Diablo III: The Order Hardcover – May 15 2012
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.