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Diablo: The Black Road (Diablo, 2)

4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Diablo Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Diablo, 2 (Book 2)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Mm) (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671041541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671041540
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 7.9 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,525,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Good: Great adventure with creative ideas

The Bad: Poor fight scenes, too many mid-conversation flashbacks and back story, first 8 chapters feel useless and are boring

Continuing my Diablo craze from Diablo III we have Diablo: The Black Road. This book mainly feels good in parts but ultimately fails to really feel like a Diablo anything. The main villain here is the demon Kabraxis that uses the power of healing and miracles to create a church and new religion that brings thousands of followers to the city of Bramwell. Meanwhile a sailor is stuck with the fate of bringing down this demon, but also has internal demons of his own to deal with.

The overall premise of the story is neat and creative. It all flows well and makes sense, but Mr. Odom drives me nuts with his style of writing. The first 8 chapters have nothing to do with Diablo at all and just feels like a really boring pirate novel. Darrick Lang is sent to save the king's nephew, but after getting past this part you see that this whole part was kind of unnecessary and pointless because it breaks off to Buyard Cholik trying to open the door that has Kabraxis sealed off. After that it starts getting good, but Mel tends to wonder off during conversations between characters to explain and it breaks focus. This became very irritating and I got bored through several parts of the book.

The way everything else is constructed is great and entertaining, it's just the way the author puts it on paper that can be either boring, pointless, or out of focus and off track. I also felt the ending was a bit rushed and the battle with Kabraxis was quick and unsatisfactory. There isn't really much action here and when there is it's quick and brief and not done very well.
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Some parts of the book are very well written, and I really found it hard to put down the book. However, the lead character IS kind of irritating, especially the later part when he just goes on and on about his father etc and refused to act. The main baddie is not any one of the Prime Evils. Although this is quite different from the game itself, this book is generally a good read. It has an interesting ending too, which I won't spoil for you. Go read the book!
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Basically, this book had everything to do with Diablo, D2, and LOD. Unlike the other reviews I find this book right along the lines of the the Diablo universe. The constant war between Hell and Heaven, and mankind being stuck in between.
Most people think Diablo is going to be in these books. If you play the game you know the story behind Diablo's undoing. These books are in the world of Diablo, based on other "mortals" defeating the forces of evil.
Now for the plot, it was strung out, and at the end it left you hanging. But I would recommend it, for "hard-core" Diablo players.
I give it a 4 out of 5. This book makes me want to get the 3rd book in series.
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As a new writer myself, I appreciate any good read. Now I am not one to nitpick nonsense, so whether the grammar was excellent or some other gripe that people may have, I do not know, or care. All I can tell you is, its a very good read, all these Diablo books was, so if you like fantasy, or the game itself, or both, check out these books.
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This really isn't that good, but I do admire the attempt to distinguish this book from others of its genre. Here the hero is conflicted by years of abuse from his father and has basically fallen apart after the death of his only real friend, and the demon who has returned is using the "healing of the sick" scam to gain power . Too bad the quality of the writing doesn't match the creative plot. Clumsy dialogue and less than memorable descriptions keep the reader from becoming enmeshed in the story, and after a short while the hero becomes a whiner instead of someone you'll actually care about. I don't expect much from this type of book, but it should at least be enjoyable. This didn't meet that criterion.
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By A Customer on June 4, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I personally think that this was a good book, i am a Diablo fanatic,but if any of you out there are the same way and want to read this to get the same feeling you would from the game, your not going to. Infact Diablo is not even in this book and his name is only mentioned a few times. Anyway, the book starts out slow, and keeps going back and forth between different scenarios. This gets confusing after awhile because you start to not know who or what your reading about and you have to go back and see that the book is talking about 4 different charecters in four different places in the same chapter. This goes on through about a quarter of the way through the book and happens less often. The book picks up its pace very quickly and the author goes into much detail describing how things are working out with the charecters in the story. You will hear over and over again about Darricks father and the beatings he received when he was a child which gets really annoying after awhile. The relationship between the demon Kabraxis and the priest Cholik was what really got me interested in the book, the author goes into great detail descibing there relation ship and what there plans are, but he doesn't really go into depth about Darrick, all you hear about is his father, and his friend Mat.When you think the story is just about to really pick up with Darrick,your on the last 70 pages and then your done with the book. Towards the end the whole story line is rushed and it looks like the writer was pressed for time, or just wanted to finish the book. The ending is good though, the charecters are cool, as you read you begin to feel the charecters pains and understand there thoughts and desires based on the authors descriptions.Read more ›
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