When the Blizzard story gurus take up their pens, the result is mostly a novel that is aimed at the adult hardcore fans among WoW players. There is a lot of blood flowing, there is an awful lot of drama and the protagonists in the novels about the online role-playing game make one serious decision after another. Most of the time, these are well-known people from the Lore whose opinion and influence affects the game – sometimes in a positive sense, sometimes in a negative sense. An important prerequisite for understanding the material you have read is often that you are fairly familiar with the events in the Warcraftverse in order to even understand what is happening on the pages of the books.
The World of Warcraft series of novels shows that there is another way (buy now ): Traveler. From the perspective of the twelve-year-old Aramar Dorn, usually called Aram, you experience Azeroth from a completely different perspective, namely from that of a child. Yes, Traveler is written for young readers, but is nonetheless part of the canon of the Warcraft universe and does not skimp on dramatic scenes either. But especially for those of you who want to deal with the further material on WoW for the first time, the novel trilogy Traveler offers an excellent introduction. So forget all the heroic deeds that your character has so far suffered from, pour the Warcraft knowledge out of your head for a cozy reading day and get into the charmingly written adventure story about Aram and Makasa, who made new friends and made their wanderings across Azeroth Encounter enemies.
Every beginning is … wet
At this point we are only giving you a rough overview of the story, which comprises more than 1,200 pages and was divided into three books, which was translated into German by Andreas Kasprzak between 2017 and 2020 and published by Fischer Verlag. Because of course we don't want to spoil any of Aram's trip. However, it is very interesting to know who Aram actually is. The boy, a self-proclaimed artist who always lugs pencil and sketchbook around with him, grew up in Seenhain, but most of the time without his father. The world-famous explorer Greydon Dorn simply left his wife and children behind years ago to embark on a new, bold journey of discovery. Aram was just six at the time and he is not particularly enthusiastic when the producer, who was believed to be lost, suddenly stands at the door again and wants to take Aram on an adventurous boat trip.
Of course, he ends up on board the Wave Strider and has to deal with the rough crew, who don't care much for a landlubber like Aram. Above all, Makasa Flintwill, second mate of the sailing ship, has a fool of the inexperienced youth and teases him wherever possible. But before there can be a serious argument between Aram and the curse of his life on board, something unexpected happens: The wave strider is attacked by pirates under the leadership of the mysterious Malus. Apparently only Aram and Makasa manage to escape from the burning inferno, which was once a proud sailing boat, and after a long and anxious voyage across the open sea, they land on a shore: Feralas. Armed with little more than themselves, a harpoon, a couple of maps, and an apparently non-working compass, the disparate duo try to find a way home.
Also suitable for adults
As mentioned, Traveler was written for young people and so is the writing style of the authors; a bit easy and above all very understandable. Above all, this means that Traveler can be easily read without major difficulties in understanding it. In addition, there are the numerous allusions to the world of Warcraft, because they arouse a lot of familiarity in the reader. Little known characters play a role in the novels, but WoW connoisseurs always know what is happening and where Aram and Makasa are hanging around. There are also numerous, lovingly drawn illustrations, which Aram records in his drawing book during the adventure.
In the first book, these are made by Samwise Didier, a Blizzard veteran who has decisively shaped the Warcaft style over the years. The second book, The Goblin City, is the drawings of Aquatic Moon founded by Trent Kaniuga, and the third, The Shining Sword, by illustrator Brandon Dorman. A good idea, especially to reflect Aram's growing expertise. Aram's and Makasa's adventures come from the pen of Greg Weisman (books 1 and 2) and Madeleine Roux (book 3). Even though we do not know why Weisman, known among other things for the production of the Gargoyles series, did not write all of them, it is nevertheless gratifying that the novels do not differ starkly from the writing style. You will find a lot of wit and charm between the covers of all three books. Speaking of Madeleine Roux: The Shadowlands book Rise of the Shadows comes from the author, who is primarily concerned with the horror subject! So there is more reading material!
Wins Traveler: The Shining Sword
If you want to get a taste of the end of Aram's adventure, then you have the chance to do so in our competition organized with Fischer Verlag, because we are giving away three copies! If you want to take part in the competition, then use the following form to answer a question and leave your email address.
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The competition is active until October 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We will then randomly select the lucky ones from all valid participants. The judges' decision is final, a cash payment is not possible. Ours apply General competition terms and conditions! Good luck!
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