School-aged children will soon be able to learn all about the historic clash between Orcs and Humans, as Blizzard announces a series of kids’ books based on World of Warcraft. The first book – due out by the end of the year – focusses on a young cast of Warcraft characters “discovering the mysteries and majesty” of the world of Azeroth.
Blizzard has teamed up with comic book author Greg Weisman for the series, set to be published by Scholastic. Weisman’s story will be accompanied by full-page sketches from Blizzard artist Samwise Didier.
It’s been years since twelve-year-old Aramar Thorne, a clever boy who is never without his precious sketch book, has seen his father. So when Captain Greydon Thorne comes ashore and asks his son to join him at sea, it feels as if someone has redrawn Aram’s entire world. Before he knows it, Aram is aboard the Wavestrider with Lakeshire fading to a distant dot on the horizon. But the thrill of adventure quickly fades, as Greydon relentlessly schools Aram on how to handle his cutlass and how to relate with the strange and diverse creatures of Azeroth. In addition, Aram struggles to get along with the Wavestrider’s crew—especially second mate Makasa, a tough teenaged girl who has been reluctantly placed in charge of him. Just as Aram starts to get his head above water, a band of vicious pirates attack the Wavestrider, turning his world upside down once again. As Aram tries to find his way home with his father’s compass in hand, he’ll travel across Azeroth’s beautiful and hostile terrain, encountering creatures both terrible and wondrous. He’ll seek to understand Azeroth’s denizens as he draws them in his sketchbook, forming unlikely friendships along the way. But the journey is hindered by Greydon’s compass, which never points north. If the compass isn’t leading Aram and Makasa home–to safety–to what destiny is it leading them?
While we’re sitting here wondering why it took everyone so long, Scholastic’s Debra Dorfman says the publisher was “not only intrigued but immediately mesmerised” when Blizzard approached them with the book idea.
World of Warcraft is a captivating fantasy universe that lends itself to many imaginative and innovative storytelling possibilities. This has truly been a fantastic collaboration and we look forward to sharing this thrilling adventure with boys and girls everywhere.
Chris Metzen, SVP of story and franchise development at Blizzard, explains the studio is excited for the collaboration, which he believes will “bring Azeroth to life for a whole new audience”.
Greg Weisman is an accomplished writer who’s really gotten to the heart and soul of Warcraft with the characters he’s developed here-we’re thrilled with the work he’s done on World of Warcraft: Traveler.
The series will start with World of Warcraft: Traveler, which will be published in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada from November this year (just in time for those Christmas wishlists!). A second book will hit shelves in November 2017.