Review: Fable: The Balverine Order by Peter David

Source: Purchased
Series: –
Edition: Paperback, 416 Pages
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 3/5

The days of magic and adventure are fading away, giving way to the age of industry and science. As the aged last Hero sits upon the throne of Albion, two friends-the privileged Thomas and his loyal servant, John- set out for the East in search of a legendary beast: the vicious, rarely-seen balverine. But their desire for adventure may be their ultimate undoing-because their quarry has just found them…

Well if you are a gamer or more specifically an Xbox 360 player then you may be familiar with the game series called Fable. Which is basically a game based on your choices that you make as a Hero during the main story line to take down whatever evil threatens to topple the balance of the world. For instance even though your a Hero you may choose to do evil stuff like steal, raise taxes, kill people, sacrifice people or sell them to slavery, etc. Or you can choose to be the pure Hero who will do as he is told, give money to people, help everyone, etc. The choices you make don’t change the main quest but they change how people react to you and how you look, if you are evil you will look…well evil, the same goes with good. Also you can use three main things Will (magic), Skill, and Strength; but the more you use one the more it reflects upon you. A Will user will glow, Skill users will get taller, and Strength users will appear bulkier.

Now that you have some info on the games I can tell you about the book. I believe this is based around after Fable 2 and sometime before Fable 3, so if you have played the games some thing will seem familiar. However the book does not follow any characters with which you have met in the games previously but instead follows a young man named Thomas and his servant and friend James as they go on a quest to find the mythical Balverines, that Thomas has seen kill his brother. Along the way they find out that more than Balverines exist and they have hope that Heros do still exist as well.

Overall for a book based on a video game it was fairly good. My only complaint is the writing, it could have been a bit better than it was. I didn’t mind so much until around the last few chapters when the Hero of Will, Skill, and Strentgh take premise in it… it was like a constant reminder of what they were and seemed overly unnecessary. A few things in the book happened so suddenly that I had to reread it a few times to understand what happened, I do understand that when you play the game you get surprised by things a lot but I don’t particularly like that to happen frequently as I read. However as I said the book was pretty good for something so short, and it did deal with the concept of a Hero in a decent manner. If another book like this comes out then I will probably buy.

Also in case anyone is interested, it does in fact come with a code for a unique weapon for you to use in Fable 3 once it’s released on the 26th of this month. So if you like the game there is a reason to buy it right? 🙂

Here is a picture of a Balverine…they are kind of like werewolves.

4 stars

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