12768265Good for all comers to the Diablo universe.  Diablo III Book of Cain is essentially the book that is continuously referred to in the Diablo III video game, as well as a source book for the Diablo universe.

The Book of Cain is the background of the world of Sanctuary.  It’s history, geography, as well as the big names characters/bosses from the video games that are referred to or you have to fight.

Chronologically in the Diablo universe this book takes place after the first two video games and after all the other books that have come before it as it is supposed to be written by a character Deckard Cain and everything points to him writing it just before the events of Diablo III.  But the great thing about this is that you can come into it at any time and not be completely lost.  It’s the history of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells, the Eternal Conflict, the creation of Sanctuary and the Nephalem as well as the Sin Wars and so much more.  Even if you’re not a Diablo fan, it makes for an interesting read because it deals with a lot of mythology as well.

And if you are a Diablo fan, at the back of the book is a map of Sanctuary, made to look as if it was hand drawn on parchment by Deckard Cain himself, which I thought was pretty cool.

And now that I’m on a Diablo kick, we’re going to circle back to the Sin Wars trilogy with the second in the series, Scales of the Serpent also by Richard A Knaak.

30982Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in the Eternal Conflict for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now spilled over into Sanctuary — the world of men. Determined to win mankind over to their respective causes, the forces of good and evil wage a secret war for mortal souls. This is the tale of the Sin War — the conflict that would forever change the destiny of man.

Bent on destroying the evil cult of the Triune, Uldyssian does not yet suspect that Inarius — secret Prophet of the Cathedral of Light — has been subtly aiding his quest. Obsessed with restoring Sanctuary to its former glory, Inarius has been playing Uldyssian against the two great religions in a reckless attempt to topple them both. But another player has slipped back into the equation. The demon Lilith, once Inarius’s lover, seeks to use Uldyssian as her own pawn in a scheme to turn humans into an army of naphalem — godlike beings, more powerful than any angel or demon, who could overturn all Creation and elevate Lilith to supreme being.