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Beyond the Dark Portal (World of Warcraft) Paperback – June 24, 2008
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About the Author
Aaron Rosenberg writes novels, roleplaying games, and educational books. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter, and runs his own game company, Clockworks, in his spare time.
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Rise of the Horde (book) - Covers approx. a 10 year period prior to WC I.
The Last Guardian (book) - Touches on the closing days of the First War with bookends set prior to WC III.
Tides of Darkness (book) - Covers WC II in continuity.
Beyond the Dark Portal (book) - Covers WC II expansion in continuity.
Day of the Dragon (book) - Wraps up some dangling threads from WC II with Deathwing and the Red Dragonflight.
Lord of the Clans (book) - Covers a wide swath from just before WC II all the way to prior to WC III. Should be subtitled All You Wanted to Know About Thrall But Were Too Much of An Alliance Lover to Ask. ;) J/k.
Of Blood and Honor (book) - Set just prior to WC III.
Warcraft III Battle Chest (game) - Reign of Chaos covers the origin of the Scourge and the return of the Burning Legion. The Frozen Throne covers the exile of Illidun, the rise of the Forsaken and the crowning of a new Lich King. Founding of Durotar covers the most recent conflict between Horde and humans prior to WoW.
Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (book) - Recaps material from Tides of Darkness all the way up until the end of Frozen Throne with bookends just before the WotLK cinematic.
Ashbringer (comic) - Covers the fallout from Arthas dissolving the Order of the Silver Hand and the rise of Argent Dawn and Crimson Crusade.
Cycle of Hatred (book) - Picks up after Founding of Durotar and begins to set the stage for WoW Vanilla.
Well of Eternity (book) - Try and follow: characters from current Azeroth are sent back to the War of the Ancients 10,000 years before by the Bronze Dragonflight to make sure what was supposed to happen happens. Part of War of the Ancients Trilogy
Demon Soul (book) - See above, part of War of the Ancients Trilogy.
The Sundering (book) - See above, part of War of the Ancients Trilogy.
Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy (Comic) - This is just before WoW vanilla since some Horde holdings (Tauren Mill) are still Alliance held. Sets up Kalygos and his motivations mostly.
Warcraft Legends Vol. 1-5 (Comic) - These are all over the place, but primarily just before WoW Vanilla with some flashback stuff.
The Dragons of Outland (Comic) - Trilogy set between Vanilla and TBC. Running a bit late, second volume should be out later this year.
World of Warcraft Books 1-4 (comics) - Set between TBC and WotLK, covers a lot of plot spillover. Ever why the Missing Diplomat questchain ends so quickly in Thereamore? The answer is here.
Death Knight (comic) - Set before and during WotLK. Sets up Thassarian.
Mage (comic) - Set before WotLK. Sets up why Dalaran is a floating city over Northrend.
Night of the Dragon (book) - Set before WotLK, deals with some stuff spilling out of TBC, especially dealing with Kalygos and the two new dragonflights in Outland.
Stormrage (book) Set after WotLK. Sets up Malfurian Stormrage and Tyrande and the status of the Emerald Dream corruption.
Shaman (comic) - Set between WotLK and Cata.
The Shattering (book) - Covers all the details between WotLK and Cata that were going on while we were doing the pre-launch events.
Wolfheart (book) - Details the Worgen and Gilneas' recruitment into the Alliance after the Cataclysm.
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects (book) - follows the former War Chief of the Horde as he struggles with the ongoing repercussions of the Cataclysm.
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War - The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmoore continues her long struggle to mend relations between the Horde and the Alliance.
Dawn of the Aspects - The former Dragon Aspects are on the brink of going their separate ways to forge new destinies...
Vol'Jin: Shadows of the Horde - Follows Vol'Jin as he travels to Pandaria, where the troll chieftain's loyalties are put to the ultimate test when a member of his own faction moves to assassinate him. . . .
War Crimes - Centers around Garrosh Hellscream after the Siege of Orgrimmar. It provides a bridge between the events at the end of the Mists of Pandaria expansion and the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion.
Hope this helped i tried my best to get it right but as always there may be some mistakes just try to look into it on wowwiki or wowpedia. Special Thanks to Kordd on the battle.net forums for creating the original part of the list.
Just like "Tides of Darkness," the book would have benefited from maps and campaign trails. My memory of playing through Burning Crusade served me well, but I would much have preferred to see a map of the area laid out before me.
In general, this novel offers some essential Warcraft lore and sets the stage for later events. We see where places like Honor Hold come from and learn why certain orcs are in certain places doing the things we see them doing in WoW.
Rise of the Horde is still the way better book. For that reason, I suppose it's fair to conclude that Christie Golden is the better writer than Rosenburg.
This is the second Warcraft novel I've read, the first being The Rise of he Horde. I think this book is much better. There is plenty of action, epic battles and events of momentous scale. Both heroes and villains are well portrayed and you get to understand their motivations. For example Ner'zul starts as a well meaning shaman trying to help his people but is corrupted by the demonic powers he dabbled in.
It also reveals how Draenor became Outland, and what happened to the Alliance expeditionary force that was sent to close the portal.
I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in WoW and it's lore.
There are a few illustrations, but it is not a coffee table, lavishly illustrated work like some of the previous WoW books.
This is more like Goldfinch's guide to WoW mythology.
It reads like the internal Blizzard designer guide set to print.
The book is informative.