Release Date: 12/12/2011
MSRP: $39.99 (Hardcover)
Recommended Audience: Adult
The Good: Fantastic design and atmosphere within the book, explains the Diablo universe and lore perfectly and makes complete sense of everything
The Bad: A little on the short side
If the game’s story can’t explain itself well enough or with enough depth always leave it to a book. Book of Cain does this in a very unique way by telling Diablo’s entire history via a tome written by Deckard Cain himself. The tome is beautiful with hand written notes to Leah at the beginning and end of the book which are actually quite touching. The illustrations and the way the book is written makes it feel ancient or just border-lining on the words of a mad man.
The book actually makes a lot of sense and answered so many questions about Diablo’s universe that the games didn’t quite get across well enough. While this book is more of a sum total of all events in the timeline is still brought to light many things. Mainly starting with how the universe was created. A diamond exploded, this diamond was the original God Anu, and its many faces turned into demons and angels. The book goes into great length about explaining each of the Prime Evils as well as the Lesser Evils and the Archangels as well.
After explaining how all this began the book goes into explanations of the many wars throughout history such as the Sin Wars, The Search for the Three, and even the Darkening of Tristram. Many major characters in all three games are talked about in-depth and their roles in Sanctuary’s dark history. I just love how well paced this book is and how Deckard’s writing style just sucks you in. Some times the book gave me goosebumps with how morbidly macabre and dark the book is. Deckard’s constant fear of the end times and knowing it will happen just sends chills down my spine.
The book even talks about many areas in the games and the many realms you trek through. After finishing the Book of Cain I am just glad I don’t live in that universe. There’s no happiness, no hope, and always fear and hate. With that said, if you are a fan of Diablo this book is a must read if not for the great info then the beauty of the book itself.