If I had one word in which to describe Odom's venture into the world of Diablo, it would be Avoidable.
Being a die-hard fan of the game and of medieval fantasy, I read the book. But frankly, it dragged. It was a bad combination of a boring storyline and bad storytelling.
Bad storyline - I should really be fairer to the storyline, because frankly it wasn't the worst story ever conceived. It deals with a demon Karbraxis, who competes with the Prime Evils (Diablo and his brothers) to take over the mortal realm. Unfortunately for us, Karbraxis is not really confrontational, and uses more insidious means to achieve his goals - through religion. ***Yawnnnnn***
The story is entertaining in small patches, which stumble into accidental action and heroism. But as if apologetic for breaking the pattern of boredom, the story immediately relapses into tedium.
The storytelling - Perhaps another author might have done good things with the weak story, but Odom seems to embrace the lacklustre storyline with unusual gusto and quickly makes the transition from the pedestrian to the tedious.
The story drags on and on without any seeming end to the reader's agony. The uninspiring storyline is outdone by uninspiring characters. The Freudian psycho-babble the author engages in adds to the poor readability of the book. The only good thing about an unsatisfying and quick end was the fact that it was an end. An end to one of the more boring books I've read. What a waste of time! The only thing which stopped me from giving this book only one star was the possibility of an off-chance that somebody might accidently not find this book apallingly boring!
If you like medieval fantasy, if you are a fan of Diablo, avoid this book like you'd avoid a fanaticism aura-enchanted boss-pack of undead stygian dolls in the Durance of Hate while you are cursed.