If we are to believe scientists, the cosmos was created as a result of the Big Bang, the echoes of which continue to resound to this day, and the universe, like a rubber balloon propelled by primal force, continues to grow. It's the same with Warcraft's universe, which, though already huge, continues to reveal new chapters of epic adventure. However, in contrast to the history of our world, which is constant and inviolable (except, of course, in the pages of books), its Warcraft sister, as befits the proverbial woman, is changeable. The reason is the mentioned constant development of the universe. New additions not only develop the known threads, but sometimes rewrite whole chapters so that they do not interfere with changes in Lore.
Numerous changes in the story have caused a lot of chaos among players and Warcraft fans. The Chronicle's authors have therefore made it their main goal to organize the threads and present them to the reader in a clear and chronological manner. Although the Chronicle contains only facts, without unnecessary, lengthy descriptions, the whole (well, almost the whole) story fits into only three volumes! Which is another proof of how extensive this universe has become.
The first volume of Chronicles described the most ancient history, focusing primarily on the creation of the world and its shaping by the titans of the Pantheon. We learned the reasons for the creation of the Burning Legion and the main forces ruling the cosmos. As for Azeroth itself, we learned more about the ancient empires that laid the foundations for the nations we know today. With such a huge dose of knowledge, how does the second volume compare?
I will answer at once - even better! The first volume developed or changed the already known threads of history, and although it did not lack novelties, they were more cosmetic. The second volume, on the other hand, reveals completely unknown so far chapters of the story dedicated to the orcs' planet, Draenor. Although we could learn more about its history during the opening of the passage to the alternate world in Warlords of Draenor, it was only a small part of the knowledge presented in the Chronicle.
Before the Horde was born, the planet was ruled by powerful empires, whose development was made possible (as in the case of Azeroth) by the titans, or rather one of them - Sargeras' own lieutenant, Aggramar. The titan warrior placed his champion on Draenor, instructing him to bring order to the land. Why he did it and what were the consequences I will not tell. It's better to read about it by yourself. The whole part devoted to Draenor is a counterpart of the beginning of the first volume, which described the formation of Azeroth in a similar way. Although the story is different and takes definitely different paths, you can see some similarities and choices faced by the ancestors of the current rulers. It is said that the world is small. Apparently, so is the universe.
The original Draenor takes up a large portion of the volume, but it is not the main part. This one is devoted to Warcraft's biggest and most famous, even flagship, conflict - the war between the Covenant and the Horde. Familiarity with the subject doesn't hinder the reception of the book, because in the description we can find a lot of novelties and additions to the lore, e.g. learning more about the role of Varok Saurfang (Zaurzykl in our language) and Eitrigg in the Horde.
The Chronicle, like the other books, has been fully translated into Polish. For those who have problems with recognizing "what's what", as in the first volume, Insignis Publishing House has changed the index at the end of the book into a Polish-English glossary, which makes the reading of the book much easier.
If you ask: is it worth investing in Kronika? I can confidently answer that it is, especially because its price is much lower than in the English version with the quality equal to the original. Published on high quality paper with multicolored illustrations, The Chronicle will be a real jewel in your home library.