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  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (11 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608870634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608870639
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insight did an outrageous work with this book; it's actually one of the prettiest looking videogame books I've ever opened. From start to finish the book will offer information about the world of Sanctuary, its complete history, biographies from the people that live in it, and the demons that threaten it. To accompany every biography, there is a gorgeous illustration made by Blizzard. Insight's website doesn't do justice to this book; every page looks quite different to what it looks like in the site. It has been a completely different experience from what I was expecting. Insight managed to capture the dark atmosphere of the series in this 147 page book, and will give new players and fans of the series an amazing source for Diablo's story. I definitely recommend this book for every single fan of the Diablo series, you will not regret spending your cash in it, and even if you are not a fan of the series, you should check what this book has to offer. --"Just Push Start"

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Deckard Cain, also known as Cain the Elder, is the last living human in the line of Horadric mages (the Horadrim) and the descendant of Jered Cain, who imprisoned Diablo. Cain's journal and experience help shape the lore of Diablo III, providing a detailed account of Sanctuary's history and recent events. Blizzard Entertainment Known for blockbuster hits including "World of Warcraft(R)" and the "Warcraft(R)," "StarCraft(R)," and "Diablo(R)" franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and numerous Game of the Year awards.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tomasz Okraszewski on 24 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got my copy today. TODAY, 24th of December:) It simply could have not been better timing!

It will be a nice addition to my Diablo library.

I have played Diablo since "the beginning" and although I am over 30. right now I am still great fan of this series and can play it all over again. I believe this is the best game EVER created and the story behind is absolutely epic and brilliant. If you are the true fan of the Sanctuary this book is a MUST.

I am looking forward to get my copy of the Diablo 3 game and hope it will be as good as the first Diablo release!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

PS. I have read the book tonight and enjoyed every single minute of nearly 4 hours nonstop reading!

As the true Diablo fan I have found one single flaw in the story though... To my surprise the Dark Wanderer had been given a name and origin (Aidan, son of Leoric). It does not match the original Diablo tale and it also had not been mentioned by the Author of this book (Cain the Elder) in his Journal. According to the storyline in the game the Dark Wanderer was the very player himself (in the game every character had his own ending story). Nevertheless, the story might be regarded as still fine if we recall that the Dark Wanderer of Diablo II was a MALE...

This single inconsequence does not have impact on my rating though - without this book (and of course other Diablo related titles) Diablo series would have remained only a game but after reading the Book of Cain it is MUCH, MUCH MORE...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Neale on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm not entirely sure what I could say about this that others haven't, but I wanted to express my enthusiasm at least!

It's a beautifully presented book, for starters. Embossed covers, fantastic art and design work and it's a pleasure to have in your hands - Really, it's gorgeous. I can't emphasise that enough!
As for the cotent, it's a brilliant way of entering the world of Sanctuary. Or if you are revising or reminding yourself, wanting to explore and understand more, or simply want to heat your juices up for Diablo III - It gives you all the backstory, the story arc and pretty much all you need to know to be left ridiculously exited for Diablo III, and the continuation of the story.
The world of Diablo has utterly riveting and compelling lore, and this book perfectly demonstrates that.

Would you expect any less from a Blizzard product?
In summary, a beautifully presented, beautifully told piece filled that packs in a ton of the incredible lore of Diablo, and snippets of that which is to come.

Worth every single penny paid, and a lot more. £16 feels like a bit of a steal, to be perfectly honest.
To echo what everyone else has said : If you are fan of Diablo, get this. Get this now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Book of Cain is written by our good friend Deckard Cain, Last of the Horadrim. He is passing his knowledge on to Leah, a child of long-forgotten royal descent. This beautifully-bound hardback is embossed with faux-metal-cladding and symbols of the Lord of Terror, the pages are tinted to look of great age and there are numerous asides and additions written in the margin as if Deckard is amending and elaborating. On top of this are fantastic full-page (sometimes double-page) illustrations of the characters, symbols and locales of the game.

This Book collects & profiles the notable figures of the Diablo universe, detailing the Prime Evils, lesser evils and the good-guys as well as elaborating on the surrounds and religions the entire thing plays out in. Resultantly, fans will recognise boss characters and NPCs alike throught this tome that adds depth to the experience.

Enclosed in an envelope at the back with a wax-seal sticker, is the map of the Diablo world (Sanctuary) which I am hoping will be the lay-out & basis for Diablo III. Fingers crossed we won't be waiting much longer. Highly recommended for Diablo fans!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Before I talk about the book, just to mention the service from Amazon was (as always) excellent. The book arrived a day or two after my order, even though I selected super saver delivery.

The book itself, is a very nice quality, it has a hardback cover and the pages are thick and have a 'worn' effect on the edges, as well as the pages themselves. At the back of the book there is special pouch which contains a map of sanctuary.

The book, looks at the main characters, settings and history of the Diablo universe written from the perspective of Cain. Including the Prime Evils, Minor Evils, Archangels, the creation of the Nephilim and the destruction of the world stone. The book features full page artwork, which is really quite beautiful. Included also are some tantalizing clues as to what we might expect in Diablo 3.

All in all I would say this is essential reading for both old and new fans of the Diablo franchise. It adds a lot of information you would not know from playing the game, such as the story of Anu the dragon and thus makes the game world feel more alive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Piwowarski on 25 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
As with the two above reviewers I was amongst the lucky group who secured the first printing of the book. It is beautifully stylized with intriguing illustrations and Cain's side notes to his niece . As neither of the reviewers above mentioned it, aside from plenty of lore content (which Blizzard have admitted to retconning at some stages, which isn't that much of an issue as, let's face it, we've not had a lot of lore on this franchise to begin with), and hints on what magical artifacts we may happen upon in the 3rd game, the book contains a map of Sanctuarium hidden in a sealed envelope attached to the back cover. All in all a must have for any Diablo fan.
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