Good versus evil, man against monster and magic makes for a great high fantasy read. The Oder is a great addition to the “Diablo” series. I really enjoyed Deckard Cain as the hero in this story. He is not your average archetype hero. No, he is older (in his sixties) and a scholar who is also a guardian of a small girl, Leah. It is nice to see the intelligent book-smart character as the leader of heroes. The adventure as well as the emotional aspect of the story creates a rich and enchanting read. Leah, the little girl, shows potential to be a very powerful spell-caster and I am curious if future novels will showcase her abilities. I will have to keep an eye out.
Deckard Cain is finally embracing his destiny but he wonders if he is too late. He is no longer as young as he was during previous adventures and his guilt causes doubt to eat away at his confidence. Now with the coming of the End of days, his tasks get more difficult when he finds himself responsible for a small girl with tremendous and uncontrolled power. His only hope is to try to find the last of the heroes from Lore, the Horadrim. Time is running out and it seems that the only one standing between Hell and the humane race is Deckard.
Deckard Cain is the last of the Horadrim, the sole surviving member of a mysterious and legendary order. Assembled by the archangel Tyrael, the Horadrim were charged with the sacred duty of seeking out and vanquishing the three Prime Evils: Diablo (the Lord of Terror), Mephisto (the Lord of Hatred), and Baal (the Lord of Destruction). But that was many years ago. As the decades passed, the Horadrim’s strength diminished, and they fell into obscurity. Now all of their collected history, tactics, and wisdom lie within the aged hands of one man. A man who is growing concerned. Dark whisperings have begun to fill the air, tales of ancient evil stirring, rumblings of a demonic invasion set to tear the land apart.
Amid the mounting dread, Deckard Cain uncovers startling new information that could bring about the salvation—or ruin—of the mortal world: other remnants of the Horadrim still exist. He must unravel where they have been and why they are hiding from one of their own.
As Cain searches for the lost members of his order, he is thrust into an alliance with an unlikely ally: Leah, an eight-year-old girl feared by many to carry a diabolical curse. What is her secret? How is it tied to the prophesied End of Days? And if there are other living Horadrim, will they be able to stand against oblivion? These are the questions Deckard Cain must answer . . .
. . . before it is too late.