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Product Details

  • Series: Diablo: The Sin War, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743471237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743471237
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft and the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a division of Activision Blizzard, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes thirteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players. Visit Blizzard.com.

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Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times bestselling author of some three dozen novels, including the The Sin War trilogy for Diablo and the Legend of Huma for Dragonlance. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy, Day of the Dragon and its upcoming followup, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars for Dragonlance, the Aquilonia trilogy of the Age of Conan, and the Sunwell Trilogy -- the first Warcraft manga. In addition, his novels and short stories have been published worldwide in such diverse places as China, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

Customer Reviews

The first book is decent, but slow.
Cwbys21
I recommend this for every fan of the series, also the author is a great writer.
Paulo Vitor Sato
As previously, the ending really gets you pumped for the next book!
M. Eastman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xalora on December 29, 2009
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I bought The Sin War trilogy with no knowledge of the games on which it is based, so my opinions here are of the novels as standalone fiction.

I was pretty tired of the main character, Uldyssian, about midway through the first book. He spends all his time either brooding or thundering around like a big baby - making the scenes devoted to him the sort you wish you could fast forward through.

But the strength of the supporting characters makes this book worth reading - his brother who sees dead people, his old friend the undead hunter, the informative bone chip, the helpful void dwellers - it's just too bad the author didn't kill off Uldyssian in the first book and concentrate on them instead.

I also wish the author would just call people by their names. His habit of referring to them as "the son of (insert dad's name)" or "the brother of (insert sibling's name)" wears very thin. He does it every three to five pages!

But if you're a fan of fight scenes, you'll probably like Scales of the Serpent. It offers plenty of demon-head severing and arrows to the eye socket.

I'm excited to read The Veiled Prophet to find out what happens with Mendeln, Achilios and Serenthia. I just hope not too much attention is devoted to that dolt Uldyssian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad W. Armstrong on August 9, 2010
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Like the previous book "Birthright", this book was difficult to get through and took several weeks to finish, whereas a more inspired works such as Knaak's "Tides of Blood" or "The Legend of Huma" can easily be read in a week.

So far, the first two books of The Sin War trilogy feel like just a story that tries to expand upon the Sin War (which is briefly mentioned in the documentation for the original game of Diablo). While it is interesting to see how particular characters (such as Rathma or Trag'Oul) are integrated into the storyline, the story itself hasn't captured my interest too much. The main character, Uldyssian is a former farmer who now has near-god-like powers. Wow...a farmer turned savior of the world. Sorry, but that is about as cliche as it can get. Perhaps if it had been a blacksmith or a cobbler, or something a little different, it wouldn't be quite so bland.

As another reviewer also noticed, half of the time each character is referred to as Son of This-Person or Brother of That-Person or Someone-Else's Daughter, and it gets really annoying reading that every other page. I wish I was even slightly exaggerating, but I'm not.

This is a story, but not necessarily a story that needed to be told. Knaak's writing tends to be much more interesting and inspired when he is writing for Dragonlance or one of his side projects (Dragonrealms, the Chicago-based novels, etc.). Recommended reading for die-hards of either Knaak's writing or the Diablo world. Otherwise, one would be better off reading "Kingdom of Shadow" if they want to read a Diablo-themed novel authored by Richard A. Knaak.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cwbys21 on December 7, 2010
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I first want to say, I didn't intend on writing a review for these books. But between just finishing the third book, the impending release of the next game they are based on, and the small number of reviews up here, I figured I should review it to give some more feedback to fans of the game on whether this is worth their time and money. I would also like to say I am a big fan of Blizzard's games, and have read now all the Diablo and Starcraft books. I'm going to copy and paste this review across all three books, but don't worry, I won't give you any spoilers (not that there is much to give).

To get right down to it, the books are based on a man named Uldyssian, his brother Mendeln, and a woman named Serenthia and their fight for freedom for their world basically from angels and demons. The angels and demons have set up followings in the world of Sanctuary to recruit worshipers. It sounds interesting, the execution was poor. Uldyssian and Serenthia basically have a magic power that allows them to do whatever they want, and all they have to do is think it hard enough. Mendeln is pretty much the first necromancer and while his magic isn't the, "just think it hard enough" type, he just magically has the right words pop out of his mouth to get the job done with very little actual training. The ties into the actual games themselves are pretty slim and as a stand alone to someone who hasn't played the games, the books don't hold up well and they add hardly anything to the lore of the universe itself.

The first book is decent, but slow. The second book is slow and slightly less decent. The third book is slow, and the ending is atrocious. I can't say much more without spoiling the ending unfortunately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Vitor Sato on August 13, 2012
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great book, it tells the history behind diablo 1, also helps to understand the events on diablo 3. I recommend this for every fan of the series, also the author is a great writer.
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By Tammy Johnson on July 14, 2014
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it was good
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By Troy W. Perry on December 11, 2013
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i have been flying through this series and very much enjoy it. i recommend it to anyone who enjoy the game Diablo or fantasy/adventure books. awesome series!
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By Chalupa Batman on September 24, 2013
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I like the mythos of Diablo and I enjoyed reading this book. The trilogy fits the themes of American Naturalism well despite the quasi happy ending of the series. It was interested and it was good to get more of an understanding for the history of Sanctuary.
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