Ruination: First League of Legends Novel Announced

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Ruination, the first ever League of Legends novel, was announced in an Orbit Books press release on Monday.

It appears that Orbit and Riot Games have signed a major licensing deal to publish Ruination. Written by Anthony Reynolds, the main scriptwriter of League of Legends, the novel is expected to release sometime in September 2022.

Here's everything we know so far about Ruination.

Ruination: First League of Legends Novel Announced

The novel Ruination will center on the story of Kalista, the military general to King Viego and a playable champion in League of Legends. Specifically, the story will be about Kalista's search for "a legendary realm that may have access to ancient magic—the only way to cure the poisoned Queen Isolde.”

“Stories play such an important role in exploring our world and champions in deep and meaningful ways,” said Ashley Maidy, Head of Consumer Products for Riot Games. “This is a foundational story for Runeterra, and will shed new light on the events that shape some of its most pivotal characters. We are thrilled that Orbit will be bringing this to life for our fans.”

Senior Vice President and Publisher of Orbit US, Tim Holman, said of the deal, “We are thrilled to be publishing the first novel set in the League of Legends universe. Our goal is to publish stories that will excite not just the millions of League of Legends players but anyone who loves epic adventures set in fantastical worlds. Working with the Rioters has been an amazing experience, and I believe that together we can build a phenomenal publishing program.”

The press release also included that the novel will be published in print, ebook, and audio editions. It is expected to be translated for all major international markets, with publication dates to be announced in the future.