Hearthstone has been a massive game for many years, casually and in esports. Derived from World Of Warcraft, the artwork within it is incredible. And now, for lovers of Hearthstone and fantasy art in general, there’s a new book for you to get lost in.
The third book in the Art of Hearthstone book series is finally out. Year of the Mammoth is a 254-page hardback book showing the art behind the year of Hearthstone from 2017 to 2018.
The description is as follows, “The third volume of The Art of Hearthstone chronicles the artistic achievements that infused the Year of the Mammoth with charm, character, and beauty. Through vivid illustrations and behind-the-scenes interviews with artists and game designers, The Art of Hearthstone draws back the curtain to a massive creative undertaking, showing how a huge team came together to deliver one of Hearthstone's most impressive years ever."
Having spent many hours exploring this book myself, let’s take a look at it a bit more depth...
Readability - Score 80
The written content of the book in itself is a great read.
The contents contains an Introduction, Years of the Mammoth, Journey to Un’goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, Kobolds and Catacombs, Single Player Mode, Hearthstone & Home and a Conclusion.
Aside from the gorgeous artwork you can spend hours drooling over, the passages give a backstory behind the intentions behind the themes and stories in Hearthstone.
It’s the perfect balance between art and written content!
Artwork - Score 100
Being the Blizzard geek that I am, getting to see the steps that were taken to make Hearthstone artwork is really amazing.
All of the images are super high definition and impressively detailed.
I was surprised to come across a page with a different texture to the others, there’s even pages with sketches on tracing paper, I loved this feature and thought it brought a different aspect to the book.
Overall, the artwork as it always is from Blizzard was chef's kiss... that is to say, magnifique.
Quality - Score 90
From the moment I took the book out of its packaging I knew that the production quality was top notch.
It’s clearly a hardback but the thickness of the cover, back and spine is impeccable. It would take some real battering to damage the outside of this book.
The cover even has a 3D type feature with the well-known Hearthstone emblem’s edges raised and a smooth texture on the actual symbol in the middle.
All the pages inside are shiny which really adds to the quality of the artwork.
- Outstanding artwork
- Extremely high quality
- A great read and really insightful
- Quite heavy so is more of an at-home read
- On the larger side
If you’re a lover of Hearthstone or even just fantasy art in general, The Art of Hearthstone: Year of the Mammoth might be the book for you!
Overall, being a player of the game and many other Blizzard titles, I’d say the book is well worth a purchase.
It might be worth putting this beauty on your Christmas wishlist!