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The Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City Paperback – November 24, 2009
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Born in Meridian, MS, in 1963, Greg Keyes spent his early years roaming the forests of his native state and the red rock cliffs of the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. He earned his B.A. in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master's degree from the University of Georgia, where he did course work for a Ph.D. He lives in Savannah, GA, where, in addition to full-time writing, he enjoys cooking, fencing, the company of his family and friends and lazy Savannah nights. Greg is the author of The Waterborn, The Blackgod, the Babylon 5 Psi Corps trilogy, the Age of Unreason tetrology (for which he won the prestigious "Le Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire" award), and three New York Times bestselling Star Wars novels in the New Jedi Order series.
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- New Elder Scrolls story that doesn't rely heavily on pre-established storylines (i.e. the games)
- Unique, interesting characters that are easy to get attached to
- Excellent detail, making imagining sights, sounds, and even tastes easy
- Enough twists and turns that make the story largely unpredictable
- Typos aplenty
- Overuse of complex terminology hinders more often than adding to the experience
- Language and dialogue sometimes feel out of place compared to normal writing styles in the games
Overall, this book is absolutely worth a read for any fan of The Elder Scrolls. However, considering that it takes place in a well-established universe, it may be less enthralling to newcomers (or could lead to an interest in the games).
I read the book cover to cover on a cross-country flight, and, ... it is surprisingly good.
The The Elder Scrolls: The Infernal City tells the tale of six principal characters: a haughty prince, a waif with a dream, a lizardman searching for a purpose, a secret agent of the king with a dark secret, an ancient elf on the trail of vengeance, and a member of the king's special "inspector" squad.
Be warned ... spoilers follow.
The premise is that a part of Oblivion has founds its way, partially into the prime material plane. This is the floating city, the Infernal City, shown on the cover of the book. The denizen that formed the demi-plane has been coordinating with conspirators within the king's privy council. The goal is the gold tower in the middle of the Imperial city, but everyone in the story has ulterior motives.
Our young waif and lizardmen are best friends. She is an accomplished alchemist, and he is ... what is he, a faithful companion. They end up flying to the Infernal City while the City completely destroys their homeland and turns all the dead into undead.
Our young waif uses a family heirloom to contact the prince and tell him of the dangers of the city.
Enter the brash young prince who is there to save the day, but it turns out that the prince's whole life is a lie. He has been surrounded by actors and buffoons who are there to make the prince look dashing and regal. When his entire party is wiped out, the prince learns the truth, and his spirit is nearly crushed.
Enter the scheming dark elf who rescues the prince. Our elvish friend spent several decades in Oblivion, escaped, and is dead set on vengeance.
The two agents end up meeting and realizing that they are (presumably) on the same side.
The lizardman and alchemical companion manage to put together a potion to escape, only to find that they have become part of the demi-plane and cannot go home.
So ends the first book.
It is followed by Lord of Souls: An Elder Scrolls Novel
The pacing is very good, and, while there are many points of view, the author does a good job of keeping it all straight for the reader.
I have two minor gripes. First, the book could have been set in any fantasy world. It has a patina of Elder Scrolls painted on, but the Bethesda mythos is not really necessary for the story. The second is that the book is a bit confusing. I had to re-read some of the sections two to three times to figure out who the POV character was and what the context of the section was.
All in all, a good book at a reasonable price.
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