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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 Day of the Dragon and Lord of the Clans, during the First War. The Kirin Tor of Dalaran send a young mage, Khadgar, to serve as an apprentice to the Last Guardian, the great Medivh. After spending some time within the Kingdom of Stormwind and teaming up with an unlikely person, Khadgar discovers a horrible truth.

Two years after the Second War, the mage Rhonin — accompanied by elven ranger Vereesa Windrunner and the dwarf Falstad Wildhammer — is sent on a special mission in Grim Batol. They soon discover the mission involves dragons and their legendary leaders, the Dragon Aspects.

Many years after the end of the Second War, Lord of the Clans and Of Blood and Honor happen contemporaneously. While the former gladiator known simply as Thrall is liberating his people from the internment camps, the honor of paladin Tirion is being tested when an orc saves his life.

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 and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. 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
  15. Illidan by William King
  16. Traveler by Greg Weisman
  17. Traveler: The Spiral Path by Greg Weisman
  18. Before the Storm by Christie Golden
  19. Traveler: The Shining Blade by Madeleine Roux
  20. Shadows Rising by Madeleine Roux
  21. Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans: The Illustrated Novels by Christie Golden
  22. Sylvanas by Christie Golden
  23. War of the Scaleborn by Courtney Alameda

In spite of the trademark and the slogan "based on the best-selling video game", some of these books are not set during the events of World of Warcraft.

Cycle of Hatred is set 1 year before 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 and the Invasion of Draenor. Arthas: Rise of the Lich King deals with the early years of Prince Arthas and the events of the Third War and its aftermath. Night of the Dragon is set prior to the events of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and reveals the state of the black dragonflight, and Stormrage is set after the defeat of the Lich King but shortly before those of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm takes place after Stormrage but before Cataclysm, heralding its coming. Both, Wolfheart and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects take place during the events of the Cataclysm. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War is set after the death of Deathwing and ties to Mists of Pandaria. Dawn of the Aspects taking place during the events on Pandaria shows the creation of the Dragon Aspects before mortal history through flashbacks. Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde deals with the aftermath of the assassination attempt on Vol'jin and with a new Zandalari threat. Garrosh's imprisonment in the end of Mists of Pandaria is dealt with in War Crimes which bridges Warlords of Draenor. The Illidan book spans and covers the events of Warcraft III to the demon hunter's death in The Burning Crusade. The Traveler series happen at some point after the Cataclysm. Before the Storm happens after Legion, prior to the Burning of Teldrassil which starts Battle for Azeroth. Shadows Rising occurs after Battle for Azeroth leading to Shadowlands. War of the Scaleborn is set the furthest back in history of any novel, taking place after the flashbacks shown in Dawn of the Aspects but roughly ten thousand years before the War of the Ancients trilogy.

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Other media[]




Short stories[]

Battle for Azeroth

Savage World:

Destination: Pandaria:

Leader Short Stories:



Lore guides[]

Cinematics and trailers[]

Warcraft movie literature[]

Despite having the Warcraft mark, the following are from the movie continuity, different from the game continuity.

Full chronological order[]


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  1. ^ World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated and Expanded, pg. 31
  2. ^ [1]:"Taking place just prior to the first demon invasions of Legion"

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