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Diablo Bestiary - The Book of Adria Hardcover – 20 Nov 2018
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About the Author
Robert Brooks is a senior writer on Blizzard Entertainment s Creative Development team and has worked on content for all of the company s franchises. He recently co-authored the New York Times and USA Today best-selling illustrated history book series, World of Warcraft Chronicle.
Matt Burns is a senior writer on Blizzard Entertainment s Creative Development team. During his time at the company, he has helped create licensed and ancillary fiction for the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and Overwatch universes. His projects include authoring Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and co-authoring the New York Times-bestselling illustrated history books World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volumes I, II, and III.
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The Book of Adria has none of these, and if I'm not mistaken the retail price is the same as the other books when they released. Not only did they cheap out on this release by not including a goodie on the back cover, they couldn't be bothered to keep a consistent spine design with the other two books. I seriously don't get why things like this happen. They had a clear design language, and they just threw it out the window for no reason. How hard is it to print the horadrim symbol on the spine like the other two? Did the dude in charge of the design for this book somehow have no clue the other two books exsisted? Again, I don't understand. You had one job...
-The Diablo lore books have really high quality hard covers and the Book of Adria is no exception. It might be my favorite of the three.
-The writing is from Adria’s perspective and it’s just fine. I was not overly impressed or unimpressed, it was just fine.
-The art is really lackluster. The other books had a scratchy art style but the drawings were really high quality and fit the theme of the books really well. Perhaps that were hoping to emulate the style from the previous books, but The Book of Adria looks more a like collection of quick concept art in comparison. I was really disappointed.
-The previous books came with a foldout drawing or map in the back of the book. Unfortunately there was nothing in the back of the Book of Adria, just another indication of the lack of quality in comparison. The other books also had unique page edges and this one is just standard white page edges.
-I’m not sure if it’s just my copy of the book, but the hard cover warped slightly on its own and is always raised up above the pages even when it’s laying flat. I will give it the benefit of the doubt, but I’ve never had any issues like that with the previous books.
Get the book if you’re a huge Diablo fan like me and want to complete the collection, but just be aware that it’s simply not as high a quality product as the Book of Cain or the Book of Tyrael.
The front and back covers are embossed like the previous editions, and the design really pops visually! Blizzard did a great job with the art both inside and out. The pages are very thick, making me think that I might've been turning two pages at once, since it's premium grade paper.
Each page is designed as if it were used and owned by Adria, with a weathered and worn-in look around the edges. The illustrations and writing are very professional, and I absolutely love the font that Blizzard used; it has an almost cursive/hand written feel to it. Most pages are written in black, while the more sinister, diabolical, and cursed parts seem to be written in a very nice scarlet red; I just imagined it was written in the blood of some sacrifice.
The book is peppered with runes of power, and notes left by Adria with a few corrections (updates) here and there—to give it a used & revised feel to it. The information and accounts of tales, beasts, demons, and spells is wonderful. The book is broken into five chapters that cover a lot of great material, as well as a map of Sanctuary and Introduction:
• Chapter I - The Coven and its Rites
• Chapter II - The Dead and the Damned
• Chapter III - The Creatures of Sanctuary and Realms Beyond
• Chapter IV - The Angels of the High Heavens
• Chapter V - The Demons of the Burning Hells
This is a must-have book to your collection if you're a Diablo fan, and if you're looking to continue you're collection of the Diablo books—like I am