If you know the world of World of Warcraft tradition, you have probably read a significant amount in the EU (extended universe, i.e. not in Europe). There are quite a few books that cover the tradition of the Warcraft universe, and although a good number of these books have had retcons in the years after their release, the tradition is still rich and important to know.
In addition to this, it is common for developers to put story elements that will only make sense for players who know the tradition from content outside of a game. The Gears of War franchise , for example, may seem a little disturbing with a handful of characters added – Bernadette Mataki, for example – if you haven’t read the novels.
The last of these books is Shadows Rising, written by best-selling New York Times author Madeleine Roux. This novel, which is scheduled to be released in mid-July, covers the tradition between the end of the current Battle for Azeroth storyline and the next Shadowlands expansion we have on the way. Resuming just after the Mak’gora between Varok Saurcroc and Sylvanas Windrunner, the novel talks about the troubled leadership of the Horde and the Alliance, as well as a sinister quest led by Nathanos Blightcalle
Blizzard Announces Pre-Shadowlands Lore Novel, Shadows Rising
The Horde is now at a crossroads. The various factions form a council, leaving the coat of the warchief at rest, “indicates the overview provided by Blizzard. “Thrall, Lor’themar Theron, Baine Bloodhoof, the first Arcanist Thalyssra and many other familiar faces are taking up this new challenge. But the threats are numerous and the distrust is too deep. ”
It seems that the story will center on the pursuit of Sylvanas and the fight against the stress left to the factions by his action. Nathanos and Sira Moonwarden were tasked with finding and killing Bwonsamdi, the deathly loa troll, while being followed by Zekhan and Talanji as they work to save the loa.
As Zekhan and Talanji chase Blightcaller and Moonwarden, Alleria and Turalyon work hard to find Sylvanas and discover his plans. It is possible that the book takes place before the cutscene of Shadowlands, which shows Sylvanas attacking the Lich King and destroying the Helm of domination to tear the veil between the material plans of Azeroth and the Shadowlands