Novel guide

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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.

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:

Video-series

Cinematics and trailers

Full chronological order

Prehistory

-147,000 [citation needed]

-24,974

-13,000 (Approx.)

Ancient history (10,000 years ago and less)

-2,600

-1000

-823

-230

-100

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First War (Warcraft: Orcs and Humans)

6 Second War (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness)

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

10

18

19

20 Third War (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos)

22 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

23

24

25 World of Warcraft


26

The Burning Crusade

27

Wrath of the Lich King

28

Cataclysm

30

Mists of Pandaria

31

Warlords of Draenor

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/