In the recent years, there have been some excellent books released about The Legend of Zelda series. Dark Horse, a large publisher in North America, has made three massive guides that lead readers through the rich history of the Zelda series called Hyrule HistoriaArt & Artifacts, and the recently released Zelda Encyclopedia.

It’s easy to spend hours searching through the books, which include detailed story overviews, beautiful concept art from across thirty plus years of games, and promotional materials like posters and box arts. Additionally, each book contains some incredible interviews with legendary Zelda designers like Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto.

My favorite by far is Hyrule Historia, which was the first of the three I purchased. It was released just after the release of Skyward Sword during the 25th anniversary of the franchise. It is loaded with concept art from across the franchise and it even created the notoriously confusing Zelda Timeline (but I forgive it for that). Most importantly, it has an incredible closing interview with Eiji Aonuma, where he talks about the beautiful and mysterious journey involved in making a Zelda game.

Which of these three books is your favorite and why? Please let us know in the comments below!


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