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WoW Books: Rise of the Horde now available

Paul Sherrard

The latest novel set in the World of Warcraft has been released this week. While I haven't yet seen it in my local bookshop, it does seem to be available from

Rise of the Horde is written by Christie Golden, who wrote (with Don Perrin) Warcraft: Lord of the Clans, as well as a couple of Star Trek: Voyager novels.

From Amazon's blurb:

Though the young Warchief Thrall ended the demon curse that had plagued his people for generations, the orcs still wrestle with the sins of their bloody past. As the rampaging Horde, they waged a number of devastating wars against their perennial enemy -- the Alliance. Yet the rage and bloodlust that drove the orcs to destroy everything in their path nearly consumed them as well.

Long ago, on the idyllic world of Draenor, the noble orc clans lived in relative peace with their enigmatic neighbors, the draenei. But the nefarious agents of the Burning Legion had other plans for both of the unsuspecting races. The demon-lord Kil'jaeden set in motion a dark chain of events that would succeed not only in eradicating the draenei, but forging the orc clans into an single, unstoppable juggernaut of hatred and destruction.

I've bought a couple of WoW novels in the past, but I've never really been drawn-in by them, preferring being in the game than to lazing on the couch reading about it. Rise of the Horde seems to be a little more interesting, as it may give some background going into The Burning Crusade. And hey, with a couple of weeks to go, and not a lot to do in-game, now might be a good time for me to give WoW novels a second chance.

So, are you going to pick this one up? Have any of you read the past novels, and do you find they add to your enjoyment of the game, or just give you a nice break from staring at the computer screen?

01/16/07 UPDATE! Christie Golden has written in (YAY! THE AUTHOR!) and clears up a few things:

Thanks for making people aware of the book! I do have a correction
for you if I may--I did not write Lord of the Clans "with" Don
Perrin. Lord of the Clans (as a novel that is, of course the
backstory and the world is Blizzard's!) is entirely my own creation,
I never saw any of the work Don had done on the project before I
started writing.

Also, I'm delighted to report that many things made it from the book
Rise of the Horde into the expansion, which is a real thrill for me
personally and doesn't often happen in the world of media tie-ins.
Blizzard is a fantastic company to work with. And yes, I play WoW.

Thanks for the information, Christie, hopefully we'll see you in the Outlands!

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