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Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an 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. Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an 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. Three thousand years before the darkening of Tristram, Uldyssian, son of Diomedes, was a simple farmer from the village of Seram. Content with his quiet, idyllic life, Uldyssian is shocked as dark events rapidly unfold around him. Mistakenly blamed for the grisly murders of two traveling missionaries, Uldyssian is forced to flee his homeland and set out on a perilous quest to redeem his good name. To his horror, he has begun to manifest strange new powers -- powers no mortal man has ever dreamed of. Now, Uldyssian must grapple with the energies building within him -- lest they consume the last vestiges of his humanity.


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Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an 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. Since the beginning of time, the angelic forces of the High Heavens and the demonic hordes of the Burning Hells have been locked in an 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. Three thousand years before the darkening of Tristram, Uldyssian, son of Diomedes, was a simple farmer from the village of Seram. Content with his quiet, idyllic life, Uldyssian is shocked as dark events rapidly unfold around him. Mistakenly blamed for the grisly murders of two traveling missionaries, Uldyssian is forced to flee his homeland and set out on a perilous quest to redeem his good name. To his horror, he has begun to manifest strange new powers -- powers no mortal man has ever dreamed of. Now, Uldyssian must grapple with the energies building within him -- lest they consume the last vestiges of his humanity.

30 review for Birthright

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Birthright (Diablo: The Sin War #1), Richard A. Knaak The Sin War is a trilogy of novel series tells the story of Uldyssian as he is drawn into the battle between the Temple of the Triune, run by the Primus under Lucion; the Son of Mephisto and the Cathedral of Light run by the rebel angel Inarius. Uldyssian feels that both sides are corrupt and wants nothing to do with either of them. When he is accused of murdering one of their missionaries, he flees his home town of Seram as he begins to disc Birthright (Diablo: The Sin War #1), Richard A. Knaak The Sin War is a trilogy of novel series tells the story of Uldyssian as he is drawn into the battle between the Temple of the Triune, run by the Primus under Lucion; the Son of Mephisto and the Cathedral of Light run by the rebel angel Inarius. Uldyssian feels that both sides are corrupt and wants nothing to do with either of them. When he is accused of murdering one of their missionaries, he flees his home town of Seram as he begins to discover his own strange powers. He decides to teach others how to use it, and gathers many followers to him, but the Temple and the Cathedral want his powers for their own and will stop at nothing to get them. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هشتم ماه می سال 2016میلادی عنوان: حق ذانی - دیابلو : جنگ گناه کتاب اول؛ نویسنده: ریچارد ا. ناک؛ مترجم: سید بهداد احمدی؛ تهران، آذرپاد، 1394، در 411ص، شابک 9786006225487؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 21م سه هزار سال پیش از سقوط «تریسترام»، «الدیزیان»، پسر «دیومد»، کشاورز ساده ای در دهکده‌ ی «سرام» بود؛ «الدیزیان»، راضی از زندگی ساکت و آرام خود، با هراس شاهد رویدادهای تاریکی است که به سرعت در اطراف او در حال رشد هستند؛ به خاطر اتهام دروغین قتل «دو مبلغ مسافر»، «الدیزیان» مجبور به فرار از سرزمین مادری خود، و آغاز سفری میشود تا بتواند بی گناهی خویش را ثابت کند؛ در اوج وحشت، او شاهد ظهور نیروهای عجیب و تازه ای در خود است - نیروهایی که هیچ انسان فانی ای تا به حال حتی در رویا هم ندیده است؛ حالا، «الدیزیان» باید با انرژیهایی که در حال رشد، در درون او هستند دست و پنجه نرم کند، - مبادا آنها آخرین ذرات انسانیتش را از او بگیرند؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 23/06/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms

    2.25 Stars not typical 2-star hate, not have a 3-star necessities. (P: Poor) the idea was interesting. complicated organisations in a primitive society (I figured out who is who in the Last pages of book.) ordinary story. just the questions in my mind made me keep reading. (& still no answer for some of them tho, it's just the first book, but I don't think I continue this series.) but slow-pace & somehow plain plot. (just the ending was good) & the protagonist was stupid! I was always mad at him. I don 2.25 Stars not typical 2-star hate, not have a 3-star necessities. (P: Poor) the idea was interesting. complicated organisations in a primitive society (I figured out who is who in the Last pages of book.) ordinary story. just the questions in my mind made me keep reading. (& still no answer for some of them tho, it's just the first book, but I don't think I continue this series.) but slow-pace & somehow plain plot. (just the ending was good) & the protagonist was stupid! I was always mad at him. I don't like him. (& it's pretty rare)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Uldyssian is the hero, I think, and his friends are trying to help him, we think. The women seemingly have nothing more to do than be mysterious or fawn over him. The story goes from point A to point B, introduces some characters who are quickly dispatched, our main character develops some nonsensical powers, he's blamed for murder, then he must run. His friends join him, along with the mysterious woman, and they flee to where? The forest. And then they go in circles and get attacked. Everyone i Uldyssian is the hero, I think, and his friends are trying to help him, we think. The women seemingly have nothing more to do than be mysterious or fawn over him. The story goes from point A to point B, introduces some characters who are quickly dispatched, our main character develops some nonsensical powers, he's blamed for murder, then he must run. His friends join him, along with the mysterious woman, and they flee to where? The forest. And then they go in circles and get attacked. Everyone is worried, but no one knows what to do and altogether - between cut scenes with the bad guy - I wonder what I'm reading and why I'm reading it. My buddy Jon put the question out there: Should we even finish this book? I voted yes because 1- I thought, against all hope, it might get better and 2- we couldn't legitimately warn people away from it if we didn't finish it ourselves. And, quite honestly, as I read on, I realized I had to find out how bad this book would get. It was a train wreck. All told, the group in the story did a little more wandering around, got into some nasty fights, fled, and in the end, kinda won, I think. (This is a trilogy, but there is no way you could pay me to read the rest.) I made a fickle prediction about how the book would end. One plot guess: the best buddy would bite the dust (spoiler: he did) and the second was the mysterious woman would hook back up with the fallen angel guy. After the best bud went bye bye, I started to actually pay attention. Would I go 2 for 2? It didn't look hopeful as I reached the last few pages. My lucky streak was about to be up. But the last paragraph literally had the mystery woman revealing her devious plans to reunite with her beloved fallen angel guy. I laughed hard for a good 30 seconds. I will remember the book simply b/c I guessed the contrived and unoriginal ending. This book is that bad.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jakub

    Just as it says under the star: it was OK. No great, sometimes a bit good, often "meh" but overally OK. Not so tragic for a game-related novel but could do with a lot of improvement. If you are not into Diablo lore you will not lose out much if you shall skip this one. Just as it says under the star: it was OK. No great, sometimes a bit good, often "meh" but overally OK. Not so tragic for a game-related novel but could do with a lot of improvement. If you are not into Diablo lore you will not lose out much if you shall skip this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ✨Bean's Books✨

    This book was great! I love reading the stories behind my favorite video game series. It really gives the video game a whole new level of understanding I'm a completely new dimension when you play. I did want to mention that this book gave me the feeling of it being simply Xerox copied with a pretty cover. This was surprising to me because you would think a big company like Blizzard would be able to put out a little bit better quality of book. But that's not a big deal really. I did want to mentio This book was great! I love reading the stories behind my favorite video game series. It really gives the video game a whole new level of understanding I'm a completely new dimension when you play. I did want to mention that this book gave me the feeling of it being simply Xerox copied with a pretty cover. This was surprising to me because you would think a big company like Blizzard would be able to put out a little bit better quality of book. But that's not a big deal really. I did want to mention in this review that I thought that the action scenes were very well detailed however the love scenes fell flat. Maybe it's because I'm a romantic at heart but I wanted a little bit more in the love scenes than what was given. All in all the book was well written and the story was very well executed. I even got very upset at this book at the end because one of my favorite characters will not be making an appearance in the next two books of the series 😢 But I digress. My point is, that for a book to bring out that kind of emotion in me means that it was really well written and I was able to get into the story enough to be upset at something like that happening in the storyline. Can't wait to read the next two books!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Garcíá

    A decent enough plot, but poorly written by Knaak. I know this is supposed to be light reading, for a juvenile audience, but having read many books from this author before, also inspired on Blizzard's games, I felt kinda disappointed. Will finish the trilogy because why the hell not, but wouldn't recommend anyone starting it. At least, like I said, the plot is somewhat interesting. Too bad characters are bland, predictable, there are no twists, and you pretty much figure everything out on the fi A decent enough plot, but poorly written by Knaak. I know this is supposed to be light reading, for a juvenile audience, but having read many books from this author before, also inspired on Blizzard's games, I felt kinda disappointed. Will finish the trilogy because why the hell not, but wouldn't recommend anyone starting it. At least, like I said, the plot is somewhat interesting. Too bad characters are bland, predictable, there are no twists, and you pretty much figure everything out on the first 25 pages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Can we stop ripping off Greek myth? This book was atrociously blatant in this regard. Come on, the book uses names like Uldyssian, Achillios, the town Partha (for Parthenon), Romus the former cutthroat (because, hey, we need a dash of Roman myth, too), Lillith the temptress, Lucion the son of Mephisto. Yeah, no, I couldn't see the foreshadowing from a mile away if I was blind and dumb. I really hope that most of this was Blizzard's fault and wouldn't have spent a dime on this book had I known it Can we stop ripping off Greek myth? This book was atrociously blatant in this regard. Come on, the book uses names like Uldyssian, Achillios, the town Partha (for Parthenon), Romus the former cutthroat (because, hey, we need a dash of Roman myth, too), Lillith the temptress, Lucion the son of Mephisto. Yeah, no, I couldn't see the foreshadowing from a mile away if I was blind and dumb. I really hope that most of this was Blizzard's fault and wouldn't have spent a dime on this book had I known it was going to be this bad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    TL Jeffcoat

    The characters are alive and just deep enough that you'll feel for them and worry about their safety or sanity. The protagonist is very likeable and the plot twists keep you on your toes throughout the story. I couldn't find anything I didn't really like about it. The slow parts are not very long and in the usual Knaak style, things just keep moving along. Excellent background story to the world of Sanctuary. The characters are alive and just deep enough that you'll feel for them and worry about their safety or sanity. The protagonist is very likeable and the plot twists keep you on your toes throughout the story. I couldn't find anything I didn't really like about it. The slow parts are not very long and in the usual Knaak style, things just keep moving along. Excellent background story to the world of Sanctuary.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Silviu

    It's an ok book. I would have honestly expected a lot more from this book, considering how much effort Blizzard puts in their games and how good they are.. If you're not a Diablo fan, I do not recommend it. It's an ok book. I would have honestly expected a lot more from this book, considering how much effort Blizzard puts in their games and how good they are.. If you're not a Diablo fan, I do not recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hosein

    So haunting and intriguing, also including distinctive symbolic characters that make the reader not stop until the very last words. Loved it, and gonna read the other books!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael Reyes

    A savage plague ravaged the land called Sanctuary. One of the townships affected was Seram - a peaceful village whom Uldyssian ul-Diomed, a humble farmer, called home. His family was one of those affected by it, and many a missionary from the various religious sects told him that they can cure his family should he join them and believe. There was no cure. Only he and Mendeln, his brother, were left. Uldyssian became jaded and grew to loathe the sects. His trouble started the day he met Lylia, a m A savage plague ravaged the land called Sanctuary. One of the townships affected was Seram - a peaceful village whom Uldyssian ul-Diomed, a humble farmer, called home. His family was one of those affected by it, and many a missionary from the various religious sects told him that they can cure his family should he join them and believe. There was no cure. Only he and Mendeln, his brother, were left. Uldyssian became jaded and grew to loathe the sects. His trouble started the day he met Lylia, a mysterious city girl, and found in her a kindred spirit as she too felt animosity towards the sects as she had lost her family to their infighting. Not long after, several missionaries were found dead and his knife was found lodged in one of them. Being accused of the deed without a proper investigation, he starts manifesting strange powers: his cell doors unlock, the inquisitor is struck by lightning, a terrible storm starts to manifest, and an earthquake to cover their escape… All through the power of his will. He flees the village, but is followed by his brother Mendeln, his best friend Achilios, and the two girls battling for his affection, Serenthia, daughter of the town trader and the mysterious Lylia. He starts travelling towards Kehjan, where the mage guilds lie in order to find out more about his powers… his “Birthright”. Richard Kanaak tells a story of discovery of one’s self, of love and loss… Of unrequited love, the bond of family and the burdens of leadership. This is a complex tale and builds up the characters quite nicely. This is not just a “hack and slash” story. Now, it’s been years since I last played Diablo (Hellfire to be exact), and I am very much unfamiliar with the world building that the developers have done since then, but I understand that the “Sin Wars” Trilogy acts as some kind of prequel to the entire Diablo series. I would very much like to see how these events leads up to the original game. If it does, I would be so happy. This books isn’t for minors. Aside from the violence, there are several instances of “bumping uglies” but they’re artistically done. Recommended for Diablo players.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Raphael

    Dear gods, this books is bad. Not only as a book of it's own, but as part of the Diablo's lore. It's a shame that the most important piece of lore outside the games started so bad. Full disclosure, I'm a big Diablo fan and not only I played the games since the very first one but I'm also quite fond of the game's lore. So while most just see in the games a fun hack n slash RPG, I really see a great universe and story. Having said that, this book is awful. The story feels like a bad fanfic, where th Dear gods, this books is bad. Not only as a book of it's own, but as part of the Diablo's lore. It's a shame that the most important piece of lore outside the games started so bad. Full disclosure, I'm a big Diablo fan and not only I played the games since the very first one but I'm also quite fond of the game's lore. So while most just see in the games a fun hack n slash RPG, I really see a great universe and story. Having said that, this book is awful. The story feels like a bad fanfic, where the author got carried away and forgot everything that made that universe great in the first place. Characters are flat and one dimensional, the pacing is really slow, and as far as Diablo's lore goes this feels more like X-men than a gothic tale of magic. I mean...this is a universe where magic exist and is widely know. Where ancient mage clans fight each other for generations. So when a random farmer summons a storm amidst some supernatural murder, it's not much of a stretch to find reason within this universe. But the manner things unfold and how the characters react to it, it's plain idiotic both for the book's universe and the reader. (minor spoilers ahead) It just hurt my suspension of disbelief when the main characters after learning he has powers, instead of trying to figure out where it came from and how to use it and it's limitations, his first instinct is to share with others. This make no sense whatsoever! There could be the argument that he was being manipulated somehow, but even then the way it unfold through out the book is just stupid! Bad, this book is just bad. Which is a shame cause I really think that Diablo has a interesting universe that has it's own spin on the classic fantasy genre and this book does it no justice.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Freezard

    This is the first novel I'm reading since I was in high school. I've been playing a lot of Diablo III and I'm a huge fan of the Diablo-series in general so I decided to tryout The Sin War novels since they're the first ones chronologically. I found the story really interesting since it takes place in a time period not seen in any of the games and long before the first Diablo game, thus there's a lot of backstory regarding the birth of the nephalem and the angels' and demons' roles in the creation This is the first novel I'm reading since I was in high school. I've been playing a lot of Diablo III and I'm a huge fan of the Diablo-series in general so I decided to tryout The Sin War novels since they're the first ones chronologically. I found the story really interesting since it takes place in a time period not seen in any of the games and long before the first Diablo game, thus there's a lot of backstory regarding the birth of the nephalem and the angels' and demons' roles in the creation of Sanctuary. You won't know most of the characters in the trilogy but there are still a few familiar faces and quite a few characters related to them which was really cool to read about. I instantly fell in love with the main characters and Knaak is doing an excellent job writing in detail about all the characters and places so that you really feel you're there. The beginning of Birthright, taking place in the small, cosy village called Seram, and the events panning out there was my favorite part and it really set a good tone for the rest of the trilogy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Geronzin

    I grew up playing this game series with my grandfather so this book was very nostalgic to me. The story is like that of any good fantasy novel and while in some respect is predictable the characters and environment of diablo are unique and capture your attention.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ray Hoffman

    Diablo was a smash hit game and now awesome books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Issac

    I thought the book was amazing, especially because I played the game I was so interested in learning more about the world which I played in.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Weston

    I’ve never played the games on which the Sin War trilogy is based, but I do enjoy a good story. And where Richard A. Knaak is concerned, THAT’s what you know you’re gonna get. Uldyssian Ul-Diomed is just a normal guy. A farmer, living with his brother in the village of Seram. Life is hard, but he’s quite content with his lot and is good at what he does. Those who know Uldyssian view him as a no-nonsense individual who can be trusted to deal fairly with those he encounters. Because of this, he’s w I’ve never played the games on which the Sin War trilogy is based, but I do enjoy a good story. And where Richard A. Knaak is concerned, THAT’s what you know you’re gonna get. Uldyssian Ul-Diomed is just a normal guy. A farmer, living with his brother in the village of Seram. Life is hard, but he’s quite content with his lot and is good at what he does. Those who know Uldyssian view him as a no-nonsense individual who can be trusted to deal fairly with those he encounters. Because of this, he’s well respected by his peers . . . until the fateful day religious zealots come to town. Uldyssian can’t stand the hypocrisy that seems to surround anyone who pushes their beliefs in his face. So, when members of the two main faiths wind up dead, suspicion turns his way. He flees his homeland, determined to prove his innocence, one way or the other. The only problem with that is he seems to be developing strange new powers. Powers that no normal man should possess. These events combine, slowly peeling away the façade that has been put in place to keep the populace fooled. Yes, there’s much more to the land in which they live than people realize. And finding out about it can prove deadly . . . as Uldyssian finds out to his cost. This was my introduction to the world of Sanctuary, and I have to say, I was thoroughly absorbed from the outset. Diablo – Birthright, is an engaging, fast-paced tale that will appeal to a wide audience, and draw you in to Uldyssian’s plight as if he was your best friend gone awry. (Despite his penchant for procrastinating). Nonetheless, it’s a great start. I look forward to more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scotty Cameron

    As soon as I heard that they were going to be remastering Diablo II, I knew I had to go through the Diablo lore from the beginning. As far as I know, this is the earliest beginning. This book has a slow start that I've known to dissuade some readers, which is a shame. Somewhere around halfway through the book, there is a quickening, and the rest of the book flies by rather enjoyably. The book tells of the humble beginnings of several key characters in Diablo lore, including Uldyssian and Mendeln u As soon as I heard that they were going to be remastering Diablo II, I knew I had to go through the Diablo lore from the beginning. As far as I know, this is the earliest beginning. This book has a slow start that I've known to dissuade some readers, which is a shame. Somewhere around halfway through the book, there is a quickening, and the rest of the book flies by rather enjoyably. The book tells of the humble beginnings of several key characters in Diablo lore, including Uldyssian and Mendeln ul-Diomed. The brothers are making their way in the world in the aftermath of the death of their family to plague, and what seems to be a quiet existence of farming and studying soon shifts with the appearance of a young noblewoman in town and a mysterious runic stone in the forest. I've read in some other reviews that this book can and should be skipped. To that, I emphatically say NO. You cannot skip this one! Like I said before, the beginning is slow, not bad, just slow. But this book really sets the stage for at least the next two books and, in a lesser way, the rest of the lore. As a side note, I did start to get annoyed at how often the characters were called by their relations, i.e. Diomedes' son or Uldyssian's brother.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Philiplibri

    Quite entertaining book set in the Diablo universe. The writing style is almost at middle-class level with constant attempts to use an elaborate language that starkly fails (instead of writing a pronoun such as "he", the author continues to use odd phrasings such as "the farmers son", "X's brother" which causes an interruption in the flow of the read. Furthermore, the characters change their personalities every once in a while to fit in with whatever is occuring in a given moment, which is mildl Quite entertaining book set in the Diablo universe. The writing style is almost at middle-class level with constant attempts to use an elaborate language that starkly fails (instead of writing a pronoun such as "he", the author continues to use odd phrasings such as "the farmers son", "X's brother" which causes an interruption in the flow of the read. Furthermore, the characters change their personalities every once in a while to fit in with whatever is occuring in a given moment, which is mildly annoying. That said, it is a thoroughly entertaining read and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any Diablo fans looking to get thrown back into the world of sanctuary for a while. I will now start the next book in the trilogy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Evan M

    Interesting read, I always loved the games and was hoping to get more involved in the lore. Other than a few hard to pronounce names in the book, it was a pretty good read. However, it has been 4 years and I havent bothered to seek out the second book so that is about where I am at as far as this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The protagonist annoyingly spends almost the entire book in denial. Nobody confines with anyone else. Deadly creatures unleashed, quickly dead. Superpowered evil priest unleashed, quickly dead. Unstoppable evil demons with near-infinite power unleashed, ran away and wished away. Overall a lot of nothing important happens. Really disappointing start to the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Martin Young

    It's a very easy and quick read, which very well sets the scene as to what is to follow as a long journey of a group of heroes in the making. Any Diablo fan would surely appreciate the book for reading the book one can almost feel like being in the game. The book is great for youngsters - will surely make them want to read more! It's a very easy and quick read, which very well sets the scene as to what is to follow as a long journey of a group of heroes in the making. Any Diablo fan would surely appreciate the book for reading the book one can almost feel like being in the game. The book is great for youngsters - will surely make them want to read more!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ben Crawley

    Mixed feelings. I love Diablo and the overall lore and universe. However, this story was told dreadfully slow. I felt no engagement with the characters. But I appreciated the story that was being told.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stanford

    I read all three before giving this review, so I really appreciate what he did with Birthright and how he set up all the characters and their stories. It was a fast read that was hard to put down. Truly truly good stuff

  25. 4 out of 5

    Billy Kennedy

    This is some great background lore to the Diablo universe. I really enjoyed this trilogy and would read it again. I would’ve enjoyed alittle more information on the council of Angeris (sp?) but all in all I got all the history I wanted of the Nephelem.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amirreza Najarian Toosi

    very good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mikhail

    Just imagine what if an ACTUAL medieval peasant was a protagonist in a fantasy epic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krsiak Daniel

    I love Diablo but this book killed few of my brain cells. Bad.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Goodreader

    Fun to get to know some Diablo lore, but not super well written IMO...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Quite good but not enough to want to continue.

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