Diablo III: The Order Preview

A preview of the Diablo III novel called The Order will be hitting shelves alongside the release of the game on May 15th. A preview of the book has just been posted on the official blog to give you a taste of what you’ll read. This excerpt seems to feature Cain fairly heavily, so beware of requests to stay awhile and listen.

Diablo III: The Order

Hitting bookshelves May 15, Diablo III: The Order is the next novel in the Diablo universe, following Deckard Cain’s quest to find the Horadrim, years before the events of the highly anticipated game. Check out an excerpt from the book below, and head to Amazon.com to preorder!

Deckard Cain is the last of the Horadrim, the sole surviving member of a mysterious and legendary order. As Cain searches for the lost members of his order, he is thrust into an alliance with an unlikely ally: Leah, an eight-year-old girl feared by many to carry a diabolical curse. What is her secret? How is it tied to the prophesied End of Days? And if there are other living Horadrim, will they be able to stand against oblivion? These are the questions Deckard Cain must answer. . . . . . before it is too late.

Chapter Two – The Hidden Chamber

The air was cooler near the ruins. The reveal spell held within the looking glass had faded away by the time they reached the massive columns, but the two travelers had no need for it after they had passed the entrance.

The two columns cast deeper shadows across their path like black lines drawn in the dust. Beyond the shadows the veil gradually lifted away, and the ruins of the secret repository loomed all around them, coming into view like the rise of mountains through the mist. Broken stones thrust through the sands, swept clean in places by the wind. Ancient carvings of runes covered the sides of the larger blocks, marking this as a place of great Vizjerei power. Cain felt his heartbeat quicken, the palms of his hands growing moist. He could feel it thrumming beneath his feet, deep within the earth.
Or perhaps, he thought, he felt something else.

There was darkness here. Although the sun still touched the tops of these rocks, it did not warm them. Even the paladin sensed it now, his steps faltering as they moved deeper into the ruins. Before them lay the remains of the temple, its entrance covered in rubble, what was left of the roof all but collapsed upon itself. Massive timbers reached toward the sky like the ribs of a giant beast. This was where the ancient texts would have been kept, if they had existed at all. But it would be dangerous inside, possibly unstable.

A sound reached their ears like the rustling of leaves. Akarat stopped and drew his sword. “Do you hear it?” he asked. His voice was quiet.

Cain nodded, stepping to the young man’s side. “There may be something else here with us, after all,” he said.

“Like… what? An animal?”

“Perhaps,” Cain said. He could tell that the paladin was both scared and excited, and trying hard not to show it. Stories of demonic attacks were one thing, but actually facing something most people thought was only a legend was another. Cain knew that all too well.

The sounds swirled faintly around them, almost fading away before returning again like waves on a beach or the hushed muttering of a crowd. A curious prickling sensation warming his skin, Cain held his staff like a talisman as he moved ahead on the broken path, Akarat close behind. “Close your ears,” Cain said, “as if you were deaf. Should you hear voices, do not listen to them.”

“I don’t understand—”

“If something foul is present, it will try to corrupt you, find your weaknesses. Ignore anything it tries to say. Whatever it is, I promise you are not meant to hear it.”

He reached the edge of the tumbled rocks at the entrance to the temple and peered around them, looking for a way in. There was a space just large enough for a man. Darkness loomed beyond the narrow passage that was the height of his shoulders. Cain swung his rucksack down again and found a crumbling spellbook, searching the brittle pages for the right words. As he said them aloud, the glass sphere at the end of his staff came to life, taking on a blue glow and lighting the space within.
Beyond the reach of the wind, where the sand began to fade, the drifts held the faint impression of a footprint. Either a man, or something that walked like one, had passed through this place not long ago.
He tucked the book away and turned to the paladin, who stared at him and the glowing staff and back again, mouth agape.

“Magic? True magic?”

“A simple spell, nothing more. Like the looking glass, held within the objects themselves. I simply have the knowledge to unlock it. This is a place of sorcery, chosen, at least in part, because of the power in the soil. A spell is more useful in a spot like this.”
“Are you really the last of the Horadrim?”

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32 thoughts on “Diablo III: The Order Preview

  1. After reading the short stories and this small preview for chapter 2, I’m 90% going to buy this book. It looks good!

    Edit: First yay, no-lifer!

  2. I’ve just started to read “The Black Road” tho I have 5 more diablo novels to read and this one appears! 

    Now it will be even harder to read it since the game releases 15 may with the book. At least they should release it  1 month earlier (that means on these days) so we will have something to do while we wait for the game 😛

  3. The author’s books usually get 4/5 stars on Amazon (all horror?), but does the writing above seems very bad or is it just me? I love the topic, but not his style.

    • He does have a horrible style. The descriptions are too abstract.

      At least he isn’t an ellipses whore like whoever is writing the short stories for the website. 

  4. Don’t want to judge blizzards marketing strategies, but this one is facepalm worthy…
    I wonder if there will be one (1) person, who is also a Diablo fan, who will read it, before playing the game

    • It didn’t seem that bad to me. Certainly a lot better than the short stories for the classes. At least this guy isn’t throwing adjectives at everything.

      I’m actually interested in this one, but probably wont get it for a while..

    • Judging by your use of the word “Bro” I’m guessing you’re probably not the best judge of literature. 

  5. Lol this now makes 4 things I’m getting on that date:
    Diablo 3 CE (Only thing that is going to see use after that day)
    This Book (Diablo 3: The Order)
    Diablo 3 LE Strategy Guide (looks like a nice piece of art to have and the bookmark seems nice)
    Tenacious D – Rise of the Fenix
    So the week or possibly two weeks after Diablo 3 comes out when I go back to work the rest of this stuff will get the time of day.  Till then they’ll be there…just not in use haha.

    • I think he is either the founder or the leader of the templar order (hence, “the order”). He’s referenced in-game by some NPCs, including Kormac.

  6. How many Diablo books are there? (and also available on Kindle?) 

    ps. I hate spoilers and I learned the hard way to stop googling myself for answers. 

    • There are a total of 8 books (The Order will be the ninth.) This does not include the Book of Cain which is a source book with a theme going, no real story to it.

      In order they were released:
      Demonsbane (ebook only or in the Archive collection)
      Legacy of Blood
      The Black Road
      Kingdom of Shadow
      Moon of the Spider
      Sin War: Birthright
      Sin War: Scales of the Serpent
      Sin War: The Veiled Prophet
      and soon to be The Order.

      No idea on the Kindle availability, sorry.

      • If anyone knows a good place to buy ebooks please PM me, I have the first 2 Sin Wars but don’t have the third and would love to find somewhere I can download it…… obviously I won’t be reading it after May 15th!


  7. Can the book be read offline, or does it require a permanent connection to the internet?

  8. To this day, the Diablo franchise is the only video game I’ve ever cared about the lore.  Can’t wait.

  9. Hmm, if I remember right.. Aiden killed diablo then banged the witch right after that. Soo maybe it has something to do with aiden being corrupted while making leah.

    • Yeah that’s why people think Leah will be the host for Diablo. Book seems interesting, can’t wait to read it.

  10. So lets see, read a book on D3 or actually play it. It’s a gameday decision, tough call! LOL Blizz….

  11. Couldn’t they release the book a month or even two weeks before the Diablo 3 game release? It would make sense for people to be so interested in the release of Diablo 3 that they purchase this book. However, with both items coming out on the same day and most – all? – Diablo fans being gamers before readers, this book will simply not sell well.

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