World of Warcraft Chronicle by Blizzard Entertainment, Peter Lee (artist) and Joseph Lacroix (illustrator) Dark Horse 2016, 184 pages, 9.3 x 12.3 x 0.7 inches $25 Buy a copy on Amazon
Real chronicles for imaginary places are nothing new. I'm pretty sure my first one detailed all the secrets of Krynn. But it might have been Pern. Or maybe Thra. It's hard to remember. And these days, the market boasts a surfeit of atlases, histories, dictionaries, and art books big enough to satisfy even the most die-hard fan.
Dark Horse's World of Warcraft Chronicle Vol. 1 fills all these roles beautifully. Formatted as a history (hence "chronicle") the book takes the reader from the very beginning of the WoW universe to a time 45 years before the Dark Portal, when a young boy named Medivh awoke from a long coma...
WoW is famously lore-dense. It is one of the most captivating things about the game for many players. Each new expansion brings new races, new characters - each with their own complete story - as well as new back stories for old favorites. And then, too, WoW has a nifty habit of either adding new locations (and new stories!) or completely destroying the old lands and kingdoms and rebuilding in the same spots for, you guessed it, new stories!
This book is an attempt to corral all those stories into something coherent and readable. Two things help the book achieve its goal: the history is laid out chronologically (chronicle!) and supported by numerous maps and stunning artwork. Read the rest