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The best Warcraft novels

Hello Wottareaders! World of Warcraft Classic will be released soon, what better way to wait for Wow vanilla than reading some Warcraft stories? The lore of this rpg is fascinating, a story introduced previously in the three real-time strategy games and subsequently immensely expanded thanks to World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Which are The best Warcraft novels? it’s time to find out.

If you want to know more about this Blizzard’s universe the Warcraft novels are a great way to enjoy the journey of all those Wow characters you love such as Arthas, Thrall or Illidan Stormrage.

Want to start reading Warcraft and don’t know where to begin? Say no more, let`s go:

How many Wow books are there?

There is a total of 23 Warcraft books. 7 are Warcraft series while the other 16 are World of Warcraft series. Even so, the names of this series are a bit misleading since Wow series includes books whose events take place way before the events of World of Warcraft. This is the case of  Beyond the Dark Portal which takes place during the Second War, or The Burning Crusade, which occurs a hundred years before Wow begins.

Do I have to play Blizzard videogames in order to enjoy the books?

Not exactly.  Of course, the more you know about the Wow universe the better since you will be able to make the interconnection better with the events occurred in the videogames. Sadly, not all those events are explained in the novels, that is the case of the Third War for example, which in order to know what happens you might have to play Warcraft 3 since such events are not covered deep enough in any of these novels.

Aside from that, most of these stories can be read despite not having a wide knowledge of the Warcraft lore since the story itself is self-contained in the books.

Are Wow books good?

Being honest, some of these books are far from being the best-written books ever. Even so, the story is usually good and they are worth reading.

These books are written by different authors, as it happens with the Warhammer novels.

Which Warcraft books are worth reading

As said before, not all the novels are that good. If you only want to read the best Warcraft books then I suggest at least reading these since they are considered the best Warcraft novels:
 

  • Rise of the Horde
  • Lord of the Clans
  • War Crimes
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  • Tides of Darkness
  • Illidan
  • The Shattering

The ones previously mentioned are the must read Wow books, don’t get this wrong, other novels in the series are good, but not as good as these.

Where can I read Warcraft books online

Unfortunately, there are no online platforms that allow you to read these novels online, however, in this article, you will find where to buy all the Wow novels that compose this series.

How to read Warcraft books

If you want to give this series a chance and you are wondering what is the proper order to read all the Warcraft novels, the best way to read them is by chronological order, however you must know that these books tell stories of different characters, therefore, the  action takes place in different location and years. As a result, it is not easy to read all the Warcraft books in order.

Even so, the best way to read these books would be in chronological order.

In what order should I read Warcraft books?

Instructions

  • WarCraft Chronicle Volume 1
  • Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
  • The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
  • Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenburg
  •  Beyond the Dark Portal by Christie Golden & Aaron Rosenburg
  • The Well of Eternity by Richard A. Knaak (War of the Ancients 1)
  • The Demon Soul by Richard A. Knaak (War of the Ancients 2)
  • The Sundering by Richard A. Knaak
  • Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
  • Of Blood and Honor by Chris Metzen

In any case, if you want to read these books in publication order you can check it in this WOW novel guide.

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Dragon breaths fire

The best books with dragons

Dragons are probably one of the most popular fantastic creatures. Physically they are usually described pretty similar: huge wings, gleaming eyes, serpent-like huge creatures breathing fire. In literature, These have been portrayed in many different ways,  they can behave as if they were gigantic scaly flamethrowing dogs with no intellect while other times they are shown as intelligent majestic beings that are able to talk with wisdom, even cast spells and transform into human forms. In this article you will find the best book with dragons.

Sometimes dragons are used as a metaphor. In some cases, it is for human vices, such as greed and self-interest. This is the kind of dragon shown in many novels, maybe one of the most famous in this role being Smaug, the main antagonist in The Hobbit. Also, Dragons are used as an analogy of majesty and overwhelming power, a higher level of knowledge that we, mere humans, are not able to comprehend.

If you love dragons, the book Dragons of Fantasy by Anne C. Pretty is a character study of these beasts, providing a study of how these creatures have appeared in myths, legends, and fiction sagas. Also, she focuses on dragons of certain known sagas, like the ones created by J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett or J.K Rowling among others.

Dragons as villains

Fantasy settings have shown us dragons in different roles, being a villain is probably one of their most natural ones. In this depiction, these mythological creatures are usually greedy, evil and lonely creatures which commonly are the final test before the main character ends his journey. Dragons, being powerful and fearsome creatures, fit perfectly in this role.

When dragons play this role they are shown as a mixture of big flying fire breathing monsters which are also smart, cunning and can even use magic spells.

Here you have some novels with Dragons as villains:

Novels with dragons as companions

Dragons also work as animal companions, powerful and destructive ones no doubt. One of the most basic examples of this kind of interaction would be the film How to train your dragon. Daenerys Targaryen is also a great example as she, being the mother of dragons, had three powerful monsters (Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion) who obeyed her orders.

When these titanic creatures act as companions they are shown as less intelligent creatures which are unable to talk and behave like beasts.

Here you have some the best novels with dragons companions:

Books with dragons as main characters

Dragons are really interesting creatures that have great intellect and usually can transform into humans, as a result, they can be great main characters. In the following recommendations, you will have dragons in the main plot and also in some, the story is told from their point of view. There are lots of novels where the main character is a dragon, some of these have great book covers by the way:

Romance stories

You want some romance involving dragons? Well, not many novels cover this aspect to be honest (ey writers, an almost unexplored niche here!). Here you have some fantasy books with dragons suggestions:

 

Here you have a nice selection of books with these mythological creatures, hope you liked it.

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Best books by British authors

England is a great cultural exporter both musically and literally but, in this post, we are going to focus on this second aspect. Making lists is not easy but only the brave dare to take on the most difficult challenges, so today we bring you 5 essential books of English literature. Here you have the best books by British authors:

Charles Dickens – Great Hopes

If anyone knew how to portray the lower class of society, it was Dickens, probably because in his childhood he lived in a similar situation which led him to fight against injustice and poverty both as a writer and as a citizen. In this work, the orphan and poor Pip receives an offer that would be tempting for anyone, especially being in a disadvantaged situation. However, there are certain things that can never be bought.

George Orwell – 1984

Eric A. Blair, better known as George Orwell, wrote some of the most important books of the last century. Surely you have all heard of Big Brother, for we owe it to him. With the difference that his term refers to the State and does not intend to make a show with your life to later reward you financially, but instead, in his dystopian novel the Big Brother has the intention is to subjugate citizens to his will and think, act and live as he wants. This work is clearly an exponent of the anti-totalitarian current. As a result, this book is included in the list of books that will make your mind explode.

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

Does this author need an introduction? Humans, orcs, elves, dwarves, magicians, rings with powers… This work has everything. Tolkien’s magnificent writing together with his great imagination came together to give life to this marvelous novel. Page by page we submerge and let ourselves be captured by the universe of this writer who, once in his spider’s web, will not let us escape until we finish the last paragraph. This is why he has well earned the title of the father of modern fantasy.

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

There have always been those who have played at being God but not all of them have had the transcendence of Victor Frankenstein. Shelley’s character was nothing more than a young student in love with his fiancée Elisabeth and science. This second love would be the one that would make him mad. After finding the formula to give life back to a corpse, he gest scared of the result of his work and the monster, who just wanted to be loved and live in peace with others, gets rejected and mistreated by his appearance, thus beginning to hate and eventually search for revenge on his creator.

William Shakespeare – Hamlet

It’s impossible to think of classic writers and not think of this author. His great works are countless as are the conspiracies about whether he really wrote them, but until proven otherwise, Shakespeare will remain the king of the classics. It is very difficult to highlight one of his works above all the others but, in the end, no one said it was easy to make a list. So we kept Hamlet. The story of the prince of Denmark whose aim is to avenge the death of his father and for that he plans to murder his uncle since he is the main suspect of having ended the life of Hamlet’s father to rise with the Danish crown.

Many works have been left off this list, but there are so many great British authors and so few that fit on Olympus that it is precisely the reason it makes them so special. In short, it is better that there are plenty of great authors to sit at the table than that there are not enough chairs to fill, right?

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The best Warhammer Fantasy books

Warhammer Fantasy is a tabletop miniature wargame with a medieval fantasy theme. The worldbuilding of this wargame is so rich that there are several Warhammer Fantasy novels. But, are all these Warhammer novels worth reading? Which are the best Warhammer Fantasy books?

In Warhammer Fantasy, aside from humans, there are lots of other races such as elves, dwarfs, orcs, goblins, skavens (humanoid rats) or ogres among other creatures. As you might have guessed, this wargame is influenced in J.R.R Tolkien’s worldbuilding, something usual since Tolkien is the father of modern Fantasy: This is How Tolkien influenced the fantasy genre.

Warhammer is a world of Magic with great lore. All these factions have great heroes and commanders who have proved they were worth to lead their armies and were able to crush their enemies.  As a result, lots of books have been written about the universe of Warhammer Fantasy.

For the fans of Warhammer Fantasy, it is true that now Fantasy has a substitute: Age of Sigmar. But even so, since all these stories are based on the world of Warhammer and therefore there are not yet “Empire Space Marines”, we will focus on WH Fantasy better. Let’s find the top Warhammer fantasy novels:

Warhammer Fantasy publisher: The Black Library

Most ot these novels are under Games Workshop’s publishing arm, the Black Library. Warhammer Fantasy books are written by diverse authors, therefore the quality of these novels might vary a lot. That’s why we are here. These are the best Warhammer Fantasy novels:

The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade books by Dan Abnett and Mike Lee 

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Main faction: Dark elves.

This series tells the story of Malus Dark Blade, a dark elf possessed by the daemon Tz’arkan, Malus Darkblade is an evil elf, even for the dark elves standards, which is a lot to say. This saga is one of the most popular series for Warhammer Fantasy.

In which order should I read The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade?

The best reading order here is the published order, this is how to read Malus Darkblade book series:

How to read Malus Darkblade book series:

Instructions

  • Bloodstorm
  • Reaper of Souls
  • Warpsword
  • Lord of Ruin

Skarsnik by Guy Haley

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Main faction: Orcs and goblins.

This book narrates the story of Skarsnik, one of the greatest goblin chieftains of all time. Skarsnik, along with his inseparable squig companion Gobla, will threaten the border of the Empire leading his massive greenskin army. In this novel, Guy Haley will tell us how this humble goblin born in Karak Eight Peaks plotted and schemed until he not only became a warlord but a legend.

  The Blackhearts series  by Nathan Long

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Main faction: The Empire.

When you are about to be executed, volunteering for a suicide mission in order to recover an ancient relic doesn’t sound like a bad deal compared to the gallows. Led by Captain Reine, this band of criminals will have to face demons, dark elves, skavens and fight for their life with honor. For The Empire!

In which order should I read The Blackhearts series?

The best reading order here is the published order, this is how to read The Blackhearts book series:

How to read The Blackhearts book series

Instructions

  • Valnir's Bane
  • The Broken Lance
  • Tainted Blood
  • Omnibus: Blackhearts

Archaon: Everchosen by Rob Sanders

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Main faction: Chaos warriors.

Everchosen tells the origins of the Chaos warlord with the same title, Archaon, Three-Eyed King and Lord of the End Time chaos. In the northern wastes, Archaon gathers his army, the Followers of Chaos, waiting for the moment to strike the final blow.

In which order should I read Archaon?

This series is a duology, this is how to read Archaon books:

How to read Archaon

Instructions

  • Everchosen
  • Lord of the End Times

Gotrex and Felix series by William King and Nathan Long

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Main factions: Dwarves and The Empire.

The Gotrek and Felix series is the most popular Warhammer Fantasy sagas of all and for most the best Warhammer fantasy saga of all. As the title says, this series tells the story of Gotrex Gurnisson, a Dwarf who took the slayer’s oath, and Felix Jaeger, a human saved who swore to follow Gotrek after the dwarf saved his life. Together they will travel along the Old World seeking death.

If you are looking for a fun story about companionship set in the fictional universe of Warhammer this is what you are looking for.

In which order should I read Gotrex and Felix series?

How to read Gotrex and Felix series

Instructions

  • Trollslayer
  • Skavenslayer
  • Daemonslayer
  • Dragonslayer
  • Beastslayer
  • Vampireslayer
  • Giantslayer
  • Orcslayer
  • Manslayer
  • Elfslayer
  • Shamanslayer
  • Zombieslayer
  • Kinslayer: Book I of the Doom of Gotrek Gurnisson
  • Slayer: Book II of the Doom of Gotrek Gurnisson

The Legend of Sigmar by Graham McNeill

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Main faction: The Empire.

Sigmar is the god of the Empire of man. This man was raised to lead men, unifying all the 12 tribes of men eventually becoming what is known as The Empire. Here Sigmar reigned for what it was a prosperous fifteen years.

This series narrates the tales of the mighty hero Sigmar Heldenhammer, as he faces the hordes of orcs, battles the undying forces of Nagash and the forces of Chaos. This is the story of a king, an emperor and a god. The story of Sigmar.

In which order should I read The Legend of Sigmar?

How to read The Legend of Sigmar

Instructions

  • Heldenhammer 
  • Empire
  • God king
  • Omnibus: The Legend of Sigmar

Rise of Nagash by Mike Lee

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Main faction: Vampire Counts, Tomb Kings.

Nagash,  previously a mere priest of Kemhri, now the supreme lord of death. Will embark upon a quest for immortality which will lead to war and conflict. One of the most powerful wizards of all time, he will seek power and will face the empire he was supposed to protect: Nehekkara, Khemri’s capital and home of Settra the Imperishable.

In which order should I read Rise of Nagash?

How to read Rise of Nagash

Instructions

  • Nagash the Sorcerer
  • Nagash the Unbroken
  • Nagash Immortal

Brunner the Bounty Hunter by C.L. Werner

Brunner the bounty hunter

Main faction: Mercenaries.

Brunner is a bounty hunter with no heart, he will fulfill his mission no matter what. There’s no honor in his life, as a mercenary, only gold matters. During his journey he will have to survive the encounters of ogres, dragons, vampires. One of those stories that show the grim dark face of the Warhammer Fantasy world.

In which order should I read Brunner the Bounty Hunter?

How to read Brunner the Bounty Hunter

Instructions

  • Blood Money
  • Blood and Steel 
  • Blood of the Dragon 
  • What Price Vengeance  (Short story)
  • Sickhouse
  • Wolfshead
  • Brunner the Bounty Hunter (Omnibus)

Mathias Thulmann: Witch Hunter by C.L. Werner

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Main Faction: The Empire.

 Witch Hunters are individuals known for their dedication and zeal against evil and corruption. Mathias Thulmann is a man of action, in this stories his witch hunter will seek the destruction of evil and dark power in the cities of The Empire.

In which order should I read Mathias Thulmann: Witch Hunter? 

How to read Mathias Thulmann: Witch Hunter

Instructions

  • Witch Hunter
  • Witch Finder
  • Witch Killer
  • A Choice of Hatreds
  • Meat Wagon (Short story)
  • Witch Work (Short story)
  • Omnibus : Mathias Thulmann: Witch Hunter (does not include short stories) 

The Sundering by Gav Thorpe

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Main factions: Dark elves, High Elves

This series tells the story of Malekith, the king of the Dark Elves, the one that divided the race of elves forever. Gav Thorpe will narrate the elves history through the eyes of Malekith, showing us how a civil war will be the beginning of the sundering of the elven race. This book will tell you how the dark elves and the high elves were created.

In which order should I read The Sundering? 

How to read The Sundering

Instructions

  • Malekith
  • Shadow King
  • Caledor

Tyrion & Teclis by William King

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Main faction: High Elves

This series center on these elven twins. The first a fearsome warrior, the second a powerful sorcerer. Tyrion & Teclis will narrate the story of these two mighty heroes along with different scenarios such as the jungles of  Lustria  (home of the Lizardmen) or the kingdom of Calendor, where they will have to face no other than the leader of the Dark Elves, Malekith.

In which order should I read Mathias Tyrion and Teclis? 

How to read Tyrion and Teclis

Instructions

  • Blood of Aenarion
  • Sword of Caledor
  • Bane of Malekith

Other recommended Warhammer Fantasy Books:

Riders of the Dead by Dan Abnett.

Ambassador Chronicles by Graham McNeil.

Gilead’s Blood by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent.

Fell Cargo by Dan Abnett.

The Burning Shore by Rober Earl.

Headtaker by David Guymer.

Vampire Wars by Steven Savile.

Champions of Chaos by Ben Counter.

 

Here you have a lot of Warhammer fantasy novels to enjoy. Elves, goblins, the Empire, Bretonia… which is your favorite Warhammer army? tell us!

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Man and explosion

Five classic novels that will blow your mind

There are those books we enjoy. Maybe because its main character was inspiring or because the plot was intriguing and made you turn pages like crazy. There are so many reasons we love books, isn’t it? But aside from loving them, there are those books which give you something different. You know that feeling right?

I mean those books that, despite having a fascinating plot, are able to blow your mind. These books are really powerful because they won’t only entertain you but they Will make you think and reflect. These books remind us how Little we know, and how much reading can provide us:  different insights, new concepts, and ideas or even just a new life philosophy.

It is no surprise that a lot of these are dystopian stories, undesirable and even frightening alternative futures that we wish would never come true such as tyrannical government, environmental disasters or utter dehumanization. These books are a way for us to realize where the world is going (or might go), allowing us to reflect on it and doing our best to avoid these futures.

Here are some book suggestions that will blow your mind, I promise:

1984 by George Orwell

You probably heard about this one. Published on June 1949, the English writer George Orwell wrote what he thought would be a dystopian future, the novel is set in 1984. Funnily, his book is becoming an astonishing accurate reflection of reality as years go by.

This novel tells the story of a world in perpetual war, where Government has an omnipresent vigilance and propaganda. This government, ruled by The Party, will use different methods in order to control citizens. These methods are such as manipulating recorded history or creating a new language This language, Newspeak, is an alternative English version with restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought.

The protagonist of this novel, Winston Smith, is a man who secretly hates The Party and everything related to the government, but how is he going to tell anyone when in the Newspeak words as rebellion don’t even exist?

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Another novel by the same author. In this story, George Orwell uses farm animals as an allegory to describe the early years of the Soviet Union (URSS). This story begins with Old Major inspiring his fellows to revolt against their master, Mr. Jones (a human), the owner of Manor Farm.  After Old Majors dead, two pigs raise to lead this revolt, Snowball and Napoleon, they Will lead the entire farm to fight Mr. Jones who Will flee in despair after being attacked by his animals.

The animals rule the farm after that even, everything is perfect, they decide what is best for them. They even have commandments that state that all animals are equal. The pig Snowball is the most popular in the farm, the animals consider him a hero for his actions against Mr. Jones and also teaches his fellow animals to read and write. The other pig, Napoleon, Will eventually get jealous of Snowball and Will start plotting against him.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This novel is about censorship. Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman. He lives in a world where books are illegal thus censoring knowledge, a metaphorical way of suppressing dissenting ideas. Firemen’s are exactly the opposite to firefighters, their job is not to extinguish fires but to set fire to books and the houses that hide them. Guy Montag never questioned his job until he meets a Young neighbor, Clarisse, who Will tell him about a past where one saw the world through the books instead of the televisión. The fireman Will begin to question all he knows, he Will start hiding books in his home becoming an outlaw.

Just if you were wondering, Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A story depicting a futuristic world state with an intelligence-based social hierarchy and genetically modified citizens. This book is about a world dominated through cunning, the hidden influence of elites and mass control. The story is set in 632 After Ford (AF) since Henry Ford is revered as a god due to his assembly line manufacturing process.

If you like this book you can also read Brave New World Revisited (1958). This is a reassessment on which the author considers if such years (the 1950’s) resemble the future world he created in his previous novel,

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

 

This story sets in the United States. It depicts a dystopian society in which business and enterprises suffer under over regulations and taxes. In this Danny Taggart, Will fight to keep her company alive facing the economic depression and government control over successful companies. While the government keeps taking control over industries some of the most brilliant businessmen in the country start disappearing mysteriously.

 

Be critical, and question everything, one of the best ways to learn. 😀

 

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