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Consisting of large color reproductions of approximately 300 archival pieces of artwork from the first-year release of the highly popular World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game (TCG), which originated in 2004 as a Blizzard Entertainment online role-playing game before evolving into a card game in 2006, this nicely illustrated 11" × 9" coffee-table book features sketches, paintings, and digital illustrations by more than 90 talented fantasy artists, including Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and Greg Staples (Judge Dredd). Organized into chapters showcasing various heroic and mythological creatures, each captioned piece lists the card name and its deck, number, medium, and artist. Brief forewords by Blizzard Entertainment's Samwise Didier and Glenn Rane and a short introduction by Upper Deck Entertainment's Jeremy Cranford offer insightful information about the images' production environments. Lacking detailed analytical essays, explanatory entries, artist biographies, or bibliographic references, this almost entirely visual book-which also includes artist and card title indexes-clearly was conceived to appeal to individuals who actively play the online and/or the trading card games and who enjoy the games' artworks. While its significance may be elusive to nongamers, it is recommended for public libraries having ample numbers of gaming patrons and aficionados.
—Cheryl Ann Lajos