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Diablo III: The Order Hardcover – May 15 2012

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nate Kenyon is the author of StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. He is a Bram Stoker Award finalist and he has had stories published in Shroud Magazine, Permuted Press's Monstrous Anthology, Horror World, Dead Lines, The Harrow, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, and has several others forthcoming. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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Definitely one of my favorite books so far. I would highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a good read.
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My son in law loved this book for Christmas and started reading it right away. He will not stop until he is finished.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52e4fcc) out of 5 stars Another fantastic Diablo novel! June 2 2012
By AuronX - Published on
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Greetings and salutations! :D

For fans of the Diablo series, or for those that fancy Diablo universe lore...
I highly recommend Diablo 3: The Order!

Mr. Nate Kenyon did a phenomenal job in telling yet another tale of Sanctuary. The transitions are well written, and the story flows rather magnificently.
As other people have stated in their reviews, the author was quite descriptive and remained true to the overall feeling of the dark, gritty atmosphere of the Diablo series.

The Order essentially fills in some story line and plot from the Diablo series; taking place after the destruction of the Worldstone. Although the story involves many characters, you won't find an incredible depth to each and every one... but still manages to keep seemingly every character interesting. Also, "The Order" introduces and reveals information about Leah in her younger years... but where "The Order" truly shines is in its telling of Cain, his history and much of his plight, both past and present.... much of which was incredibly surprising to me; information that is not revealed or gleaned in the Diablo game series.

Forgive me for my nergasm, but the most exciting part of the book.. albeit brief, is the mentioning of certain characters from the other novels, such as Legacy of Blood!
I find myself enjoying the Diablo universe far more when novels and characters from the same universe crossover.
I don't want to ruin the surprise so I'll leave it at that, but fans won't be disappointed as they venture into the later chapters of the story.

I found that I greatly enjoyed this captivating story. A must read for Diablo fans, especially for those seeking to gain more insight in the life of Cain. My respect and admiration for the character of Deckard Cain grew tenfold after reading "The Order". Here I thought Leah suffered quite a bit... and yet, arguably, Cain seems to better fit the title of "Tragic Hero".

Here's to hoping the characters from the other novels make an appearance in future installments and expansions of Diablo 3! (Actually involvement in the storyline.. not a cameo)

(Tangent time!) Its a tad disappointing... that despite everything Cain has been through, the dangers he has faced... enemies, demons, etc... I still find myself just.. disappointed in the route that the writers decided to take in Diablo 3 involving Deckard Cain.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52e721c) out of 5 stars Great Book! May 18 2012
By A. Cederman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hey, I'm not a huge gamer but I decided to pick up this book to see what all the fuss was about. I was not let down:) Great book, didn't need to have a lot of background on the subject and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Great detail and fun from beginning to end. Thumbs up on a fantastic book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52e748c) out of 5 stars Great book and a nice look into the world of Sanctuary before the events of D3 May 30 2012
By Pravius - Published on
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I have always been a fan of Blizzard games and books. I have read a few World of Warcraft books but none seem to have grabbed me as much as "The Order". The book starts off I believe around 5 years before the events of Diablo 3. It gives you a detailed story about how Deckard ended up with Leah and how they became so close to each other, not only that but it also shapes the story leading into the events of D3.

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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52e7648) out of 5 stars Kenyon Does it Justice Sept. 23 2013
By Teacher - Published on
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Nate Kenyon's Diablo III prequel is compelling and informative; what Diablo III itself should have been. Kenyon's words make the character of Deckard Cain take on new life as a living, breathing scholar of Sanctuary, rather than that old guy at the campfire who ID's your junk. Cain's past is revealed to carry true heartbreak and deeper grief than most players of Diablo can imagine: his guilt over the outbreaks at Tristram are only the start! Cain's family history is dealt with in greater detail, and Kenyon does a marvelous job of showing the reader exactly why Leah refers to him with such affection. There is real character development on Cain's behalf, here.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52e7594) out of 5 stars Deckard Cain as you never wanted to know him May 23 2015
By Richard Staats - Published on
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I am a fan of the the Diablo franchise. So, please understand that this review is done with a mixed heart.

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.