With all the chatter surrounding Christie Golden's next novel, I have to admit I'd almost forgotten that World of Warcraft: Paragons
was set to release today. It's definitely not your usual sort of novel, instead holding a collection of short stories lore fans are likely already familiar with, all tucked into one book for easy referencing -- but it also includes the long-awaited novella Blood of the Highborne
, by Micky Neilson. That said, fans looking for new, current lore aren't going to find any in this particular collection.
However, the book contains all of the leader short stories that were released over the course of Cataclysm
's run, as well as a few other shorts -- Unbroken
, the story of Farseer Nobundo, The War of the Shifting Sands
, a piece that was released just before the launch of AQ40, and Road to Damnation
, the story of Kel'thuzad, released just before the launch of the original iteration of Naxxramas all the way back in vanilla. It's Blood of the Highborne
that really stands out among the collection, not necessarily because it's better than the rest, but because it's brand-new content that fills in a gap that's been missing in lore -- the conception and introduction of the Blood Knights of Silvermoon.