24 February 2012
Diablo III: Book of Cain by Blizzard Entertainment
Diablo III: Book of Cain is written from Deckard Cain's point of view. The book is intended as a legacy to his niece Leah, who after reading this book, would have the knowledge to continue the work of the Horadrim before the coming apocalypse.
This book is packed with gorgeous artworks and lore that give the reader a better understanding of the Diablo universe. The first half of the book goes through the history of Sanctuary, including the eternal conflict between the High Heavens and Burning Hells, its creation, the Sin War, Mage Wars and the trapping of the three Prime Evils. The second half of the book goes through the story of the first two games including their expansions and foreshadows the things to come in the long awaited third game of the series.
My favourite parts of the book are the sections on the Angels and Evils. Each character comes with a beautifully rendered sketch along with their description and for the Angels, there are further information on the weapons they wield. My only gripe with this book is that the Dark Wanderer has been changed from the player to Prince Aidan, son of the mad King Leoric in the first game.
On the whole, the book is a fun quick read. Each entry is only a few pages long and provides just enough to wet the reader's appetite. If you are interested in the Diablo universe and want to dig deeper into the story, I would recommend reading the tie-in books.
Book of Cain comes in a solid hardback, printed on quality paper and also contains a map of Sanctuary in the back envelope. This book is well worth its price and is a must have for fans of the Diablo series.