A Kingdom for a Sword by Robert B. Marks

Robert B. Marks (Diablo: Demonsbane author) informed us he posted on his blog the first script he pitched at Blizzard Entertainment and Pocket Books eight years ago, which got him the e-book contract to publish Diablo: Demonsbane digitally. The script was titled: A Kingdom for a Sword.

It is a privilege and it is not common to get to read an original script, so I hope you guys take the opportunity and special gift to read through the three parts linked below.

Robert posted them in three parts at his blog, so click all the links below for the full story:
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
Robert B. Marks said: A Kingdom for a Sword was the story that impressed an editor at Pocket Books so much that he handed me an e-book contract. It is a story from my transitional period - it began as Diablo fanfiction, and then, as I decided to go professional writer, was revamped to take place in my Road of Legends universe (a wonderful place that, if all goes well with the current book submission, everybody will be able to explore and enjoy in the next few years). However, you can certainly see Diablo in it. And, if you take this story and Demonsbane and put them side by side, there are more than a few similarities.

The big problem with this story, however, is the ending. I'm not sure if it was just written when I was in the rationalization phase of a massive rebound (if there is such a phase of a rebound), but when I look back at it now, eight years later, I find the last paragraph absolutely asinine. It certainly lacks the emotional maturity I have today. I have kept it intact, though, because of its historical significance (well, I changed one capitalization, but otherwise it is intact).

But, otherwise, it is quite a good story, and after close to a decade, people should be able to enjoy it, particularly since everybody is now able to enjoy the e-book it made possible.

By the way, for those fanfiction writers who like this story, I'm afraid I have bad news. I don't want any fanfiction coming out of the Road of Legends, aka "The Great Road." Please respect my wishes on this - I am sharing this story so that those who are curious about where Demonsbane came from can read this for themselves. I am not opening up my pet universe to other writers. There are two full-length novels set in that world already written, and fanfiction for this showing up could cause complications in getting them published at last, particularly since they are already under consideration by a publisher.

Comments

  • #1 Elfen_Lied
    Sounds good, will have to continue to monitor this for further developments. Err.. and read Demonsbane.
  • #2 Blaten13
    for some reason when i read this the voice in my head reading it was the voice from the cinematics in diablo2. not sure why, but it sounded good!

    anyway. good find. where would the rest of us be without you medieval.
  • #3 Nephurix
    tl;dr

    but let me guess it's another book full of names we've never heard of in d2?

    Fuck the book, play the game :-)
  • #4 DiabloFanUser33708
    Thanks! great post by the way.
  • #5 PhrozenDragon
    Interesting indeed. I think he has some really nice ideas here, and for me at least he conveys this feeling of the mysteries and the unknown very well. However, I can't really get to grips with his writing style. While it is short and precise, I feel it lacks sometimes. Description isn't always bad.
    Then again, it's not a finished book.
  • #6 Bimbette
    Excellent post, indeed! Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I always love the opportunity to add to both my physical and digital libraries, and am ever appreciative of being pointed to worthy additions.
  • #7 Medievaldragon
    Quote from "Bimbette" »
    Excellent post, indeed! Thank you very much for sharing this with us. I always love the opportunity to add to both my physical and digital libraries, and am ever appreciative of being pointed to worthy additions.

    Welcome. Robert emailied me to inform me he had decided to post it. I have built communication with various Blizzard book writers over the past five years, and it is nice to get an email from them unexpectedly at times informing new stuff. Sometimes I get to know about upcoming novels a year or six months in advance, which is cool to share with fans, as well as updating follow ups and Q&As.

    Hope to see a new book from Robert soon.
  • #8 waddlez
    I hope he writes about rainbows and brightly colored cathedrals being a part of the new diablo world so we can stoofoo the drama kids for good
  • #9 bena2005
    The Sword Of A Thousand Truths
  • #10 uLuKai
    ah man, yesterday I got my copies of Diablo Archive and the Sin War Trilogy...got a lot of stuff to read now =p. Nevertheless, I'll save these so I can read them some other time, thanks, great find ^_^
  • #11 UnD3RD0G
    the story is real nice, i read trough it in one breath...
    really nice...!
  • #12 macray
    the story is okay in itsself, but not told very well. I read a lot better books the last months. Even though this might be Diablo-related the way he writes it - is boring.

    I propose you read George R.R.Martin: "Shadowmarch", "Dragonbone chair" or "A game of thrones"... they are much better written.

    sorry to take your illusions - the stroy is fine - but the 3 parts of the story are not a good read. I hope the diablo books are better!
  • #13 Sly_dawg19
    Lol he's crying for people not to make fan-fictions better than he can write, lol...

    Now that's a struggling author.

    *advice* Historical significances means nothing to the public of a relatively unknown author.
  • #14 Leeb
    awesome read.
  • #15 vansoffthewall
    it was pretty good but i get bored quickly
  • #16 Medievaldragon
    Quote from "Sly_dawg19" »
    Lol he's crying for people not to make fan-fictions better than he can write, lol...

    Now that's a struggling author.

    *advice* Historical significances means nothing to the public of a relatively unknown author.

    Your comment was replied by the author Robert B. Marks. So I hope you bother reading through. That piece of work he shared with fans was something he wrote 10 years ago and was liked by Pocket Books. That piece got him a contract to publish the Diablo: Demonsbane eBook.

    The only reason he undust that sample of work that probably wasn't public to fans is because of my approach to him when Diablo Archive came out, and the interest fans have put into his Diablo: Demonsbane novella. I think most people liked the story, regardless of the few who didn't.

    All I can say is, if you are gonna troll, at least make sure you got all the facts together. It doesn't reflect his writing skills today. To add to that, he is watching. He is a Diablo fan himself, and visits the boards.

    Here is his answer in both blog posts:
    http://garwulf.livejournal.com/14463.html#cutid1
    http://garwulf.livejournal.com/14082.html#cutid1
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