|World of Warcraft: Folk & Fairy Tales of Azeroth|
Betsy Peterschmidt (cover)
Stella Björg (borders and drop caps)
|Publication date||May 25, 2021|
World of Warcraft: Folk & Fairy Tales of Azeroth is an anthology of 12 Warcraft short stories by various authors. The stories mainly consist of in-universe tales and legends grounded in the various cultures of Azeroth. The World of Warcraft team and the authors researched established legends within the Warcraft mythos—including elements that they thought deserved more attention—alongside "harebrained ideas" that worked out better than expected as well as inspiration from real-world myths and fairy tale tropes. As stated in the book's introduction by one of its editors, Allison Irons, the authors were free to explore Azeroth through their own vision using direction from the Warcraft team. As such, "some of the tales you'll encounter here may be rooted in canon, or they may be another traveler just telling a tall tale." According to Catherynne M. Valente, the idea behind the anthology is that the deeds of the characters became so famous that they turned into legends.
Monsters, mystery, and magic abound in this stunning, illustrated collection of original fairy tales from the World of Warcraft universe, as told by an all-star cast of bestselling, award-winning storytellers.
The power of stories is felt and known in every corner of Azeroth. From the windswept fields of the Eastern Kingdoms to the bustling city of Gadgetzan, differences were bridged by common tales of average people overcoming incredible odds. Lessons learned from cautionary tales tempered many brave heroes and brought them safely home, while stories of adventure spurred history’s most remarkable actors to greatness. Now you too can settle in, lay down your armor, and listen to the wonderous tales of adventure and peril in the Folk and Fairy Tales of Azeroth. Brimming with gorgeous artwork and twelve inspired stories crafted by fantasy’s brightest authors including Garth Nix, Catherynne M. Valente, Kami Garcia, and more, this enchanting anthology brings new voices, new meaning, and new wonder to World of Warcraft.
|"Eyes of the Earth Mother"||L. L. McKinney||Cory Godbey|
|"One Small Tuskarr"||Garth Nix||Justin Gerard|
|"Lay Down My Bones"||Alyssa Wong||Lindsey Burcar|
|"The Uninvited Guest"||Kami Garcia||Mark Gibbons|
|"Sister Is Another Word for Always"||Catherynne M. Valente||Zoltan Boros|
|"The Paladin's Beast"||Madeleine Roux||Konstantin Vavilov|
|"For Lies and Liberty"||E. C. Myers||Zoltan Boros|
|"Stones, Moss, and Tears"||Molly Knox Ostertag||Zoltan Boros|
|"The Embrace"||Christie Golden||Cory Godbey|
|"Why the Mermaids Left Boralus"||Tamsyn Muir||Cory Godbey|
|"The Courageous Kobold and the Wickless Candle"||Allison Irons||Lindsey Burcar|
|"Visage Day"||Steve Danuser||Lindsey Burcar|
- The book's cover depicts, clockwise from top right: Chronormu (Visage Day), Halia (Why the Mermaids Left Boralus), Taruka (One Small Tuskarr), Uther (The Paladin's Beast), Twig Whiskersnoot (The Courageous Kobold and the Wickless Candle), Hava and Siy (Lay Down My Bones), and the White Lady and the Blue Child (The Embrace).