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Legacy of Blood (Diablo #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,916 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Since the beginning of time, the angelic hosts of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in a struggle for the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the mortal realm...and neither Man nor Demon nor Angel will be left unscathed...
Norrec Vizharan has become a living nightmare. While on a quest to find magical treasure, t
ebook, 368 pages
Published January 16th 2002 by World Wrestling Entertainment (first published 2001)
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Syaiful Bakhtiar
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
growing up with the game (from adolescent to mature) the story took me back in time and explained to me about the war of the old and how it was related to the events of the game. It feels "close to home" with the characters chiming words related to the games. Words such as "potions" , "mana", "deckard kain", "tristram" and speaking of tristram, I had a good feeling while reading the book and listening to the town's background music in diablo 1.
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for any of you who played the PC hit Diablo. I thought it was a good book and took me right to the town of Lut Gholein and described it well. Norrec is a great hero and reading about his misfortunes is very amuzing, although it ends well. There are also two more books in the series, but only this one and the third book being written by Richard A. Knaak.
Elli Jo
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a good attention-span
Recommended to Elli Jo by: My brother, DMo
I cannot say I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the synopsis. And be quite honest, I only went about 3/4 of the way through. My brother recommended it to me when I was desperate for something, anything, to read. I liked the storyline, loved the video game.... But the author continued to drag on the same small thought for a paragraph a piece. I felt like they were describing a black scarf in a hundred ways before we could move forward. Now, there really wasn't a black scarf, but I think you ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of Blood proved to be an amazing array of action, adventure, romance, and horror all neatly rolled into one tightly packed adventure that makes Lord of the Rings look like child's play. I found it quite easy to fall in love with certain characters, and befriend others as the author easily takes us on a magical journey quite unlike any other I've ever read before.

Garunteed, you will be kept on the edge of your seat, and clamoring for more by the time you finish the last page...I've alread
John Edwards
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book and the only Diablo novel I've read at this point. I ofcourse played the games and loved the universe so I decided to pick this one up a few years ago. I did enjoy the book but I only loved certain parts, other parts didn't seem as interesting.. I particularly loved the happenings on the ship voyage somewhere in the middle.

I overall liked Knaak's writing. I'll most likely seek out more of his stuff in the future.
TL Jeffcoat
I love the games this story comes from and I have to say, I'm am a fan of Knaak. His writing grabs your attention, bringing his characters to life, not only through the personalities, but through the background, which he spreads throughout the story, so by the end, you think you've known about the character from precious books. Just like the setting of the story, this books embraces the darkness that surrounds the world of Sanctuary.
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, diablo
I really enjoyed this book. There were some fairly predictable plot conclusions, but the adventure along the way was very exciting. I saw several key resolutions coming and wished dearly that the characters would see what I found so obvious, though they did not have the level of knowledge that the reader does to know the truth.
Joel Belgrove
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a pretty good book considering it was fashioned after a video game. I found the Sin Wars series a little better than this book in my opinion though. If anyone is into angels and demons battling over humans then they should definitely give this book, as well as the video game, a look.
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diablo
I liked this book a lot but I don't know if people with no experience with Diablo (either by playing or reading) will enjoy it as much as I did.
Richard A.Knaak's writing style is very nice to read and this book was no exception.
Then ending is good although there are some vague points left uncertain.
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether you're into fantasy or not, you must read this book. This is what got me into the fantasy genre in the first place. Amazingly well-written. An enthralling read. Beware: You will not be able to put this one down until you're done. Trust me!
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real good fiction book that Lincoln gave me based on one of my favorite computer games. Plablo.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually very good. I think it would have been a lot better if I weren't reading it piece by piece on the bus. Cant wait to read the next!
Szabina Tekeres
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah finally, I shouldn't be so lazy to read in english. I finished after 3 months. Btw the novel is awesome. I like the character of Kara and Norrec. Will start The Black Road sooooon :)
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing storyline!
Владимир Ленин
only aboot 15 pages that were boring and then after that it just grabs you by the balls.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diablo
a little bit tiring in the beginning, but came around quick with lots of unexpected twists in the plot... A good read!
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diablo players
All in all I think the Diablo-based books came out better than any other Blizzard book. This one was an enjoyable read, though again, only for people familiar with the game.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diablo serisi cok heyacanli ve cok akici bir kitap. Fantastik aksiyon kitaplari arasinda cok iyi bir yere sahip.
Read this forever ago. A good Knaak novel by all accounts, though the romance was lackluster as always. Probably should play the game sometime...
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Почти успешен опит да се влезе в света на Diablo. Не е лоша, ни нищо запомнящо се, особено за върлите Diablo фенове.
Leo Sušanj
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book. Altough I didnt play all of the game series, it was really enyoining andneasy to read. There are some boring parts but it can be overlooked.
Zaur Pənahov
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not thinking too much.It was just nice and dark.Too much darkness and bloody things that I saw in my mind when I was reading this shit and I love it.
Frantick Reader
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real guilty pleasure read. I played the game so that helped. But it is
fun and really helps if you played the game, maybe? I still think its
Citra CahyaNeartias
Norrec Vizharan was an irritating veteran mercenary who started his journey to search wealthy in some ancient place with his friend, Sadun and Fauztin. Although Norrec wasn’t good guy but I think he’s the character that decided the plot of the story. When Norrec and his friends found the ancient armor of warlord of the blood, Bartuc, Norrec killed Fauztin and Sadun because he thought Fauztin and Sadun wanted to take the armor. I think Norrec was very rude, how could Norrec kill his friends, his ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Marcos Bolaños
Un libro ni bueno ni malo, sino que muy olvidable. A pesar de llevar el nombre de un juego de blizzard, no estoy seguro si la historia tenga algo que ver, aunque al parecer, es algo así como un prólogo a la historia del juego.

El libro a pesar de querer ser interesante y poner partes de suspenso, no logra atraparte, no logra lo que muchos otros libros si logran al dejarte la sensación de que quieres saber que va a pasar a continuación, en este libro, en cambio, cada vez que interrumpes la lectura
Tyler Murphy
Honestly one of my favorite fiction books thus far. I would say it has some major parts where it just seems pointless and boring. After getting further into it however it all started making sense and got my attention quickly. This was a book I had to read again to understand it though. (Even though I re-read books a lot to make sure I understood them) I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is into the game or reads fiction stories with a Heaven vs Hell type of approach to it. I would al ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked it up because I was a fan of the game. I finished it just because I was a fan of the game.
It's the setting that carried me through the novel. The mentions of Lut Gholein, Bartuc, the lesser evils and some mobs were all welcome and gave you a nostalgic feeling. The characters were likable but very one dimensional. They neither showed progression nor depth in who they were. More so, you don't really get a sence of who they really are.
The main plot idea was nice, but the book dragged o
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to scratch this nerd itch, finishing a book I started about a decade ago when the first chapter would be all it might take to completely disintegrate my attention. I remembered how exciting "Legacy of Blood" seemed to be getting and how I had always regretted not continuing on with it. I gave this 3 stars at first, because from a writing-style perspective it's really nothing special. However, from an imaginative stand point, I actually find this to be quite an exceptional read. I was shocked ...more
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Richard A. Knaak is the bestselling author of Dragonlance novels, the Dragonrealm and Black City Saint series (his own creations), six novels for Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo series, and six works in the Warcraft universe. He has also written several non-series fantasy books.

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