Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind.
Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the Soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before Heaven falls to ruin?
Blizzard has dowered us with a couple of copies of the book, which we’ll be passing on to you guys via a contest this week. It’s worth owning; I read a review copy over the weekend and enjoyed it. I’ll post a full review late this week, but what I found most interesting was the depiction of Tyrael’s struggle as a newly-mortal. Turns out it’s not so easy throwing off the wings or retaining the respect of other Angels once you do, especially when the High Heavens are being corrupted by the Black Soulstone and infested by traitors loyal to a certain dark angel.