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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 Alleria Windrunner and the dwarf Falstad Wildhammer — is sent on a special mission in Dun Morogh. 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

In spite of the trademark and the slogan "based on the best-selling video game", most 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 its aftermath. Arthas: Rise of the Lich King deals with the early years of Arthas and the events of the Third War. Night of the Dragon is set prior to the events of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and reveals the current state of the black dragonflight, and Stormrage is set after the defeat of the Lich King but shortly before those of Cataclysm. The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm takes place after Stormrage but before Cataclysm, heralding its coming. Both, Wolfheart and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects takes place during the events of 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 of Mists of 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 troll threat. Garrosh's imprisonment in the end of Mists of Pandaria is dealt with in War Crimes.

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Full chronological order


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Ancient history (10,000 years ago and less)





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First War (Warcraft: Orcs and Humans)

6 Second War (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness)

8 Invasion of Draenor (Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal)





20 Third War (Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos)

22 Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne



25 World of Warcraft


The Burning Crusade


Wrath of the Lich King




Mists of Pandaria


Warlords of Draenor