Last week, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they will be partnering with Scholastic to release a children’s book series based on World of Warcraft. The series, called World of Warcraft: Traveler, will be aimed for children 8-12, with the first hardcover book is coming out this November in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with a second to follow in 2017.
The book is written by Young Justice and Spectacular Spider-man writer, Greg Weisman, with illustrations done by Blizzard’s Samwise Didier, and cover art from Stephane Belin, another Blizzard Artist.
“We’re excited to be collaborating with Scholastic on a series that will bring Azeroth to life for a whole new audience,” Blizzard story and franchise VP Chris Metzen said in a statement. “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.”
Blizzard also provided the first synopsis for the upcoming book:
“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?”
Warcraft has seen a lot of attention recently with an upcoming movie set to release in June, and the next expansion titled “Legion” set to release on PC sometime before September 21st, which will increase the level cap to 110 and add a new class, the Demon Hunter.