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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 19 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Diablo III: Book of Tyrael (Hardcover)
For those Diablo fans familiar with 'The Book Of Cain' it probably goes without saying that you are probably chomping at the bit to get this one, and I'm happy to report that you will not be disappointed.
While Diablo 3 the game and the quality of its continuing progress is up for much fierce debate, one thing that remains constant is the superb lore the series has - And the way Blizzard likes to present it. (Bar the actual game, weirdly)

As with The Book Of Cain we have a gorgeous embossed hardcover tome, this time with gold-edged paper. Then the smell hits! Wonderful in itself. *Cough* Anyway...

The content of the book is made as Tyrael's bequeathment of knowledge to the Horadrim, with notes and sketches from other characters bundled in.
While I have not read the whole thing yet, it covers a lot of bases. There are fresh perspectives on the story arc, along with new tidbits of information about characters and events new and old, familiar and alien. Like The Book Of Cain, I found myself lost in it immediately after it was delivered - It's very compelling lore as it is, but to have it presented in such a beautiful fashion is an absolute joy that I can't get enough of.

The quality is fantastic - I can't stress that enough. The drawings, sketches and other artwork (Even just detailing) is amazing and utterly compelling. What a riveting way to present the finer details of a story.

At the rear of the book is a double sided poster/drawing of The Red Tree Of Khanduras, one side showing known characters and the tree alive, the other all dead or what they became. I don't think I need to mention at this point that the artistic quality is again excellent for this.

In summary, what we have here is another stellar effort from Blizzard in presenting the fantastic lore of Diablo in a compelling, exquisitely detailed and beautiful way. It's a joy to look at, have in your hand and a compelling read.

If you are a fan of Diablo, even if just the lore, then my recommendation is you don't delay any further and get this in your life.

Massive thumbs up from me.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2013 08:27:54 BDT
Luke Carroll says:
I think the lore was still presented well in Diablo 3, just not in the main plot. The various followers' stories were well done, and there was a lot of subtle-ish references to things like the Vecin people and historical figures such as Rakkis. The main plot was okay in concept but executed pretty terribly, mainly thanks to the talking heads that stalked your character and commented on their every action like an annoying ex on Facebook.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2013 17:01:53 BDT
J. C. Neale says:
I completely agree with you. The talking heads were especially terrible in my opinion because the dialogue was pretty poor and the voices felt quite formulaic.
I suppose what I was getting at in the review is that it's the books and pieces like The Book Of Cain or this very Book Of Tyrael that get me exited and immersed in the lore and story-arc, much more so than Diablo III ever did itself. Not that it wasn't presented well, I just thought it wasn't given the right justice, if you'll pardon the pun.
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