Update (11/23/2017): The World of Warcraft: Before the Storm novel is now available as an Audiobook via Audible.
(Oct/22/2017): Pre-orders for the next World of Warcraft novel by Christie Golden are open both as a hardcover and Digital eBook. The book ships on May 15, 2018.
The novel, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm, follows up the story after Patch 7.3 Shadows of Argus.
Check out our full BlizzCon 2017 panel transcripts.
World of Warcraft: Before the Storm
An all-new, official tie-in novel to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed World of Warcraft, from New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden.
Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 15, 2018)
It has been six months since Amazon.de (and UK) and various book-finder outlets throughout Europe leaked the novel title and ISBN for World of Warcraft: Troll Wars by Paul S. Kemp.
My original post (published on May 2017), contains the book description about the high elven magi training humans to fight in the Troll Wars. A few days after the leak made headlines, the book title was changed to “A new novel” and the book description was removed.
Ever since, there has been no announcements, and no denial of its existence. I personally contacted the author Paul S. Kemp by email and via Reddit (as well as the Panini publisher) to confirm or deny this novel, but I did never get a response.
It is not a question at this point of whether the novel existed. Six months after it was leaked, it is STILL listed in Amazon UK and Germany, and its ISBN 9783833235375 shows up in search engines by other book websites. So the leak did exist, and it is been picked up by bookstores as “factual.”
The release date placeholder is set nowadays to December 31, 2018.
Christie Golden announced with fanfare that she is officially a full-time Blizzard Entertainment employee. This is great news for the future of the World of Warcraft franchise, and especially for the next expansion. There is a very strong vibe the next expansion will be announced at BlizzCon this November.
Originally, Christie applied for a 6-month Temp Job, back in May 2017. On July 17, Christie also announced she was writing a new World of Warcraft novel (which as of today has not been revealed).
Insight Editions reached out to inform me that Senior Art Director Samwise Didier will answer questions from the community during a Reddit AMA on September 21 at 12pm PST. Whether about World of Warcraft or Heroes of the Storm, you are welcome to ask anything.
The AMA is intended as well to promote his upcoming Insight Editions book titled The Last Winter, which you can pre-order now as a hardcover or digital download.
You can find the AMA at reddit.com/r/wow. Please, make sure to spread the word and tell your friends. Be prepared to get your socks rocked by the Panda King.
The Last Winter
From legendary Blizzard Entertainment artist Samwise Didier, The Last Winter is a lavishly illustrated epic fantasy novel.
Upon the death of Sprign, goddess and creator of the Pandyr and all other beasts in Mistgard, the island has come under attack by ruthless frost and fire giants from afar. Long fragmented, every creature in the eight clans must now come together to defend their land. Hammerheart must join with Darkcloud, Mistcloak with Thundermaw, and, most important, the children of Sprign must unite with their forgotten comrades of the ninth clan: the Bearzyrk. Led by the eldest of the Pandyr, the clans make their way to the Aesirmyr Peaks for a final standoff. As frost covers Mistgard, old prejudices must be overcome if the Pandyr hope to match the giants Lord Wintyr and King Sumyr in battle.
Features all-new original illustrations throughout from Blizzard Entertainment art director Samwise Didier.
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Insight Editions (October 3, 2017)
The next chapter in Greg Weisman’s Scholastic children series, World of Warcraft: Traveler, Book 2: The Spiral Path, is coming on February 27, 2018. You can pre-order it now.
“An epic action-adventure series set in Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft® game franchise. Features a young cast of characters discovering the mysteries and majesty of the world around them. Includes twenty illustrations throughout drawn from the point of view of Aram, the main character.”
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: World of Warcraft (Book 2)
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (February 27, 2018)
Christie Golden surprised via Twitter announcing that she is currently writing a new World of Warcraft novel. Her last novel was technically World of Warcraft: War Crimes (2014) set at the end of Mists of Pandaria. Feels so long ago, right? Her most recent projects have been focused on the Warcraft film: Warcraft: Durotan and the Warcraft Official Movie Novelization. Christie has also being busy with novels based on other franchises.
The question is whether her 6-month work at the Blizzard Headquarters is specifically for this new novel, or if it also includes game story development.
Dark Horse Comics announced their SDCC 2017 schedule, which shows Matt Burns and Robert Brooks will be signing copies of World of Wacraft: Chronicle and the Overwatch Anthology at booth 2615.
This book signing requires a wristband for entry. Come Friday and early Saturday opening (I assume around 9-10am or when the doors open) to the Dark Horse booth for drawings to get a wristband to be able to attend the signing.
The signing will take place at Booth 2615 on Saturday, July 22 at 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
HB OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Arnold Tsang, Michael Chu, Andrew Robinson
WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
Lore fans can now pre-order World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol 3 which is slated to ship on March 27, 2018.
Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are proud to present the third installment of their bestselling World of Warcraft Chronicle series!
Like its predecessors, Volume III features beautiful full-color artwork by Peter Lee, Emily Chen, Stanton Feng, and other fan-favorite artists, as well as intricately detailed maps and spot art by Joseph Lacroix. Bolster your knowledge of Warcraft lore with this striking third volume!
Hardcover: 184 pages
Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 27, 2018)
Blizzard Entertainment will be at San Diego Comic Con 2017. I browsed the SDCC panels schedule to gather all the instances where a Blizzard developer is present. Our representative Naka will be at the event to take video and photos. Visit us after the event for updates. Please, become our patreon to support us.
Below, you can check out the schedule. Make sure to follow the links, and save them to your SDCC mobile app.
Blizzard Entertainment – Booth 140
In a surprising spin of long-term events, Christie Golden is now working full-time at Blizzard Entertainment as a Story developer. For those of you in the Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and Assassin’s Creed fanbase wondering if she will now be Blizzard-exclusive, she responded: “We will see.”
The last Blizzard novels she wrote were WARCRAFT: DUROTAN and WARCRAFT: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION.