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Diablo III: The Order Hardcover – 15 May 2012

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  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Carroll on 5 Oct. 2013
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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 1 people found the following review helpful By william stewart on 3 Jan. 2015
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Sets up the plot for diablo 3 and does a great job developing the relationship between Cain and leah. A must read for diablo fans
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rathma on 31 Jan. 2013
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Another fantastic Diablo novel! 2 Jun. 2012
By AuronX - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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
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
Kenyon Does it Justice 23 Sept. 2013
By Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Nate Kenyon's Diablo III prequel is compelling and informative; what Diablo III itself should have been. Kenyon's words make the character of Deckard Cain take on new life as a living, breathing scholar of Sanctuary, rather than that old guy at the campfire who ID's your junk. Cain's past is revealed to carry true heartbreak and deeper grief than most players of Diablo can imagine: his guilt over the outbreaks at Tristram are only the start! Cain's family history is dealt with in greater detail, and Kenyon does a marvelous job of showing the reader exactly why Leah refers to him with such affection. There is real character development on Cain's behalf, here.

Leah is not as well-written, although she has some shining moments that could have been worked on further in the game's story, but are sadly neglected entirely. Her story of learning to fight with a bow is quite well-done, and more's the shame that Blizzard did nothing to capitalize upon Kenyon's genius. However, exciting points aside, Leah remains a frightened little girl for much of the story, and her ignorance and disbelief in the Burning Hells is, unfortunately, explained away with Jungian flair; her memory is suppressed by the trauma of the book's climax.

These are not necessarily Kenyon's failings, however. He no doubt had to write within Blizzard's parameters for the story, and the story dictated certain events happen but not be told in Diablo III. With that consideration, Kenyon did extremely well by the universe's history and novelcrafting in general.

All told; Kenyon puts together a strong cast of main and supporting characters, and the struggle he details for them is palpable throughout the novel.

If you are a fan of Diablo in general or just like good story-telling driven by character drama, The Order by Nate Kenyon is an excellent read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Deckard Cain as you never wanted to know him 23 May 2015
By Richard Staats - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of the the Diablo franchise. So, please understand that this review is done with a mixed heart.

This book tries to answer the question what led to the events in Diablo III.

It is written from the perspective of Deckard Cain.

Sometimes less is more, and, when you try to explain where a story began, you cannot effectively do it.

In this book, we find that Cain is a relatively misanthropic, maladjusted human being. He doesn't really like children, and, to be honest, he's not very good at life.

Yes, the events described in "the order" could have led to Diablo III, or they could've led just as easily to Deckard Cain lying under a bench in a large city somewhere with a bottle of hooch.

What this book most reminded me of were some of the skits that they used to do on sitcoms making fun of the old radio shows where they would try to re-create what both sides of a phone conversation sounded like. In the old radio shows, you only heard one side of the phone conversation, and the playwrights had to include a lot of information so that the audience could follow. Of course, no real phone conversation would ever play out that way. That was the joke.

That is the joke in this book to.

It is interesting, but ultimately it knocks Deckard Cain off of the pedestal that many gamers have him on.
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