Literary Lady: Chronicle Volume 1 & Undraland

Apr 25, 2016

You guys!! No spoilers, I promise, but did you watch Game of Thrones last night? It was so good, and I'm already jonesing for more! To keep my mind occupied, I figured I'd write about some of the books I've been obsessing over lately:)

Back in February, I posted about how excited I was for World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 by Blizzard, which features gorgeous artwork by Peter Lee and Joseph Lacroix. The hubby and I got our hands on this incredible book a while back, and I absolutely adore it! If you aren't sure what I'm raving about, here's the synopsis:

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

This beautiful hardcover features twenty-five full-page paintings by World of Warcraft artist Peter Lee, as well as a cosmology chart, half a dozen maps charting changes through time, and other line art illustrations by Joseph Lacroix, and marks the first in a multipart series exploring the Warcraft universe; from the distant past to the modern era.

I'm a huge Warcraft geek, and this book does not disappoint. I refuse to spoil the art for you all, but here's a little peak:

So pretty, right?! I've spent so much time just poring over the pictures. The story is incredibly well-written as well! It's a chronicling of the formative years of Azeroth, so there's a LOT of information packed into this guy.

Overall, this book really makes me smile. I'm so glad that I have a couple more of these to look forward to! If you're a fan of World of Warcraft, you'll love this book. It's an especially great start to the lore! I've read a few of the lore novels, but it was awesome getting to learn about the very beginning.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

The second book I wanted to talk to you all about isn't quite as photogenic as the first since I only own it as an eBook, but it's definitely worth talking about. Undraland by Mary E. Twomey was released last year and is a fairly short read at only 355 pages, but I had so much fun with it! Before I delve into my feels, here's the synopsis:

After her parents and twin brother died a year ago, Lucy Kincaid was determined to put together a normal life for herself. With her heart set on college life, Lucy’s dreams of medical school are dashed when a rabid bear attacks her in the middle of suburbia. When Jens, a handsome yet irritable stranger, saves her life, Lucy’s gratitude is cut short when he abducts her, taking her to a land filled with people and creatures she remembers from bedtime stories she assumed were just Scandinavian folklore. 

Jens takes Lucy to a world she never expected, and cannot escape. Undraland is teeming with oversized garden gnomes, warrior elves, N√łkken, Fossegrimens, and worst of all, Sirens. Lucy goes further and further down the rabbit hole until she signs up to join a band of thieves bent on taking down Pesta, the last Siren. 

Alright, I fully get that it sounds a little cheesy. Rabid bears? Garden gnomes? I went into it with very little expectations, but I'm so happy that I gave it a chance. The story isn't without its flaws, but Lucy is such a funny, down-to-earth girl and I loved glimpsing this crazy new world through her eyes! I also tend to get emotionally attached to fictional characters, so I'm already pretty crazy about Jens. I'm expecting some exciting things (and possibly a stereotypical love triangle) from these quirky characters<3

There are actually nine books in this series, and I'm going to gobble them up! According to Amazon, they're all very short. The others don't even reach 300 pages! A little disappointing, but I'm still glad I have so many more to enjoy. I'm currently splitting my time between reading these and listening to the A Song of Ice and Fire series on audiobook, so I definitely need something that's going to hold my attention.

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Have any of you read the Undraland series? How about Chronicle Volume 1? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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