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Diablo III: The Order Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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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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This book tries to answer the question what led to the events in Diablo III.
It is written from the perspective of Deckard Cain.
Sometimes less is more, and, when you try to explain where a story began, you cannot effectively do it.
In this book, we find that Cain is a relatively misanthropic, maladjusted human being. He doesn't really like children, and, to be honest, he's not very good at life.
Yes, the events described in "the order" could have led to Diablo III, or they could've led just as easily to Deckard Cain lying under a bench in a large city somewhere with a bottle of hooch.
What this book most reminded me of were some of the skits that they used to do on sitcoms making fun of the old radio shows where they would try to re-create what both sides of a phone conversation sounded like. In the old radio shows, you only heard one side of the phone conversation, and the playwrights had to include a lot of information so that the audience could follow. Of course, no real phone conversation would ever play out that way. That was the joke.
That is the joke in this book to.
It is interesting, but ultimately it knocks Deckard Cain off of the pedestal that many gamers have him on.
I liked the tidbits between Leah and Deckard. It was nice to see the relation build between the too and I admit, the ending made me cry a little bit when it becomes very clear how close Leah becomes with Cain. My heart melted. Also loved the darkness and the bit of gore, things like that but that's a personal preference. Of course if you interested in a game like Diablo that's what could be expected.
The overall story is a bit cliched but if you wanted some expanding regarding some of the characters in the Diablo universe this isn't an entirely bad read. Also explains why, in Diablo III, Leah is skeptical about demons. Not in a original way but...the explanation is there albeit kind of a flimsy one.
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.
This is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone that enjoys Diablo books. Nate is a great author and I enjoy reading his pieces.
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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And the author was a good story teller