- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star (21 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743471237
- ISBN-13: 978-0743471237
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Diablo: The Sin War #2: Scales of the Serpent: Diablo Sin War Book 2: Scales of the Serpent Bk. 2 Mass Market Paperback – 21 May 2007
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Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft and the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a division of Activision Blizzard, 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 multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players. Visit Blizzard.com.
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i won't say what happnes but even at the start you just get right in to the action, some major confrontations in the first couple of chapters.
some of the best book si've read in ages. If you like fantasy think you should try them (cause they're cheap anyway). can't wait for the third one personally.
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I was pretty tired of the main character, Uldyssian, about midway through the first book. He spends all his time either brooding or thundering around like a big baby - making the scenes devoted to him the sort you wish you could fast forward through.
But the strength of the supporting characters makes this book worth reading - his brother who sees dead people, his old friend the undead hunter, the informative bone chip, the helpful void dwellers - it's just too bad the author didn't kill off Uldyssian in the first book and concentrate on them instead.
I also wish the author would just call people by their names. His habit of referring to them as "the son of (insert dad's name)" or "the brother of (insert sibling's name)" wears very thin. He does it every three to five pages!
But if you're a fan of fight scenes, you'll probably like Scales of the Serpent. It offers plenty of demon-head severing and arrows to the eye socket.
I'm excited to read The Veiled Prophet to find out what happens with Mendeln, Achilios and Serenthia. I just hope not too much attention is devoted to that dolt Uldyssian.
So far, the first two books of The Sin War trilogy feel like just a story that tries to expand upon the Sin War (which is briefly mentioned in the documentation for the original game of Diablo). While it is interesting to see how particular characters (such as Rathma or Trag'Oul) are integrated into the storyline, the story itself hasn't captured my interest too much. The main character, Uldyssian is a former farmer who now has near-god-like powers. Wow...a farmer turned savior of the world. Sorry, but that is about as cliche as it can get. Perhaps if it had been a blacksmith or a cobbler, or something a little different, it wouldn't be quite so bland.
As another reviewer also noticed, half of the time each character is referred to as Son of This-Person or Brother of That-Person or Someone-Else's Daughter, and it gets really annoying reading that every other page. I wish I was even slightly exaggerating, but I'm not.
This is a story, but not necessarily a story that needed to be told. Knaak's writing tends to be much more interesting and inspired when he is writing for Dragonlance or one of his side projects (Dragonrealms, the Chicago-based novels, etc.). Recommended reading for die-hards of either Knaak's writing or the Diablo world. Otherwise, one would be better off reading "Kingdom of Shadow" if they want to read a Diablo-themed novel authored by Richard A. Knaak.
To get right down to it, the books are based on a man named Uldyssian, his brother Mendeln, and a woman named Serenthia and their fight for freedom for their world basically from angels and demons. The angels and demons have set up followings in the world of Sanctuary to recruit worshipers. It sounds interesting, the execution was poor. Uldyssian and Serenthia basically have a magic power that allows them to do whatever they want, and all they have to do is think it hard enough. Mendeln is pretty much the first necromancer and while his magic isn't the, "just think it hard enough" type, he just magically has the right words pop out of his mouth to get the job done with very little actual training. The ties into the actual games themselves are pretty slim and as a stand alone to someone who hasn't played the games, the books don't hold up well and they add hardly anything to the lore of the universe itself.
The first book is decent, but slow. The second book is slow and slightly less decent. The third book is slow, and the ending is atrocious. I can't say much more without spoiling the ending unfortunately. As others have mentioned, Knaak says on basically every other page that this person isn't their name, but the son of, the brother of, the daughter of. It gets really old, really fast. You never at anytime think the characters are in any real trouble for their lives and this also applies to the atrocious ending the the books, which I promised not to spoil. There is no character growth hardly at all except that they devolve slightly as their powers grow stronger, but it is never expanded on or anything. For some reason I can't understand Knaak and Chris Metzen (who is basically lore master at Blizzard and approves everything that goes into all Blizzard books) seem to go out of their way to reverse typical thinking and make the angels out to be worse than the demons. They did something similar in the Warcraft universe where they went out of their way to make the orcs less evil, except they didn't do it nearly as well. Maybe they thought they were being original, all they ended up being was boring.
Really that is all I can comfortably say without spoiling anything, but otherwise, I strongly recommend avoiding these books to everyone, even the hardest of the hardcore Diablo fans who want to know everything about the universe the game is set in. What makes these books even more disappointing is how well Richard Knaak did the other books in the Diablo universe and how good my friend said he did with the books in the Warcraft universe.
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