I still have some of those instruction manuals. Fast forward to this book. From the outset, it is clear that this book is trying to establish a certain atmosphere. The cover as well as the "texturing" of each page are designed to convey the idea that this book is some voluminous tome that you have stumbled upon, one filled with important and possibly dangerous knowledge. The art contained within is all to the high standards we have come to expect from Blizzard studios. But the writing is no less good. Knaak has done a fine job adopting a prose and style that mimics what we'd expect of the character telling the story.
It reads very much as you think it should. The book itself offers a great deal of information about the world Diablo is set in along with past events. As such, it not only provides useful information but it also gets the reader up to speed with where things are for Diablo III.
To me, this book is almost like an instruction manual from the old days of video games - it sets the scene, it creates a great atmosphere, and it makes me want to dive into the game to find out where everything goes from here. Unfortunately, Diablo III turned out to be somewhat hit and miss sales figures aside , but this book was definitely a hit for me. As someone who enjoyed thd previous Diablo games, this book was a great pick up.
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Mar 01, Ryan Moat rated it really liked it. Having been a fan of the story of Diablo since '96, this book was incredible, as it brought back those old childhood stories back to life. Having been given this book as a gift by a friend, I jumped into the reading, and was immediately captured by the artwork and stories written there within.
The incredible part about this book, was that it deepened the stories that I already knew. I was able to learn who the Dark Wanderer was, and what happened after the darkening of Tristram.
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I love fantasy sto Having been a fan of the story of Diablo since '96, this book was incredible, as it brought back those old childhood stories back to life. I love fantasy stories such as these, and you grow an attachment to the characters. You read about their adventures, their successes, and their downfalls. It makes you wonder, why do men fall? Even the best of people can fall, as shown by this book. Is it fear?
Is it because their foundation wasn't as firm as we had thought? This was worth the read, and the intricate stories, lore, and so forth make it very enjoyable in my opinion. I am giving this book five stars, as it was well written, held my attention, and has the entire Diablo history and timeline, all in pages.
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Dec 30, Eri rated it it was amazing. You want a nice history textbook? This is your choice. You want a nice thing to look at? Don't let me start on the drawing. This whole 'book' is illustrated so prettily in black and white way it makes me want to pick up pencil and rape a paper with it in attempt to copy some of these drawings and put them on my wall. You want to re-live your youth? You know the stories. You've read pieces of them before.
You know who is who, and you totally love it that somebody put it together exactly like this. You don't have to go and play the game.
You can just enjoy knowing the Sanctuary. Rathma is badass. Dec 21, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy.
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This book is absolutely beautiful. It has excellent art and it has beautiful pages. They tried to make it look like an ancient text "hand written" by Decard Cane himself. It is certainly unrealistic to think they would do this completely, for example the type is printed like any other normal book, it is not hand written as it would have actually been in real life.
This book goes over some of the details of the lore in Diablo.
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It makes reference to a lot of the novels that have been written prior This book is absolutely beautiful. It makes reference to a lot of the novels that have been written prior to it, so it's pretty cool to see those tied into this. It adds a little more details into things, so if you've read all the novels don't think there is no new material here. If you're pretty into the Diablo universe, I definitely recommend picking this up. It's a beautiful hardcover book and it's definitely worth seeing. Apr 09, Cale rated it liked it. That may have colored my impression a bit.
This isn't a novel, or a FAQ, or strategy guide, or anything like that. It's basically a cliff's note version of the history and geography of the world of the Diablo games. It does a good job setting the chronology of all of the games, although it is also written from the perspective of a character mid-way through Act I of the third game.
The artwork is interesting as well, although some of it is a little bit risque. Ultimately, I didn't take a whole lot away from it. It was pretty, and vaguely interesting, but ultimately forgettable. Kind of like Diablo 3, to be honest.
Mar 29, Melanie rated it liked it. I'm one of those people who never had a PC that was good enough to play any games, so the only game from the series that I actually played was Diablo 3, which I did enjoy, but not as much as the people who played the entire trilogy and actually had gone through the expectation for the third game and, of course, through the whole unicorns and happy clouds prank. So, I guess it's no news that this wasn't my favorite book.
But I can see how people who actually enjoy the lore of the game will be c I'm one of those people who never had a PC that was good enough to play any games, so the only game from the series that I actually played was Diablo 3, which I did enjoy, but not as much as the people who played the entire trilogy and actually had gone through the expectation for the third game and, of course, through the whole unicorns and happy clouds prank.
But I can see how people who actually enjoy the lore of the game will be crazy about this book. It has a lot information about several events that occurred before the game, plus beautiful penciled artwork.
Non-fans probably won't find this book a big deal. Fans will probably love it. May 05, Michael Alexander Henke rated it it was amazing Shelves: art , fantasy , video-games. This book is so good. There are two main components to it, the art which is continuously amazing, and the prose which is a blast to read. The book is written as if by Deckard Cain, and it does a good job of covering the entire Diablo universe. It gives the history leading up to the first game, and covers the events of both the first and second game.
It gives information and back story on all the main characters, including the 7 evils and all the angels. It also gives some great info on the world This book is so good.
It also gives some great info on the world itself. If you're excited for Diablo III, this a great place to start and whet your appetite. Mar 01, Ivan Leong rated it it was amazing.