Mass Effect: Andromeda Novel Series Will Begin This August

masseffectandromedainitiationEA and BioWare will help produce a quartet of novels that will bridge the gap between the events of Mass Effect 3, and those of its upcoming sequel, Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The novels were outed by a “Rights Guide” from Titan Books, and the first, Mass Effect Andromeda: Initiation, will be written by N.K. Jemisin and released this August. Jemisin is an award-winning fantasy author, and her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, was nominated for a Hugo, a Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

Titan plans to sell the novel series to readers by promising to “answer the many questions fans have been asking”:

While earlier Mass Effect games focused on the defense of the Milky Way galaxy, with humans pitted against a race of ruthless mechanical invaders known as the Reapers, the new story will take the game in a dramatic new direction and is set in a new region of space, with a new and deadly enemy.

The novels will act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga. They will focus on key characters and answer the many questions fans have been asking.

The series will continue with Mass Effect Andromeda: Novel 2 in March 2017 and Mass Effect Andromeda: Novel 3 in September 2017, though an author wasn’t announced for either book. The concluding volume, Mass Effect Andromeda: Novel 4, will be written by BioWare’s Mac Walters, and will be published in March 2018.

World of Warcraft Cookbook to be Released in October

worldofwarcrafttheofficialcookbookThe Warcraft movie isn’t getting the best reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes, fans of the franchise will be able to cook like an orc this October. That’s because World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook will be published by Simon & Schuster on October 18:

Prepare a feast fit for a warchief with World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, a delicious compendium of recipes inspired by the hit online game from Blizzard Entertainment.

Revitalize your raid group with Azeroth’s most scrumptious treats. Featuring recipes for Horde and Alliance favorites such as Dirge’s Kickin’ Chimaerok Chops and fresh loaves of Mulgore Spice Bread, World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook teaches you how to conjure up a fantastical menu of foods inspired by Blizzard Entertainment’s beloved massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The book’s vast and varied selection of colorful recipes offers something for everyone, whether you’re an apprentice cook or a master chef, a plant-loving druid or an orc hankering after Beer Basted Boar Ribs. This tome of exquisite delicacies also includes a few tasty recipes for brew, including Greatfather’s Winter Ale, Junglevine Wine, and Winter Veil Egg Nog.

World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook will be written by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, an author who previously lent her culinary skills to the similarly-themed A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook.

Shovel Knight Tie-In Books for Kids Coming in January 2017

shovelknightcodesYacht Club Games has partnered with Grosset & Dunlap to publish a series of Shovel Knight-themed books targeted at kids 8-12 years old. The four books announced so far include:

  • Shovel Knight Guidebook, a 176-page strategy guide that includes all of Shovel Knight’s secrets and tips to defeat the Order of No Quarter.
  • Shovel Knight: Codes of Shovelry Handbook, which will teach readers more about the characters from the game, “as well as tips for enhanced gameplay.”
  • Shovel Knight: Digger’s Diary, a journal filled with “fun activities, challenging mazes and puzzles, and writing prompts.”
  • Shovel Knight Mad Libs, which promises 21 silly stories from the world of Shovel Knight.

All four books will be released on January 10, 2017.