Before the Storm

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Before the Storm
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Del Rey

Publication date

June 12, 2018


Hardcover, Digital, Audiobook

Retail price

US: $28.00





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Before the Storm is an upcoming novel written by Christie Golden taking place after the events of World of Warcraft: Legion. It serves as the lead-in novel for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and focuses on Anduin Wrynn and Sylvanas Windrunner before the Burning of Teldrassil, and as such takes place before Elegy and A Good War.[1][2] It will also touch on Anduin Wrynn being High King of the Alliance.[3]

It's available as an audiobook and ebook.


Final description

An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment’s next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft videogame.

Azeroth is dying.

The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.

For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.

As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.

For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to and end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.

Second description

An all-new, official prequel novel to The Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment’s next expansion to the critically acclaimed World of Warcraft.

In Before the Storm, Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde, are new to their positions of power, both ascending before they were truly prepared. As the Alliance and the Horde struggle to recover from the devastating war with the demonic Burning Legion, a terrible discovery will test both leaders, threatening to reignite the bitter enmity between their factions and shake the very foundations of the world of Azeroth.

First description

An all-new, official tie-in novel to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed World of Warcraft, from New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden.

Taking place after the climactic events of Shadows of Argus, World of Warcraft: Before the Storm tells the story of what awaits the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance in the wake of their struggle against the demonic Burning Legion.


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  • It seems that the novel's working title used to be "Lightning Crashes",[4] as one can find by running the book's ISBN on the Random House website.
  • Christie Golden first announced on Twitter that she was writing a new Warcraft novel — after a three-year hiatus — on July 23, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter (2018-04-05). Retrieved on 2018-04-06. “Great question! YES. "Elegy" is a novella which, in tandem with "A Good War," tells both H and A sides of the burning of the World Tree. "Before the Storm" takes place BEFORE that event. They are two thoroughly different stories.
  2. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter (2018-04-05). Retrieved on 2018-04-06. “Someone raised a great question. "Before the Storm" focuses on Anduin and Sylvanas & takes place BEFORE the World Tree burning. Elegy" is a novella that, along with @RoBrooks13 "A Good War," depicts both sides of that event -and- has a few non-spoilery references to BtS.
  3. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2018-03-28). Retrieved on 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ "Lightning Crashes" in Random House catalog
  5. ^ Christie Golden on Twitter (2017-07-23). Retrieved on 2017-10-23. “Also realized I had yet tweeted about this yet...after a three-year hiatus, I am writing another World of Warcraft novel!

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