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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141655078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nate Kenyon's latest thriller, Day One, was called "exciting and inventive" by Booklist in a starred review. Kenyon's first novel, Bloodstone, was published by Five Star to critical acclaim, named a Bram Stoker Award finalist in hardcover, winning the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, and becoming one of the publisher's all time bestselling speculative fiction titles. His second novel, The Reach, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and raves from Booklist, Pop Syndicate and many more, was also a Stoker Award Finalist and was optioned for film. His third novel, The Bone Factory, was called "masterful" by Booklist. His fourth novel Sparrow Rock, was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim, and also optioned for film.

Kenyon has written several novels based in the worlds of Blizzard Entertainment's bestselling videogame franchises, including StarCraft Ghost: Spectres (Pocket Books), and Diablo III: The Order (Gallery/Pocket). His latest Diablo novel, Storm of Light, will be released in February 2014. His short science fiction novel, Prime, was published by Apex Books. He has had dozens of stories published in Shroud Magazine, Permuted Press's Monstrous anthology, Horror World, Dead Lines, The Harrow, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, The Monster's Corner, and the upcoming Dark Duets edited by Christopher Golden. Four of his stories were featured in the Dart Arts anthology When the Night Comes Down.

Kenyon is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AuronX on June 2, 2012
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Cederman on May 18, 2012
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pravius on May 30, 2012
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on September 23, 2013
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron White on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Better than Nate Kenyon's Spectres book and my favorite diablo book yet. I started reading blizzard's books years ago and they've only gotten better. Good stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Ion on June 16, 2012
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"The Order" by Nate Kenyon is a great book for all fans of Blizzard Entertainment's "Diablo" series of video games. It is very well written; the characters and settings are deep and well drawn. Kenyon has a talent for creating and developing interesting and compelling characters; they all have unique, individual emotions, histories, motivations, and goals. Blizzard simply chose a great author for this book! If you are not too familiar with the "Diablo" universe - don't worry; the book catches you up very well. The best part about the book is the insight it gives into the most fascinating character in the "Diablo" games - Deckard Cain. The reader really sees the the horrifying world of "Diablo" through Cain's eyes. Overall, I would heartily recommend Nate Kenyon's book for anyone even remotely interested in the "Diablo" universe.
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