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Diablo III: The Order [Hardcover]

Nate Kenyon
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15 May 2012
Three thousand years before the darkening of Tristram, Uldyssian, son of Diomedes, was a simple farmer from the village of Seram. Content with his quiet, idyllic life, Uldyssian is shocked as dark events rapidly unfold around him. Mistakenly blamed for the grisly murders of two traveling missionaries, Uldyssian is forced to flee his homeland and set out on a perilous quest to redeem his good name. To his horror, he has begun to manifest strange new powers-powers no mortal man has ever dreamed of. Now, Uldyssian must grapple with the energies building within him-lest they consume the last vestiges of his humanity.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550785
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's quite a treasure I have here 5 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book stands out as being the only one in the Diablo series of books to actually feature characters from the games, and to have any more than a tangential link to those plots. The Sin War series is set 3000 years before the games, and the various stories in the Archive are either non-canon or barely linked to the central storyline as portrayed in the three games. As such, regardless of its other qualities or faults, you actually feel like you're reading a Diablo story rather than a general fantasy story with "Diablo" written on the cover.

I'd agree with the otherwise ludicrous 1-star review in that it is pretty slow going at first. I feel the author doesn't really convey exactly what Deckard is trying to achieve or the urgency of that task, and as such you're spending your time waiting for a hook that stubbornly refuses to appear for a few chapters. Any other complaints are, in my opinion, typical of all such licensed novels and aren't really particular to this book specifically. The writing style can feel quite pedestrian, some of the descriptions fall a little flat and sound silly, giving the impression that the author is trying too hard. For example, his description of Hell, as viewed by one character, is meant to sound maddeningly depraved and horrific, yet rather than the Lovecraftian terror he reaches for, you just get a kind of mild disgust - more akin to looking at a bowl of worms that the darkest recesses of Hell. Again, those are things I've found in all licensed, franchise books like this. Of the Diablo books, this is the least guilty of those faults, Knaak's being the most guilty by far.

Cain's world-weariness is conveyed well, you get the feeling that he's just a dusty bag of old bones, animated only by the importance of his task.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rated PG 31 Jan 2013
By Rathma
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Hi

This book is terrible is all I can really say to sum up its content. I am a huge diablo fan and never have I been so disappointed by the story line as I am after the release of Diablo 3 and the lore in the new books. It's more than obvious that just like in the game as it is in the books: no soul and no heart and it's all about the money. As far as the book itself it is very poorly written: too many descriptions, simple and crude versing, boring story and generally very monotonous and uninteresting to read. Not worth even 2 pounds.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Diablo novel! 2 Jun 2012
By AuronX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Greetings and salutations! :D

For fans of the Diablo series, or for those that fancy Diablo universe lore...
I highly recommend Diablo 3: The Order!

Mr. Nate Kenyon did a phenomenal job in telling yet another tale of Sanctuary. The transitions are well written, and the story flows rather magnificently.
As other people have stated in their reviews, the author was quite descriptive and remained true to the overall feeling of the dark, gritty atmosphere of the Diablo series.

The Order essentially fills in some story line and plot from the Diablo series; taking place after the destruction of the Worldstone. Although the story involves many characters, you won't find an incredible depth to each and every one... but still manages to keep seemingly every character interesting. Also, "The Order" introduces and reveals information about Leah in her younger years... but where "The Order" truly shines is in its telling of Cain, his history and much of his plight, both past and present.... much of which was incredibly surprising to me; information that is not revealed or gleaned in the Diablo game series.

Forgive me for my nergasm, but the most exciting part of the book.. albeit brief, is the mentioning of certain characters from the other novels, such as Legacy of Blood!
I find myself enjoying the Diablo universe far more when novels and characters from the same universe crossover.
I don't want to ruin the surprise so I'll leave it at that, but fans won't be disappointed as they venture into the later chapters of the story.

I found that I greatly enjoyed this captivating story. A must read for Diablo fans, especially for those seeking to gain more insight in the life of Cain. My respect and admiration for the character of Deckard Cain grew tenfold after reading "The Order". Here I thought Leah suffered quite a bit... and yet, arguably, Cain seems to better fit the title of "Tragic Hero".

Here's to hoping the characters from the other novels make an appearance in future installments and expansions of Diablo 3! (Actually involvement in the storyline.. not a cameo)

(Tangent time!) Its a tad disappointing... that despite everything Cain has been through, the dangers he has faced... enemies, demons, etc... I still find myself just.. disappointed in the route that the writers decided to take in Diablo 3 involving Deckard Cain.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 18 May 2012
By A. Cederman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hey, I'm not a huge gamer but I decided to pick up this book to see what all the fuss was about. I was not let down:) Great book, didn't need to have a lot of background on the subject and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Great detail and fun from beginning to end. Thumbs up on a fantastic book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and a nice look into the world of Sanctuary before the events of D3 30 May 2012
By Pravius - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always been a fan of Blizzard games and books. I have read a few World of Warcraft books but none seem to have grabbed me as much as "The Order". The book starts off I believe around 5 years before the events of Diablo 3. It gives you a detailed story about how Deckard ended up with Leah and how they became so close to each other, not only that but it also shapes the story leading into the events of D3.

The author is very descriptive of environments, feelings, etc. It really opens up your imagination to what the world of Santuary may look (and feel) like. It tells a story and follows a plot and it is a very good one at that. I do not want to say too much, but if you are in love with Diablo and the lore pick this up and give it a read.

Very good book imo!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Diablo Fans 9 Feb 2014
By Ryan J Settles - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does great job covering the wide gap from Diablo 2 to 3. If you were like me and just played the 3rd game and not the first two it really help you get up to seep on what has happen and how it has effect the world the game takes place in. Any fan of Diablo love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, love the lore! 12 Mar 2013
By Younger C. Markman - Published on Amazon.com
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The lore of Diablo is my second favorite video game universes out there, and this prequel to Diablo 3 is an excellent addition to my collection of books from that lore universe. I have all of the Diablo books to this date, and love every one of them. From the Sin War trilogy to all the stories, the books are great. A good story for those who want to know what happened several years before Diablo 3.
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