However, the book contains all of the leader short stories that were released over the course of Cataclysm's run, as well as a few other shorts -- Unbroken, the story of Farseer Nobundo, The War of the Shifting Sands, a piece that was released just before the launch of AQ40, and Road to Damnation, the story of Kel'thuzad, released just before the launch of the original iteration of Naxxramas all the way back in vanilla. It's Blood of the Highborne that really stands out among the collection, not necessarily because it's better than the rest, but because it's brand-new content that fills in a gap that's been missing in lore -- the conception and introduction of the Blood Knights of Silvermoon.
Blood of the Highborne tells the tale of Lady Liadrin, as well as several other very familiar faces in blood elf lore, starting from before the days of the Troll Wars and continuing through Zul'jin's capture, the arrival of the Scourge, the decimation of the Sunwell, and beyond. It's a haunting look at the fall of high elf civilization, and the desperate measures taken by the race to simply survive. It's not just Liadrin's story being told, here -- Lor'themar Theron, Dar'khan, Rommath, Sylvanas, Kael'thas Sunstrider and many others make appearances throughout the story.
While it's not current content in terms of having anything to do with Mists of Pandaria, or even Warlords of Draenor, Blood of the Highborne is a bleak, beautifully written addition to the Warcraft library. Fans of blood elf lore, or of the Third War in general should definitely give the book a read, because it elegantly clears up just about any and every question a lore fan could have about the events surrounding the attack on Silvermoon, the Sunwell's destruction, the nature of the addiction that held the blood elves in thrall for so long, Dar'khan's inexplicable survival of what was witnessed in the Sunwell Trilogy manga series, even the loss of Lor'themar's eye.
At a mere $5.69 on Amazon for the Kindle edition, or $5.99 on Barnes and Noble for the Nook edition, Paragons is a steal, and well worth skipping a couple morning coffees to pick up and enjoy. To be perfectly honest, my only minor lament about the book release is that for now, it's only available as an ebook. Whether or not we'll see a print publication of the book remains to be seen, but there's a spot on my bookshelf that would love to have it. It's worth it just to have the leader short stories in one bound edition, but the addition of Blood of the Highborne makes Paragons a must have for any blood elf fan.