Dawn of the Aspects Part 1 to release February 2013

Dawn of the Aspects Part 1 to release February 2013

Part one of World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects will see its release a little later than previous reported at NYCC last year. Simon & Schuster currently has the release date set for February 19, 2013. Unlike previous Warcraft novels, Dawn of the Aspects will be released in parts as an ebook rather than a print novel. Part one will be available for $1.99, with four more parts to follow over the coming year. And for those that can't wait, we've got an exclusive look at the full cover for the upcoming novel after the break.

Penned by Richard Knaak, Dawn of the Aspects explores the relationship between the proto-drakes of Northrend and the Aspects of here and now. Even though Deathwing has been taken care of and the Hour of Twilight has been halted, the question of what comes next for the Dragon Aspects is still unanswered. With their powers expended, how can any of the Aspects, or even dragonkind for that matter, hope to still make a difference in the world?

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited to see a book addressing the biggest issue I had with the end of Cataclysm -- what happens to the Aspects now? Where exactly Galakrond and the origin of dragonkind ties into all of this is a mystery to me, but it's one of those areas of Warcraft history that I've always wanted to see filled in. Richard Knaak is an excellent choice for this project, given his extensive work with the dragons and the Aspects over the years -- his first book, Day of the Dragon, pretty much set the stage for the Aspects back in 2001, and it's only fitting that he continue the tale.

Dawn of the Aspects Part 1 to release February 2013

From Simon & Schuster's website:


The former Dragon Aspects are on the brink of going their separate ways to forge new destinies. As Kalecgos ponders the uncertain future awaiting his kind, he uncovers a mysterious artifact that allows him to see through the eyes of his late predecessor, Malygos. Intense visions bombard Kalecgos, transporting him to a time when the original Aspects were no more than primitive proto-dragons. Across ancient Kalimdor's northern plains, they fought for survival against each other and a terrifying creature that dominated the era: the Father of Dragons, Galakrond. But many questions remain for Kalecgos. What are the origins of this strange artifact? Are its visions a gift, or a curse?

Part 1 of Dawn of the Aspects will be 90 pages, and will only be available as an ebook. While I prefer my Warcraft novels to be in print, it's nice to see Blizzard exploring other ways of presenting story material. I do hope we'll see this in print at some point in the future, but until then, I'll take my story however I can get it. Keep an eye on Simon & Schuster's official website for more information as it becomes available, and pick up your copy of Dawn of the Aspects on February 19.