Darksiders: The Abomination Vault
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Ride with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they seek to unearth a plot that could plunge all of Creation into chaos!

Ages before the events of Darksiders and Darksiders II, two of the feared Horsemen—Death and War—are tasked with stopping a group of renegades from locating the Abomination Vault: a hoard containing weapons of ultimate power and malice, capable of bringing...more
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Published July 24th 2012 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Crowinator
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Death, the Horseman of the Apocalypse, and his crow Dust are awesome (Kratos, God of War, BAMF awesome). The weapons called Grand Abominations are really inventive in a super-disturbing way. The writing is competent, a mix of snarky modern dialogue with a melodramatically boastful high-fantasy tone (that most likely fits well within the Darksiders game). Otherwise, as a gamer and a reader, I'd rather play this game than read a novelization of it. There were several scenes...more
Tasha
What can I say? I'm a huge HUGE fan of the games and have been since I first got wind of the first one. So when I found out that they were doing a book I knew is get my hands on it eventually.

After reading the reviews I was a little hesitant but I know that I like books even when others don't. And I have to say that I did enjoy reading this one. I really loved the interactions between the Horsemen. Yes, you an see that they are about one another but these are strong personalities and stronger cr...more
Reni
I don't read media tie-ins anymore. I read a lot more of them when I was tiny (say, about twelve), but I can count the number of good books I discovered that way on one hand, I guess, and you can often tell when an author's heart isn't invested in the story and characters.

Why did I read this one then? To be honest, I was simply curious. I should have known better, but I wanted to see for myself what a book might do with the rich lore of this franchise. In this case, however, the answer is "not...more
Jeremy
Aug 07, 2012 Jeremy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the "Darksiders" series
This is an interesting case in a book, being heavily tied as it is to both the storyline of a video game already released (the original "Darksiders") as well as a game soon to be released called "Darksiders II." It is almost impossible for me to judge the book on its own merits due to feeling that without prior knowledge and exposure to the "Darksiders" world it seem both flat and to lack its own sense of internal cohesion.

Judged as additional canon to both "Darksiders" and "Darksiders II," the...more
Kerry
Dec 13, 2012 Kerry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: books-i-have
"Creation is quite impressionable. Everyone leaves a trail of their actions. And everyone, however wise, however powerful, however immortal, make mistakes.
All it requires is patience to wait for them. And you'll find no one, in all Creation, quite so patient as Death."


The writing was phenomenal. However, at times, the descriptions of places got a little out of control. Even though it was written beautifully, it ended up pulling me out of the read, and then irritating me. There were more than on...more
Ryan
This book is certainly something enjoyable. True it's somewhat disturbing at times but, not so much where you feel sick.

The Grand Abominations were interesting weapons, the story of how they were made is what I actually found a tad bit disturbing, but then again it just adds to their importance and the power they hold.

Death was my main interest in this, he just never stops with those witty, sarcastic remarks of his, which had me laughing far more than I was probably supposed to but who cares, ri...more
Adam Sparks
Aside from being terribly - TERRIBLY - written, it's not bad. I like a lot of the insight into the Horsemen's background, especially how much of a bastard Death is. But seriously, the writing is BAD. The awful over-use of horrendously grotesquely terribly disgusting metaphors are the mark of a novice and the more action-y scenes were so dully written that they couldn't keep the attention of the most saintly of readers.
Lord Nouda
3.5 Stars. This was pretty good. Darksiders: The Abomination Vault takes place way before the events in the actual game itself. He probably had a lot more creative leeway by not having to adhere to current game lore standards, and instead could depend on some semblance of creativity. I don't think it would been anywhere near as well written if he had to write about the actual game play. Thank God for that.
Andrew
This is a tie-in novel for the _Darksiders_ videogame series. (The series was cancelled after two games when the development company cratered. But they commissioned this novel first.)

The writing is *not* the high point of the videogames. Neither is the characterization. Or the worldbuilding. To be blunt, these games are about great visuals and really excellent level and puzzle design. I was curious if those qualities could be translated into prose. Surprise! They can't. It's not a very good nove...more
J
Darksiders is a sort of medley of over the top action, fantasy, science fiction, and super heroes based in mythology.
There aren't a lot of books written about super heroes specifically because it is difficult to showcase the sort of action they can deliver in literature without coming off a little absurd or ridiculous.

This book suffers from this exact problem on multiple levels. The author presumes, and perhaps rightly so, that readers will have knowledge of the games and their content. Therefor...more
Susan
At first it seems like one of those movies made based on video games, where gamer fans watch because it's based on the game, not necessarily because it's something new and ground-breaking. The writing is REALLY wordy. As in, I was getting bored with it not even a chapter in and was going to give it up. Guess what stopped me?

Death.

Or the book's version. He's SARCASTIC (and so is his horse, it's snarky without ever saying anything). It's AWESOME. See example:


Again that irritating little laugh. “Wh...more
Saad Merchant
THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION FIRST(just in case you find my review boring and don't read the rest) -

Darksiders the Abomination Vault is simply not just a filler like the irritating kinds brilliant series like Naruto n Bleach make us suffer... IT'S AN ACTUAL HAPPENING AND TELLING OF AN ACTUAL INCIDENT from the pasts of Death and War.

So if you played the game and you're a fan of the characters and universe - its a must read and if you've not played the game... read the book... it may...more
Jeanette
First: I love Darksiders 1. I like Darksiders 2 though it really gets sloppy in the end. So I had to pick up the novel. :)

I didn't expect much but I was a bit dissapointed. I didn't regret it though.

Writing exciting action for overpowered horsemen is not easy I guess because everyone knows that Death just has to swing the scythe (or two scythes, or the scythe is now a hammer, and now a spear, and now a big scythe again) and everybody dies. Also every injury can be healed in no time... yeah, that...more
Katy
I read this because i wanted to see more of war and get to see/read what he'd be like around his siblings and while the book is more centered around death he does shine through at times. But for me Death steals the show as does dust! Death and dust had me grinning they are just so fun to read about, the horses even have a great personality which i never even considered in the games much.

The descriptions of the locations really thrilled me so detailed and disturbing. The book helps us understand...more
Rocki S.
I recently started playing Darksiders the game which compelled me to buy this Kindle book when I discovered it on Amazon. The game is quite thrilling and hope the book would be too. It met my expectations fantastically and without spoiling my game.

If you're familiar with the game, then this novel will please you. Death, the leader of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, is quite the snarky fellow you don't want to mess around with. His lines are the best in the book and makes reading this novel...more
Abhinav
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/11/...

Shadowhawk reviews the first tie-in novel to the popular Darksiders video game series.

“Smart and witty, this is the kind of video game tie-in fiction that I absolutely love to read, but find precious little of in the wild” ~The Founding Fields

In my review of James Swallow’s Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, I remarked on how common it was for most video game novelisations to so utterly miss the mark, and just...more
Lee Broderick
I hadn't read any licensed fiction since some of the Drangonlance books in the early nineties, so this was a bit of a leap of faith for me. In truth, what I found was better than I feared and no worse than I expected. The story blazes along at a fair lick, with action sequence after action sequence - somewhat revealing of the IP's origins - and this kept my interest. The characters (or, at least, some of the characters) I already knew before reading this - that's why I picked it up, afterall - a...more
Sean Mcginn
I thought this book was great. It managed to pull off a fun and lighthearted tone even with the gloomy settings and the dark story arc. The action scenes were amazing and overall fun to read. I love the games and this book really did them justice. Definitely worth checking out.
Phoenix
A lot of fun! A good light read, although it's much better enjoyed if you're familiar with the video game series. It fills in the blanks nicely for those that are being introduced to the Darksiders' universe. I wish there had been a bit more scenes with the other two Horsemen, Fury and Strife, as I thought the interactions between all four Horsemen were particularly interesting (and entertaining as well). All in all, a pretty solid novel that gives you some extra backstory on all the goings-on o...more
Tio Bones
Well Im reading this at the moment but I'm a huge Darksiders fan (huge as I pre-ordered the collectors edition for the second game and and the first game when it came out. So its safe to say that I have high expectations for this book.


Note: this book is a tad easy to put down. I'm not really hooked, for all my love for Darksiders and all.

Final Notes: the book wasn't amazing. Far from it. I dislike the Ari Marmell's writing style and Im pretty sure I wont read any of her book again. I'm still pum...more
Michael Alexander Henke
The book overall wasn't bad, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I have been pretty busy, but I can usually find time to read. Regardless, the good thing this book does is get me excited for the Darksiders II game next week, which I suppose is its purpose anyway. I really hope some of the characters, items, and concepts from this book show up in the game, I know I'll be looking for them.
Adam
Very good extension of the game itself giving a glimpse into the characters that are brought to life in the video game. Had a hard time with the book at first due to how dark the majority of the worlds that were visited are but, given that this fantasy world exists prior to the creation of man, it seems to work. Action sequesnces are very well written and the characters are very well done.
Brandie
I've never played the game and still enjoyed the world and story. I listened via Overdrive. The voice of the man reading the story was pleasant. So pleasant I thought I might fall asleep. I needn't have worried. The man speaks in a cadence that is hard to ignore. I found it very distracting at times, it even carried on when he was doing the dialog.
Still enjoyed it though!
Hakan
Having enjoyed both games on PS3, and slightly burned out on Black Library books, but still on the hunt for some dark fantasy, I gave this book a try.

I won't repeat points from the earlier reviews here. Instead, let me join the group of people who feel that this book could not stand on its own without the games.
Stéphanie
Un roman de licence fort sympathique, qui permet de s'immerger une dernière fois dans l'univers de Darksiders et d'approfondir le background de certains personnages. Malheureusement, suite à la faillite de THQ, l'éditeur du jeu video, il semble qu'il n'y ait jamais de suite.... Quel dommage.
Joshua
It was quite a book that was really reminiscent of the original two games. Lots of sleuthing, & yet even more battle scenes. Definitely worth reading.
Christopher Hernandez
This was actually a good book. The only issue is that I do not know if other readers would truly get into the book unless they have played any of the Darksider games. The book itself is a good tie in, and offers some of then horse men's early beginnings.
Keith
Aug 12, 2012 Keith rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Really Diehard Darksiders fans
The story was ok but the biggest issue I had was pacing, it just wasn't really in line with the type of story this was suppose to convey making the books so easy to put down.
Szymon Szweda
Dobra, poddaje się. Nie jestem w stanie tego przeczytać. Intryga nawet jakaś się zawiązuje, ale ten rozbuchany poetycki i przyciężki język po prostu jest do przejścia.
Gabi Agu
Nice atmosphere, good story. Particularly enjoyed it since I played the 2 games it's related to.
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Ari Marmell was born in New York, moved to Houston when he was a year old, moved to Austin when he was 27, but has spent most of his life living in other worlds through a combination of writing and roleplaying games. He has been writing more or less constantly for the last dozen years, though he has only been paid for it the past five. He is the author of multiple roleplaying game supplements incl...more
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“Creation is quite impressionable. Everyone leaves a trail of their actions. And everyone, however wise, however powerful, however immortal, makes mistakes.
All it requires is the patience to wait for them. And you'll find no one, in all Creation, quite so patient as Death.”
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“Your sarcasm is unwelcome here, Horseman," the Crowfather rasped at him. "Pity. It seems determined to follow me everywhere.” 2 likes
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