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Diablo III: Book of Cain Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Insight managed to capture the dark atmosphere of the series in this 147 page book, and will give new players and fans of the series an amazing source for Diablo’s story. I definitely recommend this book for every single fan of the Diablo series, you will not regret spending your cash in it, and even if you are not a fan of the series, you should check what this book has to offer. Just Push Start
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Deckard Cain, also known as Cain the Elder, is the last living human in the line of Horadric mages (the Horadrim) and the descendant of Jered Cain, who imprisoned Diablo. Cain’s journal and experience help shape the lore of Diablo III, providing a detailed account of Sanctuary’s history and recent events.
Blizzard Entertainment: Known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. 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 numerous Game of the Year awards.
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The cover of the book itself is a textured relief design, it's in a matte type finish and looks great. The red band you see around the book comes off and their is actually no text on the outside cover itself. The inside of the book is where it really shines however! The pages of the book have been rough cut on the edges giving them the appearance of old weathered pages, they also used a weathered yellow appearance on the pages themselves completing the ancient tome look.
The books contents are presented by the great man himself Deckard Cain, without spoiling to much of the content I will say it runs the gamut of all things Diablo. The villains, the heroes, lands and lore of Diablo's world and even hell itself is covered. Including Deckard's personal notes to his niece. And of course some of the fantastic artwork of the Diablo world is presented as old sketches.
In the back of the book was also a nice little surprise. Inside the hardcover was a envelope attached to the book sealed with a wax seal style of sticker. Inside this envelope was a small map of the Diablo world, with the same rough cut edges that make it look very cool, was a nice little extra.
Overall this book is a terrific buy and a great gift for any fan of the series, terrific job Blizzard!
-The physical book:
Epic in all possible ways. This hardcover is decorated with awesome textured artwork and the lack of any title (except the removable red band) make it look even more like it came right from the game. The 148 yellowish pages are thick and they have been roughly cut on the sides and to give that ancient book look and feel. As a bonus, they included an unfoldable map of Sanctuary secured in an envelope behind the back cover. This map is also roughly cut and is made of thick canvas-like paper. Overall, the quality and the presentation of this book could not be better. It's one of the best looking book in my library right now; I even gave it the honor to sit on the same shelf as my precious H.P. Lovecraft collection.
Narrated by Deckard Cain himself, we are told the story of the Diablo universe in a narrative and personal way. Everything is in there, from the creation of the universe itself to the destruction of the Worldstone by Tyrael. We can also enjoy great descriptions of the heroes of the High Heavens and the minions of the Burning Hells. While reading it I could almost heard the voice of the famous item-identifier himself in my head. Never revealed before information is accompanied by great sketches, illustrations and side notes for his niece, Leah. It took me around 2 hours to read it from cover to cover. Note that I paused there and there to admire the finely drawn demons and angels.
Now, this is a must-have for any serious Diablo fan or anyone that can appreciate a well-made fantasy book. The only downside to it that I can find is that it made me even more impatient for the release of the game itself! Buy it without hesitation. I guarantee you will 'Stay a while and listen' to it ;)
Nowadays, instruction manuals are becoming a vestigial item. For most games, I don't bother to read them. All games today come with in-game tutorials and instruction, and their story-telling faculties are getting much more sophisticated. The Book of Cain is an offering to those of us who enjoy the written lore and artwork of the Diablo franchise; it moves those things out of an "instruction manual" into a fun piece of art. The sealed envelope in the back cover contains a map of Sanctuary (it helps).
The backstory of Sanctuary is told in more detail than ever before, but you might benefit from locating and reading copies of the manuals to Diablo 1 and 2. About one-third of the story is new material while the rest is covering/refreshing old ground. There is some retconning here, but that doesn't bother me, and was likely necessary to make room for the next installment of Diablo. Because of this, even if you know the lore pretty well, you'll want to read everything to get up to speed on what has changed for Diablo 3. The Worldstone - what it is, and its significance - is finally explained, for those of us who were confused by that plot point in Diablo 2. The story is interesting and well thought out, and the art is fantastic. All the of artwork is brand new, and presented in the same sketch-book, monochromatic style as the classic Blizzard manuals. The book is a pleasure to hold in your hands and take your time looking at each page. I can't say enough about how much I liked the artwork.
The writing itself is decent, though not great, and there are some sections of the story that were confusing and could've been explained more clearly. Also, a table of contents would've been extremely helpful. But those are minor beefs. My biggest "complaint" was that I didn't want it to end.
The price is very reasonable for the quality of the physical book and its contents. The only reasons not to get it are if you feel the in-game lore will be sufficient, or you feel going over the backstory again would be redundant. You wouldn't be looking at this product if you weren't a Diablo fan already.
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