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Fable: The Balverine Order
on 5 February 2011
This book is an entertaining enough read and probably about the right length. It's essentially a coming of age story for young guys who grow up in the industrialised Albion of Fable 3, they leave and go on a quest.
The book is mostly decently written in general but in places is somewhat stilted and clichéd. I was hoping it would play more to the humorous side of the Fable universe in the vein of Terry Prachett, sadly this isn't the case, the story takes it's self quite seriously most f the time and the humour that is there, never quite clicked with me. My biggest criticism is that the book sticks too closely to the Fable universe, it feels like it's constrained so much by it that it's has to make constant references to concepts from the game, at times it reads more like a game guide than a novel. This is somewhat to be expected from a game tie-in novel though.
I'd still say it's worth a read but I'd struggle to recommend it to anyone who isn't a big Fable fan.