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Darksiders: The Abomination Vault

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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 bringin
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Petia Vladimirova Even more. I started to love, to adore the characters, even to imagine in my head alternatives for what is coming even before read it. Realy great boo…moreEven more. I started to love, to adore the characters, even to imagine in my head alternatives for what is coming even before read it. Realy great book.(less)

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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darksiders: The Abomination Vault by Ari Marmell with Bob Walter (Reading) is the audio book I just finished and boy, it was AWESOME! The voice was perfect for this book! I felt I was there and in the battles, or in hell or heaven or where ever the trek lead. A fantastic story, a stand alone, of one of The Horsemen, Death, as he tries to solve a riddle before it sends Heaven, Hell, and everything created into chaos. Totally glued to my tablet the whole time! The plot had so many twist, surprise ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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. ...more
Jason Miller
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really like the story but I hate the writing. You can use all the robust words you want to paint the scene, but the way it was done here was like watching Bob Ross tell me why he chose each color to do so. Fuck just get to the point. I wrote like that in grade school to fill the necessary word count and that's exactly what I felt like the author was doing here. ...more
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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just going to keep this review short and simple for one reason and one reason only, I'M SUCH A HARDCORE FAN FOR THIS SERIES. I have loved the Darksiders video game franchise since the beginning and yes, I can realize this isn't a perfect book by any means. I still found myself incredibly happy while reading. It was fun, it was action packed, it gave a better in depth look into the overall lore and history of this franchise and world. ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book, and really enjoyed the dialogue.
Saad Merchant
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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
Arjun Iyer
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
As with books/novels, video games too are notoriously hard to adapt to any other format. However, Darksiders: The Abomination Vault in my opinion has set the benchmark when it comes to novels based on video games. The narrative is clear and crisp, the descriptions are as lavish and outrageous as the subject matter itself and the action sequences do not deviate from how gamers would actually play the game. The book captures the nuances of both protagonists (or anti-heroes) brilliantly, giving eac ...more
Carla Smith
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I remember watching my son play this game on his X-Box, and while I am not a gamer (is that the proper word these days?) I was stunned by not only the really wickedly cool graphics, but also the complexity of the story line involved in the game. Video games have come a long way since I spent hours failing to find the princess in Mario Bros!

So when I saw this book (had no idea anyone would think to write a prequel story) I had to buy it for my son, who read it, enjoyed it, and urged me to read i
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:


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
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
Love of Hopeless Causes
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Apologetic and contradictory introduction, because stupid gamers aren't smart enough to understand Cosmic Horror, right? Prologue from Hell, mixed metaphors, confused mythologies, and that's just the opener. Audiobook reader at a nightmare's gallop. When will video game companies learn? ...more
Petia Vladimirova
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Great book!
I have to say I became realy obsessed! I started with Darksiders 2, then found there are art books, comics, Darksiders 1, and a full book, that it's a whole story and damn, it messed in my life till the moment I've got everything possible I could about it!
I've got a notebook for all Death's great quotes, including from game and the book, wallpapers, posters, necklace, everything.
I think the story is very adequate to these days and it says alot, beyond the battles and supernatural thin
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, video-games
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
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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?


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
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
Rocki S.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers, e-book
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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really didn't think I would like this but I've been using Overdrive to listen to audiobooks and the list is kinda sparse so I decided to give it a try. The narrator's voice was strange, too dramatic and it made it seem even cheaper than the fact that this was a book written about a video game. Also there was a LOT of fighting.

BUT I ended up really liking it. I really enjoy the whole "politics of Heaven and Hell" thing. I enjoyed it more in God's Demon but this was still a lot of fun, just lig
Qudduws Campbell
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not a bad story and it adds to the lore of the games, especially the 2nd in a nice way. There were a few wording issues that i had while reading but it was not enough to turn me away from completing it. Death is by far the most bad arse character in the Darksiders universe. He's flawed and he knows it. That adds a sense of reliability that i didn't find during the games. Then there's war who during the story seemed so much like a kid than I'd ever imaging possible. When around Death he's so casu ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
For a novel based on a video game that I have never played, I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. There were moments when I could tell that playing the game would have given me a clearer picture of what was going on, but I don't think playing the game was really necessary. I consider that a pretty good thing for this kind of book. It was dark and full of demons and other creepy things that I enjoy, and yet it also had bad-ass angels fighting alongside the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and somehow th ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disclosure: At about 80% I started skimming as I was at the point where I just had to move on.

This one is hard for me to review. Darksiders is one of my all-time favorite game franchises, so I picked this one up without question, thinking it'd be as cool as the games. Now, it has its moments, and there's some cool characters (but already created by someone else) but for the most part I just fought my way through trying to finish so I could move onto something else. Now, there may be people who l
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's be honest here, this book has no write to be nearly as good as it is. It's based on frigin Darksiders, an extremely niche audience even within the video game world. It's portrayal of Death and War is perfect, while Strife and Fury are... a bit less. It was their first time being anything above mentioned, and as such, their character's were changed (See Darksiders 3 and Genesis).
As a whole, the story of this book is extremely basic, like the games. It goes very straight to the point, "we ne
Lord Nouda
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more
Kevin Potter
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, the first thing you have to understand is I am A Darksiders fanboy. I love everything about the hand franchise. So I cannot promise that my opinions are 100% unbiased.

The audiobook narrator was decent. His voices don't really resemble the character voices I've gotten used to from the games (it would have been AMAZING if they had gotten Michael Anthony Claudio Wincott and Liam Christopher Obrien to voice Death and War!), and his female voices sound just like his male voices. But his tempo v
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When Ari Marmell has free time left over between feeding cats and posting on social media, he writes a little bit. His work includes novels, short stories, role-playing games, and video games, all of which he enjoyed in lieu of school work when growing up. He’s the author of the Mick Oberon gangland/urban fantasy series, the Widdershins YA fantasy series, and many others, with publishers such as D ...more

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