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Cataclysm Reading List

Posted in Cataclysm, Lore with tags , , on June 28, 2010 by Korzik

One of my guildies asked me which Warcraft books they should read in order to get caught up on lore for the expansion. I thought this was a really good question and that I’d share my answer with you. The spoiler-free answer will be before the break. Spoilers and more in-depth explanations will be after, so click through if you don’t mind reading some spoilers about both the books themselves and the Cataclysm expansion.

List of books:

All three (five if you count the Archive as individual books) of these books have story lines in them that you will see continue in Cataclysm. If you want to know the story to the upcoming expansion I highly recommend reading these books. If you don’t want to read them all, or want a brief run down of how they are connected to the Cataclysm expansion, then follow me after the break. I won’t be covering every little detail, but at least you’ll better understand how a few things fit together.

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Book Review: Stormrage

Posted in General, Lore with tags , , , on March 13, 2010 by Korzik

Now, no one can claim that any of the Warcraft books are works of literary art.  But, Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak is by far the worst written of the books.  If you can move past the writing and get to the base story of the book.  You’ll find a shallow and uninteresting part of lore.

The book deals with the Nightmare that is currently inhabiting the Emerald Dream.  Through the course of the book you learn the cause of the Nightmare and how it is dealt with.  Effectively putting to rest the possibility of a future expansion dealing the Emerald Dream.  There a few revelations in the book that could effect lore in the future but, overall it is just wrapping a story line.

An interesting note about the book however, is that it is the only Warcraft Novel that takes place in current time. (Night of the Dragon could be argued to be also) That in and of itself may be a reason why I found the book rather interesting.  The other books I was able to look past their flaws to enjoy a bit of the history of the Warcraft universe.  That history greatly enriches the game experience for me when I the why, when and, how of events.  Stormrage provides none of those insights at this time.

Would I recommend it: If you are a lore nerd; yes, despite all of it’s flaws and shortcoming it is still Lore.   If you don’t care all that much about lore and only want to read one Warcaft book.  Go out and buy Arthas instead.