About The Author

Richard A. Knaak is a New York Times bestselling author of some forty novels and numerous short stories, including works in such series as Warcraft, Diablo, Dragonlance, Age of Conan, and his own Dragonrealm. He has scripted a number of Warcraft manga with Tokyopop, including the top-selling Sunwell trilogy and the upcoming Dragons of Outland trilogy, and has also written background material for games. His works have been published worldwide in many languages.

Recent releases include Legends of the Dragonrealm, an omnibus featuring the first three novels of his original epic fantasy series; Beast-master: Myth, a heroic tale that brings the classic film and television character back to his roots in an all-new adventure; and The Gargoyle King—the third in his Ogre Titans trilogy for Dragonlance. He is presently at work on several other projects.

Currently splitting his time between Chicago and Arkansas, he can be reached through his website: http://www.richardaknaak.com. While he is unable to respond to every e-mail, he does read them. Join his mailing list for e-announcements of upcoming releases and appearances.

The story you've just read is based in part on characters, situations, and settings from Blizzard Entertainment's computer game World of Warcraft, an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. In World of Warcraft, players create their own heroes and explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world shared with thousands of other players. The rich and expansive game also allows players to interact with and fight against or alongside many of the powerful and intriguing characters featured in this novel.

Since launching in November 2004, World of Warcraft has become the world's most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The game's second and most recent expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, sold more than 2.8 million copies within its first 24 hours of availability and more than 4 million copies in its first month, breaking records to become the fastest-selling PC game of all time. The next expansion planned for World of Warcraft is titled Cataclysm, and more information on it can be found on worldofwarcraft.com.

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