Had I realized my initial comment would so undermine the actual core of my argument, I would never have made it. I originally thought that it would simply be best to convey my annoyance, in hopes of grabbing someones attention. Now in hindsight my comment seems to have had its intended effect, and caused some serious insult. I apologize, and would like to rephrase it thusly, where now that I have the attention, I can actually convey the issue I have with the lore (and to a much lesser extent, the book)
My primary annoyance is, as many others have noted, that there is a notable lack of true fantasy races. While the game is the developers to make as they please, while buying a fantasy TBS one has certain expectations. This is akin to having a first person shooter with no weapons except SMG's and slightly modified SMG's, while it may work and have a unique "flavor", many of use would like some variation. Saying that you can then "mod" new races in is sort of dismissive in an agitating way. Not only that, but considering simple mods (i.e. from the create a race menu) have only the base races to work with, the potential to mod something in that is a great change from the cannon races (lets say, centaurs) ceases to be.
Should the game developers only want a world with humans and thier extremely-similiar-but-kinda-evil cousins the "fallen (even thier name implies that they came from the same "source" as humans)" that is fine, I won't play the campaign probably anyway. However, what is the harm in looking through a few classic games (disciples, MoM, HoMM, AoW:SM) and grabbing the most "flavorful" races for the sandbox game? At this point the art assets have been wasted already, so it wont happen, but who wouldn't want the chance to conquer a goblin kingdom as the undead? Or maybe build a demon empire using your enslaved dark elves? Whats even more humorous is that homages to ALL those empires exist as fallen, but obviously have been made, well, I guess "blander". It's not as if the lore is original, its as if a bunch of classic fantasy races were merged with humans to create less interesting offspring.
Im only really annoyed by this because I bought the game well before any info on the lore or races came out. That was my mistake, and I still don't want a refund, as I see great potential. I am simply saddened by the fact that everything exists to make the next legendary fantasy TBS, and yet they sidelined that potential for whatever reason.
Oh, and I have no problem with the book really, it just seems to be that the game may be catering to its lore and hence causing these problems. I also stand by "Still have to sigh when I see certain descriptions delayed in the beta because "they are waiting for random house to send them over". Not a good sign." but whatever.