie Golden
  5. Night of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak
  6. Arthas: Rise of the Lich King by Christie Golden
  7. Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak
  8. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden
  9. Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects by Christie Golden
  10. Wolfheart by Richard A. Knaak
  11. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden
  12. Dawn of the Aspects by Richard A. Knaak
  13. Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde by Michael Stackpole
  14. War Crimes by Christie Golden

In spite of the trademark and the slogan "based on the best-selling video game", most of these books are not set during the events of World of Warcraft. Cycle of Hatred is set in between Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne and WoW; Rise of the Horde, though told through a series of flashbacks just prior to World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, is set almost a century earlier; Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal relate the events of the Second War. Night of the Dragon is set prior to the events of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and reveals the current state of the black dragonflight, and Stormrage is set after the defeat of the Lich King but shortly before those of Cataclysm. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm also takes place between Wrath and Cataclysm. Rise of the Lich King deals with the events of the Third War. Twilight of the Aspects takes place during the events of Cataclysm. Dawn of the Aspects shows the creation of the dragon Aspects before mortal history.

Other Media

Manga

Comics

Short Stories

Leader Short Stories:

Destination: Pandaria:

Others:

Full chronological order

-147,000

-24,974

  • Rise of the Horde (Argus-past)

+-13,000

  • Death From Above

Ancient history (10,000 years ago and less)

  • War of the Ancients 1: The Well of Eternity
  • War of the Ancients 2: The Demon Soul
  • War of the Ancients 3: The Sundering
  • Curse of the Worgen (past)

-2,600

-1000

  • War of the Shifting Sands

-230

  • Shaman (prologue)

-100

0 First War (Warcraft: Orcs and Humans)

  • The Last Guardian
  • Unbroken (ends)
  • Blood of the Highborne (starts)

6 Second War (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness)

  • Lord of the Clans (begins)
  • Tides of Darkness
  • Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack (past)
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (beginning)
  • Ashbringer (begins)
  • Beyond the Dark Portal (prologue)

8 Invasion of Draenor (Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal)

  • Beyond the Dark Portal (main story & ending)

10

  • Day of the Dragon

18

  • Lord of the Clans (ends)
  • Road to Damnation

19

  • Of Blood and Honor

20 Third War (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos)

22 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

23

  • Sunwell Trilogy
  • War of the Ancients (present (starts and ends))

24

  • Cycle of Hatred

25 World of Warcraft

26

  • Shadow Wing Vol. 1: The Dragons of Outland, and Vol. 2: Nexus Point
  • Blood of the Highborne (ends (?))

The Burning Crusade

  • Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War (past)
  • An Honest Trade
  • I Got What Yule Need
  • The Journey
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic (begins)

27

  • Night of the Dragon
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (epilogue)
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic (ends)
  • Mage
  • Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun
  • Fallen - Fear - Fiend - Fate

Wrath of the Lich King

  • Death Knight (ends)
  • Li Li's Travel Journal (1-4)
  • Pearl of Pandaria
  • Glory
  • Garrosh: Heart of War (present)
  • World of Warcraft: The Comic Special Issue 1: Beginnings and Ends
  • Stormrage (along Nightmares)
  • Shaman
  • The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

28

  • Gelbin Mekkatorque: Cut Short
  • Dark Riders
  • Curse of the Worgen (present)
  • Sylvanas Windrunner: Edge of Night
  • Tyrande & Malfurion: Seeds of Faith
  • The Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron

Cataclysm

  • Bloodsworn
  • Gallywix: Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince (ends here, unknown start)
  • Baine Bloodhoof: As Our Fathers Before Us
  • Genn Greymane: Lord of His Pack (present)
  • Wolfheart (after the shattering but before the new Ashenvale questline)
  • Velen: Prophet's Lesson
  • Varian Wrynn: Blood of Our Fathers
  • Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
  • Charge of the Aspects

30

  • Quest for Pandaria
  • Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

Mists of Pandaria

  • Li Li's Travel Journal (5-11)
  • The Trial of the Red Blossoms
  • The Strength of Steel (begins)
  • Bleeding Sun
  • Dawn of the Aspects (present)
  • Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde
  • The Black Scroll
  • The Strength of Steel (ends)
  • The Jade Hunters (after the events of Escalation; otherwise not specified)
  • Over Water
  • The Untamed Valley
  • War Crimes

31 (?) Warlords of Draenor


Hardly to categorize: (should go under World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade)

Notes

A detailed list with plots can be found here: http://wow.joystiq.com/2011/08/04/wow-insiders-chronological-guide-to-warcraft-novels-manga-com/