God of War was released in 2018, and saw the popular video game character Kratos fighting to protect himself and his son from the wrath of the Norse Gods. The God of War series has never shied away from showing violence in all its gory detail, so naturally these games are strictly for adults only. It may come as some surprise to fans that a God of War storybook is set to be released later this year, and is called God of War: B is for Boy: An Illustrated Storybook. As fans will know, ‘Boy’ is how Kratos refers to his son throughout most of the game.
Set to be published later this year on 1st October, this tongue-in-cheek ABC book for adults will further expand the world featured in the hit video game. The book’s description reads:
“In this humorous take on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s God of War franchise, Kratos teaches his son Atreus the ABC’s of the nine realms, including lessons learned from Kratos’s past mistakes. Kratos fills the book’s pages with the essential vocabulary from the world of the game, imparting his questionable (at times) wisdom in an irreverent and entertaining style. Accompanied by original illustrations, God of War: B is for Boy: An Illustrated Storybook is a delightful satirical tour through the world of the critically acclaimed game.”
As KeenGamer reports, the book’s illustrator, Romina Tempest explained the book’s “focus was to try and recreate the same father and son relationship between Kratos and Atreus through their expressions and body language”. Tempest stated that, for the most part, the book is suitable for kids, but she warned there are some pages you might want to skip. While the game features extreme violence, it is still a story about the relationship between a father and his son, and the book aims to capture that.
The witty writing is certainly amusing and the illustrations seem to perfectly capture the majesty of the world Kratos explores throughout the game. No doubt this will put a smile on the face of any God of War fans in your life.