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The Book of D'ni (Myst #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,781 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Excitement for the MYST series continues with the release of the new CD-ROM -- Riven, the long awaited sequel to MYST.In the third novel by the creators of the CD-ROM phenomenon, Catherine and Atrus return to the devastated domain of the D'Ni civilization to fulfill their destinies. But as they begin to search the many worlds, seeking the survivors Ti'ana told them of, the ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Voice (first published January 1st 1997)
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Mar 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
-I've relegated my main review of this particular book to a comment as I have devoted this section to my criticism of sexism in the series as I feel this deserves more attention.-

(What began as a side note) Catherine's role in the series really bothers me. She had such a promising start in The Book of Atrus. She's smart and she writes these amazingly creative and beatiful ages - and it rapidly goes downhill from there as she is increasingly shuffled off to the side. As a kid I didn't notice but
Noah Soudrette
Dec 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
While the writing is of good quality, the actual plot and story are incredibly poor and paced horribly. A true disappointment after the last two books in the series. Read the first two, skip this one. You're not missing anything, really.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Compared to the phenomenal first two books of this series, this was a serious letdown.
Drema Deoraich
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Seventy years after the fall of D’Ni, Atrus and Catherine return with a team of enthusiastic assistants, intent on rebuilding. The devastation is overwhelming, unimaginable. The team hardly knows where to start. But Atrus feels certain some D’Ni could have escaped to other Ages. Their first task is to find them and bring them home.

The search begins with Books. Find and examine all that remain, even ancient texts so old their Maintainer’s Guild seals are faded almost into obscurity. Those survivo
Malcolm Little
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Closing out this trilogy, Book of Dni does a serviceable job continuing then concluding the travails of Atrus, Catherine, and the rustic people they befriend in various Ages. Book of Dni takes place years after the events of Riven, arguably the best in the series with the most emotional impact and gravitas from the familial relationships plaguing the protagonists. New alliances have been forged, new projects fomented, and new Ages explored.

The appeal of Book of Dni takes a while to form. Not unt
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Not the best book in the Myst series, but good none the less. It had some ideas I thought were unique, and of course I like the Myst premise of science fantasy.
Greg Stawicki
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
The MYST book series runs out of steam. The 3rd book in a trilogy, The Book of D'Ni hints at some fantastic plot developments but gives way to a basic morality tale by the end. Disappointing.
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With the title "The Book of D'ni" and the last book, "The Book of Ti'ana", I half expected them to go even further back in D'ni's history. Maybe a story about the inception of D'ni! Which, that would be a great tale in itself. Despite this expectation, and not getting it, this still ended up being, probably, my favorite in the trilogy. "The Book of D'ni" picks up where "The Book of Atrus" leaves off and brings us into a world of struggle, rebuilding, and astonishing beauty.

I will make this an u
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I remember playing the Myst games and feeling the thrill at how immersive the world was. It was so rich with history and detail. It isn't an exaggeration to say that the entire experience of the Myst world is lush. It was wonderfully fun. When I got the books, I had my hopes high it would be a similar enjoyment.

So after sitting them on the back of my to-read list for such a long time, I decided to make them a priority. I went in with the most positive outlook for all three books. I think they a
Dev Null
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had some things to say about this book. Which I probably should have written down. A month ago. When I finished it.

There's a thing that I think of as a sort of Willing Momentum of Belief, which kicks in before conscious suspension of disbelief has to take over, where a character in a story is caught up in a situation where they should be asking questions but don't. Any normal human being in the same situation would ask these questions, but the character doesn't, because that's how they've been
Oct 15, 2011 rated it liked it
*** 1/2 Stars

I have enjoyed the previous books in the series and was looking forward to learning more about the D'ni in this book. The book is intelligently written and the descriptions are wonderful giving the reader a clear view of the various worlds that are visited. The characters are good with interesting personalities and a good sense of morality. The book deals with many issues such as slavery and wariness of those who seek power in the name of over-throwing an evil regime, and tackles th
Andrew St.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I've had this book on my shelf for years and loved having it on display, as Myst and Riven are among my favorite games to play. I would jokingly call it my personal linking book when equally geeky friends came over and saw it.

While I still plan on keeping it on display, my initial response to the book was that of wilted pride. I didn't really know what to expect from it, being that the video games are beautifully crafted and time-consuming puzzles. They do wonderfully in accessing the most orga
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
When I was younger, I used to think that as a general rule, good books did not make good movies, and vice versa. Since then I've gotten a better feel for the uneasy relationship between these two forms, but even with the occasional book-movie pair that works well, there are still hundreds of hideous "adaptations" that simply seem to miss the point.

But the relationship of BOTH of these media to video games is still, at the present time, an awful, disgusting heap of misfires and mistranslations. I
El Templo
Puede que nuestros lectores más veteranos hayan conocido la saga de Myst en sus inicios en 1993 bajo su formato original: un juego de ordenador en primera persona desarrollado por los hermanos Miller, Rand y Robyn. Su éxito fue tan fulgurante que, junto con sus secuelas, se proclamó como uno de los juegos más vendidos de los tiempos hasta 2002, desbancado por Los Sims.
Cuando los hermanos Miller empezaron el desarrollo del juego, escribieron pequeñas partes de historia para poder situarse en ella
Déborah Muñoz
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Reseña completa y más en
Con este libro, me he encontrado un Atrus (nieto) más maduro, que busca enmendar los errores de su abuela y reconstruir Dni. Catherine le acompaña en todo momento, así como un pequeño grupo de jóvenes de una de las Eras. Según va avanzando la historia, vas quedando más y más atrapado por la trama. Nuevamente me sorprende la complejidad de las sociedades que se inventan, así como la de las personalidades de los personajes, todo escrito muy bie
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I accidentally started this, the last of the trilogy first. That being said, I don't believe that I suffered from a great deal of confusion not having the background knowledge provided in the first two books. I have played the first three of the five games and part of the fourth so I remember bits and pieces of Catherine and Atrus as they are portrayed in that media. I believe the dialogue and characters were each well written and provided a grander picture than was generally shown in the games. ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
As an avid fan of the Myst franchise it was my delight to read this Myst novel. Unlike the first Myst novel "The Book of Atrus" this takes place a bit before the events of MYST III Exile. Atrus and Co have set their sights on restoring D'ni (The City of the Dunny) to it's former glory. However, upon the finding of a linking book to an age with a people who live in a place of wonder and prosperity he begins to question if that would be the right move. However, that is but the tip of events that p ...more
Dora Okeyo
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book by the Cover page. Yes, I judged the book by the cover and I must confess that I am not disappointed.
The authors Rand and David, use short sentences and they make good use of descriptions. The dialogues are brief and you get in and out of the characters minds which keeps you asking what will happen next. I noticed it is part of a series and that I started with the third book after I was halfway through the book-but the story is compelling. If you love history, adventure,
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm unsure whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars, but I really liked this book. It read well, had a good approach to world building and civilization building and I loved how the society was portrayed in the book....the way the main character interacted with and dealt with the new world he was thrust into. By the way, it doesn't really matter if you jump into this book without having the read the others, or so I think. It's pretty much stand-alone. Another surprising thing about this book is that it ...more
Thea Landen
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I remember being on the waiting list for this book when it first came out and waking up early in the morning when I finally got it and reading it all in one sitting. It didn't disappoint. Over ten years later, I still love the entire Myst universe, especially The Book of D'ni. The plot is incredibly fast-paced, I couldn't believe how much was covered from beginning to end. Rand Miller & Co. constantly display their limitless imagination, and the worlds depicted in this book are so vivid and ...more
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic trilogy these books. They took me into the heart and soul of D'ni. The Age and people alike were unique and exquisite. I've never read a book like this and there will never be anything equivilant to this one or any of them. I'm at a loss for words at how to describe these books, but they are amazing. Wonderfully written, colorful and dark all at the same time. It was amazing seeing Atrus as a man and see what he had learned through his relationships. Amazing! For this book, there is no ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-fantasy
Out of the 3 this is by far the weakest. It's ok but it's missing the magic of the first, and the deep history of the second. then there's the whole "slavery is awful" being shoved down your throat. I mean, yeah, I get that it's bad, but it was simply AWFUL in this society and everyone in the society was a monster for letting it happen.
Still, the nostalgia points allow me to rate it so high. I still loved it and wish there had been more.
Jae Park
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myst was one of those books with an unassuming cover that you leave at the bottom of the 'to-read' pile. I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover...and in the case of "Myst", that holds true. From the first chapter, I was heavily involved in the story. I do wish I had read some of the other books in the series first as it was a touch choppy without some of the background, but other than that "Myst" was a pretty darn good read.
Mike Gething
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
An improvement on the Book of T'iana. Arthur C Clarke (great descriptive passages of beautiful landscapes) meets George Orwell (revolution in which the servants bid to become the new masters). Not as re-readable as the 1st Myst book but entertaining and memorable. One small criticism might be that the D'ni survivors seemed a little too quick to give up their dream of restoring the original homeland cavern.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hey, did you know that slavery is bad? Well, just in case you didn't, Rand, Robyn and David are going to bash you on the head over and over with a club with that message emblazoned on it over the course of 300 pages.

Tedious, pedestrian moralising via 1-dimensional characters and ponderous, listless prose.

I only read it because it's the final book of a trilogy and I'm too neurotic to leave a series unfinished. At last it is over! Freedom!
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of me really wanted to give this 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book, as I enjoyed the first two, but there were things about it that bothered me. The writing wasn't as fluid in this as the first two, and I felt like some themes were a little bit repetitive. However, I still really enjoyed this book, and I very much loved the trilogy. Definitely one of my very favorite fantasy worlds ever.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Erin by: self
Shelves: fiction-lit, fantasy
Not really my kind of book. I only read it because I bought it about 10 years ago on a whim. (Yeah... I used to play the computer game). It has just been sitting on my bookshelf, and I felt like I had to read it. I haven't even read the first two books. This one wasn't too bad... At least it was entertaining and an easy read.
K. Germain
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only did I master the games but I enjoyed the book series too. Don't read them if you expect game dialogue. These are ingeniously written stories about amazing worlds that is written into living books and the ones who have the power to do this. It is a twisted mind blowing plot and you need to be paying attention to gain all the insight of the yet unwritten worlds by these good characters.
Zack Jackson
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
When I think about this books, I'm reminded of the Godfather part III. In both cases, the franchise made the third iteration bearable, but by no means enjoyable. On its own, I would have put this book down within 20 pages, but I read it out of devotion to the series. Don't waste your time.
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Rand Miller (born January 17, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.) co-founded Cyan (now Cyan Worlds) with brother Robyn Miller and became famous from the unexpected success of their computer game Myst, which remained the number one-selling game for the remainder of the 1990s. Rand also worked on the game's sequel, Riven, and later Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Myst V: End of Ages, rea ...more
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“Torn pages curl and brown.
The flames fly up.
In the flickering light a cry.
Who will lift the fallen stones?
Who will link the broken chain?”
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