NEWS FROM THE AUTHOR'S CORNER
International Association of Media Tie-In Writers 2017 Faust Award
Warcraft. Starcraft. Star Wars. Star Trek. Christie Golden has written for all of them. As if that were not accomplishment enough, she has also contributed novels to the gaming and movie universes of HALO, Invasion America, Fable, Hex, Dungons and Dragons, Ravenloft, and Assassin’s Creed.
That is why the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is overjoyed to present Ms. Golden with the 2017 Faust Award. The talent she has brought to so many diverse franchises has thrilled numerous fanbases over the past quarter century. She has written several short stories and fifty novels, eight of which have landed on the New York Times' bestseller list. In addition, she found the time to write original fiction as well.
It is a great pleasure to add Christie Golden to the list of Grandmasters that the IAMTW is proud to call members.
IAMTW (www.iamtw.org) is a professional organization for authors of books based on TV shows, movies, games—and even based on songs. The organization is dedicated to educating the public about our field, enhancing the professional status of our members, and to providing a forum for tie-in writers to share information, support one another, and discuss issues relating to our industry.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BEFORE THE STORM
Azeroth is dying.
The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.
For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains and even less to mourn what was lost. Azeroth’s devastating wound has revealed a mysterious material known as Azerite. In the right hands, this strange golden substance is capable of incredible feats of creation; in the wrong ones, it could bring forth unthinkable destruction.
As Alliance and Horde forces race to uncover the secrets of Azerite and heal the wounded world, Anduin enacts a desperate plan aimed at forging a lasting peace between the factions. Azerite jeopardizes the balance of power, and so Anduin must gain the trust of Sylvanas. But, as ever, the Dark Lady has her own machinations.
For peace to be possible, generations of bloodshed and hatred must be brought to an end. But there are truths that neither side is willing to accept and ambitions they are loath to relinquish. As Alliance and Horde alike grasp for the Azerite’s power, their simmering conflict threatens to reignite all-out war—a war that would spell doom for Azeroth.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: 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. Yet of late, escalating tensions have pushed the two factions closer to open war, threatening to destroy what little stability remains.
Dark news arrives in Jaina’s beloved city, Theramore. One of the blue dragonflight’s most powerful artifacts—the Focusing Iris—has been stolen. To unravel the item’s mysterious whereabouts, Jaina works with the former blue Dragon Aspect Kalecgos. The two brilliant heroes forge an unlikely bond during their investigation, but another disastrous turn of events looms on the horizon.
Garrosh Hellscream is mustering the Horde’s armies for an all-out invasion of Theramore. Despite mounting dissent within his faction, the brazen warchief aims to usher in a new era of Horde domination. His thirst for conquest leads him to take brutal measures against anyone who dares question his leadership. Alliance forces converge on Theramore to repel the Horde onslaught, but the brave defenders are unprepared for the true scope of Garrosh’s cunning and deceptive strategy. His attack will irrevocably transform Jaina, engulfing the ardent peacekeeper in the chaotic and all-consuming tides of war.