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Diablo III: The Order Kindle Edition
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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. Leah comes across as haunted, distant and lost. She's been abandoned by her biological mother, then brought up to the age of 8 by a woman slowly being consumed by the awful memories of what happened in Tristram in the first Diablo game; a woman who seemingly alternates between hating Leah and being terrified of her. The fondness she later speaks of "Uncle Deckard" with is developed in this book as she goes from pariah to surrogate daughter of creaky old Cain. It's interesting to see the contrast with her warmer and more open personality in Diablo III, and frames her reluctance to accept Cain's belief in the prophecy of The End Times as less a lack of trust and more an attempt to block out her traumatic childhood memories.
This book is solid rather than spectacular, and while not exactly a fantasy classic, judged as what it is - further backstory and lore in the Diablo setting - it's a great success and has been rated accordingly.
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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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.
I liked the tidbits between Leah and Deckard. It was nice to see the relation build between the too and I admit, the ending made me cry a little bit when it becomes very clear how close Leah becomes with Cain. My heart melted. Also loved the darkness and the bit of gore, things like that but that's a personal preference. Of course if you interested in a game like Diablo that's what could be expected.
The overall story is a bit cliched but if you wanted some expanding regarding some of the characters in the Diablo universe this isn't an entirely bad read. Also explains why, in Diablo III, Leah is skeptical about demons. Not in a original way but...the explanation is there albeit kind of a flimsy one.
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!
This is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone that enjoys Diablo books. Nate is a great author and I enjoy reading his pieces.
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.