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"Praise for the Elder Scrolls Games: "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion isn't so much a game as it is a lifestyle choice, like getting married or having children" (The Onion A.V. Club)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Greg Keyes is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series, the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, and the Age of Unreason quartet.

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred audiobooks to his credit. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. A professional actor, Michael is currently a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Series: Elder Scrolls
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508027
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 13, 2011
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...from being too scattered.

As an evil floating city lays waste to the land, several disparate groups attempt (in their own way) to stem the tide of undead that threatens the Elder Scrolls universe.

In the run up to the much anticipated Skyrim, this tie-in novel is the sequel to The Infernal City and continues the stories of Prince Attrebus and his compatriot Sul, Annaig (who has become a Demon Chef in Umbriel), the reluctant revolutionary Glim... as well as two Scouts, and a pair of Spies for the Emperor.

I have to say, while I did enjoy each plot line individually, throwing them all together in a single novel seemed to have the effect only of watering down the action and drama. Attrebus and Sul's brief adventure for the sword with which they hope to extract Umbriel (the demon, not the city) is alright, but I was much more interested in Annaig and her concoctions of emotion-based haute cuisine.

Then there's Glim and his budding relationship with an oddly harmless demon girl or the orc warrior woman (who's name escapes me at the moment) and her retreat to the capital... or Colin and his collaboration with another of the Emperor's personal spies that hovers on the cusp of being interesting. They all fall flat towards the end.

And that's a complaint about the entirety of the novel, really... every story, every encounter, every conflict, it's like they're half there and not fully fleshed out. It's like you're watching a compilation/recap episode of a series where they only show you the important snippets here and there. There's great stuff, but they're just thirty second (or, in this case, page) clips of the action, not well developed, fully formed stories.

I was especially disappointed with Colin's parts.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Media Man VINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
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[This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy - 316 pages]

<Warning - May contain SPOILERS>

The Lord of Souls is the second and currently final book in the Elder Scrolls series written by Greg Keyes. Based on the award winning Bethesda video games, the story continues with our various heroes and their fight against the floating city of Umbriel. Attrebus and Sul are still searching for the legendary sword Umbra in hopes that it will aid them in destroying Vuhon, Lord of Umbriel. Annaig and Mere-Glim, still trapped in the floating city, perform their duties as cook and sump skraw just to survive. Colin continues to investigate the conspiracies against crown and kingdom. Lastly, two new Imperial characters, albeit rather minor, are introduced to the story. Mazgar, a female orc warrior and Brennus a human mage are part of an Imperial reconnaissance that aid in the flight of the Cyrodiil citizens as Umbriel approaches. As with the first book "The Infernal City," the timeline is still approximately 40 years after the Oblivion crisis. Here are my thoughts on The Lord of Souls;


+ More action this time around.

+ Great cover art.

+ Attrebus becomes a bit less of the cliché Prince. Inspector Colin gets more face time which was great as I really enjoyed his character.

+ Quick, enjoyable and easy read written by an accomplished author.

+ It's good to have another novel in the world of the Elder Scrolls.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Majority of the romantic relationships in the book still felt forced, instant and unrealistic.

- Again there were no maps included.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Lossing VINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
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I'm very fond of the Elder Scrolls universe. They have always seemed to me like the Shakespeare of fantasy RPGs, with sophisticated themes and lots of intrigue, politics and momentuous events that convey a sense of a living, breathing world that is advancing its own ends around you as you travel through it. Morrowind was thick with this sense, in Oblivion it was subsumed a bit by the rather too straightforward, generic main quest, but still there.

Lord of Souls is the second novel by Greg Keyes set in this universe, the first of which I have not read, but I wanted to read this one in order to glean whatever buildup to the upcoming Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim could be found. Written in a fluent, modern style, Keyes eschews some of the high fantasy tone of the games to portray more ordinary, relatable people. His characters are enjoyable, and what I relished the most is the sheer adventure quality of the action. It reminded me very much of how much fun I had with Terry Brooks' Shannarah series when I was a teen. The sense of wonder there is also in fine form here.

For anyone who likes the ES universe, this is a great find. Keyes is very authentic and detailed in his handling of the sometimes very alien world of Tamriel, and this will certainly serve to whet the appetite for the upcoming game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Staats on May 1, 2012
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This is the second in a two book series.

This book is definitely worth a read. Greg Keyes is an excellent author. He describes events and scenes just enough to convey what is important, but not too much to clutter your mind's eye. His dialogue is natural and engaging.

The first book, "the Infernal City," introduced the plot and the characters and left off with a giant floating city coming towards the Imperial City.

In this second book, the characters are all brought together (in pairs at various points in the novel), and the plot lines are resolved. (Although I did not enjoy how all of the lines were closed out.)

The prince, Attrebus, and his dark elf guide, Sul, are able to travel through Oblivion and eventually made bargains with several of the denizens there to recover a sword that Sul hopes will allow him to slay the master of the floating city.

Annaig and Glim are still trapped on the floating city and lead decidedly different lives; Annaig becomes a chef in Hell's kitchen (or at least Oblivion's) while Glim leads a revolution for more rights and consideration for the proletariat.

Colin continues to uncover rot at the heart of the Imperial city.

The first book could have taken place in any fantasy setting. The second book definitely has an Elder Scrolls feel to it.

Beware, take care for spoilers follow ...

In the end, the sword is unable to harm the protagonist, but there is a work-around ... Annaig and Glim are able to point out to Attrebus and Sul where the soul of the antagonist is held.

In the end, it is a group effort that brings down the evil overlord of the floating island.
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