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read the Diablo novels in chronological order

A guide by Larry Zieminski (Vail, AZ, USA)
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There are many Diablo tie-in novels out there, but it can be confusing as to what order they should be read in. This guide should help you. I'm putting them in chronological order (based on Diablo history, not book release order). I got most of this information from the Diablo wiki.


The Sin War Series
The Sin War series is set several thousand years before the events of the first Diablo game.

Birthright (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 1) (Bk. 1)
Scales of the Serpent (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 2) (Bk. 2)
The Veiled Prophet (Diablo: The Sin War, Book 3) (Bk. 3)


Demonsbane
Diablo: Demonsbane is set several hundred years before the events of Diablo 1.


The Black Road
The Black Road (Diablo, Book 2) is set a little before, then during, the events of Diablo 1.


Legacy of Blood
Legacy of Blood (Diablo, No. 1) takes place right before, then during, the events of Diablo II.


The Kingdom of Shadow
Kingdom of Shadow (Diablo, Book 3) takes place concurrently with the events of Diablo II.


Moon of the Spider
Moon of the Spider (Diablo, Book 1) takes place after Diablo II. It is the sequel to The Kingdom of Shadow.


The Order
Diablo III: The Order was released to tie in to Diablo 3. It brings the written universe up to date with the computer games.


Miscellaneous
Diablo Archive is a collection of 4 of these books, but it doesn't appear to be in Diablo history chronological order.

Diablo III: Book of Cain (Deckle Edge) was released in conjunction with Diablo 3, but since it isn't a novel, I'm including it here in the miscellaneous section. The book presents itself as an actual book from the Diablo universe. It has tie-ins to Diablo 3 though, so it should be ready towards the end of your Diablo reading order.

Be sure to play the original games Diablo Battlechest [New Version], which Blizzard still supports. The newest game is Diablo III - PC/Mac.

EDIT: Guide updated October 2012.

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Moon of the Spider
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The Order
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Miscellaneous
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